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Falls man, 21, admits assaulting 4-year-old

LOCKPORT -- A man who threw a 4-year-old girl into a bedroom nightstand, inflicting a head injury, pleaded guilty Monday in Niagara County Court.

Jeffrey C. Whitmer, 21, of Bell Street, Niagara Falls, admitted to second-degree assault and was scheduled for sentencing Feb. 28 by Judge Matthew J. Murphy III.

The victim was the daughter of Whitmer's girlfriend, and the incident occurred Aug. 13 in the apartment of the girlfriend's mother, prosecutors said.


Judge sets assault trial date for suspended Falls officer

LOCKPORT -- A tentative trial date of April 18 was set Tuesday for Mark L. Feldhousen, a suspended Niagara Falls police officer accused of assaulting his girlfriend.

Feldhousen, 59, appeared in Niagara County Court with his attorney, Jon L. Wilson of Lockport. Judge Matthew J. Murphy III scheduled a pretrial conference for Jan. 25 and directed the District Attorney's Office to turn over all evidence in the case to Wilson except for the woman's grand jury testimony.

Feldhousen, a 38-year police veteran, pleaded not guilty last week to second-degree assault in connection with a Nov. 12 incident at the home of his 40-year-old girlfriend. She allegedly was rammed into some bedroom dressers and suffered a concussion and a punctured eardrum.


Falls man, 55, accused of fighting with officers

NIAGARA FALLS -- A 66th Street man with a long record of felonies faces one more after he allegedly fought with officers who tried to arrest him late Monday night.

Charles B. Wilson, 55, was charged with driving while intoxicated, fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon and felony third-degree assault for allegedly punching a city police officer.

He pleaded not guilty in City Court Tuesday and was held in lieu of $16,500 cash or $33,000 bond for criminal and traffic charges. He also was charged with resisting arrest, aggravated unlicensed operation and failure to stop for a stop sign. A return court date was set for Jan. 7.

Wilson was stopped just before 11 p.m. Monday in the 600 block of 66th Street for allegedly running a stop sign and then struggled with officers as they attempted to handcuff him, punching Officer Jay Fisher in the face twice and breaking a Taser, police said. He refused DWI tests, but was reported to be "highly intoxicated."

He had four felony convictions and two violent felony convictions, most recently in 1997, and was found with a .50-caliber rifle, police said. He told police that his most recent conviction was for switching vehicle identification numbers.


Sex offender denies charge of failing to report address

LOCKPORT -- A sex offender who allegedly didn't register his address with the state earlier this year was arraigned Tuesday in Niagara County Court.

Juan Breslos-Ramos, 52, pleaded not guilty to the felony charge and was ordered held on $5,000 bail set by Judge Sara Sheldon Sperrazza.

Assistant Public Defender Brian Hanna said Breslos-Ramos lives on Willow Avenue in Niagara Falls, but Sperrazza replied, "I don't think he has a verifiable address. I think he's homeless. That's why this case came up."


Buffalo man gets 2 1/2 years for having cocaine in Falls

LOCKPORT -- A Buffalo man was sentenced Monday to 2 1/2 years in state prison for possessing cocaine in Niagara Falls last year.

Tedderick A. Gilmer, 27, of Hastings Street, had pleaded guilty before Niagara County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III to fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.

He was accused of planning to sell cocaine in the Falls on July 13, 2009.


Falls man, Canadian plead guilty in separate drug cases

LOCKPORT -- Two men pleaded guilty to drug felonies in separate cases Monday before Niagara County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III.

Maurice L. Sanders, 33, of Willow Avenue, Niagara Falls, pleaded guilty to attempted fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and reckless driving.

Ryan S. Gillard, 33, of Mississauga, Ont., pleaded guilty to fourth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance for having drugs Oct. 2, 2008, in Lewiston.

Murphy scheduled sentencing Feb. 14 for Sanders and March 16 for Gillard.


Wilson teen faces pot count; BOCES security got tip

SANBORN -- A Wilson teen was charged with unlawful possession of marijuana after a school official suspected him of smoking the drug before coming to school on Monday.

Security at Niagara-Orleans BOCES was alerted by the Wilson High School assistant principal at 8:25 a.m. that student Cody R. Wolfe, 17, of Petit Street, had smoked marijuana before school.

Wolfe told BOCES Principal Lee Gillingham that he did not smoke any marijuana and denied possession of the drug, but he was found with a baggie of marijuana in his rear pants pocket and was charged by Niagara County sheriff's deputies.

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