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Lockport man, 37, pleads guilty in child porn case

A Lockport man faces an April 4 sentencing date after pleading guilty to felony possession of child pornography on Thursday.

Robert J. Terhaar II, 37, possessed more than 600 images of child porn on his computers, disks and thumbdrives, Assistant U.S. Attorney Marie P. Grisanti said.

Terhaar, who was arrested earlier this year, will be sentenced by District Judge William M. Skretny.


Two teens arrested after rescue from gorge

NIAGARA FALLS, Ont. -- Two teenagers were arrested early Friday after they allegedly went deep into the Niagara Gorge and vandalized the area where the Maid of the Mist sightseeing boats are stored.

One of the teens had to be rescued from the icy gorge before he could be arrested, police said. The arrests were made after a private security company notified the Niagara Parks Police Service at 4:30 a.m. that someone was trespassing in the dock area where the boats are kept.

Because of the steep slope and icy conditions in the gorge, members of the Parks Police High Angle River Team had to rappel down into the gorge to arrest one of the suspects near the Rainbow Bridge, police said.

The suspects, two males, ages 17 and 18, were arrested on a criminal charge of mischief causing more than $5,000 damage. The older suspect also was charged with obstructing police. Their names were not released because they are considered youthful offenders, Constable John Gayder said.

Niagara Falls fire officials helped to remove the younger suspect from the gorge. He required hospital treatment for onset of hypothermia.


Two facing charges in South Street fight

LOCKPORT -- City police broke up a fight in a South Street apartment late Wednesday and arrested the two participants on disorderly conduct charges.

The resident of the apartment, William Bell, 55, was arrested at 11:55 p.m., along with Stanley B. Brown, 21, of Orchard Street. Police said the two began arguing when Brown arrived to check on his mother, Bell's wife.

Officers said Brown brandished a baseball bat during the incident and Bell wielded a cane, but neither man struck the other with the weapons.


Police say man exposed himself to four juveniles

LOCKPORT -- A Pine Street man was charged with four counts of child endangerment Thursday morning for allegedly exposing himself to four juveniles and showing them pornographic movies.

Michael G. Floyd, 43, was arrested by Detective Travis Mapes at 11:05 a.m. in Floyd's apartment.


Traffic stop yields marijuana, switchblade

LOCKPORT -- Weapon, drug and traffic charges were filed early Thursday against a Chestnut Drive man after his vehicle was stopped by Lockport police on Willow Street at 2:35 a.m.

Brandon J. Sprung, 18, was charged with fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon and unlawful possession of marijuana after a switchblade and freshly burned marijuana were found in the car.

Sprung also was charged with talking on a cell phone while driving, an unsafe lane change, uninspected vehicle and an equipment violation.


Obscenity-laced chase becomes curse for driver

TOWN OF NIAGARA -- A Lewiston woman led police officers on a chase early Thursday after shouting obscenities at them.

Cinnamon R. Linkowski, 27, of North Cline Road, was charged with disorderly conduct and traffic infractions in the incident, which began shortly before 3 a.m. in the parking lot of the Tops Market in Military Road.

Niagara County Sheriff's Deputy Gerald Granto, who was looking for a woman wanted for questioning in connection with a report of an unwanted person, found Linkowski in a car matching the description of the one sought.

Granto reported that Linkowski seemed groggy. She said she was too tired to drive, but suddenly shouted a series of obscenities, jumped back into her car and drove off down Military Road to Grauer Road, where she was pulled over and arrested. Granto said alcohol was not involved.


Four stolen vehicles recovered on reservation

LEWISTON -- Niagara County sheriff's deputies reported the recovery of four stolen vehicles Thursday morning in a field off Mount Hope Road on the Tuscarora Indian Reservation.

The vehicles were a 1999 Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck, reported stolen by Advanced Property Management of Lockport; a 1996 Chevy Blazer, reported stolen Sunday by a resident of Woodland Avenue in Niagara Falls; a 1999 Ford 450 pickup with a snowplow and salter, stolen early Thursday from A-1 Landcare on Ridge Road in Lewiston; and a 2000 Chevy Silverado, reported stolen Thursday morning by a resident of Blairville Road in Porter.

The Blazer was found upside down and stripped of numerous parts, deputies said.

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