Drug dealer assigned to diversion program
LOCKPORT -- A North Tonawanda drug dealer pleaded guilty to two felonies in Niagara County Court Friday, and was assigned to the judicial diversion program where, if drug treatment is successful, it could lead to the felonies being reduced or dropped.
Joshua M. Rochevot, 20, of Thompson Street, admitted to two counts of fifth-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance.
Assistant District Attorney Peter M. Wydysh said Rochevot sold oxycodone Jan. 14 and Suboxone July 1, both to police informants in North Tonawanda.
Former Scout official expected to take the stand
LOCKPORT -- A former Boy Scout assistant leader accused of child molestation and possession of child pornography is expected to take the witness stand Tuesday, when a hearing continues on a defense effort to suppress his confession.
Friday's testimony indicated that Michael P. Walleshauser, 50, of Dodge Road, Amherst, admitted the pornography charges to a Niagara County Sheriff's Office investigator but told a county crime victim advocate about the sexual acts with two boys.
Walleshauser, a former resident of Parkwood Drive in the Town of Lockport, is charged with predatory sexual assault against a child, first-degree criminal sexual act, attempted second-degree sexual abuse and 21 counts of attempting to promote a sexual performance by a child.
Plea deal in DWI crash has promise of prison
LOCKPORT -- A drunken driver who seriously injured herself in an Aug. 14 Lewiston crash needs to prepare for prison, Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon Sperrazza warned in accepting a plea deal Friday.
Renee L. Harris, 40, of South Hewitt Drive, Lewiston, admitted to a felony driving while intoxicated charge for her arrest June 24 in the Town of Niagara.
Police measured her blood-alcohol content at .26 percent.
But Deputy District Attorney Theodore A. Brenner said he could have added another felony DWI charge for the Aug. 14 crash.
Harris suffered a shattered pelvis and right hip, and a finger was broken in four places.
Sperrazza said, "Getting one felony for two DWIs is a gift, and the likelihood of a state prison sentence is very high."
She will be sentenced April 1.
Suspect in theft of ATVs enters not-guilty plea
LOCKPORT -- One of three Buffalo 17-year-olds accused of stealing four all-terrain vehicles in Wheatfield June 22 was arraigned Friday in Niagara County Court.
Michael A. Frears of Barton Street pleaded not guilty to four counts of third-degree burglary, two counts of third-degree grand larceny and single counts of fourth-degree grand larceny and petit larceny.
Facing the same charges are Edwin Colon and Daniel Lopez, both of Miami Street, who were arraigned earlier this week and pleaded not guilty.
Assistant District Attorney Charles F. Pitarresi said the ATVs were taken in the early morning hours from garages and sheds along Walmore Road, and all were recovered.
Lockport police officer to return to patrol duty
LOCKPORT -- Toby L. Trowbridge, the Lockport police officer who pleaded guilty to driving while impaired after his private auto rear-ended another vehicle July 22, will return to patrol duty next Saturday, Police Chief Lawrence M. Eggert said Friday.
Trowbridge, an officer for three years, was suspended 75 days without pay in a Nov. 1 Police Board action. He was fined $350 and had his driver's license suspended for 90 days after an Oct. 27 nonjury trial before Niagara Falls City Judge Mark A. Violante, who took the case after Lockport judges recused themselves.
"When you do something wrong, you suffer the consequences of your actions and then you go back to work," Eggert said, adding that under state civil service law, no further sanctions are possible against Trowbridge.
The chief said Trowbridge, who originally was charged with driving while intoxicated, has volunteered to speak to anti-drunk driving groups. "Now he has a unique perspective on it," Eggert said.
Probation ordered for two in break-in
LOCKPORT -- Men from Amherst and Buffalo, who had pleaded guilty to third-degree burglary in connection with a North Tonawanda home break-in, were placed on five years' probation Thursday by Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon Sperrazza.
William A. Notaro, 23, of North Forest Road, Amherst, and Abdulsemed A. Bouh Jr., 22, of Voorhees Avenue, Buffalo, each avoided jail time. Notaro must serve 30 days in the Niagara County work program.
Awaiting sentencing on the same charge are two North Tonawanda men: Notaro's cousin, Daniel Notaro Jr., 21, of Second Avenue, and Daniel G. Breloff, 19, of Niagara Street.
Bouh drove the three to and from the burglary on Schenck Street in North Tonawanda May 22. Police topped the vehicle in the City of Tonawanda and arrested the occupants.