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Mistake at City Jail ends in the return of suspect

NIAGARA FALLS -- A Falls Street man who was accidentally freed from City Jail late Tuesday is back in custody and being held in lieu of $18,000 bail.

Fajri Hilson, 26, ran from police and was arrested at gunpoint following a traffic stop Tuesday night. He is charged with criminal personation, obstructing government administration and criminal trespassing.

Police said that when bail was posted for the driver of the car, Paul D. Fields, 25, of Eighth Street, Hilson was released accidentally but was returned to custody about nine hours later, police said.


Royalton break-in lands Buffalo man behind bars

LOCKPORT -- A Buffalo man will serve six months in jail to start a five-year probation term for his role in an Aug. 21, 2009, break-in at a home on Lewiston Road in Royalton.

Tony Winans, 25, of Seneca Street, had pleaded guilty to third-degree burglary. In a presentencing interview, Winans revealed the names of his two fellow burglars, although in one case he supplied only a first name, Deputy District Attorney Doreen M. Hoffmann said.

Judge Matthew J. Murphy III, who imposed the sentence Tuesday, accused Winans of minimizing his own role in the case after Winans said the other two men told him they were somehow related to the woman whose house was entered.

Winans was caught through a DNA test on a discarded cigarette at the scene. He was ordered to pay $1,247 in restitution.


South Street man seized to beating of woman

LOCKPORT -- A South Street man accused of beating a woman was arrested just before 1 a.m. Thursday, police said.

Vincent J. Rawling, 37, was charged by Lockport police with unlawful imprisonment, third-degree assault and third-degree menacing.

Police said Rawling attacked a Walnut Street woman in her home Wednesday, hitting her several times in the head with his fist, breaking furniture and not allowing her to leave for two hours.


Christmas gifts stolen from home of man, 95

GASPORT -- Christmas presents, including a gift bag with a $100 in lottery tickets, were stolen from the home of a 95-year-old Ridge Road man while he was in the hospital, Niagara County sheriff's deputies said Tuesday.

Deputies that the Riche Road man had been in the hospital since Dec. 30. Tuesday, a relative found footprints in the snow near a rear window, a rear door and on the porch, deputies said.


Role in burglary gets man 5 years of probation

LOCKPORT -- A North Tonawanda man who participated in a burglary was sentenced Thursday to five years' probation and 30 days in the county work program.

Daniel Notaro Jr., 21, of Second Avenue, had pleaded guilty to third-degree burglary before Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon Sperrazza.

Last week, she imposed five-year probation terms on Notaro's cousin, William A. Notaro, 23, of North Forest Road, Amherst, and Abdulsemed A. Bouh Jr., 22, of Voorhees Avenue, Buffalo. William Notaro also must serve 30 days in the work program.

Awaiting sentencing in the case is Daniel G. Breloff, 19, of Niagara Street, North Tonawanda. The burglary occurred May 22 on Schenck Street. City of Tonawanda police stopped the getaway car, driven by Bouh, and arrested the four.


Bag of crack leads to arrest in Falls

NIAGARA FALLS -- As he was being arrested at about 5 p.m. Wednesday on a warrant, a Seventh Street man tried to jettison a bag of crack cocaine on a convenience store shelf of snacks, Niagara Falls police said.

Gerald J. Kelly, 51, pleaded not guilty Thursday in City Court to third- and fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and failure to appear. Bail was set at $25,000.

Police said officers arrested Kelly on a warrant for failure to appear as he was checking out at a 19th Street convenience store-gas station. As he was being arrested, police said, he walked down an aisle, removed a plastic bag containing 1.3 grams of crack from his pants pocket and placed it on a store shelf, police said.


TVs and game systems targeted in break-ins

NIAGARA FALLS -- Televisions, game systems and video games were stolen in unrelated burglaries reported to Niagara Falls police at about 1 p.m. Tuesday.

In the 1600 block of Ontario Avenue, a door was kicked in and a 50-inch television, a PlayStation 3, a Wii and games valued $1,760 were stolen.

A neighbor said she saw two men carrying a bag toward a nearby vacant house, where police found a plastic bag with the game systems. The television was not recovered.

At an address in the 500 block of Fourth Street, a 32-inch television, PlayStation 3 and video games were stolen. The loss was placed at $1,819.

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