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>Gasport man gets 11 years in prison for child porn

A Niagara County man was sentenced to 11 years in federal prison on Friday after pleading guilty to transporting child pornography.

David Willis, 39, of Gasport, was sentenced by District Judge William M. Skretny, the U.S. Attorney's Office said.

Willis was arrested last year after an investigation by the FBI and state police, prosecutor Charles B. Wydysh said.


>Trip to grocery store has criminal homecoming

NIAGARA FALLS -- A LaSalle-area woman had her purse stolen as she returned home from grocery shopping Friday evening.

Police said the victim had parked her car on the street outside her 91st Street home about 6:30 p.m. and was attempting to move another vehicle from her driveway when she saw a man walk toward her car, reach inside and grab the purse. The purse contained a camera, cell phone and credit cards, police said. The loss was estimated at $275.

In recent weeks, several women have been targeted in similar incidents as they carried groceries into their homes, police said.


>Police probing report that girl, 6, was beaten

NIAGARA FALLS -- Police are investigating the possible beating of a 6-year-old LaSalle-area girl by her baby sitter.

Police said the mother complained to police Friday that her daughter suffered bruises on her arms and legs, and welts on her body, while under the care of a baby sitter Thursday in her St. John's Parkway home. Child Protective Services was notified.


>Teenage beer party crashed by deputies

NEWFANE -- Niagara County sheriff's deputies broke up a teenage beer party at a Ridge Road home early Saturday.

Deputies who showed up at a home in the 7000 block of Ridge about 2:30 a.m. discovered one male intoxicated and at least 10 juveniles drinking beer. Deputies disposed of two cases of beer and the juveniles were released to their parents. Deputies said the homeowners were on vacation and unaware a son planned a party.

Kyle Kneeland, no age given, was charged with unlawful possession of alcohol by a person less than 21 years of age.


>Rash of home break-ins investigated in the Falls

NIAGARA FALLS -- Niagara Falls police are investigating several recent house break-ins.

About $500 worth of copper plumbing was stolen from a vacant home in the 2200 block of LaSalle Avenue, police said.

Other break-ins targeted addresses on 14th Street, Packard Court and Niagara Street.

Two rooms were ransacked at a 14th Street home and two handguns, including 100 rounds of ammunition, two police scanners and a DVD player stolen.

Hand and power tools, a snowblower and a garage door opener were taken from the garage of the Niagara Street residence.

Also, two video game consoles and game cartridges were stolen from the Packard Court address.


>Burglar found hiding sentenced to prison

LOCKPORT -- A Buffalo man who was found hiding in the crawl space of a North Tonawanda home April 29 was sentenced to 1 1/3 to four years in prison Friday by Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon Sperrazza.

Johnny R. Williams, 18, of Hagen Street, had pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of attempted third-degree burglary. The Seventh Avenue homeowner caught him in the crawl space, but Williams fled the house, leaving behind a bag of property he was trying to steal.

Sperrazza said Williams has a burglary case pending in Erie County.


>Heroin dealer admits guilt in County Court

LOCKPORT -- A Niagara Falls heroin dealer pleaded guilty Friday in Niagara County Court.

Ronald E. Martin Jr., 42, of Haeberle Avenue, admitted to fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance for selling heroin to a police informant July 16. It was one of four heroin deals he was accused of making with the informant last summer.

Martin faces a prison term of up to 2 1/2 years when Judge Matthew J. Murphy III sentences him April 1.


>Extradited DWI suspect pleads to a misdemeanor

LOCKPORT -- A former Niagara Falls woman pleaded guilty last week in Niagara County Court to a misdemeanor charge of driving while intoxicated.

Vicki L. Gibby, 47, was extradited from South Carolina in October to face two DWI charges from 2009: a Jan. 18 hit-and-run crash in the Town of Niagara and an April 16 arrest when her car blocked an alley in Niagara Falls.

Gibby was unable to give a home address in court Thursday, saying all her property is in storage in South Carolina, where she had moved without settling the charges. She is being held in lieu of $5,000 bail pending sentencing March 17 by Judge Sara Sheldon Sperrazza.