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Prescription drugs stolen during Falls burglary

NIAGARA FALLS -- Prescription painkillers were among the items stolen from a Ninth Street home during a Saturday afternoon burglary.

Someone forced open a rear apartment door and entered the home sometime between 1 and 9:50 p.m., police said. Several drawers inside were ransacked and nearly 200 prescription Hydrocodone and Soma tablets were reported stolen.

One large-screen television was stolen from the home and another was broken, police said. Also taken was $200 in cash and several packs of cigarettes. Total loss more than $1,800.

Falls man faces charges after raid turns up cocaine

NIAGARA FALLS -- A South Avenue man was arraigned in City Court Monday on felony cocaine possession.

Condolius Washington, 29, was arrested after a drug raid at his home Friday afternoon turned up powdered and crack cocaine, city police said.

Washington pleaded not guilty to two felony counts of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, as well as fourth-degree possession of a weapon. He was released after posting a $10,000 bond.

Narcotics detectives reported finding one ounce of powder and another ounce of crack cocaine at the home in the 1800 block of South Avenue. Detectives said they also seized $3,300 in cash and a shotgun in the 2 p.m. raid.

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Newfane man charged with aggravated DWI

NEWFANE -- A Transit Road man stopped for speeding was additionally charged with aggravated driving while intoxicated Sunday after he registered a blood-alcohol level more than twice the legal limit, Niagara County sheriff's deputies reported.

Daniel G. Bowser, 26, was stopped at 1 a.m. on Lockport-Olcott Road, near Bixler Road, after deputies said he was driving north at a high rate of speed. Deputies said his blood-alcohol content was 0.18 percent.

Bowser was charged with speeding, driving while intoxicated and aggravated DWI.

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Man facing felonies found guilty of 2 misdemeanors

LOCKPORT -- A Niagara Falls man who faced two felony burglary charges was freed last week, having been convicted only of misdemeanors in Niagara County Court.

A jury deliberated for about an hour before finding Marc A. Madore, 39, of 20th Street, not guilty of second- and third-degree burglary and second-degree criminal trespass. He was convicted of third-degree criminal trespass and petit larceny for the theft of tools from a shed on 13th Street in Niagara Falls on May 12.

Judge Sara Sheldon Sperrazza said she thought the jury should have convicted Madore of second-degree criminal trespass, but that is also a misdemeanor and wouldn't have affected the sentence she imposed Thursday: one year in jail.

Since Madore had been in jail for more than eight months, he was freed under the state's "good time" laws that shorten many jail sentences to two-thirds of their official length.

Last Friday, Madore was ready to accept a felony plea deal that would have given him a five-year prison sentence. He rejected it at the last second when he belatedly learned he would have faced post-release supervision, too.

Assistant Public Defender David E. Blackley represented Madore in the three-day trial. Prosecutors were Assistant District Attorneys Claudette S. Caldwell and Theresa L. Prezioso.

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Man admits to burglary committed while on bail

LOCKPORT -- A Niagara Falls man, who had pleaded guilty in November to one burglary, pleaded guilty Monday in Niagara County Court to another burglary that occurred while he was out on bail from the first one.

Judge Matthew J. Murphy III scheduled sentencing for both cases March 7.

Demetrious J. Gray, 18, of St. John's Parkway, admitted to a reduced charge of attempted third-degree burglary for breaking into a neighboring apartment between Dec. 20 and 22.

He stole $885 worth of property, most of which was returned after a confrontation with the neighbor, Assistant District Attorney Charles F. Pitarresi said. However, Gray faces a $200 restitution tab.

In the earlier case, Gray pleaded guilty to the same attempted burglary count for a Sept. 26 incident on 91st Street, in which he was found hiding under a car in a garage. He is to pay $374 restitution for damage to the car.

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Three teens arrested in strong-arm robbery

Amherst police said Monday that they charged three teenagers from Buffalo and Amherst in connection with a strong-arm robbery over the weekend.

Officer Mark Dimino saw a fight on Main Street, near the Amherst-Buffalo border, shortly before 8:30 p.m. Friday. Two people involved in the incident fled on foot, but Dimino was able to detain a third person.

The officer determined that the fight was a strong-arm robbery, and his subsequent investigation led to the arrest of the three teens.

Charged with robbery, assault and petit larceny, according to police reports, were Brianna Scott, 16, of Hewitt Avenue; Kendra Stevens, 17, of Kerns Avenue; and Lorenzo Romaine, 17, of North Bailey Avenue, Amherst.

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