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Guilty plea entered to felony drug charge

LOCKPORT -- Elton T. Carr Sr., 40, of Mackenna Avenue, Niagara Falls, pleaded guilty to a drug felony Friday before Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon Sperrazza.

Carr admitted to fourth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. He was arrested June 17 when police raided his home and seized 16 grams of crack cocaine and more than 100 hydrocodone pills.

Sentencing was scheduled for May 27.


Probation ordered in separate cases

LOCKPORT -- Two men were placed on probation in separate cases by Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon Sperrazza on Thursday.

Andrew W. Johnson, 24, of Phelps Street, Lockport, received five years' probation for third-degree criminal possession of a weapon. He was arrested Sept. 11, 2009, in the City of Lockport with a gun in his waistband and seven bullets in his pocket.

Harley Chubb, 20, of Hogansburg, was placed on six months' interim probation, pending a final sentencing decision on his guilty plea to second-degree criminal possession of marijuana.

Chubb was the driver of a car stopped Jan. 29, 2010, by Town of Niagara police, who had been tipped off that Chubb was hauling marijuana -- a bag weighing 11.86 pounds -- to the Tuscarora Indian Reservation. Chubb and two passengers, who pleaded guilty to lesser charges, also forfeited $7,692 in cash they had with them.


Two Warren men died of exposure-hypothermia

WARREN, Pa. -- Two Warren men whose bodies were recovered Thursday not far from the Kinzua Reservoir in the Allegheny National Forest died of exposure-hypothermia, authorities said Friday.

Terry Sumrow, 28, and Troy Johnson, 29, had last been seen March 1 in Sumrow's pickup in Warren.

After a U.S. Forest Service law officer spotted the vehicle, which was sought in the missing-person case, on Forest Road 262, police and volunteer firefighters searched the area and discovered the bodies near their vehicle.

No foul play is suspected, authorities said.


Alleged assault lands constable in hot water

ST. CATHARINES, Ont. -- A constable with the Niagara Regional Police was arrested Friday for an assault and threat, police said.

Stephen Smith, whose age was unavailable, was charged with assault and uttering threats. Police said they launched an investigation when the victim lodged a complaint. Smith, who has been a constable for three years, was off-duty at the time of the incident, police said. Further details were unavailable.

Smith was being held in custody pending a bail hearing.


Medina man accused of holdup attempt at bar

A Medina man was arrested early Friday after an attempted knifepoint robbery of a man about to drive away from a Cheektowaga bar, Cheektowaga police said.

Bradley W. Webster, 19, of Bates Road was charged with first-degree attempted robbery and criminal possession of a weapon. He was arraigned in Town Court and released on his own recognizance.

Shortly after 1 a.m., police said, the suspect approached a man getting ready to drive away from the parking lot of Tiffany's, a bar at Transit Road and Genesee Street.

Webster, police said, waved a large hunting-style knife and demanded money from the driver, police said. As the suspect began opening the driver's door, a passenger in the car fled to the bar for help, police added.

Webster, police said, ran into the woods empty-handed and was tracked down by police.


Burglar gets four years, admits, 'I messed it up

LOCKPORT -- Taurian D. Nix, a Niagara Falls man who was arrested in connection with a burglary while on interim probation for two other burglaries, was sentenced to four years in state prison Friday by Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon Sperrazza.

"I took a chance. It didn't work. He failed abysmally on interim probation," Sperrazza said. He was given the chance to avoid prison by behaving himself and cooperating with prosecutors against two co-defendants, who are awaiting sentencing.

"I messed it up," admitted Nix, 19, of Centre Avenue, who pleaded guilty Friday to fifth-degree criminal possession of stolen property for having a stolen TV set Jan. 23.

Nix pleaded guilty last August for a Michigan Avenue burglary Feb. 3, 2010, and for an Aug. 11, 2009, break-in on Ontario Avenue.


Driver gets probation in Wheatfield collision

LOCKPORT -- A woman who was arrested on an alcohol-related charge following a collision in Wheatfield two years ago was sentenced Friday to three years' probation and a fine and surcharge totaling $1,200.

Tammy D. Gertz, 52, of Hewitt Drive, Lewiston, had pleaded guilty to driving while impaired before Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon Sperrazza Jan. 18, in connection with the Feb. 24, 2009, crash that injured the other driver.

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