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Man arraigned in theft of four guns in Falls

LOCKPORT -- A Town of Niagara man, who was connected to a Niagara Falls burglary when his mother turned in some allegedly stolen guns, was arraigned Wednesday in Niagara County Court.

Joseph Light, 21, of Grauer Road, pleaded not guilty to second-degree burglary and fourth-degree grand larceny.

Deputy District Attorney Doreen M. Hoffmann said police had no leads in the July 1, 2009, theft of four guns from a home on Buffalo Avenue until Light's mother turned in two weapons to police, and they matched those reported stolen from the Niagara Falls home.

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Drug, other charges filed against Falls man

NIAGARA FALLS -- A city man is accused of fleeing after selling drugs to an undercover Niagara County Drug Task Force agent Monday, crashing into a pole and sideswiping a house.

Lester Lamar Jr., 24, of C Street, faces felony drug charges after selling an eighth of an ounce of crack cocaine to the agent just after 1 p.m. in a parking lot off Military Road in the Town of Niagara, Narcotics Chief Mark Driess said.

Lamar is charged with third-degree criminal sale and criminal possession of a controlled substance and fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. He was charged by city police with resisting arrest, reckless driving and failure to yield to an emergency vehicle.

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Guilty pleas entered in two drug cases

LOCKPORT -- Two defendants pleaded guilty to drug sales in separate Niagara County Court cases Wednesday.

Patrick E. Powell, 30, of Oliver Street, North Tonawanda, admitted to fifth-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance for a Sept. 22 cocaine deal with an undercover police officer, and was scheduled for sentencing June 1 by Judge Sara Sheldon Sperrazza.

She said from the bench that police raided Powell's home and found two BB guns, a paintball gun, two scales, a supply of Ziploc bags and razor blades.

Donna M. Reisman, 48, of Millers Road, Lyndonville, admitted to fourth-degree sale and was scheduled for sentencing June 15 by Judge Matthew J. Murphy III. Reisman sold hydrocodone to an undercover agent Aug. 5 at her then-home on Ewings Road in Newfane.

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Man tied to burglary with DNA pleads guilty

LOCKPORT -- A Niagara Falls man who was connected to a 2008 burglary by DNA evidence was allowed to plead guilty to a misdemeanor Wednesday in Niagara County Court.

Rocky Tabb, 30, of 27th Street, admitted to second-degree criminal trespass and was scheduled for sentencing May 25 by Judge Matthew J. Murphy III. Tabb already has been in jail for six months awaiting trial; the longest sentence he can receive on the charge is a year.

Assistant District Attorney Claudette S. Caldwell said a 20th Street woman returned home shortly after midnight June 19, 2008, and found a broken window and screen in her house, with some videos and computer games missing.

Police found a hammer wrapped in a bath towel in the backyard. The towel was from the home, but the hammer wasn't. Caldwell said a DNA swab was taken from the hammer.

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'Zip-tie accomplice sentenced to prison

LOCKPORT -- The accomplice in the "zip-tie" robberies in Erie and Niagara counties will serve 3 1/2 years in prison.

Niagara County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III imposed a three-year sentence Wednesday on Joshua Green, 20, of Roesch Avenue, Buffalo, who pleaded guilty to attempted second-degree robbery for his role in the Feb. 9, 2010, robbery of Universal Wireless on Pine Avenue in Niagara Falls.

However, Murphy's sentence will run concurrently with a 3 1/2 -year term imposed last month by State Supreme Court Justice Christopher J. Burns for Green's admission to taking part in a similar holdup March 2, 2010, at Katz Jewelers on Delaware Avenue in the Town of Tonawanda.

In January, Burns sentenced the main robber, Art Swain Jr., 21, to a maximum of 37 years in prison for six Erie County armed robberies in which the victims were bound with plastic ties. Swain is to be sentenced April 13 for the Niagara Falls robbery.

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Buffalo teen facing time for home invasion

LOCKPORT -- A Buffalo 17-year-old was granted youthful offender status Wednesday but will still have to serve 1 1/3 to four years in prison and pay $2,000 restitution for his role in a drug-related Wheatfield home invasion.

Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon Sperrazza said the youthful offender ruling was "a huge, huge concession," but she rejected defense attorney Arthur E. Jackson's pitch for a probation sentence.

The Niagara Street teen had pleaded guilty in January to a reduced charge of attempted second-degree robbery for the Jan. 6, 2010, incident on Moyer Road, in which a woman was duct-taped and threatened with what turned out to be a paintball gun. The intruders stole $6,000 in cash and some drugs.

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