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NIAGARA POLICE & COURTS

>Chase leads to arrest of burglary suspect

GASPORT -- A Lockport man who served time in prison for burglarizing a church was arrested early Tuesday in a tavern burglary, Niagara County sheriff's deputies said.

David S. Matyjasik, 33, of North Transit Road, was apprehended on Hartland Road after a foot chase, a car chase and a two-hour search, assisted by dogs from the sheriff's K-9 unit. The chase began when deputies, tipped off to suspicious activity by a passer-by, spotted a man exiting Boyers Tavern, 8757 Ridge Road, at about 5:30 a.m.

Matyjasik was charged with third-degree burglary, resisting arrest, unlawfully fleeing an emergency vehicle and several traffic counts. He also was charged with two counts of third-degree burglary and two counts of petit larceny from previous incidents. He is held in Niagara County Jail without bail.

Matyjasik was sentenced to two to four years in prison in 2006 for burglarizing Wrights Corners Presbyterian Church in 2005. He also drew a prison sentence in 2010 for injuring a Lockport police officer who was arresting him for parole violation.

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>Falls police continue hunt for bank robber with bag

NIAGARA FALLS -- Niagara Falls police detectives continue to search for a woman wanted in a bank robbery at a Woodforest Bank branch in the Military Road Walmart just before 1 p.m. Monday.

The robber took $4,500 from a teller after displaying a note that indicated she had a gun, though no weapon was displayed, police said.

The robber was described as white, 5-foot-7, 140 pounds, wearing a black scarf that covered part of her face and a red, puffy jacket. She was carrying a large black bag, police added.

Police said the teller handed over about $4,500, which was placed in the black bag.

Niagara Falls, Town of Niagara and state police, and Niagara County sheriff's deputies responded. Anyone with information should contact Niagara Falls Police Detective Bureau at 286-4553.

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>Man held without bail in attack on woman Jan. 9

NIAGARA FALLS -- A 17th Street resident was charged Monday with holding a woman against her will and attempting to strangle her Jan. 9.

Rhyan O. Stewart, no age listed, pleaded not guilty in City Court to charges of third-degree assault, obstructing breathing, second-degree strangulation, first-degree and second-degree unlawful imprisonment, third-degree menacing and fourth-degree criminal mischief.

He was held without bail and remanded to Niagara County Jail. Details of the alleged attack were unavailable.

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>Jail sentence suspended in animal cruelty case

NEWFANE -- A Newfane woman who faced 19 charges of animal cruelty and child endangerment charges in September admitted she let things get out of hand when sentenced in Newfane Town Court on Tuesday.

Town Justice Scott Boudeman praised her for accepting responsibility for her actions and suspended an 89-day jail sentence, giving her a one-year adjournment in contemplation of dismissal. All but two animal cruelty charges were dismissed against Patricia Rubin, 56, when she pleaded guilty Feb. 15.

On Sept. 9, authorities found four dogs and 15 cats in Rubin's garbage-strewn mobile home on Lockport-Olcott Road, where waste was caked 3 to 4 inches thick, authorities added. Niagara County sheriff's deputies said her 7-month-old grandchild was living in the trailer with her, and the child's mother, Danielle Rubin, 20, of Newfane.

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>Judge stepping aside from handling DWI case

LOCKPORT -- Town Justice Leonard G. Tilney Jr. changed his mind Tuesday and withdrew from handling the drunken driving charges against Town Attorney Daniel E. Seaman.

Right after Seaman's March 30 arrest, Tilney said he thought he could be fair and would keep the case. But Tuesday, he issued a written opinion that handing the case to another judge would avoid all appearances of impropriety.

Defense attorney David C. Douglas said the case now goes to Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon Sperrazza, who will assign it to another municipal court within the county. No court dates have been set in the meantime.

The Niagara County District Attorney's Office previously withdrew from the case because Seaman's son is a prosecutor there. The Orleans County District Attorney's Office is providing a special prosecutor.

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>Man pleads not guilty to assault on deliveryman

NIAGARA FALLS -- A Welch Avenue man is accused of the armed robbery Saturday of a China Gardens deliveryman on LaSalle Avenue.

Taran A. Lewis, 22, pleaded not guilty in City Court Tuesday to charges of first-degree assault and second-degree assault with a weapon.

Lewis is one of two men suspected of attacking the delivery driver, who was cut on his elbow and hand. The driver suffered minor injuries.

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