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NIAGARA POLICE & COURTS

Threat to shoot man leads to menacing charge

NIAGARA FALLS -- A Sixth Street man was charged after he threatened to shoot a man on Rainbow Boulevard at 1:40 a.m. Monday, police said.

Jared K. Todtenhagen, 22, was charged with second-degree menacing. Police said they tracked him to a couch in his home and confiscated a tire iron from his waistband.

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Police converge on home, arrest gunfire suspect

NIAGARA FALLS -- A man who fired shots in the 400 block of 24th Street on Monday night was taken into custody early Tuesday after his home in the 2500 block of Falls Street was surrounded, Niagara Falls police said.

Michael V. Juhacz, 32, was charged with several counts of felony reckless endangerment, a count of felony second-degree weapons possession and four counts of fourth-degree possession of a weapon. When arrested just after midnight at his home, Juhacz as highly intoxicated, police said.

Several witness told police that at 9:55 p.m. Monday they saw a man in a gray Impala screaming and driving recklessly, doing U-turns in the street in the 500 block of 24th Street.

Police said Juhacz threatened to shoot a man in front of Irene's Mini Mart in the 400 block of 24th Street, pulling out a silver handgun and firing off six to seven shots. The victim, police said, was able to run for cover and was not injured. Juhacz then sped off, and police followed a trail of engine fluid to an alley on Falls Street, which led to a closed garage door, police said.

Officers said they secured the area and closed Falls Street, near 27th Street, for about two hours before Juhacz came out of his house without incident.

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Endangerment charged as boy is found in bar

LOCKPORT -- A Niagara Street woman was charged with endangering the welfare of a child after her 3-year-old son was found alone in a Niagara Street bar at 2:45 a.m. Monday, police said.

Police said the mother, Samantha J. Boyd, 22, said she had fallen asleep on the couch and woke up to discover her son was gone and speculated that he unlocked the door and wandered off.

Police said the boy was seen walking on North Transit Street. Police were summoned to the bar of the Niagara Hotel, where they found the boy. Child Protective Services was contacted, police said.

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Cyclist doing wheelies faces bevy of charges

LOCKPORT -- A Cheektowaga man doing wheelies on his motorcycle was injured Monday when he crashed into a parked car.

Eric J. Burkhard, 27, was charged with leaving the scene of an accident, improper lane use, no insurance, reckless driving, unregistered and uninspected vehicle, unreasonable speed and aggravated unlicensed operation. The suspect, police said, was found hiding under a bed following the hit-and-run crash on Outwater Drive. Police, who said he may have been intoxicated at the time, also ordered blood tests.

Police said Burkhard was doing a wheelie at 40 mph when he hit the parked car. He was taken initially to Eastern Niagara Hospital, then transferred to Erie County Medical Center by Mercy Flight. His condition was unknown Tuesday.

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Demler case to be aired in Lewiston Town Court

LEWISTON -- Vehicle and traffic charges lodged last month against former Wheatfield Supervisor Timothy E. Demler will be heard in Lewiston Town Court, court officials said Tuesday.

Demler, 51, was pulled over May 4 on Shawnee Road in Wheatfield. Sheriff's deputies charged him with aggravated unlicensed operation and driving a vehicle with a suspended registration and no inspection.

Both Wheatfield town justices recused themselves from handling the case of the 14-year town supervisor who left office at the end of 2009.

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Two Falls men get jail in separate court cases

LOCKPORT -- Two Niagara Falls men were sentenced to a year in jail in separate cases Tuesday before State Supreme Court Justice Richard C. Kloch Sr.

Timothy D. Wooten, 51, of 18th Street, had pleaded guilty to third-degree assault for slashing a woman's thumb with a knife in his home Jan. 8. The Pine Avenue woman, the mother of Wooten's 30-year-old son, needed 13 stitches to repair the injury.

Also sentenced was Yeghia E. Meymarian, 42, of Niagara Street, who had pleaded guilty to felony driving while intoxicated for his Sept. 2 arrest in the Falls.

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Guilty plea entered in molestation of girl

LOCKPORT -- A North Tonawanda man admitted Tuesday in Niagara County Court that he molested a 5-year-old girl in June 2010 in that city.

Robert G. Anderson, 64, of Oliver Street, pleaded guilty to first-degree criminal sexual act, a crime that carries a 25-year maximum prison sentence.

But after talks with the attorneys, Judge Matthew J. Murphy III consented to a 12-year sentencing limit for Anderson, an illiterate man who left school after third grade. Murphy will make the call Aug. 23.

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