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Pendleton man charged in theft of dirt bike

PENDLETON -- A Dunnigan Road man was charged with felony third-degree burglary Tuesday following a report of a stolen dirt bike, state police said.

Brandon M. Lautenschlager, 19, is accused of stealing the bike from the barn of a home on Dunnigan. The dirt bike was recovered at Lautenschlager's home, police said.


Convicted drug dealer gets five years' probation

LOCKPORT -- Drug dealer Kendrick Pollock, 60, of Robinson Road, Lockport, was placed on five years' probation, including electronic home monitoring, Wednesday by Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon Sperrazza.

Pollock had pleaded guilty to fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance for possessing 870 milligrams of cocaine with the intention of selling it July 12 on Cottage Street, where he was then living.

In another drug case, Sperrazza sentenced Paul Houpe, 18, of Rochester, to a year in the County Jail for attempted fourth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance: crack cocaine he had when police raided a drug house on Washburn Street in Lockport on Sept. 9.

Houpe had been in jail ever since, so he was expected to be released based on the "good time" rule that ends a sentence when it is two-thirds complete.


Lockport man arraigned in domestic assault case

NIAGARA FALLS -- A Lockport man was ordered held without bail following an arraignment on domestic violence assault charges in Niagara Falls City Court on Wednesday.

Stephan A. Wroblewski, 42, of Church Street, was arrested on a warrant on Niagara Street in Lockport on Tuesday afternoon and charged with two felony counts of second-degree assault with a weapon, menacing, harassment, obstructing breathing, felony first-degree burglary and fourth-degree criminal mischief.

The charges stem from an incident Sunday in the 400 block of 23rd Street.


Armed men steal $600 in Falls home invasion

NIAGARA FALLS -- Police are investigating an armed home invasion at 4:30 a.m. Tuesday in the 2600 block of North Avenue.

Police said two men, one carrying a sawed-off shotgun, forced their way through a rear door, took $600 off a kitchen table, then left, only to return again and expand their search. Damage was estimated at $200.

One bandit was described as a tall, thin black man, 6-feet tall, wearing a white hoodie, black jeans and a bandanna, and the other, a short, chubby black man, wearing a gray hoodie and black jeans.


Aggravated DWI charge lodged in traffic stop

NIAGARA FALLS -- A Roselle Avenue man was charged with aggravated driving while intoxicated following a traffic stop just after 1 a.m. Wednesday.

Raymond T. Gaffney Jr., 20, was in the 2800 of Lewiston Road and also was charged with making an unsafe lane change, Niagara Falls police said.


Red Cross assisting after electrical fire

NIAGARA FALLS -- The Red Cross was called to assist several people displaced by an accidental electrical fire that caused about $5,000 damage to a single-family home at 1339 Niagara Ave. on Monday.

The Niagara Falls Fire Department responded just before 2:30 p.m. to a fire in a rear first-floor storage room that was believed to have been started by an overheated electrical cord.

The fire did not extend to the rest of the house, and damage was contained to property in the storage room as well additional smoke damage, according to Battalion Chief Gregory Colangelo.


Plea, discharge settle handgun disposal case

LOCKPORT -- A misdemeanor plea and a one-year conditional discharge settled the case of a former Niagara Falls woman who was accused of helping dispose of a handgun used in an armed robbery in that city.

Amber L. Kraft, 20, who now lives in Buffalo, made the plea deal Wednesday before State Supreme Court Justice Richard C. Kloch Sr. She admitted to a reduced charge of attempted tampering with physical evidence.

Earlier this month, Michael G. Kreps Jr., of Linwood Avenue, and Tarale T. Haugabook, of Welch Avenue, both 18, admitted to attempted second-degree robbery for the $75 gunpoint robbery of a man on 61st Street in the Falls on Dec. 11.

Both are awaiting sentencing, as is Deandre M. Agee, 17, of Ninth Street, who admitted helping dispose of the gun. Agee also admitted burglarizing his mother's house and shooting a teenager in a home invasion.


Alden man arrested with 0.30 DWI reading

An Alden man was arrested for driving while intoxicated Tuesday after a breath test determined his blood-alcohol content was four times the legal limit, Erie County deputies said.

Patrick Zon, 43, who registered a 0.30 percent reading, was stopped at 9:30 a.m. on Walden Avenue in the Town of Alden, deputies said.