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Arrest made in attempt choke man in fight

NIAGARA FALLS -- A city man was charged with attempting to choke another man in a fight outside of Police Headquarters on Monday.

Jeffrey J. Gandt, 43, of Niagara Avenue, was charged with obstructing breathing at 8:20 a.m. at 1925 Main St.

The victim told officers he was pulling into the Police Department parking lot from Main Street when Gandt called his name, stopping him. He said Gandt reached into his vehicle, grabbing his throat, stopping him from breathing for a few seconds.

The victim said he was able to open his door to break Gandt's grip and a fight started. Gandt fled down Main Street and was charged shortly after.


Shock incarceration sought for convicted drug seller

LOCKPORT -- Jeanine L. Burton, 21, of LaSalle Avenue, Niagara Falls, was sentenced to 18 months in state prison Tuesday by Niagara County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III.

However, Murphy recommended Burton for the boot camplike shock incarceration program, from which she could be paroled in six months.

Burton pleaded guilty to fifth-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance for selling cocaine in Lockport Jan. 20 and 24. It was her second cocaine dealing arrest in Lockport in two years.


Vandals in Newfane flood floor of restaurant

NEWFANE -- A restaurant owner told Niagara County sheriff's deputies Monday a vandal ripped the nozzle off a hose overnight and placed the running hose between an air conditioner and a window, flooding his business.

Kevin Stubbs, owner of Del Fuego at 2900 Lockport-Olcott Road, said the running water covered the floor of his restaurant and overflowed into his basement, leaving 6 inches of standing water. He told deputies that the amount of damage is undetermined.

Stubbs said this is the latest in a number of incidents, including four other acts of vandalism in the past two months and numerous drive-bys in which a person in a car would yell insults.


Man charged with exposing himself to woman, 20

LOCKPORT -- A man with a history of public lewdness charges was charged again after he exposed himself to a woman Monday morning on South Transit road, Niagara County sheriff's deputies said.

A 20-year-old Saxton Street woman told deputies she was driving just after 7:30 a.m. when a man who had been following her drove next to her and exposed himself to her while laughing.

The woman recorded the license plate and notified the Niagara County Sheriff's Office.

William Murphy, no age or address available, was found on a work site in the Town of Lockport and arrested.

Deputies said Murphy has a history of such conduct and is awaiting sentencing on the same charge.


Family counseling to decide fate of youth in shooting

LOCKPORT -- The 16-year-old Royalton youth who shot his twin brother in the hip Feb. 21 is likely to avoid assignment to a state detention facility, but first Niagara County Family Court Judge John F. Batt wants to see how the family does in counseling.

"Probation is probably the way I'm going to go," Batt said Tuesday. But he postponed sentencing on the second-degree assault charge for six weeks, warning the family that they will be judged on their success in counseling.

Assistant County Attorney John S. Sansone said that according to a presentencing report, the shotgun shooting came after a two-hour fight between the brothers over marijuana. Their mother is in jail until Aug. 31 for smoking pot while on probation for drunken driving convictions.


Guilty plea entered in Newfane break-in

LOCKPORT -- John P. Corra, who entered a home on Hess Road in Newfane on Dec. 30 armed with a baseball bat, tied up a man and a woman with a vacuum cleaner cord and stole their sport utility vehicle, pleaded guilty Tuesday in Niagara County Court.

Corra, 33, of Dewhirst Road, Royalton, admitted to attempted first-degree burglary and is to be sentenced Sept. 21 by Judge Sara Sheldon Sperrazza. He faces a maximum of 15 years behind bars.

"Basically, jail is my home," Corra said in court. "I would get in trouble so I would have someplace to go."

He said he's been under psychiatric treatment since age 4 and was sent to a group home when he was 12.


Two will serve time as probation violators

LOCKPORT -- Two probation violators were sent behind bars Tuesday by Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon Sperrazza.

Shane D. Gravelle, 20, of Rhode Island Avenue, Town of Niagara, drew one to three years in state prison for breaking probation on an attempted-third-degree robbery conviction. He was charged with striking a teenage drug dealer in the head with a BB gun to try to get his money April 28, 2010, on Licata Drive in the Town of Niagara.

Timothy S. Gabrys, 39, of Mountain Road, Royalton, was sentenced to a year in the County Jail for violating probation on a felony driving while intoxicated conviction from 2007.

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