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Stockton woman accused in unemployment scam

A Stockton woman who illegally received $1,082 in unemployment benefits has been charged with welfare fraud, according to the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office.

Sheri Michael, 35, of Mill Street, had applied for and received the benefits without reporting income to the county Department of Social Services, sheriff's officials said.

She was arrested Tuesday morning and charged with fraudulently receiving public assistance, in addition to the fourth-degree welfare fraud charge. Michael has since been released on an appearance ticket.


Orleans couple arraigned in loaded handgun case

LOCKPORT -- An Orleans County husband and wife were arraigned on gun charges Wednesday in Niagara County Court.

Andre D. Coley, 19, of West Avenue, Albion, and Bethany A. Coley, 25, of East Oak Orchard Street, Medina, pleaded not guilty to second-, third- and fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon. Judge Sara Sheldon Sperrazza jailed them in lieu of $1,000 bail each.

Also indicted on the same charges but not yet arraigned is Michael V. Coley, 24, of Garden Park, Albion. He is Andre Coley's cousin, according to defense attorney Dominic Saraceno.

He said the three were arrested April 2 after a car stop outside a City of Lockport bar; police allegedly found a loaded handgun in the auto. Assistant Public Defender Michael E. Benedict, who is representing Bethany Coley, said she is no longer living with Andre.


Traffic stop yields Leandra's Law arrest

CAMBRIA -- A Ransomville woman arrested on a Leandra's Law charge is accused of driving Tuesday morning under the influence of narcotics and with her 2-year-old son in her vehicle, Niagara County sheriff's deputies said.

Jennifer L. Pils, 35, was charged with two counts of driving while impaired, as well as aggravated driving while intoxicated with a child under 16 in vehicle and endangering the welfare of a child.

Pils was spotted driving east shortly before noon on the westbound shoulder of Lower Mountain Road in Cambria, deputies said. The child was turned over to a family member.


Police break up fight at West Ferry, Baynes

A police response to a large gang fight involving about 30 people Tuesday night resulted in one arrest.

Officers arrived at West Ferry and Baynes streets about 9 p.m. in response to the report of an officer in trouble.

A juvenile, whose name was not released, refused to leave the scene, along with other gang members, and was taken into custody.

Further information on the officer in trouble was unavailable.


Not-guilty plea entered on felony sex charges

LOCKPORT -- Danny R. Sennett, 39, of North Transit Street, Lockport, was arraigned on felony sex charges Wednesday in Niagara County Court.

Sennett pleaded not guilty to two counts of aggravated third-degree sexual abuse.

He allegedly forced a woman into a sexual encounter April 10 in the City of Lockport, Assistant District Attorney Lisa M. Baehre said.

Sennett, a Level 3 sex offender, was convicted in 1993 of sexually abusing two boys, ages 5 and 13.

Judge Sara Sheldon Sperrazza jailed Sennett, raising his bail from $5,000 to $10,000.


Men flee on bicycles with flat-screen TVs

Two men spotted climbing out of a window of a West Side apartment house with two flat-screen televisions fled on bicycles earlier this week, police said.

The burglary occurred at about 6 a.m. Monday on the 100 block of Fargo Avenue, according to information provided by a witness to Central District police.

About an hour later, two men were again spotted climbing through the open window into the house while another, on a bicycle, was outside apparently serving as a lookout, police said.

Neighbors called 911 and police arrived in time to see one of the men exiting through the window and fleeing. No arrests were made.


Wood chipper, tools stolen in Kaisertown

A wood chipper was among several items stolen from a home in the city's Kaisertown area shortly before midnight Tuesday.

Buffalo police are searching for a suspect named Kevin Heusinger Jr., described as a 21-year-old white male, in connection with the incident at 352 Mineral Springs Road.

The homeowner reported that a lawnmower, copper wire, hand tools and other items had been stolen as well, police said.


Falls woman sentenced to 3 years in knifing

LOCKPORT -- A Niagara Falls woman who knifed her boyfriend in the abdomen March 6 was sentenced to three years in prison Wednesday by Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon Sperrazza.

Lorrie M. Singh, 39, of Cleveland Avenue, had pleaded guilty to second-degree assault.