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Dunkirk man accused of child porn possession

A Dunkirk man faces 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine for allegedly possessing child pornography that included making two pornographic videos involving a 6-year-old victim, according federal authorities.

Roger Luczkowiak, 31, was arrested Friday based on evidence found on a computer seized from his home by Dunkirk police on June 1, officials said. A forensic analysis of the computer found multiple images and videos of child pornography, including the two videos he allegedly made, officials said.

Luczkowiak pleaded not guilty.


Playground stabbing leads to man's arrest

NIAGARA FALLS -- A 70th Street man was arrested at about 4:20 p.m. Thursday and charged with stabbing a man in the shoulder in a confrontation at a playground.

Capt. William Thomson, chief of detectives, said John J. Parker III, 19, was charged with second-degree assault, second-degree menacing and two counts of child endangerment.

Thomson said Parker allegedly threatened two children at the playground at 74th Street and Stephenson Avenue.

The children ran home to get their father, Timothy Carson, who came to the playground for a face-off with Parker, police said.

Carson was knifed on the shoulder, Thomson said.


Body found at base of falls is that of Japanese student

Canadian authorities confirmed the body of a woman recovered Thursday morning on the American side of the lower Niagara River is that of a Japanese student who went over the Horseshoe Falls on Sunday.

The body was found by State Park Police about 100 feet below the path for the Cave of the Winds at about 10 a.m. Thursday.

Authorities have not revealed the victim's identity, but Canadian media outlets have quoted classmates identifying her as Ayano Tokumasu, 19, who was studying English in Toronto.


Lockport man accused of cocaine possession

LOCKPORT -- A 23-year-old city man was charged Thursday night with cocaine possession, with the intent to sell, after a raid by the Niagara County Drug Task Force at 256 Ontario St., task force Chief Investigator Mark Driess said Friday.

Task force members arrested Antwan R. Thomas, 23, of Spaulding Street, after they found more than 10 grams of crack, a small amount of cocaine powder and $4,855, Driess said. A scale and packaging material also were confiscated, he said.

The investigation is continuing.


Man will get 5-year term to testify in drug case

LOCKPORT -- A Rochester man agreed Friday to testify against his co-defendant in a drug case in exchange for a five-year prison sentence to run concurrently with one he already is serving.

Niagara County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III said he will give Willie J. Simmons Jr., 25, the five-year term Oct. 5 if he cooperates against Samuel D. McCullough, 36, of Washburn Street, Lockport.

Simmons already is serving a state prison term of four to eight years for a Monroe County arson.

He pleaded guilty Friday to attempted third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance, admitting that he sold cocaine to a police informant Sept. 29 in an apartment on Dysinger Road in Lockport. It was the third sale Simmons had made in Lockport before his arrest in a Sept. 30 raid there, authorities said.


N. Tonawanda drug dealer given 3-year prison term

LOCKPORT -- A North Tonawanda drug dealer was sentenced to three years in prison Friday by Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon Sperrazza.

Ronald C. Woods, 30, of Wheatfield Street, had pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of attempted third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance for selling oxycodone in North Tonawanda June 24, 2010.

Assistant District Attorney Peter M. Wydysh said the plea deal covered another unindicted drug sale by Woods in the Lumber City.

Defense attorney James J. Faso Jr. said, "The sale was to facilitate his own drug problem." Faso said Woods is addicted to prescription painkillers.


Youth, 17, pleads guilty in fatal West Side shooting

A 17-year-old youth pleaded guilty in Erie County Court this week to first-degree manslaughter and weapons possession in connection with the April shooting death of a 26-year-old Buffalo man, authorities reported Friday.

Brandon Elmore, of Potomac Avenue, admitted to fatally shooting Christopher Leeper on April 11. Leeper's body was discovered by police who were arriving to investigate a shooting call in the 300 block of Bird Avenue, police said.

Elmore is in custody at the Erie County Holding Center pending further court action.