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Two men sentenced in separate drug cases

LOCKPORT -- Two men were sentenced for selling drugs in unrelated cases Wednesday in Niagara County Court.

Cortez M. Hill, 28, of South Avenue, Niagara Falls, pleaded guilty to fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance on May 13 after he admitted that he intended to sell cocaine Feb. 10 in the Falls.

Judge Sara Sheldon Sperrazza placed him on five years' probation. She said Hill will go to state prison, not Niagara County Jail, if he violates probation.

Buffalo drug dealer Eric J. Cobb, 23, of Lemon Street, didn't do well on probation and didn't show up for a previous sentencing, Assistant District Attorney Peter Wydysh told Sperrazza.

Cobb had pleaded guilty to fifth-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance on March 30, 2010, and was given three months to prove himself on probation last March.

Sperrazza sentenced him to two years in state prison and one year post-release supervision, but recommended him for shock incarceration, which will allow him to serve a shorter period in a boot camp-type setting.

"I think he needs a serious jolt," Sperrazza said.


Accused sex offender is offered plea deal

LOCKPORT -- A plea deal was left on the table in Niagara County Court on Wednesday for a North Tonawanda man accused in the sexual assault of girl under 13.

Robert C. Greenland, 50, of Payne Avenue, charged with second-degree sexual assault against a child, is accused of victimizing the girl between the summer of 2005 and November 2007.

He also is charged with endangering the welfare of a child in June 2010, for allegedly asking her to expose herself, and second-degree unlawful surveillance in June and July 2010, for allegedly setting up a camera to record the girl as she used the bathroom, said Assistant District Attorney Robert A. Zucco.

Zucco offered a plea to attempted sexual assault of a child, a felony.

Zucco said under the plea Greenland would be sentenced as a prior felon and would face a minimum sentence of four to 12 years in prison.

Judge Sara Sheldon Sperrazza said Greenland has until Tuesday to accept the deal or a trial will start Oct. 24.


Woman is rescued after jumping into Niagara River

NIAGARA FALLS, Ont. -- A 19-year-old Scarborough, Ont., woman who, authorities say, was trying to commit suicide by way of the Horseshoe Falls was successfully rescued Wednesday afternoon, Niagara Parks Police reported.

The woman, whose name was withheld, was being treated for possible back injuries, after a nearly 20 foot fall into the Niagara River at the Canadian Niagara Power Plant, at 7005 Niagara River Parkway.

Authorities responded to a 4:25 p.m. call for a woman who had fallen into the river and found her sitting in just over two feet of water near the power plant's tailrace, about two-tenths of a mile upriver from the brink of the Horseshoe Falls.

She was found resting near a large stone retaining wall, police said.

Firefighters descended to water level and pulled her to safety.

Along with treatment for back injuries, a mental health evaluation was to be performed.


Crash on Niagara Thruway brings driver DWI charge

A Lockport driver was arrested early Wednesday morning after he drove the wrong way on the Niagara Thruway and crashed into a concrete barrier, state police said.

Andrew C. Dumais, 29, was headed north on the southbound side of the Thruway in the Town of Tonawanda at about 4:30 a.m. when he crashed.

Dumais was transported to Erie County Medical Center with leg injuries.

Police said Dumais was intoxicated and had two prior driving while impaired convictions.

He was charged with a misdemeanor count of driving while intoxicated, disobeying a traffic control device, driving the wrong direction, failure to use the designated lane and improper entrance to a controlled access highway.

No one else was injured in the accident.


Shots lead to gun charges and burglary counts

NIAGARA FALLS -- A Jordan Gardens man was held as a suspect in several burglaries and faced gun possession charges after Niagara Falls police responded to a shots fired call Tuesday evening.

Rahseen T. Ubiles, 18, was arrested at his apartment just after 8 p.m., and granted officers permission to search the place, city police said.

Police said they found a handgun wrapped in a towel.

Ubiles was charged with third-degree possession of a weapon and fourth-degree possession of stolen property, both felonies.

He was also held on felony warrants charging him with two counts each of second-degree burglary and criminal mischief and one count each of fourth-degree grand larceny and petit larceny in alleged thefts from other Jordan Garden apartments in early August.