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2 suspects in puffy coats sought in Albion robbery

ALBION -- The Sugar Creek convenience store at 3 West Ave. was robbed early Tuesday by two men in puffy black jackets with hoods who struck the lone store cashier in the face and fled with the cash register drawer, police said.

The robbery occurred about 12:55 a.m. The robbers, one wearing orange and black gloves, were last seen running from the store parking lot.

Albion Police Chief Roland D. Nenni III said anyone with information should call the department at (585) 589-5627.


Deported Mexican admits illegally re-entering U.S.

Lazaro Rosario-Ibarra, 26, a citizen of Mexico, pleaded guilty before Chief U.S. District Judge William M. Skretny in Buffalo Tuesday to illegally re-entering the United States and was sentenced to time served and placed on one year of supervised release.

U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul Jr. and prosecutor Marie P. Grisanti said Rosario-Ibarra had been deported to Mexico after being found in the United States in 2008.

On Aug. 24, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents found him living in Lockport and jailed him.


Lockport officer's probation to be focus of hearing

LOCKPORT -- A hearing will be held Dec. 7 in Niagara County Court on whether former Niagara Falls police officer Mark L. Feldhousen violated the terms of his probation in a domestic violence case.

Judge Matthew J. Murphy III, who scheduled the hearing Tuesday, could send Feldhousen, 59, to jail for as long as a year if he finds Feldhousen did violate probation.

His probation officer charged last month that Feldhousen had been drinking and had alcohol hidden in his Cambria home, and also allegedly had four boxes of .38 special ammunition, containing 35 bullets each, two large batons and a pocket knife.

A jury convicted Feldhousen in May of third-degree assault for the Nov. 12 beating of his then-girlfriend in Niagara Falls. Feldhousen has since married.


Lockport man pleads guilty in knifepoint robbery

LOCKPORT -- A Lockport man pleaded guilty in Niagara County Court on Tuesday to robbing an acquaintance of $300 at knifepoint on June 11 in the victim's Lockport home.

Chad S. Bower, 38, of North Adam Street, admitted to a reduced charge of attempted third-degree robbery and was scheduled for sentencing Jan. 9 by Judge Sara Sheldon Sperrazza.

The sentence will include restitution, but Bower also may go to prison for as long as four years. Some state prison time is mandatory, since Bower is a repeat felon.


Restraining order violated, Buffalo man, 36, admits

LOCKPORT -- A Buffalo man pleaded guilty in Niagara County Court on Tuesday to two violations of a restraining order obtained against him by a Lockport woman.

Ruben Colon Jr., 36, of Grant Street, admitted to two counts of second-degree criminal contempt of court and could be sentenced to as long as two years in the county jail when he returns to court Jan. 5.

He violated the order by having physical contact with the woman April 11 and May 1.

Assistant District Attorney Lisa M. Baehre told Judge Sara Sheldon Sperrazza that a misdemeanor plea was offered because the woman keeps contacting Colon despite the court order.


Judge vows no state prison for man in gun possession

LOCKPORT -- Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon Sperrazza promised a Niagara Falls man Tuesday that he won't go to state prison for his guilty plea in a gun possession case.

Cheron G. Hunt, 19, of Cudaback Avenue, pleaded guilty Tuesday to a reduced charge of attempted second-degree criminal possession of a weapon for having a Smith & Wesson semiautomatic pistol when he and another man approached a car at Sixth Street and Pine Avenue in the Falls on April 22.

Sperrazza, who could still sentence Hunt on Jan. 12 to time in the county jail, said she was "taking state prison off the table" because Hunt had the gun for protection in the wake of the shooting of his cousin.

"I was informed the police genuinely think you're a good kid," the judge said.


Man who nearly hit cruiser faces drug, alcohol charges

WHEATFIELD -- A Niagara Falls man who crossed the yellow line while driving, almost hitting a patrol car, was charged with driving while under the combined influence of drugs or alcohol Sunday night.

James J. Grady, 54, of Hird Street, was charged with driving while intoxicated and driving under a combined influence of drugs and alcohol, driving on the shoulder of the road and failure to keep right.

A Niagara County sheriff's deputy said he had to maneuver to avoid a collision at 9 p.m. on River Road and saw the vehicle continue to cross the center line and then veer onto the shoulder a number of times.

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