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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.

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Ontario woman, 39, killed in crash of 2 SUVs on QEW

FORT ERIE, Ont. -- A 39-year-old Welland woman was killed in two-vehicle crash Tuesday morning on the Queen Elizabeth Way near the Ridgemont Road overpass not far from the Peace Bridge.

Ontario Provincial Police said the victim was Michelle Raby-Beauchamp, the driver of a GMC Avalanche that struck a Jeep Liberty about 8:25 a.m. as both were in the Toronto-bound lanes of the QEW. Both SUVs landed in what police described as a wide, swamplike ditch off the highway.

Raby-Beauchamp apparently was not wearing a seat belt and was ejected from her vehicle.

The driver of the Liberty was treated at the scene for minor injuries.

The Toronto-bound lanes of the QEW were closed until about 1 p.m.

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Brother and sister admit roles in federal drug case

A brother and sister pleaded guilty Tuesday to federal drug charges before U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara, U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul Jr. reports.

Wesley Albert, 30, of North Tonawanda, admitted to selling cocaine and marijuana, while Stephanie Eberz, 28, of Amherst, pleaded guilty to letting him store marijuana in her Tonawanda Creek Road home.

Prosecutors said Albert distributed three kilograms of cocaine and 10 kilograms of marijuana between 2007 and 2009, selling cocaine to many customers at a restaurant on Niagara Falls Boulevard.

Albert faces a maximum penalty of 40 years in prison and a $2 million fine when he is sentenced Feb. 16. His sister faces a maximum of 20 years in prison and a $500,000 fine when she comes up for sentencing Feb. 22.

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Derby woman sentenced to prison in cocaine case

A Derby woman, convicted April 20 as a major cocaine trafficker in the Buffalo area, was sentenced Tuesday to 63 months in prison by U.S. District Court Judge Richard J. Arcara, U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul Jr. reports.

Jazmine Barreto, 33, had been found guilty of conspiracy to distribute cocaine, possession with intent to distribute cocaine and distributing cocaine, Hochul said.

Prosecutors said Barreto obtained large quantities of cocaine and supplied it to other dealers on Buffalo's West Side from April 2007 to April 2008. They said she had been involved with drug dealing since 2005.

Tuesday, Barreto told the judge her actions were the result of her need for money to pay bills and support her three children. Prosecutors disputed her claims, telling the judge she had a job and some of her drug dealing calls took place at work.

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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.

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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 in the victim's Lockport home June 11.

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.

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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 probation in a domestic violence case.

Judge Matthew J. Murphy III could send Feldhousen, 59, to jail for as long as a year if he did.

His probation officer charged last month that Feldhousen had been drinking and had alcohol hidden in his Cambria home, and allegedly had four boxes of .38 special ammunition, 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. He has since married.

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