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Man admits stabbing, faces 7-year prison term

LOCKPORT -- A Niagara Falls man admitted Wednesday in Niagara County Court that he stabbed a man Sept. 1 on 24th Street in that city.

Elliot M. Dones, 36, of 25th Street, pleaded guilty to second-degree assault and faces up to seven years in prison when he is sentenced Jan. 20 by Judge Sara Sheldon Sperrazza.

Assistant District Attorney Brian D. Seaman said Dones attacked Richard Handley of 24th Street with a knife, accusing him of stealing some of Dones' property.


Siblings plead guilty to selling painkillers

LOCKPORT -- A brother and sister from East Avenue in North Tonawanda pleaded guilty Wednesday to separate charges of illegally selling prescription painkillers in that city.

Kara A. Wagner, 19, admitted to third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance for an oxymorphone deal Oct. 4, 2010, while Kyle J. Wagner, 22, pleaded guilty to fifth-degree sale for a July 29 oxycodone sale.

Kara Wagner was admitted by State Supreme Court Justice Richard C. Kloch Sr. to the judicial diversion program of court-supervised drug treatment. If she succeeds, her charge will be reduced to a misdemeanor with a likely probation term. Kloch said if she fails, he will sentence her to no more than two years in prison.

Kyle Wagner, a second-time felon, will be going to prison. County Judge Sara Sheldon Sperrazza will give him as much as four years behind bars when he returns to court Jan. 11.


Couple accused of felony involving stolen scrap metal

NIAGARA FALLS -- A couple was charged with felony possession of stolen property after being found in a vehicle loaded with $3,000 worth of scrap metal Tuesday morning under the Lockport Road Bridge.

Daniel R. McKean, 44, and his wife, Danielle L. McKean, 30, both of Lafayette Avenue, were charged with fourth- and fifth-degree possession of stolen property.

Niagara County Sheriff's Deputy David Warsocki questioned them after receiving a report of a suspicious vehicle.

The McKeans told police they saw some scrap metal lying next to the train tracks. In the trunk of the vehicle were steel pipes and valves. On the ground was an electric motor, which police identified from a nearby business. The business owner told police that the scrap -- pipes, valves and an electric motor -- was taken from the rear of his business.


Mexican national accused of molesting two girls

LOCKPORT -- A Mexican citizen was arraigned Wednesday in Niagara County Court on an indictment charging him with molesting two Newfane girls several years ago.

Abel Rincon-Beltran, 53, of West Main Street, Olcott, pleaded not guilty to three counts of sexual abuse, two felonies and a misdemeanor.

The indictment accuses him of contact with one girl in the spring of 2004, when she was 8 years old, and in the summer of 2006, when she was 10. The other girl was 9 years old when Rincon-Beltran allegedly had sexual contact with her in the summer of 2003.

Assistant Public Defender Michael E. Benedict said Rincon-Beltran has a local address because he's been working for the same local farmer for 13 years, even though he has a wife and family in Mexico. He said Rincon-Beltran hasn't been in Mexico since November 2010.

Judge Sara Sheldon Sperrazza said the defendant could remain free on his own recognizance as long as he doesn't leave Niagara County.

Rincon-Beltran, originally charged with rape, was arrested in April but was freed from jail June 14 after prosecutors missed a deadline for presenting evidence to the grand jury.


Ex-Buffalo official given discharge in theft case

The former superintendent of the City of Buffalo's fleet operations received a conditional discharge Wednesday from a Buffalo City Court judge but must complete 100 hours of community service by the end of January.

John R. Womer had pleaded guilty in May to misdemeanor grand larceny and falsifying business records for skimming money from the city's impounded-car auctions.

Womer already had paid $8,575 in restitution for the auction receipts that he had kept.

Womer, 55, who had been in charge of the city impound lot at 166 Dart St., admitted holding on to receipts in that amount from auctions conducted from Nov. 24, 2010 through Jan. 26.


Former postal worker admits stealing mail

A former postal worker pleaded guilty Tuesday to stealing mail from customers in Hamburg last year.

Michael Vickery, 34, of Orchard Park, was charged with opening more than 23 pieces of mail and stealing cash and lottery tickets in the envelopes.

U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul Jr. said the investigation into Vickery began in 2010 after several tenants at Creek Bend Apartments in Hamburg reported their mail had been opened and the contents stolen.

The value of the items taken totaled $281.