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Woman denies making 2 drug deals in Falls

LOCKPORT -- A Town of Niagara woman pleaded not guilty Wednesday in Niagara County Court to an indictment accusing her of making two drug deals in Niagara Falls.

Victoria J. Evrard, 45, of Laur Road, pleaded not guilty to third- and fourth-degree sale and third- and fifth-degree possession of controlled substances.

Assistant District Attorney Peter M. Wydysh said Evrard allegedly sold Suboxone Aug. 10 and oxymorphone Aug. 11, both to a police informant.


BOCES administrator pleads not guilty to DWI

CAMBRIA -- An Orleans-Niagara BOCES administrator was arraigned Wednesday in Town Court on charges of driving while intoxicated Nov. 10 while driving a school-owned vehicle.

Michael J. Johannes, 53, of Ransomville, pleaded not guilty before Justice Henry G. Peters and remains free on $250 bail.

Johannes was given time to consider a plea deal, and a return court date was set for Feb. 15.

Johannes was stopped by a Niagara County sheriff's deputy Nov. 10 on Ridge Road and found to have a blood-alcohol level of 0.15 percent, nearly twice the legal limit.

Johannes, who recently was named administrator of the year, has served for the past six years as Orleans-Niagara BOCES director of facilities. He is responsible for all BOCES buildings and grounds, which involves travel to various sites.

He was placed on leave from his $82,792-a-year job after he was charged.


Crash into median results in DWI charge

LOCKPORT -- A Lockport man was charged with driving while intoxicated Tuesday after police said he struck a parking lot median near a fast-food restaurant on South Transit Road.

Kenneth D. Tate, 54, of Beattie Avenue, was charged by Niagara County sheriff's deputies at 2:30 a.m. Tuesday after officers saw him make a wide turn and strike a median separating incoming and outgoing traffic in the Home Depot parking lot.

Deputies said Tate appeared intoxicated and told patrol that he was undergoing detox at a Buffalo hospital. He said that night he went to a Lockport bar where he had three drinks prior to driving.

Tate was arrested for DWI and refused a chemical blood test, police said.


Falls man faces felonies in series of burglaries

NIAGARA FALLS -- A Grand Avenue man was charged this week with two counts of felony burglary, felony fourth-degree grand larceny, petit larceny, and third-degree criminal mischief in connection with a series of break-ins.

Michael P. McCarthy, 18, is accused of forcing open the door in a second-floor apartment in the 2400 block of Grand Avenue and taking two televisions, a baseball hat, a game system and games, and an unknown amount of cash. He was charged Monday.

In the other reported theft, he allegedly took an electric hammer, children's clothes and board games. The victim said that in addition to his apartment, a door on the first floor was also kicked in.


Two from Mississauga accused in casino holdup

NIAGARA FALLS, Ont. -- Two Mississauga residents are facing a charge of robbery after the holdup of an elderly woman Tuesday in Fallsview Casino in Niagara Falls, Ont., Niagara Regional Police reported.

Maninder Dhandal and Karan Saini, no ages listed, were quickly identified by authorities and arrested by Peel Regional Police a short time after the incident.

The victim suffered minor injuries as the result of the attack, police said.


Apartment fire displaces 17, but no one is injured

A fire in a unit at the Haskell I. Stovroff Apartments in Cheektowaga on Tuesday night displaced 17 people, but no one was injured, fire and Red Cross officials said.

The fire started at about 7:45 p.m. in a second-floor unit of the apartment complex on Alpine Road, said Chief Leonard Luh of the Pine Hill Hose Company, the primary responder to the two-alarm fire.

All residents evacuated their apartments on their own.

Firefighters put out the fire and shut off the sprinklers, which took longer than expected to drain, causing water damage to several units. Fire officials said the blaze was likely sparked by careless use of a cigarette.


Deputy struck by car is taken to ECMC

An Erie County sheriff's deputy was taken by ambulance to Erie County Medical Center after he was struck by a car at South Elmwood Avenue and West Eagle Street at about 5 p.m. Wednesday.

The accident occurred after the motorist, headed west on West Eagle and making a left turn onto South Elmwood, apparently failed to see the deputy and struck him. The deputy was felled by the impact and struck his head on the road.

The deputy, whose name was not immediately available, was being taken to the hospital for evaluation of head and neck pain, according to authorities.