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NIAGARA POLICE & COURTS

Fleeing man arrested after armed standoff

TOWN OF LOCKPORT -- A man who had been holed up inside his home with a rifle for 4 1/2 hours Wednesday night was arrested as he tried to flee, state police reported Thursday.

Troopers and deputies from the Niagara County Sheriff's Office were dispatched Wednesday to The Village mobile home park at 6 p.m. Wednesday on a report of man barricaded inside his home. Shortly after 10 p.m., Scott Schreiber, 30, took off in a pickup truck, troopers said.

Schreiber eventually was taken into custody at the entrance to The Village along South Transit Road, troopers said.

He was charged with felony counts of assault, reckless endangerment and criminal mischief, as well as misdemeanor counts of resisting arrest and driving while intoxicated.

Following arraignment in Town Court, Schreiber was sent to the County Jail in lieu of $2,500 bail, pending another court appearance March 8.

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Plea of not guilty made on drug charges

LOCKPORT -- A Newfane woman was scheduled Wednesday for a June 18 trial in State Supreme Court on a four-count drug indictment.

Emma F. Slocum, 23, of Coomer Road, remains free on her own recognizance after having pleaded not guilty Feb. 7 to two counts each of fourth-degree sale and fifth-degree possession of a controlled substance.

A police informant wearing a recording device allegedly bought Suboxone from Slocum on Sept. 26 in the City of Lockport and Oct. 12 in Newfane, Assistant District Attorney Peter M. Wydysh said.

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Four work vans stripped of tools, copper wire

LOCKPORT -- Four Hildreth Electric work vans were stripped of more than $8,000 worth of tools and copper wire as they were parked in a fenced lot on Crown Drive this week.

An employee told Niagara County sheriff's deputies Tuesday morning that three of the vans, which were locked, had windows broken to gain entry. He said all four vans were assigned to a construction job and had more wire in them due to the heavy-duty job. The loss was estimated at $5,000. Also reported stolen was $3,000 in tools.

The owner told patrol that security video on the lot showed three males wearing hoodies and gloves breaking the windows and taking the wire at 2:49 a.m. Tuesday. The video was turned over to investigators.

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Not-guilty plea entered to DWI, other charges

LOCKPORT -- Willard Martin, a Niagara Falls man who reportedly admitted he had been drinking when Niagara County sheriff's deputies arrested him on DWI charges Aug. 24, was arraigned Wednesday in County Court.

Martin, 40, of 95th Street, pleaded not guilty to felony DWI, refusing the breath test, first-degree aggravated unlicensed operation, failure to signal a turn and failure to have an ignition interlock device on his car as ordered after his last DWI conviction in May in the Town of Lockport.

In their report about the arrest at the Williams Road entrance ramp to the LaSalle Expressway in Wheatfield, deputies quoted Martin as saying, "Just take me to jail. I've been drinking."

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Falls woman indicted on drug sale charges

LOCKPORT -- A Town of Niagara woman who was injured in a Dec. 7 car crash that killed her mother was arraigned in Niagara County Court Wednesday on drug charges that predate the accident.

Faith E. Sadler, 41, of Isherwood Drive, pleaded not guilty to fourth- and fifth-degree sale and two counts of fifth-degree possession of a controlled substance. She allegedly sold hydrocodone Sept. 12 and Xanax Nov. 7, both to a police informant who tape-recorded the transactions, Assistant District Attorney Peter M. Wydysh said.

Maybeth Didomizio, 88, died when a car in which she was riding, driven by Sadler's husband, John, collided with a pickup truck at the I-190 on-ramp from Niagara Falls Boulevard in Niagara Falls. The Sadlers' 10-year-old daughter remains at home with a head injury, the defendant said in court. Judge Sara Sheldon Farkas set bail at $1,000.

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Mental evaluation ordered in sexual assault case

LOCKPORT -- A mental evaluation was ordered Thursday for a Town of Lockport man who was reluctant to plead guilty in a sexual assault case.

State Supreme Court Justice Richard C. Kloch Sr. ordered the examination for Andrew D. Kinder, 27, of Robinson Road, who was charged with first-degree criminal sexual act and second-degree assault in connection with a Jan. 29 incident in that town.

Assistant Public Defender Michael E. Benedict said Kinder, who has not been indicted, told him he didn't feel "mentally right" about accepting a plea offer to a Class D felony that would have left him facing up to seven years in prison.

Kloch commented that if the information he read about the case was accurate, the plea offer was "generous." He ordered a psychiatric exam for Kinder, who remains in the Niagara County Jail, and adjourned the case until March 21 for Kinder to reconsider the plea.