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Man, 67, pleads guilty to stabbing neighbor

LOCKPORT -- A Wilson man pleaded guilty Tuesday to stabbing a neighbor in an argument over barking dogs Oct. 17.

Gerald J. Stauder, 67, of Maple Street in the Dorwood mobile home park, could be sentenced to as long as seven years in prison when he returns before Niagara County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III on May 1.

The victim, Dwayne S. Klumpp, 50, was knifed in the abdomen on Stauder's front porch. He was hospitalized for several days.


Woman spared jail time on drug charge

LOCKPORT -- Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon Farkas spared a Lockport woman jail time on a drug charge Wednesday because of the defendant's health problems.

Betty K. Bove, 55, of Chestnut Drive, was placed on five years' probation, and her driver's license was suspended for six months. She had pleaded guilty to fifth-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance for selling crack cocaine four times in the fall of 2010.

Defense attorney Angelo Musitano said Bove is a diabetic who underwent a recent neck operation and is scheduled for back surgery in April.

Farkas told Bove that her probation officer will have the option of making her wear an ankle bracelet for up to a year "if he gets wind you're traveling back to those neighborhoods you used to frequent."


Five years' probation ordered in firebombing

LOCKPORT -- A Town of Tonawanda man who tried to firebomb the home of his sister's ex-boyfriend was sentenced to five years' probation Tuesday by Niagara County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III.

Defense attorney Susan Karalus said Stephen J. Ralston, 21, of Niagara Falls Boulevard, already had served 140 days in jail before and after his guilty plea to attempted third-degree arson.

Ralston, a former Buffalo resident, threw a glass bottle of gasoline at a house on Center Avenue in North Tonawanda Oct. 12, but the bottle bounced off the house and burned on the lawn. Ralston blamed intoxication and not taking his mental health medications for the incident.


Arrest made in break-in at house of neighbor

BARRE -- A 24-year-old man was jailed following his arrest Wednesday afternoon for allegedly breaking into a neighbor's house, the Orleans County Sheriff's Office announced.

Adam J. Gulbranson, of Johnny Cake Lane, was jailed in lieu of $20,000 bail or $40,000 bond on second-degree burglary and attempted petit larceny charges.

According to the Sheriff's Office, a female neighbor of Gulbranson was roused from the second floor of her house by the barking of her dog at about 9 a.m. Wednesday. Thinking it was her father returning the dog, she went downstairs and saw an intruder fleeing through backyards.

Sheriff's deputies, state police and U.S. Border Patrol agents responded to the scene, as well as an Albion Police K-9 that tracked a trail to Gulbranson's house and led to his arrest, deputies said.


Cocaine possession nets 2 1/2 years in prison

LOCKPORT -- Ronald E. Rowles, 25, of Walnut Street, Lockport, was sentenced Tuesday to 2 1/2 years in prison on a cocaine possession charge.

Rowles had pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of attempted fourth-degree possession for having 0.23 ounces of cocaine Oct. 5 in a Lockport home. The plea deal included Rowles' admission to violating probation in connection with a 2003 Lockport burglary.

Other drug charges pending against Rowles in Niagara Falls were dismissed as part of the plea bargain worked out Dec. 19 by Assistant District Attorney Peter M. Wydysh and defense attorney Joel L. Daniels.


Two sought in fight that left victim fighting for his life

NIAGARA FALLS, Ont. -- Two Niagara Falls, Ont., men are being sought by the Niagara Regional Police Service for their alleged role in a violent street fight early Tuesday outside a Victoria Avenue bar that left the victim fighting for his life.

Michael Nelson Pereira, 33, and Ronald Wayne Sealey, 44, are wanted in connection with the assault of a 45-year-old man at about 12:30 a.m. outside the Sports Beat Bar and Grill.

Police said Pereira and Sealey are wanted on aggravated assault and two counts of breach of probation linked to earlier incidents.

The 45-year-old victim was taken by air ambulance to a Hamilton hospital with life-threatening injuries, but his condition was upgraded to serious Wednesday, police said.


Copper wiring valued at $1,500 stolen at store

NIAGARA FALLS -- Copper wiring valued at $1,500 was stolen from the outside of a Family Dollar store in the 1300 block of Pine Avenue overnight Monday, city police reported.

The manager told police that 40 feet of electrical wiring was cut off the building, knocking out the store's power. The manager said that there was power to the building when the last employee left at 10 p.m. Monday, and he found the cut wires at 8 a.m. Tuesday. The electrical box, valued at $250, also was damaged in the theft.