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Suspect in knife attack pleads to reduced charge

LOCKPORT -- A Town of Tonawanda man pleaded guilty Wednesday in Niagara County Court in a Feb. 18 stabbing in Niagara Falls.

Josh P. Czamara, 20, of Westchester Boulevard, admitted to a reduced charge of attempted second-degree assault. He was scheduled for sentencing July 3 by Judge Sara Sheldon Farkas, who could send him to prison for as long as four years. Czamara, who was living in the Falls at the time, pulled a knife on another man during a fight at a party on 85th Street. Assistant District Attorney Lisa M. Baehre said the 18-year-old victim was stabbed in "the right liver-lung-chest area."

A friend told police the stabbing victim, who had a one-inch wound, tried to drive away after the assault, but crashed his car into a pole.


Falls motel owner reports copper thefts at vacant site

NIAGARA FALLS -- A motel owner told police Tuesday that $1,200 in copper has been stolen during the past four months from property he owns on Eighth Street.

The victim said he suspects that two employees he hired to work on the vacant property, in the 700 block of Eighth Street, allowed a man to remove heavy gauge wire from the building and sell it for scrap without his permission.

An investigation is continuing.


Man admits drug charge, gets treatment program

LOCKPORT -- A Rochester man who was arrested in a Lockport drug raid Nov. 21 pleaded guilty and was placed in a program of court-supervised drug treatment this week by Niagara County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III.

Mitchell J. Sims III, 19, pleaded guilty Tuesday to third-degree possession of a controlled substance. He handed another person about a quarter-ounce of crack cocaine when police arrived, Assistant District Attorney Peter M. Wydysh said. Sims forfeited $800 that police seized from him.

Sims, who admitted "smoking weed" the day before his court appearance, must avoid drugs while in the two-year judicial diversion program. If he fails, he faces up to nine years in prison, but if he completes the program, his charge will be reduced to a misdemeanor.


Four more vehicle break-ins in Falls follow 3 on Sunday

NIAGARA FALLS -- Vehicle break-ins continue to mount in the city, as four more were reported Monday, adding to a previous report of three break-ins on Sunday.

In the 600 block of 19th Street, the driver of a Jeep Mountaineer told police that his rear passenger-side window was broken and jumper cables were stolen between noon and 1:30 p.m. Sunday. Loss and damage were estimated at $450.

In the 1500 block of Ashland Avenue between 11 p.m. Sunday and 8 a.m. Monday, the driver of a Chevy Impala said his rear passenger-side window was broken, but nothing was stolen. Damage was pegged at $200.

In the 2200 block of Pierce Avenue between 4 and 9:30 a.m. Monday, the driver of a Jeep Cherokee Suburban told police that his driver-side window was broken and a duffel bag of clothing was taken from the back seat. The owner said he found the clothes on the sidewalk, but the bag was gone. Loss and damage were estimated at $225.

In the 400 block of 26th Street, the owner of a Ford Explorer said her passenger-side window and a rear window were broken to gain access to a stereo system and bass assembly. Damage was pegged at $397.

Stereo systems also were reported stolen in three break-ins previously reported on Sunday.


Man with baseball bat attacks man in Falls

NIAGARA FALLS -- A city man told police he was chased around a yard on Devlin Avenue by a man carrying a baseball bat and was struck at least twice.

The victim told police Tuesday that he knocked on a friend's door just after 5:30 p.m. in the 6000 block of Devlin and the friend wasn't home, but a man came to the door and threatened him with the bat.

The victim said he was hit on the left hand and forearm. He also said he believes he may have sprained his ankle and will seek medical treatment.


Ontario woman admits smuggling marijuana

An Ontario woman pleaded guilty Wednesday to smuggling marijuana into the United States. Assistant U.S. Attorney Mary C. Baumgarten said Karlene Powless, 28, drove a Dodge pickup truck to the Peace Bridge in late 2004, where Customs and Border Protection officers found 30 bags of marijuana in the spare tire.

Baumgarten said a further investigation revealed Powless had imported marijuana into the U.S. 15 times before her arrest. The delay in her plea was due the extradition process.


$1,000, television stolen, furniture cut in break-in

NIAGARA FALLS -- A television and $1,000 in cash were stolen and furniture was slashed in a break-in overnight Tuesday in the 500 block of 10th Street.

The victim told police he suspects someone he knows because the burglar let his dog out of a crate.