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Four life sentences possible in repeated sexual assaults

LOCKPORT -- A Lockport man faces four potential sentences of life in prison in an indictment unsealed Monday in Niagara County Court.

Robert M. Felvus, 20, of Adam Street, is charged with repeated sexual assaults on a 9-year-old girl between March 2011 and New Year's Day.

He pleaded not guilty to an indictment that included two counts each of predatory sexual assault and attempted predatory sexual assault, two counts of attempted first-degree rape and three counts of first-degree sexual abuse. Judge Sara Sheldon Farkas ordered Felvus held on $60,000 bail.

Assistant District Attorney Robert A. Zucco said Felvus is charged with attempted rape, attempted predatory sexual assault and two sexual abuse counts in a March 2011 incident; one sexual abuse count in an incident sometime last summer; and the remaining charges in an incident New Year's Eve or New Year's Day.

Besides the sex charges, Felvus is accused of violating probation on a 2008 arson conviction by not paying restitution and for having alcohol when a parole officer visited his home Jan. 27.


Motorcyclist hit by car on Portage Road in Falls

NIAGARA FALLS -- A motorcyclist was struck by a car in the 1000 block of Portage Road just after 4 p.m. Monday and was taken to the hospital for treatment of injuries.

Police late Monday continued to investigate the crash, which blocked traffic for several hours on that section of Portage in front of Tops supermarket.


Suspect accused of trying to bribe a witness

A Niagara Falls man was charged with attempting to corruptly persuade a witness or informant, with the intent to influence or prevent the testimony of that witness or information in a federal criminal trial, U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul Jr. announced Monday.

Rodriguez Brown, 34, is under indictment for violations of narcotics and firearms statutes. The latest complaint alleges that Brown tried to pay a government witness who is cooperating against the defendant to change his testimony by denying that Brown has sold the witness cocaine, said Assistant U.S. Attorney Mary Catherine Baumgarten, who is handling the case.

Federal agents and Niagara Falls police detectives were alerted to Brown's attempts to bribe the cooperating witness. Brown was arrested last week in Buffalo, Baumgarten said.

The case is part of an ongoing investigation by agents of the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, as well as Niagara Falls and Buffalo police departments.

The charge carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison, a fine of $250,000, or both.


Suspect in domestic case arraigned on drug charge

LOCKPORT -- A Niagara Falls man who already was facing charges in a domestic incident was arraigned Monday in Niagara County Court on a felony drug indictment.

Rueben W. Davis Jr., 33, of Niagara Avenue, pleaded not guilty to third-degree possession and sale of a controlled substance. He allegedly sold cocaine to a police informant Dec. 7 in the City of Lockport.

In an indictment unsealed Jan. 5, Davis was charged with second-degree burglary, second-degree criminal mischief, aggravated harassment and unlawful imprisonment. He was accused of entering and trashing his ex-girlfriend's apartment in the Falls before forcing her to drive him around the city in her car. He is awaiting trial in that case.


Guilty plea accepted in theft of copper

LOCKPORT -- A man who had been accused of stealing copper wire and pipe from a Niagara Falls apartment house was allowed to plead guilty to a misdemeanor Monday in State Supreme Court.

Justice Richard C. Kloch Sr. scheduled sentencing June 4 for Kevin Y. Harper, 52, of Cleveland Avenue, Niagara Falls.

He was arrested Sept. 21 when police saw him leaving a building on 17th Street carrying a bucket of scrap metal.


Woman accused of using daughter to help shoplift

LOCKPORT -- A Lockport woman was charged over the weekend with using her daughter to help her shoplift, Niagara County sheriff's deputies reported.

Alsion M. Albers, 50, of Crosby Avenue, allegedly put stolen items in a reuseable bag Sunday at Walmart and gave them to her 11-year-old daughter to carry out of the South Transit Road store without paying.

Albers was charged with petit larceny and endangering the welfare of a child just before 6 p.m., deputies said. Walmart did not press charges against the young girl.

Child Protective Services was called to investigate, deputies said.

A store security agent said she saw Albers and her daughter placing items in the cart and then going to another part of the store and putting the items in a reuseable Walmart tote bag.

Albers then gave the items, valued at $211.53, to her daughter to carry out of the store, according to store security.