Guilty plea entered in sale of painkiller
LOCKPORT -- A kidney transplant patient who was accused of making three painkiller sales to a police informant pleaded guilty Wednesday in Niagara County Court, where Judge Sara Sheldon Farkas said the informant's tapes would have proved "highly entertaining" at trial.
Richard L. Doxey, 44, of High Street, Lockport, faces a sentence of as long as 2 1/2 years in prison when he returns to court June 13. He pleaded guilty to fifth-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance. Had he been convicted at trial, he could have faced a maximum of 27 years.
Farkas said she listened to the tapes of Doxey's drug deals. "When he talked about when he was on probation before and beating the [drug] tests by diluting things with vinegar, and being down South and moving 150 pounds [of drugs], the jury probably would have heard that, so the plea is probably a good thing," the judge said.
Doxey, who underwent the transplant 2 1/2 years ago, was charged with making three 2011 drug sales: morphine Jan. 10, oxymorphone Jan. 21 and oxycodone April 12, all in the City of Lockport. He pleaded guilty only to the morphine deal.
Burglary guilty plea leads to drug treatment
LOCKPORT -- A man who admitted stealing a variety of items from an unoccupied house and garage in Royalton was placed into a court-supervised drug treatment program after pleading guilty Wednesday in Niagara County Court.
Donald J. Frey, 37, of Lincoln Avenue Extension, Lockport, was admitted to the judicial diversion program after admitting to third-degree burglary. He will also have to pay restitution of up to $6,000, said Assistant District Attorney Joseph A. Scalzo, who added that the thefts occurred on Hollenbeck Road.
Scalzo said tools, a chain saw, shotguns and scrap metal were stolen between Dec. 27 and 31. Frey's charge will be reduced to a misdemeanor if he succeeds in drug treatment; otherwise, he faces as long as seven years in prison, Judge Sara Sheldon Farkas said.
Sex offender placed on six years' probation
LOCKPORT -- A Level 3 sex offender who had been on interim probation for the past year had his probation term extended to six years Wednesday.
Niagara County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III imposed a final sentence in the case of Mark M. Miles, 29, of 19th Street, Niagara Falls, who had pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of sexual misconduct.
Miles had admitted having a sexual encounter with an adolescent girl in a Lewiston park in September 2009. He was first listed on the sex offender registry for a 2002 child molestation case.
Plea of not guilty follows drug indictment
LOCKPORT -- Ulysses R. Jones, 22, of Hyde Park Boulevard, Niagara Falls, pleaded not guilty to a drug indictment Wednesday and may be indicted on a burglary charge today.
Jones denied charges of third-, fifth- and seventh-degree possession of a controlled substance. Assistant District Attorney Peter M. Wydysh said 1.1 grams of crack cocaine and some Xanax were allegedly found in Jones' car when Niagara Falls police stopped it Jan. 18.
Deputy District Attorney Doreen M. Hoffmann announced in court that a grand jury will vote today on whether to indict Jones in connection with a Jan. 30 house burglary on Mountain View Drive in Lewiston. Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon Farkas ordered that Jones remain in jail in lieu of $5,000 bail.
Gun, pot charges bring plea of not guilty
LOCKPORT -- A Niagara Falls man arrested by police after a Nov. 10 raid on his home pleaded not guilty to an indictment in Niagara County Court on Wednesday.
Antonio Hawthorne, 32, of Townsend Place in the Falls, is charged with third-degree criminal possession of a weapon and unlawful possession of marijuana. Police allegedly found guns and pot during the execution of a search warrant.
Woman, 42, pleads guilty to drug-selling felony
LOCKPORT -- A Niagara Falls woman pleaded guilty to a drug-selling felony Wednesday in Niagara County Court and will enter the judicial diversion program of court-supervised drug treatment.
Doris Irizarry, 42, of Cleveland Avenue, admitted to third-degree sale for selling cocaine May 5. Heroin sale charges are pending against her ex-boyfriend, Juan J. Martinez, 34. Assistant District Attorney Peter M. Wydysh said Martinez also is seeking to enter the diversion program.
Cash register containing $200 stolen in Gasport
GASPORT -- A cash register that contained $200 in cash was stolen overnight Tuesday at Becker Farms/Vizcarra Vineyards in the 3700 block of Quaker Road.
Owner Oscar E. Vizcarra told Niagara County sheriff's deputies that when he came in to work at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, he noticed that the $300 cash register, containing cash, had been taken. He said he had locked the building the previous night at 6:30.