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250-pound cement oinker suffers ear, leg damage

WHEATFIELD -- A 3-foot-long cement pig weighing an estimated 250 pounds was stolen from the front porch of a Walmore Road home overnight Friday, Niagara County sheriff's deputies said.

As deputies investigated the theft, the homeowner learned the pig was on the median of Balla Drive and Krueger Road. The pig suffered ear and leg damage, deputies said.


Woman gets jail sentence for prescription drug caper

LOCKPORT -- A woman who drove to three Rite Aid stores June 24, seeking to obtain drugs without a prescription, was sentenced Wednesday -- "astoundingly," in the judge's own description -- to six months in jail and a subsequent 4 1/2 years of probation.

"I'm taking a chance doing this," State Supreme Court Justice Richard C. Kloch Sr. told Barbara A. Vaughn, 34, of Harvey Avenue, an admitted addict to drugs such as Xanax and Lortab.

Vaughn pleaded guilty Nov. 29 to two counts of attempted second-degree grand larceny, which could have brought her up to 14 years in prison. She quickly flunked out of a court-run drug treatment program. Her sentence will include 50 days in the county work program.

"You're calling out for help," Kloch told the single mother of two sons. "This is the last bridge. I want to see you succeed."


Hyde Park banana trees prove appealing to thieves

NIAGARA FALLS -- Two banana trees were stolen early Saturday from the front yard of a Hyde Park-area resident, Niagara Falls police said.

The 30th Street victim said that the two trees, valued at $50, were taken from his yard between midnight and 8:30 a.m.


Man getting treatment after plea to ATV theft

LOCKPORT -- A Niagara Falls man was admitted to the judicial diversion program of court-supervised drug treatment Friday after pleading guilty to stealing an all-terrain vehicle.

Randy A. Sharp, 23, of 73rd Street, faces seven years in prison if he doesn't succeed in the program to which he was admitted by Niagara County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III.

Sharp pleaded guilty to third-degree burglary and fifth-degree criminal possession of stolen property for the April 12 theft from a garage on Ward Road in North Tonawanda.


Man pleads guilty to DWI; gets 1 to 3 years in prison

LOCKPORT -- A man who pleaded guilty to felony counts of driving while intoxicated in Niagara and Chautauqua counties will serve one to three years in prison.

Niagara County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III imposed a one-year sentence Friday on Michael B. Mosher, 29, of Ohio Avenue, North Tonawanda. However, that sentence will run concurrently with the one-to-three-year term imposed on Mosher in April in Mayville.


Elderly woman is victim of thief outside church

NIAGARA FALLS -- An elderly woman told police her purse was stolen from her car about 3 p.m. Friday as she unloaded supplies in the St. John de LaSalle Church parking lot off Buffalo Avenue. The woman lost a passport, checkbook, debit and credit cards and a $340 paycheck, police said.


Two plead not guilty to Lockport drug sales

LOCKPORT -- Two defendants accused of selling cocaine in the City of Lockport pleaded not guilty in Niagara County Court.

Thursday, Anthony J. Ervin, 27, of Warren Street, Buffalo, denied two counts each of third-degree criminal sale and possession of a controlled substance. He allegedly sold crack cocaine April 19 and May 2, 2011.

Wednesday, Laura B. Yeates, 36, of Clinton Street, Lockport, pleaded not guilty to the same charges. She is accused of selling cocaine to a police informant on Genesee Street in Lockport Dec. 27 and Jan. 3.


Man becomes a victim during trip to the store

NIAGARA FALLS -- Police said a 29-year-old Falls Street man was robbed shortly after noon Friday after walking to a corner store to buy cigarettes and pay his telephone bill.

The victim had just left the Merry Mart store on 19th Street when a man asked him for change for a $20 bill. The victim pulled out some money, but returned it to a pocket, saying he didn't have the change.

However, the robber reached into the pocket and made off with $60, fleeing east toward Welch Avenue.