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Florida man arrested at border over weapons

NIAGARA FALLS -- A Florida man was arrested at the Rainbow Bridge on Monday for attempting to carry a loaded handgun and ammunition into the United States without a permit.

Jose M. Badiola, 52, of Port Orange, was carrying a loaded .22-caliber revolver and also had 200 rounds of ammunition, police said. Badiola had no permit to carry a gun in Florida or New York, according to authorities.

Niagara Falls police charged him with fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon.


Threat to social workers charged in woman's arrest

RIDGEWAY -- A Ridgeway woman arrested Tuesday at her Murdock Road home is accused of threatening to shoot Child Protective Services staff and police if they came to her home.

Laura S. Snider, 29, is charged with making a terrorist threat, obstructing governmental administration, resisting arrest and endangering the welfare of her three children, ages 4, 6 and 13.

Orleans County Sheriff Scott D. Hess said the Sheriff's Office was alerted after Snider threatened a Catholic Charities social worker visiting the home Monday to check on the welfare of the three children. Snider was arrested after social workers and deputies went to her home Tuesday, authorities said.

Snider was arraigned before Ridgeway Town Justice Dawn Kepplers and is in Orleans County Jail in lieu of $5,000 bail.


Industrial plants mined of metals in recent thefts

NIAGARA FALLS -- Police are investigating metal thefts from three industrial plants over the past few days.

Copper wiring was stolen and an electrical conduit destroyed early Monday from Certified Fabrication on Cory Drive in Wheatfield, authorities said. The loss was placed at $4,800.

Late Sunday, copper wiring valued at $500 was stolen from the old Nabisco plant in the 800 block of Rainbow Boulevard. Niagara Falls police responding to a burglar alarm found a bag containing possible burglary tools and a smashed window.

Recently, 500 pounds of angle irons were stolen from the machine shop of Apollo Steel in the 4800 block of Wilton Avenue. The loss was estimated at $1,500. There was no signs of forced entry, police said.


Leandra's Law employed in woman's DWI arrest

PORTER -- A woman who drove intoxicated Sunday with four children in her vehicle on Sunday will face Leandra's Law charges, Niagara County sheriff's deputies.

Carla A. Gibson, 34, of Creek Road, Youngstown was stopped at 8:43 p.m. on Brayley Road and charged with with aggravated DWI. She was convicted of DWI in 2008.


Presence of daughter adds to shoplifting charges

NIAGARA FALLS -- A woman charged with shoplifting Monday afternoon will face additional charges for bringing her daughter with her, police said.

Takeia C. Shelton, 28, was charged with petit larceny and endangering the welfare of a child at 4:30 p.m. at a Walmart on Military Road.

Shelton is accused of placing 13 pieces of clothing in her purse and leaving the store with friends and her 3-year-old daughter, without paying for the items.


Woman faces more prison at end of federal term

LOCKPORT -- A Royalton woman who sold drugs in the Town of Lockport twice last year will serve a year in state prison, after her eight-month federal sentence on other charges expires.

Lexie T. Quagliano, 28, of Slayton Settlement Road, had pleaded guilty before Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon Farkas to fifth-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance for Suboxone deals with undercover police March 11 and 23, 2011.

Farkas' sentence Monday, which includes a year of post-release supervision, was made to run consecutively to an eight-month term for violation of probation that Quagliano received in U.S. District Court in Buffalo last month. Quagliano's guilty plea to the local drug charge meant she violated probation by not avoiding further crime.

Quagliano had pleaded guilty in 2009 to a federal charge of fraudulently obtaining painkillers. She was ordered to repay $35,000 to Universa Healthcare and Medco Health Solutions. As of April, when she admitted to the probation violation, Quagliano still owed $28,963, court papers said.


Man gets 5 years in prison for break-in at apartment

LOCKPORT -- Five years in prison and three years of post-release supervision were ordered Monday for a Niagara Falls man who burglarized an apartment in that city last year.

Dashun J. Barnes, 32, of Niagara Street, was sentenced by Niagara County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III on a guilty plea to a reduced charge of attempted second-degree burglary.

Barnes was chased by neighborhood children on bicycles after he was seen leaving the 20th Street apartment June 9, 2011.

Police said he stole a jar of change, a carton of cigarettes and some jewelry.