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Guilty plea entered in gun, drug case

LOCKPORT -- A Niagara Falls man arrested after police seized drugs and guns from his home in a raid last year, pleaded guilty to a single misdemeanor Wednesday and was promised a three-year probation sentence.

State Supreme Court Justice Richard C. Kloch Sr. will make the sentence official Aug. 23, noting that Vincent J. Quarcini had no prior criminal record.

Quarcini, 50, of West Rivershore Drive, admitted to fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon for having a loaded 9 mm Beretta handgun at the time of the raid May 25, 2011.

Police also said they seized eight bags of cocaine, a set of metal knuckles and about a dozen long guns. Those firearms turned out to be legal.


Woman pleads guilty to selling cocaine

LOCKPORT -- A Cambria woman pleaded guilty Wednesday in Niagara County Court to selling cocaine in the City of Lockport, where she lived at the time of the crime.

Laura B. Yeates, 36, of Upper Mountain Road, admitted to fifth-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance and was scheduled for sentencing Aug. 22 by Judge Sara Sheldon Farkas.

Yeates, a former resident of Clinton Street in Lockport, sold cocaine to a police informant on Genesee Street in Lockport on Dec. 27 and Jan. 3. She declined a chance for admission to a court-supervised drug treatment program and faces a prison term of up to 2 1/2 years.


Falls man sentenced in rape, theft of property

LOCKPORT -- A Niagara Falls man who withdrew his guilty pleas in two cases, then changed his mind a month later, was sentenced Wednesday by State Supreme Court Justice Richard C. Kloch Sr. to 18 months in state prison and 10 years of post-release supervision.

Justin D. Gore, 21, of Pierce Avenue, had admitted Jan. 20 to reduced charges of attempted second-degree rape and fifth-degree criminal possession of stolen property. He withdrew the plea April 20 and changed his mind May 16.

Gore admitted having sex with a 14-year-old girl in 2010 and having three stolen rifle scopes in his home.


Illinois man arrested in child sex case

A Schaumburg, Ill., man who traveled to Niagara Falls intending to have sex with a 15-year-old girl he met online was sentenced Wednesday to six years in federal prison by U.S. District Judge William M. Skretny.

David Murch, 21, was convicted of traveling across state lines to have sex with a minor, and receipt of child pornography.

Murch was arrested in July 2010 after an FBI investigation, the U.S. Attorney's office said.


Probation term set for theft of cash box

LOCKPORT -- A man who stole a cash box containing about $800 from his employer pledged to repay the money, as he was placed on five years' probation Wednesday by Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon Farkas.

Charles A. Jackson Jr., 35, of 58th Street, Niagara Falls, had pleaded guilty to attempted third-degree burglary for the Sept. 2 theft from Standard Auto Wreckers on Highland Avenue in the Falls.

Although Farkas did not make restitution part of her sentence because prosecutors did not seek it at the time Jackson pleaded guilty, Jackson, who was fired after the theft, told the judge he would repay the money.


Unlocked vehicle break-ins cited in Wrights Corners

NEWFANE -- Several break-ins of unlocked vehicles were reported overnight Tuesday in the Wrights Corners area by Niagara County sheriff's deputies.

In the 2900 block of Rosemarie Circle a victim told police Tuesday that sometime overnight two unlocked vehicles in her driveway were broken into. She said $3 worth of change was taken from her car and a $25 pair of sunglasses were taken from her husband's vehicle.

A larceny also was reported in the 3500 block of Lockport-Olcott Road. A woman told deputies that someone broke into her vehicle and her husband's work vehicle, both left unlocked in the driveway. Reported stolen were two Dick's gift cards, valued at $50, an iPod Touch and power cord, an empty sunglasses bag and $2 in change. Total loss was pegged at $263.

Deputies said several similar reports were received in the area and vehicle doors were found open.


Transmission line falls across Lockport Bypass

LOCKPORT -- The Lockport Bypass, between State Street and Robinson Road, was closed after a transmission line fell across the road at about 10:30 a.m. Wednesday.

A large number of homes and businesses in the area in both the City and Town of Lockport were without power for a short time, including city police, the Niagara County Sheriff's Office, Niagara County office buildings and some businesses.

The power was restored to most locations by New York State Electric & Gas in an hour or less.

The Sheriff's Office said the road was closed by the state Department of Transportation and remained closed into early afternoon.