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Sex offender who violated probation sent back to jail

LOCKPORT – A sex offender who quickly violated the terms of his probation was sentenced to 1 1/3 to four years in state prison Monday by Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon Farkas.

Matthew M. Kaiser, 42, of Washburn Street, a Level 3 sex offender, was flagged for a violation in February, only two months after completing a six-month County Jail term that began his sentence for possession of child pornography.

Assistant District Attorney Elizabeth R. Donatello said Kaiser violated the rules by using the Internet and by having a nude photo on his cellphone.

Assistant Public Defender Michael E. Benedict argued that if the probation officer thought Kaiser was so dangerous, he should be kept on probation for the maximum 10 years to have him under supervision longer than a prison term and parole would require. Farkas said that Benedict's argument "boggles my mind."

Kaiser was one of the sex offenders who took part in a Halloween haunted house promotion on Washburn Street in 2010. The 2011 show was canceled because of media scrutiny.


Man stopped for speeding pleads guilty to DWI

LOCKPORT – A man who was clocked driving 77 mph in a 55-mph zone pleaded guilty to a felony count of driving while intoxicated Monday in Niagara County Court.

Leslie J. Brewer, 49, of Vine Street, Lockport, was scheduled for sentencing Aug. 6 by County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III.

Assistant District Attorney Theodore A. Brenner said Brewer was arrested April 13 on Bowmiller Road in the Town of Lockport.


Ejected from drug program, Lockport man gets prison

LOCKPORT – Christopher J. Wagner, 24, of Cottage Street, who was kicked out of a court-supervised drug treatment program, was sentenced to 2 1/2 years in state prison Tuesday by Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon Farkas.

Wagner, who had pleaded guilty to fourth-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance, was ejected from the judicial diversion program shortly after his admission in late April for failing to follow its rules. "When you're removed from diversion, you go to state prison," Farkas told him.

Wagner sold Suboxone to a police informant Aug. 5.


Falls man sent to prison ?for violating porn probation

LOCKPORT — A Niagara Falls man who violated the terms of his probation on child pornography charges was sent to state prison for 1 1/3 to four years Tuesday by Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon Farkas.

Shelby G. Robertson, 64, also faces further legal trouble. Niagara Falls City Court officials said he faces unrelated charges there of third-degree criminal sexual act and assault.

Robertson, who was placed on 10 years' probation in 2004 for possession of child porn and endangering the welfare of a child, was found guilty of the probation violation in a hearing.

Farkas ruled Robertson had possession of computer peripherals and hard drives and also had contact with minors.

Assistant District Attorney Elizabeth R. Donatello said Robertson also was charged with being kicked out of sex offender treatment and failing to register a change of address.


Ontario officer suspended after drunken driving crash

ST. CATHARINES, Ont. — A Niagara Regional Police officer was suspended with pay after being charged with drunken driving following a crash between her SUV and a motorcyclist on Glendridge Avenue about 2:44 a.m. Tuesday.

Sgt. Cathy Edgecombe, 42, and the motorcyclist both were southbound on Glenridge when Edgecombe's SUV struck the rear of the motorcycle, police officials said.

The motorcyclist, whom police did not name, was treated at local hospital and released.

Edgecombe, a 16-year veteran of the police force and most recently assigned to general patrol in St. Catharines, was arrested after the off-duty incident and charged with impaired operation of a motor vehicle and operating a vehicle with more than 80 mg of alcohol.

She faces further court action in St. Catharines on July 20.


Tractor-trailer overturns, spilling load of fertilizer

NEWFANE – A tractor-trailer carrying a 1,500-gallon tank of liquid nitrogen fertilizer lost part of its load Monday afternoon when the container fell off the bed and broke open at the corner of Ridge and Coomer roads.

The Niagara County Sheriff's Office closed the road around 3 p.m. Monday while the spill was cleaned up from the road and on property at the northeast corner of the road.

The Niagara County Haz-Mat team was called to respond and determined that the fertilizer, Borosol, was not a hazardous material.