Suspect surrenders in choking incident
CASTILE – Clinton Coakley, 49, turned himself into the Wyoming County Sheriff's Office Monday, several hours after he allegedly choked another man during a fight on West Mill Street in the village.
After being arraigned in Village Court on charges of criminal obstruction of breathing and second-degree harassment, Coakley, of Baptist Hill Road, Bloomfield, was released pending further court action July 16.
Sheriff's officials said the choking victim did not need medical treatment. Coakley, who left the scene of the fight, surrendered in the courthouse Monday after being contacted by the Sheriff's Office, officials said.
Not-guilty plea made in beating of boxer
LOCKPORT – A Town of Niagara man pleaded not guilty Wednesday to charges of beating a professional boxer with an unknown metal object.
Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon Farkas continued bail at $50,000 for Michael P. Vicki, 30, of Portland Street, who was indicted on charges of first-degree assault and third-degree criminal possession of a weapon.
Vicki allegedly inflicted gashes requiring more than 200 stitches on the head of Niagara Falls junior middleweight Nick Casal, 21, in a May 12 fight over a woman that erupted after Casal took a taxi to Vicki's home.
Possession of handgun nets man prison term
LOCKPORT – A Medina man was sentenced to 1 1/2 to three years in state prison Tuesday for having a loaded handgun during an incident outside a Lockport bar last year.
Michael V. Coley, 24, of Church Street, had admitted to attempted third-degree criminal possession of a weapon, a charge stemming from the arrest of three people outside the Casa Montego on Heath Street April 2, 2011. His guilty plea resulted in dismissal of weapons charges against his brother and his sister-in-law.
Coley appeared in court using a walker. Defense attorney David S. Mansour said Coley was injured in an auto accident while being transported to a previous court appearance, and a lawsuit is pending. Coley has been in Wayne County Jail awaiting sentencing.
Two-year prison term given for drug felonies
LOCKPORT – A Buffalo man drew two years in state prison Tuesday for a pair of drug felonies.
Niagara County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III imposed the sentence on Eli L. Clark, 21, of Fuller Street, who had admitted to two counts of fourth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance in separate incidents.
Clark was caught with 0.65 ounces of crack cocaine Jan. 30 in the Sunrise Motel in Niagara Falls.
Last summer, he pleaded guilty to having two-tenths of an ounce of crack when police raided his apartment on Bryant Street in North Tonawanda March 25, 2011. Another case from early this year, in which Clark was charged with selling narcotics in North Tonawanda, was dismissed as part of a plea deal.
Sex offender gets prison for violating 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.
Falls motorcyclist dies from injuries in crash
NIAGARA FALLS – A motorcyclist died Wednesday after he was involved in a crash late Tuesday night on Niagara Falls Boulevard.
Michael Paul, 25, of Niagara Falls was heading east on Niagara Falls Boulevard at 11:35 p.m. Tuesday when a westbound car driven by Shana Wallace, 21, of Lockport attempted to make a left turn in front of him, city police said.
Paul was wearing a helmet but was critically injured. He was taken by ambulance to Erie County Medical Center, where he died from his injuries before 9 a.m. Wednesday, according to Officer Michael Drake.
Wallace was making a turn into the parking lot of one of the motels in the 6600 block of Niagara Falls Boulevard, according to Drake.
No charges have been filed, but police are continuing their investigation.