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NIAGARA POLICE & COURTS

Man pleads not guilty
 to cocaine, pot possession

LOCKPORT – A North Tonawanda man was arraigned on a cocaine possession indictment Tuesday in Niagara County Court, but a co-defendant may have left the area.

Jeffrey M. Tretter, 20, of Eddy Drive, pleaded not guilty to third- and fourth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and unlawful possession of marijuana.

However, William H. Chapple III, 45, of Pine Street, Lockport, did not appear to answer charges of second-degree criminal possession of marijuana, unlawful growing of cannabis and three counts of seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.

Judge Matthew J. Murphy III issued an arrest warrant for Chapple. Defense attorney Ryan P. Hanna said similar bench warrants have been issued by judges in Lewiston and Grand Island.

Police raided Chapple's apartment May 15 and said they seized 281 pot plants and three kinds of pain pills. Tretter was in his car outside and police obtained a search warrant for the auto, finding a quarter-ounce of alleged cocaine.

Assistant District Attorney Peter M. Wydysh said the U.S. Attorney's Office is probing a subsequent drugstore burglary in Middleport and may indict Chapple in connection with the theft of a large quantity of pills.

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Man gets OK to reapply 
for funeral director's license

An Akron man, jailed in 2010 for embezzling $175,000 from an 85-year-old widow, can reapply for a state funeral director's license, a judge ruled Tuesday.

Paris J. Childs, 52, remains on probation for his third-degree grand larceny conviction.

Childs can seek to have his license reinstated, but he still cannot have anything to do with customers' money, State Supreme Court Justice Russell P. Buscaglia said.

Buscaglia, who presided at the plea and sentencing hearings for the operator of Childs Funeral Home, had revoked his state funeral director's license for five years.

Attorney Thomas J. Eoannou, representing Childs, asked the judge to allow Childs to reapply for the license.

Eoannou sought the "limited carve-out" from the probationary conditions imposed on Childs "so he can make a living."

Childs will have no contact with money but will perform tasks like as picking up bodies, embalming, arranging viewings, and helping families select coffins, Eoannou said. He said Childs paid full restitution of $175,000.

Buscaglia sentenced Childs to six months in jail, among other sanctions, in January 2010.

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Batavia man caught selling drugs to task force agent

BATAVIA – A Batavia man has been arrested and charged with selling a quantity of pills containing a controlled substance to an agent of the Genesee County Local Drug Task Force, the Sheriff's Office announced Tuesday.

Investigators said Randy K. Wilmet, 35, of Franklin Street, is charged with fourth-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance, a felony.

The Sheriff's Office said a Batavia police officer arrested Wilmet on Sunday afternoon, near the intersection of Bank and North streets, while the officer was investigating an unrelated matter. The suspect was taken to the Genesee County Jail, where he was held without bail.

The charge was contained in a sealed indictment warrant handed up by a grand jury.

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Tonawanda robbery suspect 
arrested by Buffalo police

A man suspected of robbing a Town of Tonawanda gas station at gunpoint last weekend was taken into custody Tuesday in Buffalo.

Louis Henhawk, 39, who lives in the town, was spotted walking along Hertel Avenue, near Niagara Street, by Buffalo police, according to Lt. Nicholas A. Bado, a spokesman for the town Police Department. Henhawk now is in the town lockup, awaiting arraignment on charges of robbery, menacing, larceny and criminal possession of a weapon.

A warrant for Henhawk was issued following Saturday's robbery of a Noco gas station on Niagara Falls Boulevard. Investigators said he threatened a clerk with a handgun and fled with approximately $100 in cash.

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Cheektowaga man gets
 90 days in attack on woman

A Cheektowaga man has been sentenced to 90 days in the Erie County Correctional Facility for the August attack on a woman with whom he lived, town police reported Tuesday.

Robert Day, 53, of Preston Road, was sentenced last week by Cheektowaga Town Justice Paul Piotrowski. Day had pleaded guilty to charges stemming from the Aug. 12 assault of his 57-year-old companion.

Police said Day slammed the woman against a wall and then choked her from behind with his forearm, obstructing her breathing. He fled on a bicycle, but was located by officers near Roma Road and East Delevan Avenue and arrested after a struggle.