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NIAGARA POLICE & COURTS

Lockport woman accused 
in theft from elderly woman

LOCKPORT – A Lockport woman arrested Thursday by state police is accused of stealing more than $6,000 from an elderly Gasport woman by forging her name on checks.

Grace M. Incorvaia, 31, of West Avenue, is charged with third-degree grand larceny and second-degree forgery. The victim's son-in-law told police the 82-year-old victim's bank account was being drained at a rapid rate. Incorvaia was jailed after arraignment in Hartland Town Court.

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Woman gets year in jail
 for probation violation

LOCKPORT – A Town of Lockport woman was sentenced Friday to a year in Niagara County Jail for violating probation on her conviction for selling crack cocaine.

Betty K. Bove, 55, of Chestnut Drive, has had long-standing neck and back problems. "I don't think I'll ever get off the pain medication," she told County Judge Sara Sheldon Farkas.

"You self-medicate to the point that you have to be rushed to the hospital to be resuscitated," Farkas replied.

Defense attorney Angelo Musitano said Bove's incarceration is likely to be costly for the county because of the large number of prescription drugs Bove takes.

She pleaded guilty to fifth-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance for selling crack four times in the fall of 2010.

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Feb. 15 sentencing set 
in weapon, burglary case

LOCKPORT – Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon Farkas scheduled sentencing Feb. 15 for a Niagara Falls man who pleaded guilty Friday to two separate indictments.

Timothy J. Santiago, 28, of 70th Street, faces up to 14 years in prison for his admissions to third-degree burglary and third-degree criminal possession of a weapon.

Santiago admitted breaking into Denise's Bar on 19th Street in the Falls on Sept. 5, 2011, and to pulling a fake handgun on the clerk at a Coastal gas station across the street from the bar Feb. 7. He was out on bail for the bar burglary at the time of the robbery attempt.

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Bowling club secretary
 charged in $5,000 theft

LOCKPORT – A bowling club secretary is accused of stealing money designated for club expenses, then claiming money was stolen from her, in an apparent attempt to cover up the crime, Niagara County Sheriff James R. Voutour said Friday.

Cheryl A. Wright, 50, of the Town of Lockport, was charged Thursday with a felony count of grand larceny and a misdemeanor count of falsely reporting an incident. Wright, who had been secretary of the Lockport Bowling Boosters Club, is accused of stealing more than $5,000 from a fund that pays for trophies and award banquets, among other things, associated with the Lockport High School bowling team, the sheriff said.

As the boosters club was reporting the loss of funds to Lockport police, Wright was in the process of filing a burglary report with the Sheriff's Office, claiming $4,000 was stolen from her home, Voutour said.

An investigation revealed the reported burglary didn't occur and was an attempted cover-up, Voutour said.

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Woman accused of attacking 
3-year-old under her care

LOCKPORT – A Town of Lockport woman has been charged with injuring a 3-year-old child who was in her care last week, the Niagara County Sheriff's Office said Friday.

Amber Richardson, 24, was charged Thursday with a felony count of assault and a misdemeanor count of endangering the welfare of a child.

Sheriff James R. Voutour said the child, who was injured while in Richardson's care on Nov. 21, was treated in Women & Children's Hospital, Buffalo. Further information was unavailable. Following arraignment in Lockport Town Court, Richardson was released without bail, pending another court appearance Dec. 13.

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AWOL reservist linked 
to bad checks scheme

An AWOL Army reservist is accused of a bad check scheme that duped dozens of people in Erie and Niagara counties, Town of Tonawanda police said.

Steven D. Burns, 21, of Sanborn, is charged with petit larceny and issuing a bad check, according to Lt. Nicholas A. Bado.

Burns, who was arrested Monday, cashed $300 in personal checks on his closed account at a town bank, Bado said.

Each time he visited a bank, Burns wore his uniform and claimed he needed the cash immediately because he was being deployed overseas in a few days, authorities added.

Tellers, sympathetic toward his plight, accommodated Burns and gave him cash, Bado said.
Burns is absent without leave from his reserve unit, Bado said.

Detectives said he has committed the fraud on at least 30 occasions.

Currently, he is in Erie County Holding Center in lieu of $5,000 bail.