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Man who fled probation in 2000 is arrested, returned from Texas

LOCKPORT – A man who fled Lockport 13 years ago while on interim probation for possessing crack cocaine was returned to Niagara County last weekend and arraigned in Niagara County Court this week.

Nahshon T. Hughes, 33, was found to be wanted when he was picked up for jaywalking in Belton, Texas, Niagara County Sheriff James R. Voutour said. He was extradited back to Niagara County and flew back in the company of two deputies.

Hughes had pleaded guilty to fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance in the wake of a June 11, 1999, arrest at South and Washburn streets in Lockport, where he was found with 14 rocks of crack. Then-County Judge Peter L. Broderick Sr. placed him on six months of interim probation and extended the probation sentence by another six months in May 2000. He hadn’t been seen by local authorities since. Voutour said he believed Hughes had been in Texas since 2000. County Judge Sara Sheldon Farkas set bail at $5,000 pending a court appearance Oct. 2, where the question may be how intensely Niagara County sought to execute the 13-year-old warrant.

Last week, Farkas threw out a 1998 probation violation charge against a woman whom the District Attorney’s Office declined to extradite at least twice, despite three drunken-driving arrests in Florida. The woman returned to Niagara County on her own and was picked up earlier this year on the warrant for violating probation on her local felony DWI conviction. Assistant Public Defender Christopher A. Privateer unearthed court rulings that said such dusty warrants lapse if the issuing agency doesn’t make a serious attempt to bring the defendant to justice. Farkas agreed and dismissed the case.