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Charges dismissed against Newfane burglar who succeeded in diversion

LOCKPORT – Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon Farkas dismissed all charges Monday against a Newfane man who admitted two burglaries of homes under construction in that town.

Frederick C. Strong, 23, of Ridge Road, succeeded in the judicial diversion program of court-supervised drug treatment after his guilty pleas to two counts of third-degree burglary for June 9, 2012, break-ins at two homes under construction on Coomer Road in Newfane. He faced up to 14 years in prison if he had failed in diversion.

Strong completed the treatment program, which included inpatient care, and paid full restitution of $4,500. “A tremendous success in the program,” Farkas called it. But she warned Strong, “Now the burden is on you to continue forward in a positive manner.”