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Falls man arraigned in robbery, assault at victim’s home

LOCKPORT – A man who allegedly robbed and assaulted another man who lives on his street was arraigned Friday in Niagara County Court.

Brandon L. Swafford, 29, of 20th Street, Niagara Falls, pleaded not guilty to third-degree robbery and second-degree assault.

The crime occurred in the victim’s house on 20th Street, Assistant District Attorney Claudette S. Caldwell said.

In another County Court case Friday, Anthony P. Evrard was kicked out of the judicial diversion program of court-supervised drug treatment for allegedly committing a burglary while he was in the program.

Assistant District Attorney Kevin D. Canali said Evrard, 30, of Laur Road, Town of Niagara, is charged with an August burglary at Stoelting Machine on Niagara Falls Boulevard in Wheatfield.

Evrard entered diversion in March after pleading guilty to third-degree burglary and two misdemeanors for the Dec. 28, 2013, theft of an all-terrain vehicle from a home on Porter Road in the Town of Niagara. He faces up to seven years in prison when County Judge Sara Sheldon Farkas sentences him Jan. 16.