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Falls woman enters diversion after admitting crack sale

LOCKPORT – State Supreme Court Justice Richard C. Kloch Sr. admitted a Niagara Falls woman to the judicial diversion program of court-supervised drug treatment Wednesday after she pleaded guilty to third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance.

Rhonda M. Howard, 44, of Haeberle Avenue, was charged with selling crack cocaine to a police informant in the Falls Jan. 28 and 31, 2014. She risks a prison term of as long as nine years if she fails in diversion, but the charge will be reduced to a misdemeanor with a nonjail sentence is she succeeds.