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NT woman sentenced to diversion for incident with boyfriend

LOCKPORT – A North Tonawanda woman who violated a restraining order by contacting her boyfriend pleaded guilty to a felony Wednesday and was admitted to the judicial diversion program of court-supervised drug treatment.

Lisa M. Hodgson, 39, of Niagara Street, pleaded guilty to first-degree criminal contempt. Assistant District Attorney Cheryl L. Nichols said after an earlier court appearance in the case that Hodgson allegedly trashed the man’s apartment Dec. 2 and also fought with police and an ambulance crew; she was reportedly highly intoxicated at the time. Hodgson risks four years in prison if she fails in diversion.

In another diversion case Wednesday, Antwann D. Vassel, 25, of 24th Street, Niagara Falls, was admitted to the program after pleading guilty to third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance before State Supreme Court Justice Richard C. Kloch Sr.

Vassel sold cocaine to a police informant in the Falls Sept. 11, 2013. If he fails in the program, he could go to prison for as long as nine years.