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Caldwell indicted in Falls shooting incident

LOCKPORT – A Niagara Falls man, already under indictment on drug-selling charges, was arraigned Wednesday in Niagara County Court on new charges accusing him of entering a home on Whitney Avenue in the Falls with a handgun.

Jimmie L. Caldwell, 28, of Welch Avenue, pleaded not guilty to two counts of first-degree burglary and single counts of second-degree criminal possession of a weapon and first-degree reckless endangerment.

Falls police said at the time of the incident that Caldwell was a suspect in the shooting of a 25-year-old woman in the leg near Whitney Avenue and 17th Street on the night of Dec. 22. The woman apparently was a bystander, and police said Caldwell, who wasn’t arrested until March 5, was believed to have been shooting at a passing car in which his former girlfriend was riding.

On March 9, Caldwell was arraigned in County Court on two counts each of third-degree criminal sale and possession of a controlled substance. The drug deals with a police informant allegedly occurred May 13 and 27, 2014. Caldwell posted $4,000 bail in that case. Wednesday, County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III released him without having to post further bail, although he ordered Caldwell to obey an 11 p.m. personal curfew and report to a probation officer once a week.

Caldwell lost a chance at entry into a court-supervised drug treatment program because of the shooting indictment, and as a result the drug case is scheduled for trial June 29.