LOCKPORT – Willie R. Bogar of Niagara Falls suffered a seizure while being arraigned on a drug indictment Thursday in Niagara County Court.
Bogar, 43, of Michigan Avenue, had just pleaded not guilty to fifth- and seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. Seconds after County Judge Sara Sheldon told Bogar to “stand up straight,” Bogar fell face-first and began drumming his feet on the floor.
The courtroom was cleared and Bogar was examined by paramedics from Twin City Ambulance but was not hospitalized. He said he has a long history of seizures but is not now on medication. “Ma’am. I’m used to this now,” Bogar said when Sheldon asked him why he didn’t go to the hospital. The judge urged him to see a doctor for some anti-seizure medication.
Bogar, who has been sent to state prison four times since 1992, was arrested May 11 in a drug raid at an apartment on Washington Street in Lockport, where he allegedly had more than half a gram of cocaine as well as oxycodone.
A co-defendant, Shakquil Reed-Robinson, 22, the resident of the house, also was arrested in the raid. He awaits arraignment on three counts of criminal possession of a weapon for allegedly having a loaded, defaced .22-caliber revolver, as well as seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance – crack cocaine – and unlawful possession of marijuana.