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Alleged pot growers plead not guilty; one can’t remember where he lives

LOCKPORT – A man and a woman whose former Newfane home allegedly was the scene of an indoor marijuana growing operation pleaded not guilty Wednesday in Niagara County Court.

Michael J. Berhow, 41, and Tina Krenkel, 37, pleaded not guilty to second-degree criminal possession of marijuana, growing cannabis, and two counts each of seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance for allegedly having small amounts of cocaine when they were arrested March 13 at 7128 Ridge Road.

Krenkel now lives on Garden Street in Lockport, while Berhow drew the ire of County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III because he couldn’t remember his address. After Assistant Public Defender Alan J. Roscetti called a number Berhow gave him, reportedly that of Berhow’s landlord, it was announced that Berhow lives on West Somerset Road in Somerset.

Murphy said, “I am troubled that a grown man doesn’t know where he lives,” and boosted Berhow’s bail from $1,000 to $5,000.