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Teen stumbles in attempt to hold up Valero station

NIAGARA FALLS – A gas station attendant and another man chased down a suspected robber as he tried to flee Friday afternoon, police said.

According to police, the bandit entered the Valero station at 1911 Ferry Ave. shortly after 3 p.m. Friday, holding his hand inside his jacket as if he held a gun, and demanded money from the cash register, threatening to shoot the attendant.

The robber fled the store into a back alley with $250 in cash, but was tripped up and restrained until police arrived.

The 16-year-old South Avenue resident was charged with third-degree robbery, police said.

Niagara Falls man linked to four armed robberies

NIAGARA FALLS – A Niagara Falls man is accused of committing four armed robberies over the past month, including two that occurred 25 minutes apart.

Devonte C. Faultersack, 19, was charged Friday with four felony counts of second-degree robbery.

On Nov. 9, according to Niagara Falls police, Faultersack entered Chu’s Restaurant at 1019 Main St. just after 6 p.m., pulled out a handgun and demanded cash.

At 4:30 a.m. Nov. 15, he and an unidentified accomplice held up a 7-Eleven at 2620 Niagara St. at gunpoint and took cash and cigarettes, police said. At 4:55 p.m. that day, the two hit another 7-Eleven, at 7610 Buffalo Ave., and fled with cash and cigarettes.

Faultersack also committed an armed robbery at the Indian General Store at 1611 Pine Ave. at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 29, police said.

Video store bandit warns clerk of concealed weapon

NIAGARA FALLS – A man made off with about $700 in the robbery Thursday afternoon of a Family Video at 2405 Pine Ave., Niagara Falls police said.

The bandit, described as 6 feet tall, white and wearing a light blue hood and a black and white jacket, demanded the cash from a clerk, who told authorities the robber said he had a gun under his jacket. No weapon was displayed, however.

Accused drive-by shooter is offered a case-swap deal

LOCKPORT – Shannon L. Lightfoot won’t be prosecuted further for a Niagara Falls drive-by shooting if he pleads guilty to attempting to kill two other men, a prosecutor said Thursday in Niagara County Court.

Deputy District Attorney Theodore A. Brenner said he’ll have the indictment covering the May 18 shooting on Highland Avenue dismissed if Lightfoot returns to court Monday and pleads guilty in connection with a separate attempted murder indictment.

On Nov. 19, Lightfoot, 27, of Garden Avenue, Niagara Falls, rejected an offer of a 15-year maximum sentence in the May 30 incident at 19th and Niagara streets in Niagara Falls, where police said 27 rounds were fired from an assault rifle in an apparent effort to kill two men.

In the May 18 case, in which a man was shot in the buttocks, Brenner said he will offer to let Lightfoot plead guilty to first-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle if the defendant doesn’t take a plea in the May 30 incident.

Falls man tied to attack, injury of probation officer

A Niagara Falls man has been charged with assaulting a federal probation officer, U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul Jr. said Friday.

The charge against Monsuru Giwa, 24, carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

The charge against Giwa stems from Nov. 24, when probation officers tried to search Giwa’s Niagara Falls residence, said Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael J. Adler. An officer approached Giwa on the porch and ordered him to put his hands behind his back. Giwa tried to break free, causing the officer to fall off the porch and onto the ground, suffering leg lacerations.

Well-armed meth maker draws two years in prison

LOCKPORT – Niagara County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III on Thursday imposed the heaviest sentence he could against a man who was making methamphetamine in his home.

Michael E. Jones, 28, of Main Street, Newfane, drew two years in prison and two years of post-release supervision for his guilty plea to attempted third-degree manufacture of meth. He was arrested Sept. 17 after sheriff’s deputies responded to a report of a man walking up and down Main Street in Newfane with a gun.

The gun turned out to be a BB gun, but a neighbor directed deputies to a garbage can in which they found a portable meth-making kit belonging to Jones. Deputies also found numerous bags containing meth residue and five long guns in the home. Murphy said the nearby Newfane schools were locked down during the incident.

Murphy added that Jones has been “in and out of jail and prison since he was 19.”

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