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Falls man charged in violent burglary

LOCKPORT – Henri J. Alfiere of Niagara Falls, already under indictment for allegedly beating up a man whose snowblowing techniques didn’t please him, was arraigned Thursday in Niagara County Court on an indictment accusing him of a violent break-in on West Rivershore Drive in the Falls Jan. 19.

Alfiere, 32, of Pine Avenue, pleaded not guilty to first-degree burglary, attempted first-degree robbery and fourth-degree criminal mischief.

A co-defendant in the case, Ryan O. Oden, 22, of Spruce Avenue in the Falls, pleaded guilty June 2 to third-degree burglary and was admitted by County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III to the judicial diversion program of court-supervised drug treatment.

Alfiere was arraigned April 29 on a felony assault charge accusing him of stopping his car Jan. 13 and beating a 71-year-old man who was plowing snow into an alley off Haeberle Avenue in the Falls. Alfiere was driving the wrong way in the alley and allegedly was startled by the flying snow, prosecutors said at the time.