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Seven-time drunken driver goes to state prison

LOCKPORT – Duane R. Bartz, a seven-time drunken driver, was sent to state prison for the first time Tuesday.

State Supreme Court Justice Richard C. Kloch Sr. gave Bartz 1 1/3 to four years and a $2,500 fine for felony driving while intoxicated.

Bartz, 40, of Church Street, Lockport, pleaded guilty in the wake of a Feb. 25 arrest in the City of Lockport.

In another felony DWI case before Kloch Tuesday, Kathleen M. Kunkel, 72, of Hinman Road, Town of Lockport, was placed on six months’ interim probation in hopes that she would be admitted to a residential treatment program for alcoholism. She remains in Niagara County Jail in the meantime.

Kunkel was arrested twice: July 28 in Royalton, after she showed up drunk at a dentist’s office and then drove away, and Oct. 20 in the Town of Lockport.

Also Tuesday, Kloch ordered five years’ probation and a fine and fees totaling $1,605 on a felony DWI plea by Matthew T. Graham, 30, a former Town of Tonawanda man now living in Syracuse. He was arrested July 28, 2014, in the Town of Lockport.