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Falls man admits to making illegal phone call from jail

LOCKPORT – A man who violated an order of protection by phoning a female crime victim from the Niagara County Jail pleaded guilty Thursday in Niagara County Court.

Ronald E. Proctor Jr., 58, of Maple Avenue, Niagara Falls, is to be sentenced Aug. 1 by Judge Matthew J. Murphy III for second-degree criminal contempt.

Proctor was charged Nov. 18 with brandishing a tire iron at the woman, whom he was suing in a personal injury case. He allegedly phoned the woman from jail Dec. 23, five days after he sent her a letter.

Proctor spent several weeks in the Rochester Psychiatric Center and said he now has signed a contract with the county Mental Health Department for outpatient services, including a monthly injection of the medication he was prescribed for his bipolar disorder. Murphy said he’ll let Proctor out of jail if he receives written proof of that, but he imposed a 9 p.m. curfew on him.