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Mental health treatment works for Lockport woman in drug case

LOCKPORT – A Lockport woman who pleaded guilty to a felony for selling some of her Xanax prescription saw her charge reduced to a misdemeanor with a conditional discharge Wednesday.

Ronesue A. Chase, 49, of Webb Street, was assigned to mental health court by Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon after a February 2015 guilty plea to selling the drug to an undercover police officer in March 2014. The treatment was successful, Chase said.

In another Lockport drug case, Justine D. Crawford, 26, of Hawley Street, was sentenced to a year in prison and a year of post-release supervision if she doesn’t succeed in the boot camp-style “shock incarceration” program, for which Sheldon recommended her. Crawford had pleaded guilty to felony possession of methamphetamine in the wake of her Sept. 26 arrest in what police called a mobile meth lab in a van on Walnut Street in Lockport.