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Paraplegic charged with making meth in house that caught fire

A former Lockport man, confined to a wheelchair because of past injuries that left him paralyzed from the waist down, pleaded not guilty Tuesday to making methamphetamine in a house that caught fire on the same night police were planning to raid it.

Jason M. Monroe, 39, now of West Somerset Road, Somerset, is charged with making meth on June 13 at 6 Ashley Place, Lockport.

Niagara County Assistant District Attorney John P. Granchelli said it was unclear whether the alleged cooking of meth started the fire. He said it was coincidental that police had scheduled the execution of a search warrant that night.

Lockport Fire Chief Patrick K. Brady said the building was listed as a total loss, but is being rebuilt. No one was hurt in the blaze.

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