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May 21, 2011

Court actions published May 21, 2011

Lockport man jailed after assault

A Lockport man was sentenced to one-year in Niagara County Jail after an assault conviction in Niagara County Court on Thursday.

Steven L. Fowler, 33, 232 South St., Apt. 8, was charged by State police with felony second-degree assault, misdemeanor fourth-degree endangering the welfare of a child and second-degree criminal contempt.

A report from state police in Lockport said they responded to a Lincoln Avenue apartment last November for a report of an assault.

Troopers said Fowler threw a beer bottle at the victim in front of his young daughter. The assault reportedly caused a cut on the victim’s face. She was transported to Eastern Niagara Hospital-Lockport for treatment.

Fowler then allegedly fled the scene and was found by Niagara County Sheriff’s deputies on Dorchester Road.

Fowler was remanded to Niagara County Jail in lieu of $10,000 bail and spent nearly six months in jail, which will account for his sentencing time.

Fowler later pleaded guilty to third-degree assault as  a result of a plea offer by Assistant District Attorney Lisa M. Baehre, and Fowler’s public defender Michael E. Benedict blamed his client’s actions on a history of drinking problems.

In September of 2009, Fowler was charged by Lockport police with driving while intoxicated, third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation and equipment violations. Fowler was stopped for a traffic violation on West Genesee at 2 a.m. where Lockport police said they noticed an odor of alcoholic beverage on Fowler’s breath. He failed field sobriety tests and his license was suspended.

Sex offender pleads guilty to violation

A Level 1 sex offender on probation from a second-degree rape conviction, pleaded guilty Friday afternoon in Niagara County Court to violating his terms of probation.

Zaackery D. Rogers’ attorney, A. Joseph Catalano, said his client pleaded guilty to failure to register as a sex offender.

Rogers, 21, who had addresses listed in Newfane, Ransomville and Pendleton, originally pleaded not guilty to the violation in March.

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