Lockport Union-Sun & Journal —
Farkas ordered that Grover continue to be held without bail at Niagara County Jail.
Dressed in an orange jump suit, Grover’s only words Thursday were twice answering “yes” when advised by Farkas of his right to a trial, now tentatively scheduled for January 2013 unless a plea agreement is struck with prosecutors.
At the start of the arraignment, Zucco offered insights into Grover’s criminal history, including two prior felony convictions, at least one of which was in Niagara County.
Sometime around 2004, Grover was sentenced to a year in jail on a burglary charge.
“It’s not your typical burglary,” Zucco said, adding that Grover, then 26, was found naked and masturbating in the home, with multiple young children present.
Soon after his release on the burglary charge in 2007, Grover was again arrested for abducting a 4-year-old North Tonawanda girl.
In that incident — in which no sexual misconduct could be established by prosecutors — Grover entered the girl’s home while she was being watched by her grandmother and coerced her into leaving with him in his car.Contact city editor Neale Gulley at 693-1000, ext. 4114