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October 12, 2012

Former justice facing charges

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — Former Somerset Town Justice Jeffrey P. Wick changed lawyers Wednesday, as he appeared in Niagara County Court on endangerment and criminal contempt charges.

Wick, 38, Shenk Road, Sanborn will be represented by Patrick Balkin. Wick has been charged with reckless endangerment, endangering the welfare of a child and first-degree criminal contempt. He was arraigned last week before Judge Sara S. Farkas.

New York State Police reported in June Wick allegedly pressed down on the accelerator as his son was driving on Route 31 in Cambria. He was also charged with violating an order of protection against his wife and son.

Balkin asked Farkas Wednesday for a reduced bail for Wick, who is currently incarcerated in Niagara County Jail. Balkin said Wick isn’t receiving all his psychiatric medications in jail and he asked for a lower bail so Wick could get back on them.

Assistant District Attorney Lisa M. Baehre told Farkas that Wick had been released from a hospital the day of the incident and was on medication. Balkin disagreed, saying his client told him he was not on medication the day of the incident with his son.

Farkas set bail at $50,000, much less than the original $200,000, but with a condition.

”He’ll have to wear an electronic ankle bracelet,” she said, adding Wick would pay for the service.

Wick was elected town justice in 2003, serving until 2005. He will return to court Dec. 12 and has a tentative trial date of Feb. 19.

In other cases before Farkas:

• A Cambria man with two previous driving while intoxicated convictions accepted a plea deal for his third DWI Wednesday in Niagara County Court.

Donald J. Rolfe, 54, of North Ridge Road, pleaded guilty to felony driving while intoxicated.

Rolfe’s attorney, Joseph Townsend, said that his client was the sole provider for a mother who has dementia, a sister and a seriously ill brother who he has been transporting for cancer treatments.

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