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July 2, 2013

Man escapes Newfane Town Court

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — NEWFANE — A man in Newfane Town Court facing incarceration for violating conditions of his parole escaped custody and ran, damaging a door at the courthouse, Niagara County Sheriff's deputies reported Saturday.

Now, David Smith is wanted on two warrants, a warrant on the original charges as related to his parole — fourth-degree grand larceny and third-degree identity theft — and a second warrant for second-degree criminal contempt and fourth-degree criminal mischief.

Niagara County Sheriff's deputies said Smith was among four prisoners brought at about 4 p.m. June 25 to the court on Transit Road. A deputy's report said the man was appearing for a parole violation and when Justice Bruce Barnes announced that he was being sent to Niagara County Jail, the man bolted out an east-side court room door, causing $200 damage to the door.

The damage to the door was reported Saturday.

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