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LOCKPORT – The past caught up with Keith R. Smith this week.

Smith, 55, of Ganson Street, North Tonawanda, appeared Tuesday in Niagara County Court to answer a warrant for violating probation – in 1988.

He was taken into custody earlier this week after having moved back to North Tonawanda seven months ago. Smith, who said he had been living in Wisconsin, was given until April 4 to hire a lawyer and was held on $1,000 bail in the meantime.

Assistant Public Defender Ryan Hanna, who stood in for the arraignment, said Smith had been working in construction.

He was placed on three years’ probation by County Judge Aldo DiFlorio July 9, 1986, after a conviction for fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon and menacing. A charge that Smith had absconded was filed Aug. 1, 1988.

Assistant District Attorney Theresa L. Prezioso said she could offer no information about his original crime because the files have long since been destroyed.