LOCKPORT – George M. Stephens, whose Jan. 17 arrest was one of the triggers for the proclamation of an anti-crime “impact zone” in central Lockport, was arraigned on a six-count indictment Wednesday in Niagara County Court.
Stephens, 33, of 26th Street, Niagara Falls, pleaded not guilty to two counts of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and single counts of second-degree obstructing governmental administration, resisting arrest, unlawful possession of marijuana and failure to signal a turn.
He was pulled over on Washburn Street and fled his car on foot. When police caught him on Elm Court, they reportedly seized $128, crack cocaine and marijuana. The items were exhibited the next day at a news conference where Mayor Michael W. Tucker announced the impact zone.
Stephens is free on a $10,000 bail bond.