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LOCKPORT – A woman who struggled in the judicial diversion program of court-supervised drug treatment until she moved away from Niagara Falls was declared a success in the program Friday.

Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon Farkas dismissed the charges against Kim M. Arnold, 48, who was in the program for 37 months, far longer than the usual two-year stint.

“I begged her not to take this program,” said defense attorney James J. Faso Jr., a kindergarten classmate of Arnold. He said things didn’t go well until she left the bad local influences and moved to New Hope Manor, a drug treatment facility and halfway house in Poughkeepsie.

Arnold, who pleaded guilty to cocaine possession and risked 5½ years in prison, said she is now clean and wants to move to Florida and take courses to become a nurse.