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LOCKPORT – A Lewiston man pleaded not guilty Tuesday to a three-count indictment accusing him of burglarizing a vacant Niagara Falls building Aug. 31.

Gerald Welker Jr., 28, of Upper Mountain Road, is charged with third-degree burglary, possession of burglary tools and second-degree criminal mischief in connection with the break-in at a vacant building in the Highland Technology Park on Highland Avenue.

Niagara County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III issued a bench warrant for a co-defendant, Nicholas McConnaughey, 42, of Ferry Avenue, Niagara Falls, who didn’t appear at Tuesday’s arraignment.