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Inmate who allegedly punched corrections officer arraigned in county court

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 29 August 2019 at 3:19 pm

ALBION – A former inmate at the Albion Correctional Facility was arraigned for second-degree assault in Orleans County Court today.

Aniah Ferguson, 21, was taken to the emergency room at Medina Memorial Hospital on Feb. 15. While in the bathroom, her mechanical restraints were removed from one wrist. When a female correction officer tried to put the restraint back on, Ferguson allegedly punched her several times with her free hand, causing injuries to the CO’s head, including a bloody nose, and contusions to her eye, face and head.

Ferguson has since been transferred to Bedford Hills.

Judge Sanford Church set bail at $50,000 for Ferguson, who has two years left on a sentence for second-degree assault.

Ferguson in 2015 led an attack on a 16-year-old girl at a McDonald’s in Brooklyn. When she was at Rikers Island, Ferguson assaulted a captain at the New York City jail.

In other cases in County Court today:

• Two men from Niagara Falls were arraigned in Orleans County Court this morning for allegedly stealing three dirt bikes from a Ridgeway garage on Oct. 16, 2018.

Michael Dubuc, 41, and Carlton Cook-Mckee, 26, both face charges of third-degree burglary, third-degree grand larceny and fourth-degree criminal mischief.

Dubuc has a more serious previous criminal record with two prior felonies. That’s why Judge Sanford Church set bail for Dubuc at $20,000 and $10,000 for Cook-Mckee

• A Depew woman admitted to violating terms of her probation and could be sentenced to up to nine months in jail when she is sentenced on Oct. 3.

Jenna Zagara, 28, formerly of Lockport has been on probation for petit larceny, after allegedly racking up $1,905 in unauthorized spending on someone else’s credit card.

In September 2018, she was sentenced to three years probation. Zagara today in court admitted to using cocaine, alcohol and opiates. She also admitted to using profanity with her probation officer, and hasn’t completed a substance abuse treatment program, which was a condition of her probation.

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