Man who attacked carrier working on deal

NILES – A Niles man accused of trying to attack a newspaper carrier in March could work out a plea deal in time for a June 9 court date in Niles Municipal Court.

Jeffrey McFalls, 36, of 155 Helen Ave., remains free on a $1,250 bond after pleading not guilty March 14 to a charge of aggravated menacing and impersonating a peace officer, both misdemeanors.

The new court date – scheduled as a plea / pretrial – was set at an April 9 pre-trial.

McFalls is accused of approaching Tribune Chronicle carrier Keith Lelesch, his stepdaughter and a friend early March 13 near McFalls’ home in Niles.

McFalls yelled for the group to “stop” and pointed what police later said was a Taser, a report states.

A district circulation manager said the group thought it was a gun.

After an argument, McFalls left, reports indicated.

The group filed charges later in Niles Municipal Court.