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COUPLE CHARGED WITH FRAUD IN GETTING WELFARE BENEFITS

NIAGARA FALLS -- An Ontario Avenue couple accused of illicitly receiving more than $1,500 in food stamps and public-assistance benefits in 1999 were arrested Tuesday on welfare fraud charges.

Charles C. Wynter, 42, and his wife, Patricia L., 35, were charged with grand larceny, misuse of food stamps and offering a false instrument for filing at city police headquarters, said Niagara County Sheriff's Investigator John Fink.

The Wynters are accused of falsifying statements about their income when they applied for assistance. As a result, between May 1 and July 31, 1999, they received $1,037 in public assistance and $482 in food stamps to which they were not entitled, Fink said.

Mother, daughter hurt as car
hits rear of bus in Niagara

TOWN OF NIAGARA -- A mother and daughter were injured Tuesday when their car struck a Metro bus from behind on Military Road near Packard Road, Patrolman James Suitor said.

April L. Jones, 40, and her passenger, Mikaela Jones, 17, both of Eighth Street in Niagara Falls, were released after treatment in Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center. April Jones was treated for chest and facial injuries, and her daughter was treated for a leg injury, Suitor said.

The accident occurred at 10:32 a.m. Allen W. Lynch, 60, slowed his bus to turn into the Kmart parking lot on his regular route when the Jones car rear-ended the bus, Suitor said. Lynch and his three passengers were uninjured, Suitor said.

Jones was charged with driving at an unreasonable speed for road conditions, Suitor said.

Raid leads to charges
of drug possession

LOCKPORT -- A West Avenue man was hospitalized Tuesday after swallowing a large quantity of suspected crack cocaine during a drug raid at his home late Monday night, Niagara County Drug Task Force investigators said.

Robert L. Jones, 27, was listed in stable condition in Lockport Memorial Hospital's intensive care unit Tuesday, according to hospital officials.

Jones was charged with third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell, a felony, after a quarter-ounce of crack cocaine was found in his possession, said Peter Cocco, a Niagara County sheriff's investigator.

Narcotics officers also arrested Eula Person, 32, of the same address, who they said had two chunks of the drug. She was charged with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.

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