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13-year term imposed for gun, drug felonies

A Lockport man with five prior felonies was sentenced to 13 years in prison for possessing a gun and drugs in a Project Exile case from Niagara County, acting U.S. Attorney Kathleen M. Mehltretter said.

Jeremiah K. Clark, 37, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge William M. Skretny on Wednesday after he was convicted last July of one count of unlawfully and knowingly possessing a firearm as a previously convicted felon and for possessing a controlled substance.

Clark was sentenced to 10 yearson the firearms conviction and three more on the drug conviction. The sentences are to run consecutively.

He was originally arrested Nov. 16, 2002, by Lockport police and Niagara County sheriff's deputies after they responded to a "man with a gun" call outside Gonzo's Bar in Lockport, assistant U.S. Attorney Richard P. Maigret said.

Clark, who was on parole for a prior felony, also tried to hide cocaine in the back of a deputy sheriff's patrol car, according to authorities.


Milk truck driver dies of crash injuries

A Genesee County man injured in a one-vehicle accident in Wyoming County last week has died in a Rochester hospital, the Wyoming County Sheriff's Department announced Wednesday.

Donald Jones, 45, of East Bethany died Wednesday morning in Strong Memorial Hospital, deputies said.

Jones was driving a Walton Milk truck northbound on Route 98 in the Town of Attica last Thursday when he lost control of the vehicle. It overturned and went down an embankment into Tonawanda Creek.

Jones was taken to Wyoming County Community Hospital, Warsaw, then transferred by Mercy Flight to Strong Memorial. Deputies are investigating the cause of the accident.


Head-on Depew crash critically injures driver

The driver of a sport utility vehicle was critically injured shortly before noon Wednesday after a head-on crash with a tractor-trailer on Walden Avenue just east of Dick Road, Depew police reported.

Depew Police Capt. Mark Mediak said the vehicle, for an unknown reason, crossed into the path of the truck. The vehicle's driver was rushed to St. Joseph Hospital in Cheektowaga.

The driver of the tractor-trailer was taken to Mercy Hospital for non-life-threatening injuries.

Police did not release the drivers' names.

Depew police were continuing an investigation into the cause of the crash. Depew fire officials and the state Department of Environmental Conservation assisted at the scene by cleaning up diesel fuel and gasoline that spilled from a ruptured gas tank, police said.


Discovery of drugs leads to arrest at school

A locker search Wednesday of Pfc. William J. Grabiarz School 79 on Lawn Avenue yielded marijuana and six grams of cocaine, Buffalo police said. A boy was arrested.

Police were called to the school about 2 p.m., after the drugs were found in the coat pocket of the boy by the principal, police said. Further information was unavailable.


Child pornography sent to Catholic school

GRIMSBY, Ont. -- An 18-year-old Grimsby woman is accused of e-mailing child pornography to a Catholic school last Nov. 28, Niagara Regional Police said Wednesday.

The woman, whose name was withheld by police, sent the e-mails to teachers and administrators of Blessed Trinity Catholic School, and also impersonated a 17-year-old girl, police said. She will be charged with distributing child pornography and impersonation, police said.

Police said on Wednesday they conducted a search of the suspect's Bayview Drive house, where a computer was seized.

She was taken into custody pending a bail hearing.


Marijuana operation raided in Falls, Ont.

NIAGARA FALLS, Ont. -- Marijuana plants with an estimated street value of more than $129,600 in U.S. dollars were seized Wednesday from a Buckley Avenue residence in Niagara Falls, Ont., Niagara Regional Police reported.

After receiving an anonymous tip, police said they obtained a search warrant for the house, where they found four rooms being used to produce marijuana.

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