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Man, woman arrested on felony drug charges

DUNKIRK -- Two Dunkirk residents are facing felony drug counts following their arrests Friday on charges of selling crack cocaine and heroin to undercover police officers, the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force said.

Luis M. Torres, 33, and Erika Irizarry, 29, were apprehended at their Maple Avenue home during a raid by task force officers. They are charged with criminal possession and sale of a controlled substance. Their arrest caps a two-month investigation into cocaine and heroin trafficking in Dunkirk. Police said they seized 29 bags of heroin, scales, packaging material and cash.

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Tractor-trailer spills gasoline in ditch crash

CHARLOTTE -- Slippery roads were blamed for a crash Friday morning that resulted in a tractor-trailer spilling gasoline after it went into a roadside ditch, state police reported.

Troopers said Dianne G. Hovey, no age or address listed, lost control of her car just before 10 a.m. while traveling north on Route 60. A tractor-trailer carrying gasoline was traveling behind Hovey's car and attempted to avoid the car but went into the southbound lane before crashing into a ditch on the east side of the road. The driver of the rig, Juan A. Esquilin, 50, of Dunkirk, suffered minor injuries and was taken to Brooks Memorial Hospital in Dunkirk for treatment. Hovey was uninjured.

Police said the tank on the tractor-trailer ruptured and spilled an undetermined amount of gasoline. The spill was cleaned up by local hazard response teams.

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Three police agencies link to Offender Watch

BATAVIA -- Three police agencies in Genesee County have announced that they have linked their sex offender registry sites to Offender Watch, a computer program that lets people search for Level 3 sex offenders within a mile of homes, workplaces, schools and other places where children gather.

The agencies are Genesee County Sheriff's Office and police in Batavia and Le Roy. There is no cost to use the registry. Information on accessing the Web site is available at the police agencies.

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