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>Amherst woman gets probation for drug sales

LOCKPORT -- An Amherst woman, who has been undergoing treatment for her own drug problems since pleading guilty 14 months ago to selling drugs, was placed on five years' probation Thursday by Niagara County Judge Peter L. Broderick Sr.

Brandy K. Snyder, 29, of Elm Street had admitted to attempted fifth-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance. She was arrested Sept. 6, 2005, in North Tonawanda after handing 20 hydrocodone tablets to another woman.


>Senecas cracking down on contraband cigarettes

The Seneca Nation is staging its own crackdown on contraband smokes.

The nation confiscated 65,000 cartons of cigarettes from a retailer on the Allegany reservation last month and fined the Seneca an undisclosed six-figure amount.

The fine and seizure are believed to be the first time the nation has acted against a retailer selling tobacco without an official Seneca stamp.

The Senecas also prohibited Giant Consulting of Amherst and two individuals, Tommy and James Gianturco, from doing any business with Seneca wholesalers and retailers on nation land.

"The Seneca Nation will not tolerate activities that jeopardize our treaty-protected rights of self-determination," Nation President Maurice A. John Sr. said Thursday.

Under nation law, only Seneca-licensed stamping agents are allowed to possess unstamped cigarettes. The stamp indicates they have been subject to an import fee levied by the Senecas.


>Victim burned by acid at Buffalo Color Corp.

One person was taken by ambulance to the Erie County Medical Center with acid burns after an industrial accident Thursday afternoon at the Buffalo Color Corp. plant on Lee Street, authorities reported.

Details remained sketchy late Thursday, however fire and emergency personnel said they were called to the building at 100 Lee about 2 p.m. for an incident where one victim suffered burns from an apparent chemical spill.

The Buffalo Fire Department Hazardous Materials Team responded to the scene. Two firefighters exposed to the chemical were taken to ECMC where they were taken to a decontamination center to be showered down and evaluated. They were later released.

The condition of the civilian victim, who was taken to the hospital by Rural/Metro Medical Services, and the severity of injuries was not known late Thursday.


>2 get jail, probation in felony DWI cases

LOCKPORT -- Two men were sentenced to six months in jail, followed by five-year probation stints in separate felony driving while intoxicated cases this week in Niagara County Court.
Richard Pelczynski, 60, of Concord Drive, Wheatfield, also was fined $5,000 by Judge Sara Sheldon Sperrazza. Pelczynski was arrested in North Tonawanda Oct. 29.
Kevin H. Davis, 38, of Sundridge Drive, Amherst, was arrested Jan. 21 on Murphy Road in the Town of Lockport. He was fined $1,000 by Judge Peter L. Broderick Sr., in addition to the jail time and probation.

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