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Alden teen arrested on drug possession charge

Douglas Artman, 17, of Alden, was arrested this week on a charge of criminal possession of marijuana after he was found with more than 4 ounces of marijuana and two glass pipes, state police at Clarence reported Thursday.

Police investigated a suspicious vehicle in the parking lot of St. John Catholic Church on Sandridge Road in Alden and allegedly found Artman smoking what appeared to be a pipe.

Artman was issued a ticket to appear in Alden Town Court on Nov. 6.

Earlier in the week, state police arrested Jennifer L. Newman, 23, of Clarence, who was stopped by troopers Monday for a faulty head lamp on Transit Road in Clarence.

Police, who detected "a strong odor of marijuana" from the vehicle, said they found Newman with a small quantity of marijuana as well as three bags of hallucinogenic mushrooms.

She was arrested on a charge of possession of a controlled substance, arraigned and released on $1,000 bail.

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Woman loses $10,900 in apparent eBay scam

A Washington Street woman was the victim of an apparent scam on eBay when she paid $10,900 for a car over the Internet auction site and the vehicle was never delivered, according to Thursday's Buffalo police reports.

The 24-year-old woman told police she made a bank wire transfer to an alleged vendor, but after 10 days the vehicle was not delivered. When she checked with eBay customer service, she was told that the alleged eBay agent she dealt with was not actually associated with eBay.

The scammer is believed to be a man from Quebec City, Canada.

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Man pleads guilty to stealing from aunt

LOCKPORT -- A Niagara Falls man who stole nearly $60,000 from his 90-year-old aunt and lost it at Seneca Niagara Casino pleaded guilty Thursday to attempted second-degree grand larceny in Niagara County Court.

Judge Sara Sheldon Sperrazza scheduled sentencing Jan. 13 for Ronald Brdeja, 45, of no fixed address. He could receive up to seven years in prison. Sperrazza ordered that Brdeja and his estranged wife, Linda, repay $59,675.17, stolen between March 2006 and February 2007. Most of the money was taken through ATM withdrawals at the casino. The couple had the elderly victim's power of attorney.

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