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Jamestown man jailed on felony drug count

JAMESTOWN -- A Barrett Avenue man was arrested early Friday as Jamestown police and the Federal Drug Enforcement Agency kicked off a large-scale investigation of drug dealing in the region.

Alex Oliveres, 22, was taken into custody about 7 a.m. at 165 Barrett by officers acting under a search warrant issued by City Court Judge John LaMancuso. Officers seized what they described as a large quantity of controlled substances and U.S. currency.

City police and the DEA are in the process of getting legal title to a vehicle owned by Oliveres, officials said.

He was arraigned before LaMancuso on a felony charge of fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and sent to Chautauqua County Jail.

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3 Pioneer School students injured in bus accident

ARCADE -- Three Pioneer Central School students suffered minor injuries Friday when their bus driver failed to stop for a van that was turning into a driveway in the Town of Arcade, according to the Wyoming County Sheriff's Office.

Nineteen students were aboard the bus when the accident occurred at about 2:45 p.m. on Route 98. The three injured students, ranging in age from 10 to 13, were transported to Wyoming County Community Hospital in Warsaw, where they were treated and released. The other students were evaluated at the scene and released to either parents or guardians.

The bus driver, Leon George, 56, was cited for following too closely and is scheduled to appear next month in Town of Arcade Court.

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Man hit, killed by train in North Tonawanda

An unidentified man was killed when he was hit by a CSX freight train at about 3 p.m. Friday on tracks near River Road in North Tonawanda.

North Tonawanda Police Patrol Captain Roger Zgolak said the fatal incident remains under investigation by police and CSX officials.

Zgolak said: "People should know to stay off the railroad tracks. It's a dangerous place. These are big, moving pieces of iron, and that's no place for anybody to be."

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Driver stopped for speeding accused of aggravated DWI

An Irving man was charged with aggravated driving while intoxicated after he was stopped for speeding on Route 5 and 20 in Hanover early Thursday, Chautauqua County sheriff's officials said.

Shawn P. Begier, 28, was pulled over, and a deputy observed that he seemed to be intoxicated. The deputy also discovered that Begier's vehicle registration and license had been suspended.

He was issued tickets for having a blood alcohol content level of .18 percent, speeding, aggravated unlicensed operation of a vehicle and operating with a suspended registration.

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3 hurt when welding crew hits natural gas pocket

NIAGARA FALLS, Ont. -- Three workers suffered non-life-threatening injuries when a welding crew hit a natural gas pocket in the Ontario Power Generation's water diversion tunnel project under the city about 11:30 a.m. Friday, the Ontario Ministry of Labour reported.

One man suffered leg burns, one suffered a shoulder injury and the third was treated for shock.

Ministry of Labour spokesmen said the workers hit a natural gas pocket while welding through the tunnel lining, causing an explosion. The spokesman said the accident occurred about 4 miles from the tunnel's outlet portal.

The $1.6 billion, 6-mile tunnel was built to increase the output of the Sir Adam Beck generating stations. Drilling was completed a year ago, and the tunnel is supposed to be operational next year.

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4 illegal immigrants arrested in Orleans County

Officers in Orleans County apprehended four illegal immigrants Thursday, one of whom was an Immigration and Customs Enforcement fugitive.

The apprehensions occurred during a five-hour traffic checkpoint on Route 104 in the Town of Gaines.

Juan C. Contreras-Mendez, 29, of Hamlin in Monroe County, was arrested on the fugitive warrant and turned over to Immigration officials. The other three apprehensions were of undocumented immigrants who were also turned over to Immigration officials.

About 700 motor vehicles were stopped at the checkpoint. Several tickets also were issued for various vehicle and traffic violations.

Participating in the detail were Orleans County sheriff's deputies and officers with the State Department of Environmental Conservation, U.S. Border Patrol and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

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Airplane reports trouble but able to land safely

Buffalo Niagara International Airport had a plane in trouble just before 3 p.m. Friday, with the pilot reporting a possible landing gear problem.

Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority police at the airport said the plane did a fly over and was found to have good landing gear and landed "just fine." The airline involved was not disclosed.