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2 CHARGED IN CONNECTION WITH TEEN DRUG, ALCOHOL HAVEN

Town of Hamburg police have arrested two residents of a mobile home that authorities said was a haven for teen drinking and drug use.

The arrests Tuesday of Ramiro Rivas, 26, and Howard N. Button, 38, were spurred by complaints about the activities at 39 S. Roxbury Drive in the Brooks Garden Estates park, Detective Frank J. Panasuk said. "This trailer had become a focal point for kids in the neighborhood for obtaining alcohol and drugs," the detective said.

Both were charged with four counts each of unlawfully dealing with a child. Rivas additionally was charged with one count of sexual abuse and Button with one count of custodial interference.

On a recent Saturday, the detective said, four teens between the ages of 13 and 15 were served beer at the residence. A 14-year-old girl got extremely drunk and to avoid going home, talked Button into posing as the father of one of her girlfriends. Button telephoned the girl's stepmother to obtain permission for her to spend the night.

But then Rivas started fondling the girl, who eventually walked off into the night by herself and telephoned home in the wee hours from Clark Street, about 6 miles from where she lives, Panasuk said.

The mobile home also had been frequented by a 17-year-old Hamburg youth who was found drunk and passed out, suffering from hypothermia, by railroad tracks near Big Tree Road earlier this month. However, it was unknown whether the youth had been at the trailer home that particular night, the detective said. Button, who runs his own janitorial service, and Rivas, one of his employees, "were warned," Panasuk said. When police searched the residence recently for a drifter suspected of marijuana sales, they were told, "You better knock it off," the detective said. "The very next day, they had these kids back again."

Following arraignment, the two were sent to the Erie County Holding Center. Bail was set at $5,000 for Button and $2,500 for Rivas. Both remained in custody Tuesday night.

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