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NIAGARA FALLS -- Paul Golson, 50, of Eighth Street, has been arrested on felony drug sale and possession charges, said Niagara County Drug Task Force Chief Craig Harmon.

Golson was charged with three counts each of third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance and seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and one count each of third- and fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell. He was arrested late Thursday in the 1000 block of Portage Road by Investigators Mark Driess and Tony Evans, Harmon said.

Golson was arrested after he was indicted by a Niagara County grand jury for allegedly dealing in suspect crack cocaine, Harmon said. The arrest capped a two-month investigation conducted by Driess, Detective Brad Shiesley and Detective Thomas Fournier.

Resident of adult home, 82,
linked to cemetery vandalism

RANSOMVILLE -- Police believe a mentally disturbed, 82-year-old resident of Heritage Manor adult home overturned a pair of headstone and broke another Saturday at a Youngstown-Lockport Road cemetery.

The man was seen pulling two headstones out of the ground and breaking a third, Niagara County sheriff's deputies said.

A damage estimate was unavailable. Officials are attempting to replace the two headstones and repair the other. No charges were filed.

10 arrested, others flee
keg party involving minors

NEWFANE -- Police late Saturday arrested 10 people and dispersed 27 others participating in a keg party to celebrate an Appleton resident's 20th birthday.

Niagara County Sheriff's Sgt. Kevin Mack and Deputy Brian Grear responded to the party in a field in the 2400 block of Hess Road shortly after 10 p.m. Most of the party-goers were minors and were dispersed, police said.

The organizer of the party, Robert T. Giza of Hess Road, told police the party was to celebrate his 20th birthday. He was charged with unlawful possession of alcohol by a person less than 21 years of age.

Facing the same charge is Ryan W. Finch, 18, of Roland Drive, Newfane, and Joseph R. Esposito, 16, of Pearl Street, Appleton. Esposito also was charged with disorderly conduct for an alleged disturbance.

Police confiscated two kegs and several bottles of beer.

Police said they charged the following with first-degree unlawfully dealing with a child for making the alcohol available to minors: Jeffrey Neidlinger, 21, Jeffrey M. Huntsman, 21, and Nicholas R. Cacchione, 21, all of Newfane; Mark T. Sullivan, 21, of Middleport; and Leah E. Grieg, 22, of the Town of Lockport.

Two Miami men arrested
at Rainbow Bridge with guns

NIAGARA FALLS -- Two men from Miami were arrested at the Rainbow Bridge Saturday evening, when they attempted to enter Canada with three guns, ammunition and a bag of marijuana, police said.

U.S. Customs inspectors recovered an electric stun gun, two automatic pistols and a .38-caliber revolver from their car, along with a speed loader, several rounds of ammunition and the drugs.

Dennis M. Steffner, 47, was released on his own recognizance on a charge of marijuana possession.

Robert D. Betancourt, 26, was held on a charge of fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon.

Three DWI arrests include
close brush with police car

NEWFANE -- A driver who narrowly avoided colliding head-on with a police cruiser is one of three people arrested on a charge of drunken driving Saturday night, authorities said.

Victor Mercado, 39, of Buffalo, was stopped shortly before 11 p.m. on Lockport-Olcott Road, Niagara County Sheriff's Deputy M.J. Leggett said. Leggett said Mercado refused to pull over for more than a mile after nearly striking his police cruiser.

Mercado was charged with driving while intoxicated, speeding, violating a restricted license, failure to keep right, consuming alcohol in a motor vehicle, failure to yield to an emergency vehicle and unlawful possession of marijuana.

Mercado, who posted a blood-alcohol level of 0.21, faces a Tuesday appearance in Newfane Town Court, police said.

Ronald Wolf, 22, of Norman Road, North Tonawanda, was was arrested Saturday night after police investigated a complaint of someone damaging a lawn and mailbox on Errick Road.

Wolf, who posted a blood-alcohol level of 0.19, also is charged with imprudent speed and leaving the scene of an incident, Deputy Patrick Needle said. He is scheduled to appear Tuesday in Wheatfield Town Court.

Duane R. Hayes, 36, faces additional charges, including unlicensed operation, no seat belt and third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation after being stopped on New Road in Wilson, deputies said.

Hayes, of Burch Road, Ransomville, also was charged on a warrant of failure to appear.

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