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MARIJUANA PLANTS, BAGS OF POT SEIZED IN JAMESTOWN

JAMESTOWN -- Several marijuana plants, as well as several bags of packaged marijuana, were seized when the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force raided a Maple Street home Monday evening.

Task force members reportedly had been receiving information that marijuana was being grown inside the home at 101 Maple St. City Judge John LaMancuso issued a search warrant, and Jamestown police assisted with the raid shortly after 6 p.m.

Police said the two suspects and two children were inside the house, where agents found 32 plants ranging in size from five inches to five feet, the packaged marijuana, scales and packaging materials. The total weight of the marijuana recovered was approximately 15 ounces, police said.

John DeAngelo, 40, and Marlo A. Perry, 29, both of the Maple Street address, were charged each with growing marijuana and felony counts of criminal possession of marijuana. DeAngelo was to remain in custody pending arraignment this morning. Perry was issued appearance tickets to appear in City Court on an unspecified date.

Hartland couple, 8 children
escape house fire uninjured

HARTLAND -- Fire investigators are trying to determine the cause of a blaze that forced a couple and their eight children to flee their Carmen Road home Sunday evening.

Police and volunteer firefighters were called to extinguish a fire at 2953 Carmen just after 6 p.m., Niagara County sheriff's officials said. The southwest side of the house was engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived.

One of the children in the home woke up his father and told him there was a fire in one of the bedrooms, sheriff's officials said. The residents, Gary W. and Diane Cooper and their eight children, escaped without injury. The Red Cross was called to assist the family.

No damage estimate was available.

Resident confronts burglars,
is robbed; suspect arrested

A Buffalo man was charged early this morning in connection with a weekend break-in and holdup on Hawley Street, police said.

A resident at 124 Hawley returned home just after 2 a.m. Sunday to find that three men had used a crowbar to force their way through a kitchen window, then ransacked her home, Buffalo police said.

When the woman confronted them, one of the men -- whom she recognized -- pointed a gun at her, hit her, then grabbed her purse, which contained several credit cards, jewelry and two cell phones, according to police reports.

The men fled in her 1997 Ford Explorer, which later was recovered unoccupied at Bird Avenue and Herkimer Street.

Northeast District officers found one of the suspects at about 2:30 Monday morning on Roehrer Avenue and East Ferry Street. Shawn Austin, 29, of 139 Landon St., was charged with first-degree burglary, second-degree robbery and related charges.

Man charged with robbing
lounge; 2nd suspect sought

Ferry-Fillmore District police charged a man with robbing a Genesee Street lounge early Sunday morning.

Police charged Anthony Clark, 36, of Dewey Avenue, in connection with the robbery of Connie's Lounge, 1658 Genesee St.

Police said Clark and another person entered the lounge at about 3:30 a.m. They said Clark pulled a 9 mm handgun and ordered everyone to get down on the floor, while the other person jumped over the counter and took $50 from the register.

Clark was quickly apprehended, police said, but the other suspect fled.

Thief uses fire escape
to enter Falls residence

NIAGARA FALLS -- A thief climbed a fire escape and entered an 18th Street residence through a rear window Monday morning, police said.

About $250 in coins were stolen from the home, along with a wooden case valued at $10. The theft occurred overnight Sunday.

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