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DRUG SALE SUSPECT PLEADS NOT GUILTY

NIAGARA FALLS -- A 19-year-old Michigan Avenue man pleaded not guilty to felony drug possession charges Friday before Chief City Court Judge Mark A. Violante.

Charles Griffith was arrested about 10 p.m. Thursday. He is accused of having more than an eighth of an ounce of suspected crack cocaine at a Tenth Street address. He was charged with third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell and fourth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.

Violante granted Griffith an adjournment until next Friday to hire a lawyer and remanded him to the Niagara County Jail in lieu of $2,500 bail.

Woman arrested on drug charges

NIAGARA FALLS -- Investigators arrested a Niagara Avenue woman on a drug charge Friday.

Donna Lynn Harris, 37, was charged with third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell by Niagara County Drug Task Force investigators William Carosella and Tony Evans, Task Force Chief Craig Harmon said. Police said they confiscated about 1 1/2 ounces of suspected crack cocaine during a drug raid at her apartment.

The raid capped a 2 1/2 -month investigation, Harmon said.

Harris pleaded not guilty to the charge before Chief City Court Judge Mark A. Violante, who remanded her to the Niagara County Jail in lieu of $5,000 bail. A preliminary hearing was set for Wednesday, Carosella said.

Flu shot clinics start Nov. 3

NIAGARA FALLS -- Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center will hold a series of community flu immunization clinics beginning Nov. 3.

Flu and pneumonia shots will be given from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 3, Nov. 30 and Dec. 14 in the medical center's auditoriums, 621 10th St., and from 5 to 9 p.m. on Nov. 16 at Summit Healthplex, 6932 Williams Road. Free parking will be available at each site.

The cost for flu shots is $15 and for pneumonia shots, $25. Both are covered by Medicare Part B, Univera, Independent Health and Senior Blue. Insurance cards will be required.

Flu shots are recommended for everyone age 65 and older; anyone with chronic medical conditions such as diabetes, heart, lung or kidney disease; anyone whose immune system is weakened due to long-term steroid therapy, HIV/AIDS and chemotherapy; pregnant women past their third month; and anyone who has direct contact with persons at high risk for serious complications of the flu.

The flu clinics are being offered in partnership with Kaleida Health. For more information, call 278-4569.

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