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SUSPICIOUS WHITE ENVELOPE SPARKS RAINBOW BRIDGE ALERT

NIAGARA FALLS -- Haz-Mat teams were called to the Rainbow Bridge on Monday afternoon for a suspicious white envelope leaking a white, granular material. The substance was later determined to be a crushed Lifesaver candy, police said.

The episode began shortly after 11 a.m., when Stevensville, Ont., sports card dealer Larry Kerrigan made one of his frequent weekly trips to the Can-Am mailbox on Whirlpool Street, where he maintains a post office box, police said. Kerrigan retrieved seven items from his box, including a letter he had previously mailed, which was being returned to him inside a plastic bag.

Kerrigan alerted employees after noticing a white powder in the bottom of the bag. He was given a padded envelope by wary employees and decided to head to the Rainbow Bridge customs area, where he knew several of the inspectors, Niagara Falls Police Officer Jeffrey Bancroft-Billings said. Once he was at the bridge, U.S. Customs agents placed the envelope inside a garbage bag and notified the FBI.

In the meantime, members of the Falls police and fire departments, along with Niagara County Health Department officials, arrived at the scene. A Niagara County Haz-Mat crew arrived at about 2 p.m. and packaged the envelope for transport to FBI offices. It was later determined that the envelope contained the candy, and it was returned to Kerrigan at 2:40 p.m.

, Falls woman is sentenced
for selling crack cocaine

LOCKPORT -- Four weekends in jail and five years' probation was the sentence Monday for a Niagara Falls woman who had pleaded guilty to selling crack cocaine.

Chaointe C. Davis, 26, of LaSalle Avenue, was sentenced by County Judge Sara Sheldon Sperrazza, who also ordered her to maintain employment and undergo drug testing during her probation.

Davis was accused of selling crack to undercover police agents in Niagara Falls on March 7, March 15 and May 23, 2000.

Woman leaves her home
and sees car being stolen

NIAGARA FALLS -- A DeVeaux Street woman left her house Monday afternoon just in time to see a man driving off in her car, police said. The victim phoned police, and the car was recovered within a short time, abandoned near railroad tracks between DeVeaux and Ninth streets. Police were looking for a young man suspected of having taken the vehicle.

Arrest made after man
is stabbed outside church

LOCKPORT -- A fight in front of a Main Street church late Sunday led to the stabbing of a Town of Lockport man, city police said.

Rodney W. Gilverly of Robinson Road suffered a cut to the thigh and a puncture wound to his back in the 10:23 p.m. incident, Officer Paul Bruning said. He was treated in Lockport Memorial Hospital.

Police and fire crews responded to the area of the Victory Christian Church, where they found Gilverly bleeding heavily.

While he was being treated, a man arrived at the Lockport police station with a minor cut, saying he had been stabbed by Gilverly. After questioning by detectives, Kelvin R. Holloway, 36, of Prospect Street, was charged with second-degree assault in connection with the attack upon Gilverly.

Two Falls men convicted
on drug-trafficking charges

Two Niagara Falls men were convicted Monday of charges stemming from a drug-trafficking investigation, according to the U.S. attorney's office.

Joseph Medley, 26, and DeQuincey Saunders, 40, were convicted by a jury of conspiracy to distribute cocaine. Medley also was convicted of two counts of using a telephone in committing a drug trafficking felony.

The maximum penalty both face is 40 years in prison and a $2 million fine. Sentencing, which will be handled by U.S. District Judge John T. Elfvin, hasn't been scheduled; the two were ordered detained until then.

The conspiracy involved drug distribution in the Niagara Falls area between approximately September 1999 to January 2000, according to the prosecutor, Assistant U.S. Attorney Joseph J. Karaszewski.

Earlier this month, co-defendant Kevin Bivins, 40, of Niagara Falls, pleaded guilty to a conspiracy charge that could send him to prison for the rest of his life. His sentencing is scheduled for Dec. 28.

Falls police investigating
woman's report of fraud

NIAGARA FALLS -- Police are investigating a case of possible fraud involving a LaSalle Avenue woman. The woman told police on Monday that she discovered a credit account had been opened in her name and that $3,000 worth of fraudulent charges had been made.

Investigators are looking into the possible involvement of a man who recently asked the victim to co-sign on an account for him. The woman told police she refused his request.

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