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POLICE & COURTS - North Suburban

Alleged drug deal in lot prompts Depew arrests

Two men were arrested late Wednesday night in Depew after police, conducting surveillance in the area, allegedly caught the two engaging in a drug transaction in the parking lot of a fast-food restaurant, Depew police reported.

Scott Anderson, 20, of Buffalo, was charged with criminal sale and possession of a controlled substance, police said, and Silvio Petrone, 46, of Cheektowaga, faces a charge of criminal possession of a controlled substance.

Police said the two men made the exchange of about seven grams of crack cocaine at about 9 p.m. Police officers from Cheektowaga and Depew, along with state troopers, seized the drugs and $700 cash.

The men were arraigned and sent to the Erie County Holding Center pending a court date Wednesday.

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Man charged in theft of gun at brother's home

A Grand Island man who allegedly burglarized his brother's house and stole a handgun was charged with burglary and grand larceny late Wednesday, Erie County sheriff's deputies reported.

Steven T. Meyer, 24, is accused of breaking into his brother's residence Sept. 16 and taking the gun and a bank card, which he used to withdraw $650, authorities said.

Detective Dennis Fitzgibbon said Meyer sold the gun in Buffalo and bought crack cocaine. The gun, a .40-caliber Glock pistol, was recovered by Buffalo police on Hampshire Street.

Meyer also admitted stealing a gun from his brother last month. The 9 mm Kel-Tec was also seized by Buffalo police last month. The brother, a member of the National Guard, is the legal owner of the guns, authorities said. Police said Meyer also faces charges in the alleged theft of money from his mother's bank account.

He was sent to the Erie County Holding Center after not posting $7,500 bail.

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Playground equipment extensively vandalized

Extensive damage was done to a Republic Street playground by vandals who sprayed graffiti all over the recreational equipment, according to police.

A Head Start representative at the Old First Ward Community Center told police the vandalism occurred between 8 a.m. Sept. 15 and 8 a.m. Thursday. A table was also destroyed there and a gate damaged.

The nicknames used in the graffiti are known by center staff as those of four juveniles, whom they identified to police.

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