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>Marijuana-laced brownies in school bring two arrests

HOLLEY -- Two men were charged over the weekend for allegedly giving marijuana-laced brownies to an unknowing Holley High School student as a "practical joke," Holley police report.

Police said the arrests were made Saturday after a weeklong investigation.

According to a news release, the "brownies containing marijuana were brought into the school and given to a student without the student's knowledge of the drug additives as a practical joke."

Kevin J. Engert, 17, was charged with criminal sale of marijuana and endangering the welfare of a child. He was arraigned in Albion Town Court and held in Orleans County Jail in lieu of $1,500 bail.

Francis J. Cook, 43, was charged with criminal sale of marijuana. He was arraigned in Murray Town Court and held in Orleans County Jail in lieu of $2,500 bail.

The student who ate some of the brownies became ill and was sent home from school.

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>Arrest follows attempt to use stolen credit card

NIAGARA FALLS -- Police arrested a South Avenue man Saturday when he allegedly attempted to buy beer and cigarettes with a stolen credit card.

Roderick E. Stewart, 44, was arrested a short time after fleeing the USA Mini Mart on Main Street, where a cashier contacted police after learning Stewart's credit card was stolen. Police said Stewart may have used the card to pay for a room at an area hotel, as well.

Stewart was charged with fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property and criminal impersonation.

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>Two with $500 worth of parking tickets arrested

NIAGARA FALLS -- Police on Sunday arrested two people, each with nearly $500 worth of unpaid parking tickets.

Joseph L. Gervasi Jr., 46, of Independence Avenue, was arrested on an outstanding warrant at 8:45 a.m., and Lockport Street resident Nakeesha C. Hayes, 26, was taken into custody at 11:30 a.m., both as part of an ongoing effort to collect thousands of dollars worth of unpaid parking fines outstanding in the city.

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