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>Damage from barn fire estimated at $100,000

TOWN OF LOCKPORT -- Fire of undetermined origin caused an estimated $100,000 damage to a Keck Road barn Saturday, Niagara County sheriff's deputies said.

A man driving past noticed a "glow" coming from the barn across the street from 5315 Keck at about 2:30 a.m. Upon investigating, he saw flames shooting from the rear of the barn, an area not serviced with electricity, according to investigators.

Crews from South Lockport and Terry's Corners fire companies responded but could not save the barn, which contained numerous pieces of farm equipment. No one was hurt. The cause is still under investigation.


>Welder, generator taken from Lockport company

TOWN OF LOCKPORT -- A trailer-mounted welder and power generator, valued at $11,680, was stolen recently from a Hinman Road company, Niagara County sheriff's deputies reported.

The item was stolen sometime between Oct. 12 and Oct. 16 from Walck Brothers Agricultural Services, deputies said. The trailer contained a 300-amp welder and a 10,000-watt generator. The theft was reported Saturday.


>Visit to probationer brings 7 drug arrests

NIAGARA FALLS -- Officials making a routine visit to a probationer Saturday night locked up a total of seven people, including their client.

Officer Stanley Wills said that police and probation officers went to a home on Ferry Avenue at about 11 p.m. and found five people inside, along with a large amount of crack cocaine and several grams of marijuana. While there, two additional people arrived, allegedly looking to use narcotics.

Charged with two felony narcotics counts were Dominique N. Hall, 21, of Whitney Avenue; Anthony Z. Ferguson Jr., 26, the resident of the home; Johnny Wynn, 23, of 20th Street; and Buffalo residents Terry D. Harris, 24, and Bonito P. Medina, 23. Harris was also charged with a marijuana possession violation.

Jamie L. Smith, 30, of Ferry Avenue, and James V. Caffey, 46, of Sixth Street, were charged with loitering for the unlawful use of controlled substances. Also arrested Saturday night on a pair of felony narcotics charges was Clifford T. Jackson, 26, of Ferry Avenue.

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