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Three Amherst men held on drug charges

Central District police arrested three Amherst men on drug-related charges after spotting them "moving a great deal" inside a car in a parking lot on the first block of West Huron Street early Saturday.

Christopher J. Pegnia, 21, of Candlewood Lane and Timothy J. Nelson, 30, of Heritage Road West were each charged with criminal possession of cocaine. Kevin D. Adler, 25, of Huxley Drive was charged with loitering for the purpose of possession of a controlled substance.

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27,000 Ecstasy tablets confiscated; 2 arrested

A trip across the Peace Bridge by two men from Canada who claimed they were heading to New York City for a holiday visit with relatives ended in the confiscation of 27,000 Ecstasy tablets Saturday.

Hugh Wilson, 39, a Jamaican-born Canadian citizen, and Rohan Dixon, 28, a Jamaican national with Canadian resident status, were charged with importation and possession of 18 pounds of the pills with a street value of $540,000, according to Kevin Corsaro, spokesman for the U.S. Customs and Border Protection's Buffalo Field Office.

Officers found seven vacuum-sealed bags of the drugs hidden inside the men's vehicle, Corsaro said. "The nature of the seizure demonstrates the CBP officers' continued vigilance and due diligence while conducting primary and secondary inspections."

The two men were also accused of intent to distribute the pills.

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Portland woman dies after car strikes tree

POMFRET -- A Portland woman died early Friday when her westbound vehicle veered off Route 20 and struck a tree, Chautauqua County sheriff's deputies said.

Melinda K. Decker, 35, of Portland, who was ejected from the vehicle, was pronounced dead at the scene, Deputies Doug Walter and Ed Tofil said.

The crash occurred at about 4 a.m. on a curved section of the road. The deputies were assisted by their supervisor, Lt. David Bentley, as well as Fredonia police, fire officials and State Police.

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Police search for owner of home ruined by fire

State Police were continuing efforts late Saturday night to locate the owner of a West Falls home that was destroyed by fire Friday.

The cause of the blaze at the one-story, wood-frame house on the 7400 block of Irish Road remains under investigation, according to troopers. The owner, whose identity was withheld, may be out of town, troopers said. Anyone with information is asked to contact State Police Boston Barracks, 941-9300.

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Pregnant woman beaten by several people

A Buffalo woman who is seven months pregnant told police she was assaulted early Saturday morning.

Several people kicked her in the head and stomach at 2 a.m. at West and West Delavan avenues, according to police.

The woman, who complained of pain and swelling, was taken to Women and Children's Hospital for treatment.

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Gun-wielding thief robs two men on Haven Street

Two men were robbed at gunpoint late Friday night as they stood outside a house on Haven Street, near where one of the victims lived, police said.

A man pointed a long gun at the two and took more than $200 in cash, a gold ring and a gold earring. The robber also struck one of the victims with the gun, causing the man's lip to bleed, police said. The victims said the robber was black, wore dark clothing, appeared to be about 17 years old, stands 5 feet, 4 inches tall and weighs about 200 pounds.

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Disruptive rail rider arrested after struggle

A Bailey Avenue man who scared Metro Rail riders, threatened the train operator and then fought Niagara Frontier Transit Authority police officers was arrested Friday.

Antonio Nunes, 22, of Bailey Avenue faces four misdemeanor and six violation charges, including resisting arrest, two counts of harassment, obstructing governmental administration, criminal trespass and three counts of disorderly conduct for violent behavior, unreasonable noise, and obscene language and gestures.

The Metro Rail operator summoned police to the University Station after Nunes entered the operator's compartment. Nunes threatened to kill the operator and then left the station and boarded a bus parked in the loop.

Officers David Zarbo and Michael Insalaco found Nunes on the bus and struggled to arrest the 6-foot-tall, 160-pound man, according to their report. Nunes punched and pushed the officers while threatening the officers' families, they said, and Nunes had a 4-inch knife in his sweat shirt pocket, but the officers kept him from grabbing it as they subdued him.

Officers said Nunes registered a 0.19 percent blood-alcohol level. Doctors evaluated Nunes at Erie County Medical Center before the police took him to the Erie County Holding Center. Nunes was already wanted on a warrant for almost identical charges from an earlier incident, NFTA police said.

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