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>Driver dies in crash of vehicle in Hamburg

One person was killed in the crash of a vehicle at about 3:40 p.m. Tuesday on Route 5 in the Town of Hamburg, Hamburg police said.

The crash occurred on Route 5, just over the Eighteenmile Creek bridge separating the towns of Hamburg and Evans. The male driver was traveling east when he apparently lost control of his vehicle and went off the road, crashing into two trees. The driver, who was not identified, pending notification of family members, was pronounced dead at the scene.

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>Former employee accused of Red Cross thefts

As much as $350 worth of NFTA Metro Bus tokens and a pair of Mobil gas cards were believed to have been stolen over the last week from the American Red Cross building by a former employee there, Buffalo police reported.

A Red Cross representative told police that sometime between April 3 and Tuesday a former employee entered the building after hours with a key and stole a lock box from an office desk.

Central District detectives were investigating.

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>Girl, 17, slashed in face on East Utica

A Winslow Avenue girl was being treated for a large cut she received Tuesday afternoon after she was slashed in the face with a knife on East Utica Street, Buffalo police reported.

The 17-year-old victim told police that another 17-year-old girl pulled out a knife and cut her on the left side of her face at about 4:30 p.m. in the 400 block of East Utica Street and then fled the scene.

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>Welland raid uncovers marijuana operation

WELLAND, Ont. -- A Welland man was arrested Tuesday after police uncovered an elaborate indoor hydroponic marijuana growing operation in a residential apartment, Niagara Regional Police reported.

Police executed a search warrant at about 3 p.m. on King Street in Welland and found 346 marijuana plants in various stages of development, according to reports. The street value of the plants was estimated to be about $346,000. Also seized was about $5,000 in growing equipment.

James Lacombe, 28, of Welland, was charged with production of a controlled substance and possession for the purpose of trafficking. He was held in police custody pending a bail hearing today.

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>Man who took young sons from mother charged

A Sun Street man faces felony contempt and other charges after he took his two young sons from their mother's house late last month and sped away with them in his car, Buffalo police reported.

Jerrod E. Peay, 23, was charged with criminal contempt, aggravated harassment and two counts of endangering the welfare of a child.

Peay on March 27 took the boys, ages 3 and 6. The younger boy, who was celebrating his third birthday, had his fingers slammed in Peay's car door just before Peay allegedly fled in his car at a high rate of speed, police said.

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>Cocaine dealer gets six-year prison term

LOCKPORT -- Six years in state prison was the sentence Tuesday from Niagara County Judge Peter L. Broderick Sr. for a Lockport cocaine dealer.

Jermaine N. Atkins, 24, of Glendale Drive, had pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of attempted third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance. He sold cocaine to police informants in the City and Town of Lockport last April 17 and 20 and July 26.

His girlfriend, Evelyn L. Fluellen, 27, of the same address, is awaiting sentencing on the same charge.

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>Forgery of vehicle titles brings one-year term

LOCKPORT -- A Queens man will serve a year in the Niagara County Jail for possession of computer equipment used to print forged vehicle titles, County Judge Peter L. Broderick Sr. ordered Tuesday.

Shrinauth R. Lachhman, 29, had pleaded guilty Jan. 17 to a misdemeanor count of offenses relating to motor vehicle certificates, a violation of the Vehicle and Traffic Law.

He was arrested on the charge July 30 in Niagara Falls.

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>Guilty plea entered to sex-related crimes

LOCKPORT -- A Niagara Falls man pleaded guilty to a pair of sex-related misdemeanors Tuesday in Niagara County Court.

Ronnie L. Dixon, also known as Ronald Siner, 29, of Rainbow Boulevard, admitted to third-degree sexual abuse and unlawfully dealing with a child. Judge Peter L. Broderick Sr. scheduled sentencing for June 14. Dixon was arrested Jan. 25, 2006, in connection with an incident that occurred in October 2005 in Niagara Falls.

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>Guilty plea entered to felony DWI count

LOCKPORT -- An Amherst man pleaded guilty in Niagara County Court on Tuesday to a felony count of driving while intoxicated.

Kevin H. Davis, 38, of Sundridge Drive, was arrested Jan. 21 on Murphy Road in the Town of Lockport. Sentencing is set for July 3.

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