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NIAGARA POLICE & COURTS

Falls man, 27, admits to cocaine possession

LOCKPORT -- A Niagara Falls man pleaded guilty Friday in Niagara County Court to a cocaine possession charge.

Terrance M. Moragne, 27, of 16th Street, admitted to fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. Judge Peter L. Broderick Sr. scheduled sentencing for June 1.

Moragne possessed 1.79 grams of cocaine with the intention of selling it in Niagara Falls on Aug. 29.

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Ontario fire victim dies in medical center

A Crystal Beach, Ont., woman died Thursday in Erie County Medical Center, nearly two weeks after suffering burns and smoke inhalation in a townhouse fire, a hospital spokesman said Friday.

Amanda Held, 28, had been in serious condition in the hospital since the March 31 fire on Esme Lane in Crystal Beach. Her 8-year-old daughter, Kayla, who also had been taken to the medical center after the fire, now is being treated for burns in a Toronto hospital, according to the Niagara (Ont.) Falls Review.

The fire extensively damaged the townhouse.

"Amanda was a great mother, a great worker and a woman who did the best she could with what God dealt her," Aprile McNamee, a friend and a nanny for both of Held's children, told the Niagara Falls newspaper. "Her family has a long road ahead of them, and they will need as much support as they can get."

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$1,200 reported stolen at Millicent Apartments

The manager for Millicent Apartments on Millicent Avenue told police about $1,200 in cash and various checks were stolen Monday or Tuesday.

The police report noted no sign of a break-in, but said the drawer to the file cabinet was damaged.

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Barn in Wellsville destroyed by fire

WELLSVILLE -- Fire destroyed a barn and damaged a house at a Duffy Hollow Road farm Friday morning.

Wellsville firefighters arrived at the fire shortly after 3 a.m. and some remained at the scene, five miles east of Wellsville, until midafternoon.

Firefighters from Andover and Willing responded to the fire, with Scio on standby.

The barn is owned by Jak and Bonnie Schettine. The loss included sheep, a tractor and a generator, fire officials said.

Fire officials are investigating the cause of the blaze.

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