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>Niagara deputies seize drugs in traffic stop

TOWN OF NIAGARA -- Cash, crack cocaine, narcotics, drug paraphernalia and marijuana were seized in a traffic stop on Lockport Road just before 2 a.m. Tuesday.

Mark A. Kinney, 23, of Williams Road, Depew, was charged by Niagara County sheriff's deputies with criminal possession of a controlled substance and unlawful possession of marijuana.

Deputies said they found more than 500 milligrams of crack cocaine, marijuana, painkillers and a scale, as well as $281 in cash.

Kinney also was charged with making an illegal turn and using a cell phone while driving.


>Second man pleads guilty to two arsons in Falls

LOCKPORT -- A second man pleaded guilty Tuesday in Niagara County Court to setting fires in two vacant houses on Ontario Avenue in Niagara Falls on April 2 and 9.

Roger Hedrick, 19, of Niagara Avenue, Niagara Falls, admitted to fourth-degree arson and attempted third-degree arson. He could be sent to prison for as long as 11 years when Judge Sara Sheldon Sperrazza passes sentence Dec. 11. The sentence will include Hedrick's half of a total restitution tab of $12,000, Deputy District Attorney Doreen M. Hoffmann said.

Robert Felvus, 16, of Niagara Avenue, had pleaded guilty to the same charges July 24 and is awaiting sentencing. He had been charged originally with setting four fires.


>Guilty plea entered to knifepoint robbery

LOCKPORT -- A Niagara Falls man who participated in the knifepoint robbery of a female cab driver April 5 pleaded guilty Tuesday in Niagara County Court.

Luis Santiago-Roman, 22, of Michigan Avenue, admitted to a reduced count of attempted second-degree robbery and was scheduled for sentencing Dec. 16 by Judge Matthew J. Murphy III.

Darain R. Cruz, 18, of Linwood Avenue, pleaded guilty last month to two counts of second-degree robbery for robbing two cabbies the same night in the 24th Street area, including the holdup to which Santiago-Roman admitted.


>Warsaw man is killed in 3-vehicle accident

A 56-year-old Warsaw man was killed late Monday afternoon in a three-vehicle accident involving a mobile home from Indiana and a pickup truck in the Town of Sardinia, Erie County sheriff's officials said.

Gary Graf was pronounced dead at the scene, on Route 39, following the crash, which was reported at about 5:50 p.m., authorities said.

Deputies said a mobile home being towed by Jerald Serris, 70, of Elkhart, Ind., was struck by a pickup truck driven by Frank Ortel, 64, of Collins.

Ortel's truck then struck the vehicle Graf was driving, according to police reports.

Ortel, who was ejected from his vehicle, was airlifted to Erie County Medical Center, where he was listed in fair condition. Serris was taken to ECMC with minor injuries, deputies said.

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