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Jamestown man held in possession of shotgun

A Jamestown man was accused Friday of two federal felony counts of possessing an illegally shortened or "sawed-off" shotgun, the U.S. attorney's office reported.

Peter John Jones, 30, was arrested in connection with an investigation conducted by Jamestown police, the Chautauqua County district attorney's office and the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives.

Jamestown police officers found the gun Oct. 31 when they arrested Jones in connection with a domestic incident, prosecutor Richard P. Maigret said.

Jones was arraigned before U.S. Magistrate Judge H. Kenneth Schroeder Jr.

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Springville man, 25, held on DWI charge

Erie County sheriff's deputies have filed a felony DWI charge against a 25-year-old Springville man whose vehicle was stopped for equipment violations in Springville early Friday morning.

Deputy Kristin Rozycki arrested Bradley D. Evans, of North Street, after he failed several field sobriety tests, sheriff's officials said.

The drunken-driving charge was upgraded to a felony after a Motor Vehicles Department check revealed he had a previous DWI conviction in 2007, according to police reports.

Deputies said Evans refused to submit to a Breathalyzer test. He was taken to the Erie County Holding Center, pending his arraignment.

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Batavia man charge in cocaine sale

BATAVIA -- Drug enforcement officials in Genesee County have charged a Batavia man with selling cocaine following an investigation into the transportation and sale of cocaine in and around the Batavia area.

Arrested was Nekia "Nick" Newton, 32, formerly of Central Avenue in Batavia. Authorities said Newton allegedly sold an unspecified amount of cocaine to an agent of the Genesee County Local Drug Task Force. Police said that once Newton became aware in December that there were drug charges pending against him, Newton moved out of his Batavia residence, closed the deli business he operated on West Main Street and left the area.

Newton was apprehended at a Rochester area motel by Rochester police. He was charged with third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance and third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, both Class B felonies.

Newton was being held Thursday in the Genesee County Jail pending his arraignment today in Genesee County Court.

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