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Man faces drug charges after Salamanca raid

SALAMANCA -- Salamanca police Wednesday arrested a man on drug charges following a raid at about 12:30 p.m. at a Main Street address.

Juan P. Lopez, 24, was charged with third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, unlawful possession of marijuana and driving without a license. Police said he was in possession of crack cocaine, marijuana and $1,739 in cash.

Lopez was arraigned before City Judge Ronald Ploetz, who set bail at $15,000. Lopez was taken to the Cattaraugus County Jail in Little Valley in lieu of bail.

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Ex-town justice facing grand larceny charge

GENESEE -- A former Genesee town justice was arrested Tuesday on charges of grand larceny and falsifying business records, Allegany County District Attorney Terrence M. Parker said Wednesday.

Cheryl Napora, 43, of Genesee, had served as town justice for several years until she resigned last year amid a routine audit of the town's books by the state comptroller's office. The comptroller's office found irregularities and contacted state police.

The initial audit found about $10,000 missing from town coffers. But Parker said that figure is "still up in the air. . . . We believe there was more."

State Police investigators asked Napora to come in for questioning Tuesday, and she agreed. She was then arrested and arraigned before a Town of Amity justice and released on her own recognizance.

Napora could not be reached to comment Wednesday.

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Stopped for questioning, man charged with DWI

A state trooper pulled over a man wanted for questioning regarding an alleged violation of an order of protection and ended up arresting him on a charge of drunken driving, officials said.

Trooper Shawn Paa spotted a vehicle belonging to a man wanted by the Erie County Sheriff's Office for questioning regarding an order of protection violation investigation at 3:47 p.m. Tuesday on Boston State Road in the Town of Boston.

The driver, Nelson Krantz, 49, of Delevan, was allegedly intoxicated, troopers said. His breath test showed his blood alcohol content was 0.16 percent, twice the legal limit, troopers said.

He was charged with felony driving while intoxicated. Krantz has a prior conviction for DWI in the Town of Amherst from April 1999.

Krantz was arraigned before Holland Town Justice William Franczyk and released to reappear in Town of Boston Court today.

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