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POLICE & COURTS

> Bike on crowded bridge leads to teen's arrest

A Buffalo teenager was charged with reckless endangerment and trespass Saturday by state troopers after he allegedly drove his dirt bike over a crowded pedestrian bridge at LaSalle Park, state police reported.

Angel L. Rivera, 17, was taken to the Erie County Holding Center and remained in custody pending arraignment. His arrest was made by troopers assigned to the city as part of Operation Impact.

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> 139 marijuana plants confiscated in Newfane

A Clarence man faces various criminal charges after state troopers confiscated 139 marijuana plants from two Town of Newstead locations, state police reported Sunday.

Donald E. McAlpine, 61, of Miland Road, was released on $5,000 bail following his arraignment on charges of criminal possession of marijuana, criminal possession of a controlled substance, illegally cultivating marijuana and criminal use of drug paraphernalia.

The State Police helicopter spotted 27 marijuana plants growing on McAlpine's property, and he was subsequently found with more than a pound of loose marijuana along with several prescription pills and a scale, police said.

Troopers said the marijuana plants were all seized in the vicinity of Main and Crittenden roads and Burdick and Rapids roads. McAlpine is scheduled to be back in Clarence Town Court on Thursday.

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> Loud parties, outdoor fires claimed in man's arrest

A Town of Boston man whose neighbors complained about loud parties and noxious smoke from outdoor fires was charged with criminal nuisance Saturday, state police in Boston reported.

Harry A. Keller, 41, of Sunset Lane, was arrested after complaints from residents of a nearby apartment complex who alleged that Keller had nightly outdoor fires that emitted toxic smoke and held loud, disruptive late night parties.

Keller was issued an appearance ticket and is scheduled to appear in Boston Town Court next Monday.

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> Girl hurt when mother causes her to fall off hood

A 13-year-old Buffalo girl was hospitalized for injuries that were serious but not life-threatening Sunday after her mother bucked her off the hood of a car during an argument, Buffalo police and emergency officials report.

The incident occurred at about 4:45 p.m. in a parking lot at 34 and 36 Latona Court in South Buffalo, according to police reports.

The girl and her 47-year-old mother apparently were arguing over a cheeseburger, police stated, when the girl lay across the hood of her mother's Ford Taurus. A witness told police that the mother hit the gas and knocked her daughter off the car. The girl struck her head on the asphalt, police reports stated.

The mother then sped around Latona Circle and stopped by her daughter, trying to pick her up. The girl was taken by Rural/Metro Medical Services to Women & Children's Hospital, where she was placed in the pediatric intensive care unit, according to police reports. Charges are pending.

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> Reckless driving leads to aggravated DWI charge

Erie County sheriff's deputies arrested a Fayetteville, N.C., man early Sunday on a charge of aggravated driving while intoxicated.

Deputies Jim Welch and Kristin Rozycki responded to a complaint about reckless driving on the Niagara Thruway in Grand Island.

They arrested Andrew D. Madsen, 23, who registered a 0.20 percent blood-alcohol reading. He was taken to the Erie County Holding Center.

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> Troopers ticket 86 in safety check

State police issued 86 tickets and made one drug arrest Sunday afternoon as they checked vehicles in Clarence and Elma for improper seat belts and child car seats in conjunction with National Child Passenger Safety Week.

Seat belt violations accounted for 47 of the tickets, including four for not having a child in a proper car safety seat. The rest were for various vehicle and traffic violations.

Arrested on a charge of unlawful possession of marijuana was Michael W. Adamski, 32, of West Seneca, after troopers said they found him with a small amount of the drug.

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> Combative behavior follows DWI arrest

An East Aurora man was held without bail in the Erie County Holding Center on Sunday after fighting the deputy who arrested him and becoming combative at the jail.

Shawn M. Claybolt, 28, was charged with aggravated driving while intoxicated, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.

Deputy Tom Meredith said he spotted Claybolt running a red light at Jamison and Bowen roads in Elma. Claybolt pulled into a parking lot and tried to evade the deputy. The deputy caught Claybolt trying to get out of his vehicle, and the two fought. After a brief struggle, Meredith took Claybolt into custody, the Sheriff's Office said.

Upon arriving at the Holding Center, Claybolt again became combative, resulting in additional disorderly conduct and resisting arrest charges, the office said.

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