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>Victim of ATV crash wasn't wearing helmet

A Gowanda man was killed Friday night in an ATV accident in the Town of Collins on the Cattaraugus Reservation, Erie County sheriff's officials reported Saturday.

Lewi B. Twoguns, 27, of Route 438 was operating a 2000 Polaris ATV about 6:30 p.m. when he went off Bush Road and struck a pole. Twoguns, who was pronounced dead at the scene, was not wearing a helmet, deputies said, and was speeding at the time.


>Man, 31, jumps from boat into lake and disappears

CHAUTAUQUA -- A search will resume today for a boater who is missing after he jumped into Chautauqua Lake about 5:30 p.m. Saturday.

The 31-year-old man jumped into the lake near Dewittville Bay, became distressed and was not seen again, Chautauqua County sheriff's officials said. The name of the boater is being withheld.


>Man, 21, convicted of gun, drug charges

Dashwan Davis faces a mandatory prison term of up to 35 years when sentenced July 28, after his conviction Friday on gun and drug charges.

State Supreme Court Justice Russell P. Buscaglia found Davis, 21, of Trenton Avenue, guilty of drug and weapons charges linked to his arrest on Amherst Street because he was in a car with illegally tinted windows about 5 p.m. last Sept. 19.


>Raid in Cold Spring nets 1,100 marijuana plants

COLD SPRING -- The Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force raided a major indoor marijuana growing operation in Cold Spring, allegedly run by a Chinese national, police said Saturday.

Authorities seized more than 1,100 pot plants with an estimated street value of $2 million. They were being grown in several rooms of a Cold Spring house using what police described as "$10,000 worth of high-tech equipment."

Xiao Xia Ting, 31, who was determined to be an illegal alien, was charged with theft of services and unlawful growing of marijuana.


>3 arrested for fighting during Darien Lake show

DARIEN -- Three people accused of fighting were arrested during the Brad Paisley concert at the Darien Lake Performing Arts Center Friday night.

James P. Balcom, 34, of Grand Island, and Matthew G. Costanzo, 27, of Tonawanda, were charged each with disorderly conduct, accused of fighting with security. Both were arrested by the Genesee County Sheriff's Office, arraigned in Darien Court and remanded to jail in lieu of bail.

Samuel M. Muscarella, 23, of Alden, was charged with assault after punching another person in the face, causing a cut that required stitches. He was arraigned in Darien Court and remanded in to jail in lieu of bail.


>Dye pack explodes after bank heist

TOWN OF NIAGARA -- A bandit wearing a ski mask made off with an undetermined amount of money -- and a dye pack -- after robbing the Military Road branch of Key Bank just before noon Saturday.

Town police said that after robbing the bank at 2429 Military, the bandit fled on foot. Police also said the dye pack detonated.


>Woman, 21, arrested in shooting on Woltz

A Buffalo woman arrested Saturday is accused of shooting a male acquaintance shortly after midnight, leaving him in critical condition in Erie County Medical Center, police said.

The victim was identified as Antuan Walters, of the 100 block of Woltz Avenue.

The shooting occurred at 12:20 a.m. Saturday in the victim's home. Homicide detectives arrested Jamilah Williams, 21, and charged her with assault and criminal possession of a weapon.


>Eden police log Leandra's Law case

Eden police charged a Kenmore man with driving while intoxicated after speeding with his 11-month-old and 5-year-old granddaughters in the car Friday night.

Mark A. Starba, 49, was pulled over at 7:20 p.m. on Route 75 in Eden and charged under Leandra's Law.

He was charged with speeding, two counts of aggravated driving while intoxicated and endangering the welfare of a child.

His driving privileges were suspended.