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Hartland man, juvenile accused in garage break-in

HARTLAND -- A Hartland man and a juvenile have been arrested in a Dec. 15 burglary, state police announced Tuesday.

Patrick R. Stover, 20, of Ridge Road, was charged with third-degree burglary, and a 14-year-old boy was charged with third-degree burglary and second-degree criminal mischief. All charges are felonies. Stover is due for a Town Court appearance Jan. 18, while the boy is headed for Niagara County Family Court.

Auto parts and scrap metal were stolen from a storage garage on Ridge Road, troopers said. The interior of the building and a vehicle parked inside were extensively vandalized.

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Mom, son plead not guilty to crack cocaine charges

LOCKPORT -- A woman and her son were arraigned Tuesday in Niagara County Court on charges of making four crack cocaine sales this fall.

Betty K. Bove, 53, and David O. Allee Jr., 32, of Chestnut Drive, each pleaded not guilty to four counts each of third-degree criminal sale and possession of a controlled substance.

Assistant District Attorney Peter M. Wydysh said the sales to a police informant allegedly occurred Sept. 23 and Oct. 4, 8 and 12.

Judge Matthew J. Murphy III released Bove on her own recognizance, but he set bail at $20,000 for Allee, who has 14 previous misdemeanor convictions.

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Brawl at Brant store leads to arrest of driver

Several people were treated for injuries following a fight early Tuesday at Seneca One Stop in Brant, and in a related development, a Farnham man was charged with driving while intoxicated, Erie County sheriff's officials said.

Deputies responding to the store on Route 20 said they stopped a fleeing vehicle driven by Robert N. Jamison, 29, on Route 438, at about 1:30 a.m. Besides DWI, he was charged with two counts of assault, four counts of endangering the welfare of a child and weapons possession, police said. Jamison refused to submit to a breath test to determine his blood-alcohol level, sheriff's officials said. He was taken to the Erie County Holding Center, awaiting arraignment.

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Lockport man, 22, pleads not guilty in drug case

LOCKPORT -- Joseph A. Tagg, 22, of Green Street, Lockport, pleaded not guilty to a four-count drug indictment Tuesday in Niagara County Court.

Tagg is charged with two counts each of third-degree sale and possession of a controlled substance for two reported drug deals with a police informant in the City of Lockport.

Tagg allegedly sold heroin Aug. 13 and oxymorphone pills Sept. 21.

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Wheatfield woman, 45, arraigned in drug case

LOCKPORT -- A Wheatfield woman was arraigned Tuesday in Niagara County Court on a drug indictment.

Assistant Public Defender Michael E. Benedict said Kim M. Arnold, 45, of Walmore Road, had been in Florida visiting her son for the past two months but flew home and turned herself in at the County Jail when she learned of the charges. Judge Matthew J. Murphy III set bail at $1,000.

Arnold pleaded not guilty to third- and fourth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. She allegedly had cocaine with the intention of selling it May 6 in Niagara Falls. A co-defendant, Mark A. Welch, 41, of 10th Street, Niagara Falls, pleaded not guilty Nov. 15.

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Amherst police probe gunfire in holdup bid

An attempted robbery at about 10:30 p.m. Monday in northwest Amherst may have involved shots fired, Amherst police said.

The attempted robbery occurred near Pheasant Run and Cascade Drive. Police said a 19-year-old man called police to report he and a friend were followed by four men.

The teen said two of the men stopped him in the street and displayed a handgun and threatened to rob him. As he tried to flee, he heard shots fired, police said, and fled to a nearby home and called police.

Detectives ask anyone with information to contact their office at 689-1311 or the Amherst police tip line at 689-1390.

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Buffalo man robbed at Metro Rail station

A Buffalo man was robbed at about 7 p.m. Monday at the LaSalle Metro Rail Station, Buffalo police said.

The victim said he was approached by a young man outside the station at Main Street and LaSalle Avenue. Before a group of onlookers, the bandit told the victim to "give me what you have" and took a $200 cell phone, police said. The robber fled into the train station, police said.

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Black Rock man accused of sex attack on woman

A Black Rock man was charged Monday with rape for allegedly attacking a woman several times between Dec. 20 and Sunday, Buffalo police said.

Van T. Cung, 27, of Kail Street, also forced the victim to withdraw $800 on her debit card, police said. Cung also was charged with grand larceny and criminal contempt, police said.

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