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Woman, boyfriend arrested on DWI charges together

LOCKPORT -- A woman and her boyfriend were arrested nearly simultaneously for driving while intoxicated Monday afternoon in the Town of Lockport, state police reported.

Troopers pulled over Katherine M. Andrews, 47, of Lockport, on South Transit Road at about 3:15 p.m. for driving erratically. Officers said they determined Andrews was intoxicated and charged her with DWI.

While she was pulled over, her live-in boyfriend, Carl W. Clark, 40, drove up in his pickup truck and approached a trooper. Officers said they also determined that Clark also was intoxicated and arrested him for DWI.

Both Andrews and Clark were issued tickets to appear in Lockport Town Court on April 5.

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Pot-growing operation seized in Thorold, Ont.

THOROLD, Ont. -- A large marijuana-growing operation was uncovered and seized by Niagara Regional Police on Monday afternoon in a residence on Keefer Road.

Authorities said found two basement rooms converted solely for the production of marijuana. In all, 273 marijuana plants were found in various stages of growth.

Police also recovered about 3 1/2 pounds of dried processed marijuana.

Street value of the marijuana was estimated at about $300,000 (Canadian). Police also seized cash.

Brandon Van Duzen, 31, and Annie Vucina, 29, both of Thorold, were released following their arrests on charges of production and possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking. Van Duzen also was charged with possession of proceeds obtained by crime.

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Cocaine seized in arrest of man in Orleans County

ALBION -- A Rochester man has been accused of selling powder and crack cocaine in Orleans County, the county's Major Felony Crime Task Force announced Tuesday.

Roderick D. Haynes, 29, was arrested Monday and charged with two counts of first-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance and a single count of second-degree conspiracy, said task force Supervising Investigator Joseph F. Sacco.

Eleven ounces of cocaine, with a street value of more than $15,000, was seized during Haynes' arrest, Sacco said. He said more arrests are possible.

Albion Town Justice Gary Moore ordered Haynes held without bail in the Orleans County Jail.

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Special prosecutor ruled out in case against officer

LOCKPORT -- No special prosecutor is needed in the case of a Niagara Falls police officer accused of assaulting his girlfriend, Niagara County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III ruled Tuesday.

Murphy rejected defense attorney Jon L. Wilson's claim that District Attorney Michael J. Violante has a conflict of interest because when he was in private law practice, he represented Mark L. Feldhousen in a divorce case with a domestic violence angle almost 20 years ago.

"Mr. Violante claims that he has not been involved in the current prosecution and that he has instructed his staff to handle this case like any other," Murphy wrote. He ruled that Violante's past involvement with Feldhousen has no relation to the current charges involving a different woman.

The second-degree assault case against Feldhousen will continue with a hearing next Wednesday on the admissibility of his statements to investigators. Trial is scheduled for April 25.

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Man accused of disposing of gun used in robbery

LOCKPORT -- A Niagara Falls man already facing charges in connection with a home invasion was arraigned Tuesday in State Supreme Court and accused of disposing of a gun used in the robbery of $75 from a woman on 61st Street in the Falls on Dec. 11.

Deandre M. Agee, 17, of Ninth Street, pleaded not guilty to tampering with physical evidence. Also indicted but not yet arraigned is Amber L. Kraft, 20, of Ashland Avenue.

Charged in connection with the robbery itself are Michael G. Kreps Jr., 18, of 15th Street, and Tarale T. Haugabook, 18, of Welch Avenue. They have been indicted on charges of first- and second-degree robbery, second-degree menacing and petit larceny. The four were arrested after a 45-minute standoff at a house on Sweet Home Road in the Town of Niagara, Assistant District Attorney Joseph A. Scalzo said.

Agee was arraigned Feb. 14 on charges of firing a shotgun blast at a 19th Street teenager during an Oct. 8 home invasion, riddling his side with birdshot. His recent record also includes an alleged burglary of his mother's home Nov. 29 and a felony criminal mischief arrest, Scalzo said.

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Sex offender arraigned on failure to register

LOCKPORT -- A Level 1 sex offender currently serving a state prison sentence for statutory rape was arraigned Tuesday in Niagara County Court on a felony charge of failing to register a change of address in Pendleton in September of last year.

Zackery D. Rogers, 21, formerly of Ransomville and Newfane, pleaded not guilty to the new charge. He was placed on probation in February 2010 for second-degree rape but was sentenced to three years in prison in December after violating probation by failing to register his address and not entering sex offender counseling.

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