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Suspicious activity leads to 4 trespassing arrests

PERRYSBURG -- Four people were arrested Monday after police received a report of suspicious activity at the J.N. Adams Facility and determined the four had entered fenced-in property without permission.

Charged with criminal trespass at about 2:45 a.m. were: Sarah J. Szymanski, 19, of Cheektowaga; Mark D. Probst, 21, of Snyder; Adam M. Bauer, 21, of Lancaster; and Bryan M. Anderson, 21, of Minot, N.D.

They are to appear in Perrysburg Town Court at a later date.

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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 they raided the home just after 5 p.m. and 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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Dozen fancy rabbits taken from barn in Kaisertown

A Kaisertown barn was burglarized earlier this week and a dozen fancy rabbits were stolen, a resident reported Tuesday to Buffalo Police.

The owner, a Weiss Street man, told police that unknown intruders entered his barn between Sunday and Monday and stole the 12 rabbits of various breeds, including Lionhead, Rex and Dwarf rabbits.

The animals were valued at $600. A rabbit cage also was stolen, according to police reports.

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House ransacked; loot estimated at $13,000

An Elmer Street man told Northeast District police that burglars cleaned him out between late Monday afternoon and early Tuesday.

Nathaniel Rogers, of the first block of Elmer, said his jewelry, stereo equipment, crystal, safe and other valuables were taken by burglars who kicked in the back door and ransacked his residence. Rogers estimated more than $13,000 in cash and possessions were stolen.

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Troopers serving warrant find marijuana plants

State police said they discovered a marijuana-growing operation in a walk-in bedroom closet of a Cheektowaga home where they went to serve an arrest warrant Tuesday.

Troopers went to a Winkler Road address to serve the warrant from West Seneca Town Court and found the suspect sleeping. Next to him, they said, they found a marijuana-smoking device and a strong odor of marijuana coming from the closet.

After obtaining consent to search the residence, troopers found the growing operation, which included potted plants, fluorescent lights and foil-lined walls, they said. Authorities also confiscated about 30 ounces of marijuana vegetation.

State police charged Anthony V. Patti, 25, with felony marijuana possession, unlawfully growing cannabis and weapons possession, among other charges, according to police reports. Troopers stated that they found a metal collapsible baton and a dagger knife.

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Guilty plea entered in crash linked to use of narcotic

Rachel Martinez pleaded guilty Tuesday to a Leandra's Law felony as Senior Erie County Judge Michael L. D'Amico was slated to begin her non-jury trial for a two-car crash while baby-sitting last July 14 in the Town of Hamburg.

Martinez, 28, of Pleasant Avenue, Hamburg, pleaded guilty to the highest charge she faces for the crash at Big Tree Road and St. Francis Street.

Prosecutor Bethany A. Solek said Martinez, with a 2-year-old boy and 4-year-old girl she was baby-sitting, was driving down Big Tree when she crashed into an oncoming car while under the influence of a narcotic drug designed to ween people off opiates.

No one was injured in the crash, Solek said.

Though Martinez could be facing a prison term of up to four years, the judge told her he is considering a local jail term of up to one year.

She was allowed to remain free without bail pending her June 1 sentencing.

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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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