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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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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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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.

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

Sacco said the investigation is continuing and more arrests are possible.

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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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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 were roadside on South Transit Road with Katherine M. Andrews, 47, of Lockport, at about 3:15 p.m. after pulling her over 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 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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