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4 students arrested in Facebook harassment

MAYVILLE -- Four 17-year-old students at Chautauqua Lake High School -- three boys and a girl -- were arrested earlier this week for harassment after allegedly using a Facebook account to harass other students, state police reported Friday.

The suspects are accused of creating a fictitious Facebook account under a Chautauqua Lake faculty member's name and then using the account to harass others, troopers said. Following a lengthy investigation, the suspects were arrested Tuesday.

Police did not disclose the nature of the harassing messages.

The students, whose names were not released, are expected to appear in Ellery Town Court at 6 p.m. Monday, troopers said.


Ambulance tries to avoid collision, hits house

A Rural/Metro Medical Services ambulance, in attempting to avoid a crash, struck a house on Best near Peach streets about noon Friday, according to Buffalo police reports.

The incident occurred when a westbound vehicle on Best apparently failed to yield to an oncoming emergency vehicle. The ambulance driver attempted to avoid the other vehicle but struck the house.

The two drivers were taken to area hospitals for treatment. The extent of their injuries was not known late Friday.

The driver of the first vehicle was ticketed for failing to yield to an emergency vehicle, police said.


Fire causes damage of $150,000 on Isle

A kitchen fire caused $150,000 in damage to a Hazelwood Court home on Grand Island Thursday afternoon, fire company officials said.

At 2:20 p.m., a woman called 911 after she found her home filled with smoke. Firefighters arrived to find the kitchen engulfed in flames but were able to get the fire under control within seven minutes.

The fire was confined to the kitchen, but smoke and heat damage extended throughout the first floor.

No injuries were reported.


Buffalo man is held on rape indictment

LOCKPORT -- A Buffalo man is being held on $10,000 bail in Niagara County Jail after being arraigned on a rape indictment Friday in State Supreme Court.

Christian B. Thomas, 27, of Auburn Street, pleaded not guilty to two counts of first-degree rape, one count of first-degree sexual abuse and two counts of endangering the welfare of a child.

The rape allegedly occurred Jan. 26 in Niagara Falls.


Father, son accused of marijuana operation

HARTLAND -- More than 90 marijuana plants, a rifle, prescription medication and a pound of processed marijuana were seized and two men were arrested after state troopers raided a property at 7366 Ridge Road, state police reported Friday.

The property owner, William Pippard Sr., and his son, William Pippard Jr., were arraigned Friday in federal court on charges of intent to manufacture marijuana, unlawful possession with intent to distribute marijuana and maintaining a premises with intent to manufacture and distribute marijuana.

Authorities said they found the plants growing in a barn that had been converted to grow the plants.

Two others were detained and turned over to the U.S. Border Patrol because of their immigration status.


Four felony drug counts filed after drugs seized

NORTH TONAWANDA -- A 20-year-old city man was charged with four felony drug counts Friday morning after members of the Niagara County Drug Task Force seized more than an eighth of an ounce of crack cocaine from his apartment, said Mark Driess, task force chief investigator.

Task force members and the North Tonawanda Police Department Emergency Response Team entered the residence of of Eli L. Clark, 20, at 295 Bryant St., Apt. 3, about 10:35 a.m.

It was the second time task force officers raided the apartment this year, Driess said. Clark was charged with misdemeanor drug possession in the first case, which started Jan. 28.

On Friday, task force officers confiscated crack cocaine that was "individually packaged and ready for sale," Driess said, along with $1,268 in cash, a scale and a security camera that had been installed since the January raid.

Clark was charged with two counts of criminal sale of a controlled substance and two counts criminal possession of a controlled substance.


DWI charge follows hit-and-run crash

A Depew man was charged with driving while intoxicated after he was allegedly involved in a hit-and-run crash early Friday in the parking lot of Club Infinity on Main Street in Clarence, state police reported.

Brian S. Landseadel, 21, is accused of backing into an unoccupied car in the parking lot of the club and then leaving the scene. Troopers said the incident was caught on video and an investigation led to Landseadel's arrest. He was found to have a blood alcohol level of 0.12 percent.

Landseadel was issued tickets to appear in Clarence Town Court on April 5.

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