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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.


Salamanca woman accused of being drug dealer

SALAMANCA -- An investigation by several police agencies into the sale and distribution of narcotic drugs in the city led to the arrest Thursday of a Summit Street woman.

Margaret M. McGowen, 47, was arrested on charges of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. Officers said a search warrant of McGowen's home turned up crack cocaine and money.

McGowen is to answer to the charges April 6 in City Court.

The Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force, Salamanca police and Cattaraugus County sheriff's deputies were involved in the arrest.


Man faces over 30 charges in series of burglaries

LITTLE VALLEY -- A Salamanca man faces more than 30 charges relating to burglaries in the City of Salamanca and Town of Great Valley, Cattaraugus County sheriff's officials said Friday.

Kyle E. Cooper, 18, of Broad Street, was arraigned Wednesday and had bail set at $5,000.

Cooper was charged with 12 counts of third-degree burglary, 11 counts of fourth-degree criminal mischief, 10 counts of petit larceny and other related charges.

The sheriff's Criminal Bureau investigated burglaries Oct. 15 in Great Valley at 13 condominiums at Snow Pine Village in which televisions, alcohol and DVDs were stolen, as well as a burglary at Eddy's Restaurant Nov. 15 in which money was taken.

Salamanca police investigated burglaries Nov. 9 at New Beginnings Fitness Center and Norton Hardwoods. Money was stolen at each business.

Deputies said some televisions and other items were recovered from burglaries at Snow Pine Village, where doors were kicked in.

The investigation against Cooper is continuing, deputies said.


Domestic dispute leads to Allegany man's arrest

PORTVILLE -- A woman injured her shoulder after she was thrown into a dresser during a domestic dispute last weekend, which led to the arrest of an Allegany man, Cattaraugus County sheriff's officials said.

Cody J. Hatch, 26, was charged with third-degree assault and child endangerment, sheriff's officials said. Following arraignment in Town Court he was released for a return appearance at a later date.


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.

Nicholas M. Montague, 29, of 218 Edward St., North Tonawanda, who was in Clark's apartment, was charged with criminal impersonation and is accused of telling officers he was his brother.


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.

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