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Elma man is accused of running drug business

A man accused of operating a drug business out of his home in Elma was arrested by officers from several agencies Monday night.

Jarrett Southard, 24, of Main Street, is accused of possessing and selling drugs including ecstasy, ketamine and marijuana, police said. He also grew hallucinogenic mushrooms at his home, police added. He faces five drug charges.

Erie County sheriff's deputies, West Seneca and Lackawanna police conducted a raid on his home about 10 p.m., Erie County Senior Detective Allen Rozanski said.

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Apartments in Amherst targeted by burglar

Two apartments were burglarized Monday in the 3300 block of Millersport Highway in Amherst, and a laptop computer, cash and costume jewelry were missing.

A complainant told police she saw a gray Ford Explorer driven by a woman moving around in the parking lot of the apartment complex. A man then walked over to the vehicle and placed an item inside, police said. The man then re-entered the building and came back out with another bag in his hands, according to police.

He then entered the Ford Explorer, and the vehicle left the parking lot, driving north on Millersport Highway toward North French Road, police said. Officers responding to the scene found two apartments had been forcefully entered. The amount of cash taken was undetermined.

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Elmwood Ave. bank branch evacuated during CO scare

At least two workers became ill apparently from carbon monoxide poisoning, leading authorities to evacuate a Bank of America branch on Elmwood Avenue late Tuesday morning, Buffalo fire officials said.

Firefighters were called to the bank branch at 495 Elmwood Ave. near West Utica Street at 10:31 a.m. They detected carbon monoxide at four times the level considered safe. Medical teams were on the scene, but no one was taken to a hospital.

Fire Commissioner Garnell W. Whitfield Jr. said the odorless, colorless gas may have entered the bank as car exhaust through a drain pipe by the bank's drive-in window and ATM machine, further infiltrating the air-conditioning system.

The branch was closed while an investigation continued.

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Motorcyclist injured in collision with car

A West Seneca man was treated in Erie County Medical Center following a collision between his motorcycle and a car Monday night in West Seneca, authorities said.

Nikolai Sansone, 20, was heading west on Center Road at about 9:45 p.m., when an eastbound car driven by Christina Judson, 30, of Buffalo, tried to turn left into a plaza, West Seneca police said. Judson told officers that she didn't see the motorcycle until it was too late, police said.

The motorcycle collided with the left front end of the car, Lt. David Szmania said. Sansone was taken by Mercy Flight to ECMC and released later.

Judson has been charged with failure to yield the right of way. Officers Daniel Szymanski and James Gibbons investigated.

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Fire blamed on arson causes $25,000 damage

An arson caused $25,000 damage to a rear cottage in the city's Broadway-Fillmore area and left Buffalo firefighters battling to minimize the spread of the fire to the main house early Tuesday morning.

Firefighters responded to a 1:17 a.m. alarm at the vacant two-story cottage at 383 Sherman St., north of Broadway, between Jefferson and Fillmore avenues. They managed to keep the flames from engulfing the main house, which had exposure damage.

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Endangerment charged as boy is found in bar

LOCKPORT -- A Niagara Street woman was charged with endangering the welfare of a child after her 3-year-old son was found alone in a Niagara Street bar at 2:45 a.m. Monday, police said.

Police said the mother, Samantha J. Boyd, 22, said she had fallen asleep on the couch and woke up to discover her son was gone and speculated that he unlocked the door and wandered off. Child Protective Services was contacted, police said.

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Cyclist doing wheelies faces bevy of charges

LOCKPORT -- A Cheektowaga man doing wheelies on his motorcycle was injured Monday when he crashed into a parked car.

Eric J. Burkhard, 27, was charged with leaving the scene of an accident, improper lane use, no insurance, reckless driving, unregistered and uninspected vehicle, unreasonable speed and aggravated unlicensed operation.

The suspect, police said, was found hiding under a bed following the hit-and-run crash on Outwater Drive. Police, who said he may have been intoxicated at the time, also ordered blood tests.

Police said Burkhard was doing a wheelie at 40 mph when he hit the parked car.

He was taken initially to Eastern Niagara Hospital, then transferred to Erie County Medical Center by Mercy Flight. His condition was unknown Tuesday.

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