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Shop owner gets probation in untaxed cigarettes case

The operator of the Cazenovia Mini Mart on Seneca Street was sentenced to five years of probation Monday for criminally possessing untaxed tobacco products with a commercial value of more than $100,000.

Erie County Judge Michael F. Pietruszka sentenced Ahmad Al-Dairi of Fredro Street.

He had pleaded guilty in March to the state tax law felony of criminal possession of unstamped/untaxed cigarettes, uncovered in a raid at his home.

Al-Dairi earlier agreed to forfeit 37,600 cigarettes; 274,314 cigars; and more than 200 pounds of loose tobacco used for snuff or chewing.


$40 taken from man in armed robbery near UB

Amherst police are looking for an armed robber wearing a ski mask who stole $40 from a man walking down Callodine Avenue, near the University at Buffalo South Campus, early Sunday.

The victim told police he was walking down Callodine, north of Main Street and just west of Bailey Avenue, shortly before 2 a.m. Sunday, when he heard a vehicle approaching from behind.

The thief, wearing a ski mask and a dark hooded sweat shirt, got out of the passenger seat, flashed the handgun and stole the money.

Amherst Police Capt. Scott Chamberlin said police are looking for a dark-colored, four-door American vehicle, possibly a Ford.


Troopers arrest driver, 2 bikers on DWI charges

Three people were arrested Sunday by state police on charges of drunken driving and marijuana possession, troopers reported Monday.

Casey M. Jamieson, 32, of Clarence, was pulled over for speeding on County Road in the Town of Clarence. It was determined he had been drinking; his blood-alcohol content subsequently was recorded at 0.12 percent, troopers said.

Jamieson also was found in possession of 2.2 grams of marijuana and was driving without a license, troopers said. He was released, pending an appearance in Clarence Town Court.

In the Town of Elma, two motorcyclists were pulled over on Bowen Road for passing in a no-passing zone and traveling at a speed not reasonable and prudent, troopers said.

Both were under the influence of alcohol, troopers said.

Jacob M. Balon, 29, of South Wales, had a blood-alcohol level of 0.09 percent and Kurt L. Jandzinski, 29, of Depew, registered a 0.14. Jandzinski was charged with a felony count of DWI because he had a prior conviction within the past decade, troopers said.

Balon also was charged with unlawful possession of marijuana, after a small amount was found in his possession.

Both were released pending appearances in Elma Town Court.


Two Kenmore men charged in attempt to sell meth

Two Kenmore residents were arrested Monday on drug charges -- including the alleged intent to sell methamphetamine -- following a raid by Kenmore police and several other area law enforcement agencies, Kenmore police reported.

John McNeill, 52, and Barton Crowell, 46, both of Knowlton Avenue, were charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance, methamphetamine, with intent to sell, criminal use of drug paraphernalia and unlawful possession of marijuana, according to Peter J. Breitnauer, assistant chief of the Kenmore Police Department.


Woman freed from vehicle after rollover crash

Emergency crews freed a Town of Tonawanda woman who was trapped in her vehicle after it struck a parked car and rolled over onto its roof late Sunday, Town of Tonawanda police reported.

Tina L. Keller, 37, was taken to Kenmore Mercy Hospital after the crash, which occurred at about 9:50 p.m. on Northwood Drive.

She was listed in stable condition Monday.

Police ticketed Keller for driving while ability impaired by drugs, Lt. Nicholas A. Bado said.

Family members told police the woman has been taking prescription medicine.

The woman told officers she was returning from the grocery store when her vehicle struck the parked car.

Officer Christine Hawke, the first officer to reach the scene, worked with Brighton Fire Co. volunteers to free Keller from the vehicle.


Police aiding parole officer arrest man on drug counts

NIAGARA FALLS -- A Niagara Street man was arrested on two narcotics charges after city police said they found bags of marijuana and cocaine in an apartment where he was taken into custody for alleged violation of parole.

Police said they charged Vincent L. Robinson, 32, with two counts of possession of narcotics after they searched the apartment in the 1800 block of Pine Avenue at about 8 a.m. Monday. They said Robinson gave them permission to search the apartment, and the bags were in plain sight.

Officers said they were called to the apartment to help a parole officer who was taking Robinson into custody.