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Home detention ordered for Ecstasy drug smuggler

Jennifer Stein, 30, of Le Roy, was ordered by U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara in Buffalo on Thursday to serve nine months of home detention on electronic monitoring and three years of supervised release on her conviction for conspiring to import Ecstasy into the U.S. from Canada.

Stein, who also was given credit for time served following her arrest at the Rainbow Bridge on April 2, 2006, was convicted of attempting to smuggle 2,000 Ecstasy pills into the country through another woman whom she paid $400 and strapped the narcotics to that woman with duct tape.


Bailey HSBC bank branch held up by robber

A robber made off with an undetermined amount of money from the HSBC Bank branch in the 3100 block of Bailey Avenue late Thursday morning.

Northeast District officers were told that a black man, possibly 30 to 40 with long braids and a scar on his hand, handed a teller a note demanding money and then made off with the cash about 11:30 a.m. Police said there is the possibility the suspect jumped into a waiting vehicle after the heist.

Police spokesman Mike DeGeorge said anyone with information should call the confidential TIPCALL line at 847-2255 or email the department at


Police say man dropped flaming bottle onto I-990

A Kaymar Drive man was arrested by Amherst police for allegedly dropping a bottle of a flammable liquid to start a small fire on the southbound I-990 near Sweet Home Road early Thursday morning.

Luke Fusco, 21, was charged with second-degree reckless endangerment when Amherst Police Officer Karl McFayden saw him exiting the pedestrian bridge overpass near Sweet Home at about 1:30 a.m., shortly after the fire on the roadway was extinguished.

Fusco is accused of dropping a bottle of flammable liquid from the bridge onto the roadway after setting the liquid inside the bottle on fire. Police would not release further information about the case.


5 illegal immigrants taken into custody in Cambria

CAMBRIA -- Five illegal immigrants were taken into custody after a pickup being driven by a local farmer was pulled over Tuesday night.

Border Patrol alerted the Niagara County Sheriff's Office that they were following a red pickup just before 9:30 p.m. and suspected it was carrying illegal immigrants. Deputies stopped the truck on Plank Road for having four passengers in the rear seat.

The driver, Freatman Farms owner Jeffrey Freatman, and his father, Paul Freatman, were advised by Border Patrol, but not charged.


Semi hits utility pole, causing outage, backup

A tractor-trailer crash at Big Tree and Two Rod roads in the Town of Wales early Thursday afternoon briefly knocked out power in parts of East Aurora and caused a long backup of traffic, according to Erie County Sheriff Timothy B. Howard.

Carl V. Ezero, a driver for New York Bandit Trucking in Redford, was issued a ticket for driving on the side of the road.

The sheriff said Ezero apparently lost control of his rig and struck a utility pole about 1:50 p.m., briefly causing the East Aurora power outage.

Ezero had reportedly been driving his rig "on the side of the road" when he lost control, but he was not injured in the crash, Howard said.


Man suing Facebook ordered to release emails

A federal judge has ordered the Allegany County man who claims to own part of Facebook to "immediately" release his personal emails.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Leslie G. Foschio, in a ruling Thursday, ordered Paul Ceglia to provide his email accounts to Facebook without delay.

Ceglia had opposed the judge's order on privacy and other grounds, but relented earlier this week.

Lawyers for company founder Mark Zuckerberg responded by complaining about Ceglia's delays and asking the judge to compel him to act with greater urgency.

Facebook wants access to the accounts to try to disprove Ceglia's claims that when he hired Zuckerberg for another project, he also gave him money to start Facebook.


DWI, weapons charge follow Springville crash

An Orchard Park man was charged with drunken driving and weapons possession Wednesday afternoon after Erie County sheriff's deputies responded to a property damage accident on West Main Street in Springville.

Randell W. Smith, 27, was issued an appearance ticket for a Springville Village Court session in about two weeks after deputies said they gave him a breath test which showed he had a blood-alcohol level of 0.19 percent, more than twice the state's legal limit.

Smith also was charged with a misdemeanor weapons possession count after deputies found a firearm in his vehicle while he was questioned about 1:15 p.m. Wednesday, according to sheriff's officials. The type of firearm was not identified by deputies.