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Man held on DWI charges accused of shootings

A Genesee County man who already is being held on drunken driving charges was charged with felony reckless endangerment and criminal mischief for allegedly randomly firing at cars and houses in Erie, Genesee and Niagara counties.

Eric A. Easton, 29, of Alabama, will be transferred from the Erie County Holding Center to the Genesee County Jail to face additional charges linked to July 10 shooting incidents, authorities said.

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Midday traffic stop? results in felony charges

CUBA – A Ransomville man was arrested on felony drug charges after he was pulled over at midday Monday with three dozen marijuana plants in his car, town police said.

Justin M. Goff, 26, was stopped shortly after noon in Cuba. Police said they found 37 marijuana plants, all about four to five feet tall, in his sedan. Police said the plants have an estimated street value of about $10,000.

Goff was charged with felony third-degree criminal possession of marijuana and several traffic counts.

He was awaiting arraignment Tuesday.

Cuba police were assisted by state police and the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force.

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Task force arrests five? on marijuana charges

ALMOND – A mother, her three grown children and another adult were arrested last week after law enforcement found $70,000 worth of marijuana growing in and around their house, officials said Tuesday.

A search warrant was executed Sept. 19 at a house on Whitney Valley Road by members of the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force, with the help of State Police and state Department of Environmental Conservation officers.

Officers seized 35 marijuana plants, all about four feet tall, growing around the property, and 27 more plants growing inside. They also found an unspecified quantity of processed marijuana and cash, officials said.

Arrested were Kathryn M. Moses, 59; her children, Kyle M. Moses, 27, Timothy M. Moses, 30, and Colleen E. Moses, 25; and Stephen R. McIntyre, 27, who is believed to be Colleen Moses' husband or boyfriend.

All five of those arrested live at ?the house where the warrant as executed. They each were charged with a felony count of criminal possession of marijuana and misdemeanor unlawful growing of cannabis, and were released on appearance tickets.

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Police investigate drive-by shooting near Hamlin Park

Buffalo police were investigating a drive-by shooting in the 200 block of East Delavan Avenue that occurred about 6 p.m. Tuesday.

At least one victim suffered non-life threatening injuries, police said.

After being alerted to the Hamlin Park area incident, Canisius College officials alerted students to avoid the area for the rest of the night. Police would not comment on reports two suspects have been taken in for questioning.

College public safety officers recovered a firearm that may have been used in the incident.

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Judge commits man? to mental institution

LOCKPORT – A man who allegedly tried to attack workers in Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center's mental health unit June 7 was arraigned Tuesday in Niagara County Court, where Judge Sara Sheldon Farkas ruled him incompetent to stand trial and committed him to a mental institution for up to one year.

Maurice Hill, 40, of 12th Street, pleaded not guilty to two counts each of attempted second-degree assault, third-degree criminal possession of a weapon and second-degree menacing, plus single counts of third-degree criminal mischief and resisting arrest.

Assistant District Attorney Ryan K. Parisi said Hill allegedly tried to attack hospital workers with a pen and a chair, which was broken during the incident. Several police officers were called to subdue him.

Farkas said two of the three doctors who examined Hill found him mentally incompetent. He's been in Rochester Psychiatric Center and will stay there for now.

Assistant Public Defender Michael E. Benedict said, "They're working on medications to try to stabilize him."

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Driver caught speeding ?faces multiple charges

A Kenmore man faces a variety of traffic and drug charges after being stopped about 12:40 p.m. Tuesday for driving about 80 mph in a 55 mph zone on the Youngmann Highway, state police said.

Michael A. Vazquez, 23, was driving on a suspended license and a search of his vehicle revealed numerous hypodermic needles and three glass vials containing sterile testosterone, according to a police report.

He was charged with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, criminal possession of a hypodermic instrument, unauthorized operation of a motor vehicle and speeding.