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Early morning traffic stop
results in DWI charge

FARMERSVILLE – A Delevan man faces charges after he was stopped by state troopers early Thursday on Route 16 in the town of Farmersville, state police reported.

Brandon T. Lancaster, 23, was stopped by troopers from the Machias station just after 6:15 a.m.
Lancaster was charged with aggravated unlicensed operation of a vehicle, operating with a blood-alcohol level above 0.08 percent and DWI.

He was released to a third party pending future court action, according to police reports.

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West Amherst fire causes
 $90,000 damage to house

A fire caused $90,000 in damage to a house on Sundridge Drive in West Amherst, fire control officials said.

The fire was reported at about 12:30 p.m. Friday. The caller told 911 that the fire was in the living room and that everyone had gotten out of the house.

When Ellicott Creek Fire Company units arrived, they saw heavy fire conditions in the living room. They were able to get it under control in 18 minutes.

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Woman sent to prison
 for firing pistol shots

A 21-year-old Buffalo woman was sentenced this week to lengthy prison terms for firing shots from a .32-caliber pistol at a woman outside a Buffalo nightclub and then at a passing car as she ran away.

Janiera G. Ross was sentenced to 12 years in prison for second-degree attempted murder, according to the Erie County District Attorney's Office. Ross admitted firing the shots at close range, wounding Jherilynn Williams on the 1400 block of Main Street, near Glenwood Avenue, about 3:30 p.m. March 24.

When Ross fled, she was almost struck by a car. One of the four college students in the car yelled at Ross for running in front of the car, and she fired multiple shots at them, prosecutors said.
She was sentenced to 2 1/3 to seven years for first-degree reckless endangerment for firing shots at the car. None of the students was hurt.

State Supreme Court Justice M. William Boller ordered the sentences to be served consecutively, meaning her total prison sentence is 14 1/3 to 19 years in prison. She had faced up to 25 years in prison.

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Regional Police arrest two 
on drug, other charges

ST. CATHARINES, Ont. – Nearly $7,000 cash was seized along with an estimated $3,835 worth of drugs, and a pair of arrests were made late Thursday in connection with a monthlong investigation into a St. Catharines man's alleged sale of heroin, Niagara Regional Police reported.

Gordon Larocque, 49, and Lisa Smith, 44, were charged with five counts of possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking and one count of possession of proceeds of crime.

Authorities said police executed a search warrant of an Albert Street address and arrested Larocque and Smith. A small amount of heroin and marijuana were discovered along with a large quantity of prescription pills and cash.

Larocque was held in custody pending a court hearing. Smith was released pending future court action.

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Troopers cite 27 drivers
 during enforcement detail

OLEAN – State police Friday reported that troopers based in Olean issued 27 tickets over a six-hour period while conducting a targeted enforcement detail associated with Operation Hang Up.

Of those summonses, there were 11 for speeding, a pair for seat belt violations and a dozen more for "move-over" violations.

Enacted Jan. 1, 2011, the "move-over law" requires motorists "to exercise due care and move over when possible when an emergency vehicle is pulled over on the side of the road," state police officials reported.

The law holds special meaning for area troopers who lost one of their own, Trooper Kevin P. Dobson Sr. on March 26, 2011 when the 14-year veteran was struck by a passing motorist during a traffic stop on the Youngmann Memorial Highway.

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Fort Erie students arrested 
for marijuana possession

FORT ERIE, Ont. – Eleven high school students were arrested Thursday in St. Catharines and Fort Erie by school resource officers who engaged in a "targeted enforcement initiative" dubbed "Project Eraser," according to the Niagara Regional Police Service.

Several of the students were engaged in "high risk behavior" during school hours, police reported and subsequently arrested for possession of marijuana.

The charges lodged against them, police reported, include possession of a controlled substance and possession for the purpose of trafficking. The names of those arrested were withheld by police because of their age.