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Three people have been arrested... and, more than half-a-million dollars worth of marijuana was seized... during two simultanious raids Tuesday morning in the town of Busti. Agents with the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force say they and members of the Sheriff's Department SWAT Team executed two search warrants at 515, and 529 Busti-Sugar Grove Road about 8:45 AM. Task Force members say the warrants were issued earlier by County Court Judge John Ward following a two-month long investigation. As a result... a quantity of marijuana and controlled substances were seized at 529 Busti-Sugar Grove Road. It also resulted in the arrest of 31 year-old John Boardman... and, 29 year-old Jennifer Grundstrom. Following a search at 515 Busti-Sugar Grove Road... officers seized a sophisticated marijuana growing operation... with 582 growing pot plants and a loaded shotgun. As a result... Boardman and 26 year-old Brad Strickland will be charged with Unlawfully Growing Marijuana and Criminal Possession of Marijuana. Authorities are asking residents to call either 1-800-344-8702... or your local police when they see narcotics related activity in their community.
Police in Erie, Pennsylvania have confiscated about 400 pounds of marijuana and arrested two men. The Erie Times-News reports that one man is charged with possession with intent to deliver marijuana, possession of marijuana, criminal conspiracy, criminal use of a communication facility and dealing in proceeds of unlawful activity. Authorities say one man was trafficking in the drug in Erie between January 2012 and November, and another was arraigned on one count of dealing in proceeds of unlawful activities.
One person suffered minor injuries when a school bus was struck by a car that was rear-ended by another vehicle on Route 60 in the town of Gerry yesterday morning. Sheriff's Deputies say the Cassadaga Valley School bus, operated by 56 year-old Scott McKinney, had stopped on Route 60 at the intersection with Wilson Road just after 8 AM to pick up some students. Officers say the second vehicle... driven by 29 year-old Allen Thomas of Fredonia... had stopped behind the bus. However... the other car... operated by 19 year-old Danna Neureuther of Orchard Park... did not stop and struck Thomas' vehicle from behind... pushing it into the bus. Neureuther admitted to not paying attention... and, she did not see the stopped bus or vehicle. None of the seven children on the bus were hurt. The only person in the accident hurt was Thomas -- who was treated for shoulder pain at the scene. Neureuther faces charges... including following too closely.
Chautauqua County GOP Committee Chairman Al Hendrickson says he was "not really surprised" by County Executive Greg Edwards' decision to not run for re-election. Hendrickson says he had spoken with Edwards five weeks ago about running for a third-term. However... the West Ellicott Republican says Edwards would not commit to running for another term... but, didn't say no until just recently. Hendrickson says he wishes Edwards had made his final decision sooner so there would have been more time to pick select someone else. As it is... Hendrickson says they already have three "good" candidates. Hendrickson says county Republicans will meet on May 30th to decide on candidates for the November elections. He's not identifying the three possible executive candidates because the GOP still has an interview process to go through before they, and the candidate make a decision. Edwards stunned and surprised many with last week's announcement that he would NOT run again.
A Silver Creek man escaped serious injuries when his motorcycle tipped over on a curve... and, crashed in the town of Hanover last Monday night. Sheriff's Deputies say 38 year-old David Coia (CO-ee-ah), Junior was riding his two-wheeler on Beebe Road just before 7 PM when he missed a curve. Officers say the motorcycle tipped over... and, slid across the roadway before coming to rest on the shoulder. Coia was initially taken to Lakeshore Hospital in Irving for treatment... then flown to the Erie County Medical Center in Buffalo for further treatment. A hospital spokeswoman says he was treated... and, released late Monday night.
Temperatures have warmed... and, are to stay that way through the end of the week. With that... you'll be seeing more and more motorcycles hitting area highways and roads. That means drivers of four-wheeled vehicles need to watch out for riders on their two-wheelers. That from Chautauqua County Sheriff Joe Gerace... who says there seem to be more each year. But... the sheriff says motorcycle riders need to do their part and ride defensively. He adds they need to anticipate that drivers of other vehicles won't always "treat them the way they should." Gerace says that... like other vehicles... motorcycles must also obey all the traffic safety laws including the speed limit.
Authorities say a motorcyclist from Westchester is in jail after he led police on a chase over an upstate road that topped 150 miles per hour. State police tell the Middletown Times Herald-Record that a trooper observed a road rage incident on Route 17 in Orange County on Sunday morning involving two motorcycles and a car. One of the motorcycles and the car got away, but police pursued the other biker, 24-year-old David Brown. Troopers say at one point, he was estimated to be going more than 150 miles an hour on his 2007 Yamaha. The chase ended in Wallkill after Brown left the highway and collided with police cruisers on a cul-de-sac. He's being held in the Orange County Jail on 6-thousand dollars bail.