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Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — Two facing drug charges

A city woman and Town of Lockport man are facing drug charges following a traffic stop Thursday.

Hannah J. Crawford, 20, 477 Hawley St. was charged with driving while ability impaired by drugs and stopping on a roadway.

Crawford and Benjamin R. Rupert, 20, 6575 Royal Parkway North, were both charged with unlawful possession of marijuana. Rupert was given an appearance ticket for Aug. 6 in Lockport Town Court.

Niagara County Sheriff’s deputies said early Thursday morning Crawford was stopped in the middle of Cold Springs Road, with a female leaning out of the vehicle. As Crawford started to drive away, deputies pulled her over.

Immediately the smell of burnt marijuana was noticed, deputies reported, while Crawford reportedly had glassy eyes and a white powdery substance around both of her nostrils.

Crawford said it was dry skin. When deputies said it didn’t seem to be dry skin, Crawford reportedly admitted to snorting cocaine before getting into the vehicle.

But later on, Crawford said it was hydrocodone, which she has a prescription for.

Crawford had pulled over because the other female was vomiting. She allegedly admitted to smoking marijuana, as did Rupert and the other female, who wasn’t charged according to deputies. Rupert had a plastic bag of marijuana on him, deputies said. A burnt marijuana cigarette was found in the center ashtray.

Crawford failed one of four field sobriety tests and was arrested, according to a sheriff’s report. She was held on $250 bail and is to report Tuesday to Lockport Town Court.

City of Lockport

HARASSMENT: Cierra C. McGriff, 18, 198 West Ave., apt. 1 was charged Thursday with second-degree harassment, fourth-degree criminal mischief and disorderly conduct. According to the arrest report, police heard profanity coming from a front porch on Walnut Street at 11:58 p.m. Wednesday. Officers said they found McGriff kneeling on top of the victim and hitting her with a closed fist. The police ordered her to stop and put McGriff into custody. According to the victim, McGriff arrived at the house asking for her ex-boyfriend who was inside. When the victim re-opened the door, McGriff allegedly threw an open beer can, damaging the screen. Then McGriff reportedly charged the victim and pushed her to the ground. She punched her in the face causing swelling on the cheek.

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