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Wanted man, friend arrested after chase

LOCKPORT -- A Niagara Falls man wanted on several felony warrants was arrested at 4:05 p.m. Saturday following a car chase down Washburn and High streets, police said.

Robert Harris, 29, of Dudley Avenue, and a friend, Isaac Drake, 30, of Ruhlman Road, were captured in an apartment on East High Street after a chase that reached speeds of up to 80 mph, Officer Brian Wentland said.

Police had gone to a Grant Street address to take Harris into custody. He is accused of assaulting a woman and forcing her to go with him in her car to the Tuscarora Indian Reservation in Lewiston in December.

Police said they spotted Drake driving away with Harris in a black Toyota and chased him to East High Street and Davison Road, where the two men bailed out of the car and ran into an apartment building. Police caught Drake in the living room and Harris in a bedroom closet of the same apartment. Police said the men had $1,643 in their possession.

They were charged with criminal trespass and resisting arrest. Drake also was charged with speeding and aggravated unlicensed operation.

The following warrant charges were lodged against Harris: reckless endangerment, menacing, coercion, unlawful imprisonment, attempted assault, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and aggravated unlicensed operation.

Grant aids program on urban sprawl

The League of Women Voters of Buffalo Niagara reports that it has received a second grant of $10,000 from the John R. Oishei Foundation for its Urban Sprawl Education Program.

The league launched the program in June to raise awareness in Erie and Niagara counties of the costs of urban sprawl -- loss of open space, declining real estate values, increased traffic congestion and higher pollution.

Man charged, woman hurt in DWI crash

NIAGARA FALLS -- A Chilton Avenue man was arrested after he and his passenger were injured in a one-car, alcohol-related accident Saturday at Main Street and Pine Avenue, police said.

Michael A. Costanzo, 32, was charged with driving while intoxicated, leaving the scene of an accident and a seat belt violation after he was treated for injuries at Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center, Officer Franco Tallarico said.

His passenger, Angela Henry, 37, of Second Street, was listed in good condition Saturday night in Erie County Medical Center, a hospital official said. She was being treated for a broken wrist and possible internal injuries, Tallarico said.

The accident occurred at 1:08 a.m. Saturday when Costanzo's car skidded 19 feet and ran into an aluminum light pole on the southwest corner of the Main-Pine intersection, Tallarico said.

Police said Costanzo and Henry ran away and were found at Henry's residence.

N. Tonawanda scholar-athletes honored

The North Tonawanda High School boys' soccer team has been recognized by a proclamation from the school district for receiving a 2000 New York State Public High School Athletic Association Scholar/Athlete Team Award.

The dozen team members achieved academic grades of 90 percent or better.

Members of the team, coached by Arthur Jaspe, are Zach Newberry, Timothy Silverstein, Scott Forster, David Fink, Ed Forster, Chris Hoelter, Adam Eisenhauer, Tom Mehall, Matt Davignon, Bryan Jamieson, Keith Ceckowski and Diego Bandeira.

All are seniors with the exception of Chris and Tom, who are 11th-graders.

Hockey gear reported stolen from truck

WHEATFIELD -- About $900 in hockey equipment was stolen from the truck of a David Drive man Saturday while it was parked in the parking lot of J.T. Wheatfield bar at Niagara Falls Boulevard and Ward Road, a sheriff's deputy said.

The man told police he had left the equipment, including a $300 pair of hockey skates and a $150 pair of gloves, under a blanket in the bed of his pickup truck, sheriff's Deputy Gerald Granto said.

Two dirt bikes taken from garage

PORTER -- Two dirt bikes worth $1,500 were stolen late Friday or early Saturday from the garage of a home on Youngstown-Wilson Road, sheriff's deputies said.

The resident said the two vehicles were discovered missing at 7:30 a.m. Saturday, deputies said.

Red Cross assists six after fire

Two adults and four children are being assisted by the American Red Cross after a fire ripped through their Kentucky Street home Saturday, Buffalo Fire Department officials reported.

Careless cooking is being blamed for the blaze at 87 Kentucky, which broke out about 1 p.m. in the kitchen of the 1 1/2 -story frame house. It caused $25,000 damage.

No injuries were reported.

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