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ATTEMPT TO STEAL CARTONS OF CIGARETTES BRINGS ARRESTS

TOWN OF LEWISTON -- Police charged two Niagara Falls residents with trying to steal several cartons of cigarettes from Smokin' Joe's store on Saunders Settlement Road Saturday night.

According to Niagara County sheriff's deputies, Leonard Ingram, 42, was trying to leave the store when he was approached by a security guard. He scuffled with and threatened to "cut" the guard, deputies said, before being detained for police.

Both he and Priscilla L. Brown, 49, were charged with petit larceny. Ingram also faces charges of menacing and third-degree assault. Both are due in Lewiston Town Court Feb. 27.

Driver pulled over in Falls
arrested on several charges

NIAGARA FALLS -- A Huntington man was charged with two felony counts early Sunday after police stopped him on Main Street at Chilton Avenue.

Stephen Foster, 29, was pulled over for having excessive tint on the side windows of his car, for which he was later charged. A count of third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation was also added.

Police then learned of three outstanding warrants and added charges of third-degree burglary, third-degree criminal mischief and third-degree assault to the ledger. Foster faces arraignment in City Court.

Man suffers facial injuries
in Falls tavern attack

NIAGARA FALLS -- A Lindbergh Avenue man was treated in Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center for injuries suffered when he was attacked by another man early Sunday at a Buffalo Avenue tavern, police said.

The man suffered facial and other injuries in the attack, which occurred at about 1:30 a.m. Police had no motive for the assault, and no further information was available.

Felony DWI charge imposed
after car hits embankment

NIAGARA FALLS -- Felony charges were lodged against a Hyde Park Boulevard man Sunday after he drove his car into a cement embankment at the foot of Lewiston Road, police said.

Kenneth R. Grace, 42, of Ninth Street was charged with felony driving while intoxicated and aggravated unlicensed operation after the incident at 5 a.m., police said. He also faces a count of leaving the scene of a property-damage accident.

Police said they located Grace nearby after his car became inoperable because of a flat tire from the collision.

Hockey, ski equipment
taken from visitors' car

NIAGARA FALLS -- Visitors from Delaware reported their car broken into Sunday morning outside their Rainbow Boulevard motel, police said.

Brian Davis told police that someone smashed a window in his car and stole hockey and ski equipment from inside. The equipment was worth $900, according to police reports.

$2,000 worth of tools taken
in hardware store break-in

NIAGARA FALLS -- A thief wielding a concrete block broke into DeFranco Tru Valu hardware store on Pine Avenue early Sunday, stealing $2,000 worth of tools.

Police said the block was thrown through a front door, causing $500 damage. The thief stole an electric concrete breaker valued at $1,300 and a carpet cleaning machine valued at $700.

Police said the break-in occurred between 5:30 and 6:30 a.m.

Loss put at $4,000
in greenhouse fire

A defective "heat tape" wire used to keep seedlings warm caused a $4,000 fire Sunday at a greenhouse and home at 220 Berkley Road, Amherst, officials of Main-Transit Fire Department said.

Twenty-eight members of the department responded to a call at 3:30 a.m. from the home's owner, William Sutton, who discovered the greenhouse blaze after hearing loud noises from outside.

Firefighters quickly extinguished the fire, which had spread to Sutton's home. Main-Transit Chief James C. Lawida estimated the damage at $2,000 to the greenhouse, $1,000 to its contents and $1,000 to the adjacent home.

No injuries were reported.

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