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>Explosions in park lead to multiple charges

TOWN OF LEWISTON -- A teenager was arrested on three charges Saturday night after Niagara County sheriff's deputies said he exploded some 2-liter soda bottles inside the closed park area at Bond's Lake Park.

Justin S. Snell, 16, of Lower Mountain Road, Sanborn, was charged with trespass, driving without a proper license and disorderly conduct -- creating a dangerous act. Deputies said he filled plastic soda bottles with a substance, then added aluminum foil, creating a reaction that caused the bottles to explode.

Deputies said that Snell was in the park after closing time, resulting in the trespassing charge.

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>Sabres tickets, jerseys taken in Buffalo theft

A Lackawanna man has been charged with stealing 15 Buffalo Sabres season tickets and three Sabres jerseys from a Buffalo woman, police reported.

Christopher W. Milholland, 20, of Weber Road, was charged with robbery and assault. South District Detective David Piech and Officer Kathleen Brown made the arrest Saturday and recovered two of the jerseys.

South District police said the incident happened at about 2:40 p.m. on Dec. 29 when Milholland was visiting the woman's upper apartment on Yale Place.

Police said Milholland used the woman's bathroom and rifled through her apartment. Police said he then used force to take the tickets and jerseys, described as white sweat shirts with a blue-and-gold throwback Sabres emblem.

The woman was punched in the mouth when she tried to stop him from leaving with the items. She suffered swelling, redness and a cut on her chin and inside her mouth.

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>Falls man faces charges over phony police tip

TOWN OF LOCKPORT -- Police plan to lodge charges against a Niagara Falls man after he phoned in a phony tip Saturday that sent several patrol units looking for a car running drugs and guns to Orleans County.

Niagara County sheriff's deputies spotted the vehicle heading into Lockport at about 5:30 p.m. and pulled it over. The caller had told police the car contained large quantities of cocaine, as well as an Uzi machine gun, but officers found nothing.

The driver, a Niagara Falls woman, told police she was heading to Orleans Correctional Facility to visit her husband. She said that an acquaintance probably phoned in the "tip" because he was upset with her for making the trip.

Deputies said they plan to lodge various charges, including falsely reporting an incident, against the suspect. The woman and a companion were allowed to continue their trip.

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