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>More than $800 stolen from Gasport rectory

GASPORT -- A local priest told Niagara County sheriff's deputies that someone entered the rectory while he was offering Mass and stole more than $800 in church funds.

The Rev. Joseph Badding, of St. Mary's Catholic Church on West Avenue, said someone entered the rectory his residence though an unlocked door between 10 a.m. and noon Sunday and took $600 in collection money from an unlocked safe in his office, as well as $170 from desk drawers and an envelope with $32 in pizza drive funds from the top of the kitchen stove.


>Police detain man making 'snow angels'

NEWFANE -- Niagara County sheriff's deputies responded to a call of a man jumping in front of cars on Main Street and said they arrived to find a man making "snow angels" in an auto parts parking lot.

Kenneth A. Sullivan, 48, of VanBuren Street, Olcott, was charged with unlawful possession of marijuana just before 7 a.m. Monday.

Sullivan, who according to reports appeared disoriented, told deputies that he had been in the woods for four days. A search found a bag of marijuana, and an appearance ticket was issued.

Sullivan also was taken to Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center for an evaluation, deputies said.


>Man with knife robs St. Catharines bank

ST. CATHARINES, Ont. -- A man brandishing a long, curved-blade knife held up a bank here Monday afternoon, Niagara Regional Police reported.

Police said a man entered the Bank of Montreal, 191 Welland Ave., at about 3:15 p.m. The man brandished a knife at two of the tellers and demanded cash.

The robber ran out of the bank with an undisclosed amount of money. No one was injured during the robbery.

Anyone with information is being urged to call (905) 688-4111, Ext. 4272, or Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-TIPS.


>Break-in, theft put man in jail for weekends

LOCKPORT -- Five years' probation and four months of weekends in jail was the sentence Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon Sperrazza imposed Tuesday on a man who pleaded guilty in a copper caper.

John M. Short, 45, of Tonawanda Creek Road, Pendleton, also was ordered to pay $2,200 restitution. He entered a house under construction on Creek Bend Drive in Pendleton on July 19 and stole copper pipe.


>Man convicted of DWI gets 3 years' probation

LOCKPORT -- A North Tonawanda man was placed on probation for three years Tuesday and ordered to serve eight weekends in jail for his guilty plea to a misdemeanor count of driving while intoxicated.

Christopher C. Sprigg, 34, of Ohio Street, was arrested April 1 in Lewiston. Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon Sperrazza also fined him $1,000.

Also Tuesday, a Niagara County grand jury indicted two men on felony DWI counts. Jamie V. Williamson, 30, of Jackson Street, Lockport, was pulled over Sept. 3 in the City of Lockport. David W. Spencer, 38, of Main Street, Gasport, was arrested Aug. 26, also in the City of Lockport. Spencer was also charged with talking on a cell phone while driving.


>Brick smashes window in woman's bedroom

NIAGARA FALLS -- A woman said she was awoken when someone threw a brick through her bedroom window Tuesday.

The 47-year-old Cayuga Drive woman said she heard the glass break at 4:30 a.m. and found a brick had smashed her window.

She told city police that she suspected a man whom she has been having a dispute with since this past July and said the man had been responsible for other damage to her property.


>Arrest made in theft of 114 golf carts

FALCONER -- A Jamestown man faces grand larceny charges for allegedly stealing 114 golf carts from a Falconer company, state police reported Tuesday.

Anthony Tonkin, 38, of Thayer Street, is accused of taking the golf carts from E-Z Go Co. in Falconer. They were valued at about $400,000. Tonkin's arrest culminates a three-year investigation by state troopers and Chautauqua County sheriff's investigators.


>Niagara Falls man convicted of sexually abusing a child

LOCKPORT -- After 9 1/2 hours of deliberation Tuesday, a Niagara County Court jury convicted a Niagara Falls man of a child sexual abuse charge that could bring him up to 25 years in state prison.

Kelly J. Kyle, 44, of 74th Street, was found guilty of first-degree course of sexual conduct against a child. Kyle had sexual contact with a Niagara Falls girl between the summer of 2003 and March 2005. The victim was 9 years old when the abuse started.

Judge Sara Sheldon Sperrazza, who presided over the five-day trial, ordered Kyle held without bail pending sentencing March 13. Assistant District Attorney Elizabeth R. Donatello was the prosecutor, and Scott Stepien was the defense attorney.

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