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Troopers seek owner of stolen power tools

State police announced Thursday they are looking for the victim whose power tools were stolen from a Grand Island house over the weekend.

State police recovered a hedge trimmer and a car battery jump-starter during an arrest, but they are now looking for its owner.

State Police Investigator John DiPasquale said that the owner may not realize the items were stolen. Police believe the victim lives on Grand Island and left a garage door open sometime after 10:30 p.m. Sunday.

The items were found in a stolen car operated by a Buffalo man, James P. Storm, 25, of Roesch Avenue. Police said he and a 15-year-old boy stole items from unlocked vehicles on Grand Island.

At about 11:40 p.m. Sunday, State Trooper Brian McCloud at the Niagara barracks pulled over the car, observed driving erratically on the Niagara Thruway at Witmer Road in Lewiston. McCloud reovered stolen items, including a woman's wallet and CDs and the power tools.

Storm was charged with driving while intoxicated, criminal possession of stolen property, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, endangering the welfare of a child, resisting arrest and several traffic violations -- including operating a motor vehicle without a license. The 15-year-old boy was also charged as a juvenile, and his case was turned over to Erie County Family Court.

Anyone who believes that their two power tools were stolen are urged to call DiPasquale at 434-1245.


Injured roofer accepts $1.5 million settlement

Michael Robertson, a Buffalo roofer whose career came to an end when he broke his back while on an unsecured ladder three years ago, has agreed to a $1.5 million settlement, his attorney said Thursday.

Robertson, 42, was injured while working at Don Davis Auto World on Niagara Falls Boulevard in Amherst at about 9 a.m. Jan. 22, 2004.

His attorney, Marc C. Panepinto, said the settlement will be paid out through insurance carriers for the auto dealership.

Panepinto said the settlement offer came after jury selection before State Supreme Court Justice Joseph D. Mintz in the unsafe-workplace suit against the dealership.

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