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Wanted man arrested after failing to flee

NIAGARA FALLS -- A city man wanted on outstanding warrants was arrested just before noon Saturday as he tried to elude police by jumping from one roof to another.

Police said that Pablo Morales, 26, fell as he attempted to jump from the top of a Sixth Street building to an adjacent rooftop. At that point he came down from the roof and surrendered to authorities.

The Haeberle Avenue resident was charged with resisting arrest and obstructing governmental administration, in addition to the warrant counts, which were not revealed. Morales was not hurt in the incident.


Girls burned trying to douse kitchen fire

NIAGARA FALLS -- Two girls were burned when they tried to extinguish a kitchen fire Friday night, the Fire Department reported.

The girls, ages 12 and 15, were taken to Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center for treatment of first- and second-degree burns on their faces, arms and legs. They threw water on a grease fire that erupted on their stove as they were cooking fries shortly after 9 p.m. at 1737 Whitney Ave.

The girls, whose names were not disclosed, are the daughters of the occupant of the apartment, Ann Hickler, who was not home at the time. Damage was estimated at $2,000.


Motorized cart stolen from Tops Market

NIAGARA FALLS -- A motorized shopping cart for the benefit of disabled customers was stolen from the Tops Market on Niagara Falls Boulevard, police reported Friday.

The red key-operated cart is valued at $1,129.


Neighbors' complaints bring 'drug house' raid

NIAGARA FALLS -- Neighbors' complaints of heavy drug activity prompted police to raid a Ferry Avenue residence Saturday morning. Two arrests were made, and various narcotics were confiscated.

Officers said they entered the home in the 500 block of Ferry Avenue at the invitation of the resident, who denied there was any illegal activity inside. Police said they found crack cocaine, a scale with cocaine residue, some marijuana and illegal prescription medications in various locations and on one individual.

Brian D. Harris, 18, of LaSalle Avenue, was charged with third-, fifth- and seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, second-degree criminal impersonation and failure to pay a fine.

The resident at the address, 57-year-old Joseph B. Pierce, was charged with third- and seventh-degree narcotics possession and failure to pay a fine.


Falls police investigate three separate burglaries

NIAGARA FALLS -- Police on Friday investigated three burglaries across the city.

Someone entered a DeMunda Avenue home through a rear window and ransacked the interior, stealing more than $3,000 worth of belongings, police said. Items reported taken included a digital video disc player, numerous DVDs and an X-Box 360 video game system.

A neighbor told police that she heard noises and saw lights on inside the home just after midnight.

A rear window appeared to be the entry point for a Willow Avenue burglary, as well. Police said that $2,000 worth of copper piping was stolen from the home, which belongs to a LaSalle man. Another $2,000 damage was done to the home's plumbing system, police said.

Someone removed a door jamb to gain entry to a Buffalo Avenue apartment Friday morning. The break-in reportedly occurred between 7:15 and 8:10 while the resident was out for a walk.

Items reported taken from the home included an envelope containing the resident's $600 rent payment, a debit card, a credit card and two rings.


Four men arrested on DWI charges

Erie County deputies made four drunken driving arrests so far this weekend.

Gary J. Kozakiewicz, 48, of Grand Island, was charged with driving while intoxicated after being stopped on Baseline Road in Grand Island.

Franklin D. Seneca, 55, of Irving, was charged with drunken driving as deputies investigated a rollover crash at 11 p.m. on Route 438 in Brant. He and his wife suffered minor injuries, the Sheriff's Office said.

Scott F. Noon, 27, of Clarence, was charged with felony DWI and aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle. He has a 2004 DWI conviction, resulting in the felony charge, the Sheriff's Office said.

Steven J. Bates, 21, of Cattaraugus County, was charged with DWI when he was stopped on North Central Avenue, Springville.


2 women, girl stabbed on Walden Avenue

Three family members, including a 13-year-old girl and a woman eight months' pregnant, were stabbed during a confrontation with two others late Friday on the 200 block of Walden Avenue.

A 50-year-old woman from Ohio, in Buffalo visiting her mother, also was stabbed, police said. They were treated in Erie County Medical Center.

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