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2 charged with stealing bike, beer from neighbor

Two Riverside men were arrested Sunday and accused of stealing a bike and beer from a neighbor.

Michael Surman, 29, and David Surman, 27, both of Gallatin Avenue, are accused of entering a neighbor's house Saturday and taking a silver mountain bike and a dozen beers, according to Buffalo police.

The two are also accused of exposing themselves and making a rude comment before threatening the neighbor, police said.

Both were charged with second-degree burglary, petit larceny, second-degree harassment and public lewdness. The older Surman also was charged with second-degree menacing for threatening the neighbor with a meat thermometer, police said.


Woman's purse stolen from Falls tavern

NIAGARA FALLS -- Police said that a city resident was highly intoxicated when her purse was stolen from a Third Street bar early Sunday.

The victim, who also resides on Third Street, told police she had been out drinking late Saturday and early Sunday, prior to the disappearance of the purse. It contained a credit card, some rings and a cell phone. The loss was estimated at $870.


Four in Falls charged with drunken driving

NIAGARA FALLS -- Four people were charged with driving while intoxicated in separate incidents overnight Saturday, including a man who reportedly drove 18 mph while being followed by a police patrol.

Anthony R. Harris, 48, of 72nd Street, was followed briefly after Officer Michael Drake spotted his car swerving in the 2700 block of Niagara Street at about 2 a.m. Sunday.

Drake said he clocked Harris at 18 mph. Harris was charged with felony and misdemeanor counts of DWI, as well as making an improper turn.

Frank A. Johnson, 48, of Buffalo Avenue, admitted to driving with a revoked license after being stopped in the 5800 block of Buffalo Avenue at 12:32 a.m., police said. He was charged with DWI, third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation and not wearing a seat belt.

Lockport resident Trent A. Hamilton, 25, was arrested at 4:30 a.m. in the 1900 block of 19th Street. The Green Street resident was charged with DWI, unlawful possession of marijuana and several vehicular counts.

A Monroe Avenue woman was arrested after police spotted her car parked in the middle of 80th Street at 3:30 a.m., with both occupants shouting out the windows. Chandel N. Holloway, 27, was charged with DWI, failure to keep right, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct. Her passenger, Shawn P. Korman, 32, of 71st Street, was charged with disorderly conduct after he allegedly yelled obscenities at police after they arrested Holloway.


Apartment complex fire started by overheated pan

TOWN OF LOCKPORT -- Investigators say that an overheated pan triggered a fire Friday evening that caused $35,000 damage and temporarily displaced a dozen people from a Lincoln Place apartment complex.

The 6 p.m. blaze began in the kitchen of apartment B of the Rosewood Apartments, Niagara County sheriff's deputies said, when a resident tried cooking chicken. The grease caught fire, and flames spread to the walls and ceiling before he was able to attempt to extinguish it.

The man then helped evacuate the building. Crews from the South Lockport and Terry's Corners fire companies responded and doused the flames. No one was hurt.


Clothing, merchandise stolen from storage pod

WHEATFIELD -- More than $1,200 worth of merchandise was stolen early Friday when a burglar cut a padlock to enter a storage pod at TL's Trading Post on Lockport Road, Niagara County sheriff's deputies said.

The pod, located in front of the business, was loaded with a large quantity of adults' and children's clothing, much of which was taken. Also stolen were a set of solar lights and a 35-pint dehumidifier.

Police are checking surveillance tapes from the nearby Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station in an attempt to identify the culprits.

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