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Initiative to increase police is under way

ST. CATHARINES, Ont. -- A six-month initiative to increase uniform police officers in the downtown core began this month, Niagara Regional Police reported.

The initiative, which began July 3, calls for officers to be regularly scheduled to do foot patrols in a bid to deter criminal activity.

The officers also will have the opportunity to develop professional working relationships with citizens and business personnel in the downtown area.

Police launched the initiative in cooperation with the City of St. Catharines, along with the Downtown Business Improvement Association.


Four flee house fire in Town of Tonawanda

Four people escaped safely from an early-morning fire Monday that left an estimated $95,000 damage to a single-family home near Sheridan Park, Town of Tonawanda police and fire officials said.

Volunteer firefighters from Sheridan Park responded to a 1 a.m. alarm at 345 East Park Drive, where the blaze apparently broke out in a second-floor wall.

Officials listed the cause as a problem with the wiring in the walls.


Man accused to giving marijuana to minor

A Grand Island man was arrested Monday after allegedly providing marijuana to a minor, according to state police.

Simon H. Bresnick, 62, was charged with criminal sale of marijuana, making a false statement, endangering the welfare of a child and unlawful possession of marijuana. Police said Bresnick and the minor were in the parking lot of an abandoned building on Grand Island at the time of the sale.

Bresnick appeared in Grand Island Town Court and was taken to the Erie County Holding Center. He is scheduled to reappear in court Wednesday.

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