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>$4,000 worth of tools taken from construction site

NIAGARA FALLS -- Tools valued at more than $4,000 were stolen from a Sevenson Environmental construction site in Veterans Park on Pine Avenue.

An employee told city police the tools were put in a locked metal storage unit after crews finished up Friday. They returned Monday to find missing a $2,500 generator, a $500 chop saw, a $250 chain saw and an $800 plate tamper, used to press down soil and asphalt.


>Felony forgery charged over deposited checks

NIAGARA FALLS -- A woman was charged with felony forgery for depositing several checks worth thousands of dollars into an credit union account to cover previous fraudulent checks deposited into the same account.

MaryIrene Lewis, 60, of 38th Street, was charged with two counts of possession of a forged instrument and one count of felony possession of a forged instrument just before 4:30 p.m. Monday at the Niagara Choice Federal Credit Union on Packard Road.

The bank manager said Lewis deposited five checks for $900 each Friday, a total of $4,500, and all the checks were returned for insufficient funds. The manager said Lewis was asked to return the money and Monday handed the credit union two checks for $2,500 and a third check for $2,750.

The manager said Lewis was asked to wait while she verified the savings account used from a bank in Delaware, Ohio, and the manager found that there were no funds in this account. Police were contacted and Lewis was charged.


>Guilty plea entered to marijuana charge

LOCKPORT -- A Niagara Falls man pleaded not guilty to a marijuana indictment Tuesday in Niagara County Court.

Lyntell D. Gregory, 36, of Cleveland Avenue, is charged with second-degree criminal possession of marijuana. Niagara Falls police pulled his car over Feb. 9 in the 1500 block of Cleveland Avenue and said they found about 2 1/2 pounds of the drug in a plastic grocery bag.

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