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>Man stopped at bridge in a stolen car

NIAGARA FALLS -- A man who took his girlfriend's car without her permission ended up charged with theft when he tried to cross the border from Canada back into the United States at the Rainbow Bridge on Tuesday night.

Nii A. Quaye, 26, of Town Hall Terrace, Grand Island, was charged by Niagara Falls police with unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.

The owner of the car had been at work and said she found it missing from a Third Street parking lot just before 8 p.m. Tuesday. She said no one, except her and her parents, have keys to the car.

Quaye said he did not tell the woman that he was taking her car before he drove it to Canada. U.S. Border Patrol agents stopped him when they discovered that the car had been reported stolen.


>Homeowner doing repairs starts fire in roof

Kenmore volunteer firefighters responded to a house fire at 6 p.m. Wednesday on Shepard Avenue where a blaze started on the roof while the homeowner was doing repairs, authorities said.

Members of the Kenmore Volunteer Fire Department, assisted by Town of Tonawanda volunteer firefighters, chopped through the roof to ventilate and stop the fire from spreading. No one was in the house at 103 Shepard when firefighters arrived.

The blaze, which caused $60,000 damage, started when the resident was using a torch to repair gutters. Firefighters were able to leave the scene at 7:40 p.m. Assisting Kenmore were members of Kenilworth and Ellwood volunteer fire companies.

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