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>Autopsy set on body of woman found on shore

TOWN OF PORTER -- An autopsy will be performed today on a woman's body found Sunday morning on the shore of Lake Ontario, Niagara County Sheriff Thomas A. Beilein said.

Two residents discovered the body near Lake Road and Porter Center Road here at 11:50 a.m., deputies reported. They described the woman only as a young, white female with long black hair.

The body is the fourth found on the shore of Lake Ontario or in the lower Niagara River since September. Last month, a man believed to have drowned while trying to swim across the river was found by a fisherman near Fort Niagara State Park. The bodies of two Canadian women were found in Lake Ontario in September.

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>Snowblowers targeted in four Falls break-ins

NIAGARA FALLS -- Snowblowers apparently were the targets in break-ins of four backyard sheds Saturday on the 500 block of 61st Street, police said.

Investigators say they believe the same person was responsible for all four break-ins, which occurred between 9 p.m. Friday and 4:30 p.m. Saturday. In each instance, fence and shed locks were broken or pried off.

A $10 gas can was stolen from one shed, and a $900 Sears snowblower was taken from another. A 6-foot fence might have prevented another snowblower theft, according to reports.

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>State alerted in 2 cases of neglected children

NIAGARA FALLS -- The state Child Abuse Hotline was notified Sunday after two incidents involving abandoned and wandering children, police said.

In the first instance, an 18-year-old mother failed to pick up her 9-month-old infant as scheduled at 8 p.m. Saturday after leaving the child with a teenage baby sitter, police said.

When reached late Sunday morning, the woman reportedly said that she had been intoxicated and would be unable to pick up the child before 3 or 4 p.m.

Just before 10 a.m. Sunday, a neighbor found a 34-month-old child walking shoeless in an alley off the 1800 block of Whitney Avenue, police said.

The child's mother was found asleep at home and told police she was unaware the boy had wandered off.

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>St. Catharines gas station robbed by man with knife

ST. CATHARINES, Ont. -- A knife-wielding bandit robbed at St. Catharines gas station Saturday night. Niagara Regional Police said the Cango Gas Bar, 170 Fourth St., was robbed at about 7:20 p.m., when the robber demanded cash from the store clerk. Police did not report how much money was taken.

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>Tourist's passport stolen from car in aquarium lot

NIAGARA FALLS -- A Russian tourist's passport and other papers were stolen Saturday afternoon during a car break-in on Whirlpool Street, police reported.

The items were inside a Canadian man's car when it was burglarized, according to reports. The vehicle was parked in the Aquarium of Niagara lot when a window was broken out between 3 and 4 p.m. Also taken was a cell phone and a briefcase.

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>Painkillers, $600 taken in apartment burglary

NEWFANE -- An apartment on Lockport-Olcott Road was ransacked during a Saturday burglary, Niagara County sheriff's deputies said.

Someone pried an apartment door open between 6:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. while the resident was at work, deputies said. A freshly filled prescription for Oxycontin was stolen, along with $600 cash hidden in the living room.

Deputies said that the man had intended to use the money Sunday afternoon to bail his girlfriend out of jail. Police were investigating two men who may have had knowledge of the drugs and money being in the home.

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>Falls police investigating 2 Sunday morning thefts

NIAGARA FALLS -- Police are investigating a pair of thefts that occurred Sunday morning.

A Pierce Avenue woman told police she discovered $520 in cash missing after a man had visited her home. She said the man seemed nervous during the visit, between 1 and 1:30 a.m.

A 13th Street man reported that someone forced his apartment door open between 10 and 11 a.m. Sunday, stealing $600 cash before fleeing.

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>Falls gas station robbed at gunpoint

NIAGARA FALLS -- A man armed with a handgun robbed a gas station here at about 7:30 p.m. Friday.

Police said the holdup occurred at Bruno's Mobil, Pine Avenue and Portage Road. The robber fled on foot.

A police dog tried unsuccessfully to follow a scent from the scene, Lt. Michael Kachurek said. He said no one was hurt in the incident.

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