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Corfu man faces DWI count after Pembroke collision

Genesee County sheriff's deputies charged a Corfu man with driving while intoxicated and imprudent speed following a two-car collision at Indian Falls and Pratt roads in Pembroke.

Andrew P. Sargent, 31, was driving a car south on Indian Falls at about 8:20 a.m. Saturday morning, turning left onto Pratt, when he collided with a car driven by Robin L. Volk, 46, of Oakfield.

No injuries were reported by police. Sargent told police he was late for work.


Thorold 7-11 robbed by counter jumper

Niagara Regional Police are looking for a man who robbed a convenience store in Thorold early Saturday morning.

Police said the man put items on the counter like he wanted to buy them, then jumped over the counter and pushed the female clerk aside, telling her to open the cash register.

He fled the Claremont Street 7-11 store with an undetermined amount of cash just after 2 a.m.


Syracuse police lose $2,000 in hockey gear

Thieves who stole two duffel bags filled with more than $2,000 worth of hockey equipment from a vehicle parked on Pearl Street overnight Thursday picked an unusual victim -- the Syracuse Police Department.

Among the stolen items were about 10 Syracuse Police Department hockey jerseys, a $600 pair of skates, two hockey sticks, shin pads, hockey pants, a helmet and a pair of gloves, the victims told Central District police.

Syracuse police officials said the theft occurred sometime between 8 p.m. Thursday and 7:30 a.m. Friday.

The thieves broke the passenger-side window on the vehicle.

The two duffel bags contained the 10 jerseys, a $600 pair of skates, two hockey sticks, shin pads, hockey pants, a helmet and a pair of gloves, according to police reports.


Man held in 5 holdups over 11-hour period

NIAGARA FALLS -- An alert, off-duty city police officer may have cracked a one-man crime spree Saturday morning, possibly stopping a sixth armed robbery in the process.

City, state and Town of Niagara police, along with Niagara County sheriff's deputies, were scouring city streets after five armed holdups were reported over an 11-hour period, all attributed to a single suspect. That's when off-duty Officer Thomas Rodriguez, out driving with his son, spotted a possible suspect entering a Niagara Falls Boulevard motel.

Rodriguez phoned in and police swarmed to the area, arresting 28-year-old Devon S. Grandin of Pasadena Avenue. He later confessed to all five robberies, according to city Chief of Detectives Lt. Ernest Palmer.

"He did five robberies within 11 hours," Palmer said, hitting gas stations, motels and a laundromat along Niagara Falls Boulevard. Palmer said the Bit O' Paris, where Grandin was caught, may have been his sixth target.

"He had no legitimate purpose for being there," Palmer said.

Detectives Roger Freeman and Mike Trane charged Grandin with three counts of first-degree robbery, one count of third-degree robbery and four counts of petit larceny. Sheriff's deputies are expected to charge Grandin on Monday in connection with a robbery attempt at the NOCO station on the Boulevard in Wheatfield.

In addition to that robbery attempt -- foiled by a clerk who hit the alarm button -- Grandin is accused of armed holdups at Bruno's Mobil and the Sands Motel; and of holdups at the Best Western Summit Inn and the Laundry Lounge. No weapon was displayed at the Summit Inn, and a knife was used at the Laundry Lounge.

The first robbery, at Bruno's, occurred just before 8 p.m. Friday, Palmer said. At least twice during the investigation, police used canines to try to track down the suspect.

Palmer said that Grandin has a criminal record, including arrests for drugs, and that he has gone through drug rehabilitation.

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