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NIAGARA POLICE & COURTS

>Store worker suspected in cash register thefts

WHEATFIELD -- An employee of the Sunlight Solutions store on Niagara Falls Boulevard is under suspicion in connection with the recent theft of more than $300 from a store cash register.

Niagara County sheriff's deputies said that the most recent theft occurred Saturday morning, when $60 came up missing. In all, about $360 has been stolen since the store's lone surveillance camera was broken a short time ago, according to reports.

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>Girl, 15, taken to hospital after coming home drunk

NIAGARA FALLS -- A 15-year-old girl had nearly three times the legal limit of alcohol in her system when she came home from a friend's home Saturday night, police said.

The LaSalle-area girl was taken to an area hospital, where it was determined that she had a blood-alcohol level of 0.21 and had traces of barbiturates in her system. Police said someone may have slipped a pill into her drink while she was drinking vodka with about 10 other teens at a Ferry Avenue home.

Police said an adult was present at the home, but claimed to have had no knowledge of the incident. An investigation is continuing.

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>Newfane woman's car heavily damaged by vandal

NEWFANE -- A vandal caused an estimated $1,200 damage to an elderly woman's car Saturday, Niagara County sheriff's deputies reported.

The 2001 Hyundai was parked in the victim's Main Street driveway when it was scratched extensively with a key or other sharp object, deputies said. Nearly the entire car was damaged. The incident occurred between midnight and 5 a.m.

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>Cudaback Avenue man beaten with baseball bat

NIAGARA FALLS -- A 49-year-old Cudaback Avenue man was jumped and beaten while walking to the Seneca Niagara Casino early Sunday, but police said robbery was apparently not a motive in the attack.

The man told police nothing was taken from him during the 12:15 a.m. attack in the 1000 block of Falls Street. He said two men approached him from behind, asking for a cigarette, and one then struck him over the head with a baseball bat.

He was hit several more times after falling to the ground before eventually fighting off his assailants. He was treated in Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center for various injuries.

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>Items valued at $6,000 taken during Falls break-in

NIAGARA FALLS -- More than $6,000 worth of belongings were taken from a Niagara Street apartment during an overnight burglary, police said Sunday.

The resident told police he came home to find that several doors had been kicked in and that a 6-foot safe was missing from his bedroom.

In addition to credit cards and other items, digital cameras and articles of gold jewelry were taken, as were various gun parts and accessories.

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>Two men fined, given probation in DWI cases

LOCKPORT -- Two men were placed on five years' probation and fined $1,000 each Friday in separate felony driving while intoxicated cases in Niagara County Court.

The sentences were imposed on Michael G. Barber, 26, of Military Road, Town of Niagara, and Harold G. Printup, 35, of Walmore Road on the Tuscarora Indian Reservation.

Barber was arrested March 24, 2006, in Niagara Falls, while Printup was pulled over March 25 in Lewiston.

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>Police seek husband in attempt to rape wife

NIAGARA FALLS -- Police are seeking a LaSalle Avenue man after they said he assaulted and attempted to rape his wife early Sunday, then fled with their young daughter in tow.

According to reports, the man was intoxicated when his 23-year-old wife came to his home at 6 a.m. to pick up the girl and her sister. Police said he threw his wife to the ground, dragged her by the hair and punched her in the face.

Police said he then threw the woman onto a front porch and removed her pants and underwear but was prevented from raping her by her defensive actions. The man ended up fleeing the house with the couple's daughter.

Police have contacted the State Child Abuse Hotline and are continuing to search for the man.

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