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>Discarded cigarette blamed for grass fire

SANBORN -- A carelessly discarded cigarette ignited a grass fire that damaged a trailer and other items behind a home at 3894 Saunders Settlement Road on Sunday morning, Niagara County sheriff's deputies said.

A Tonawanda man tossed a cigarette into the grass shortly before noon and returned a few moments later to find a large fire burning.

It damaged the old trailer which had been parked there, along with some scrap wood and metal, deputies said.

A crew from the Cambria Volunteer Fire Company extinguished the fire. No damage estimate was given.


>Jewelry, makeup missing after late-night visit

NIAGARA FALLS -- Some late-night visitors to a Point Avenue home are accused of stealing jewelry and other items, police said Sunday.

The victim's son had some visitors just before midnight Saturday, police said, and one of the females apparently took some jewelry and makeup items upon leaving.

Some of the items were later retrieved by the victim's son, but a gold-and-gemstone "mother's ring" valued at $300 was still missing, along with some items of makeup.

The victim was advised to seek an arrest warrant.


>Boy says he cut his head while running from pit bull

NIAGARA FALLS -- A 12-year-old boy told police that he fell and cut his forehead Saturday as he tried to escape from a charging pit bull dog.

The boy told police he had just left a football game at the LaSalle Preparatory School around 2 p.m. and was walking with a friend in the 7400 block of Buffalo Avenue.

A man emerged from a nearby greenhouse, asked the two "what they were doing" and then sent his dog out to "get" them, police said.

The boy sustained a minor cut as he tried to escape the dog, and was treated later at a local hospital.


>Falls man faces charges in beating of woman

NIAGARA FALLS -- Police have charged an 18th Street man with third-degree assault and harassment in the beating of his girlfriend at about 2 p.m. Saturday.

Officers said Delancey D. Scott, 41, is accused of pushing the woman, with whom he had argued, down a flight of stairs before repeatedly punching her in the face. She was not seriously injured.


>Woman reports injury after dispute with neighbor

NIAGARA FALLS -- A 26-year-old woman suffered a cut over her eye Sunday afternoon when she was struck with a belt by a neighbor, police said.

The woman told police she asked the man to move his car from a shared driveway so that she could pull her car into the drive.

He took exception and "whipped" her with the belt, injuring her hand and face, police said.

The woman was advised to seek an arrest warrant against the man.


>2 vintage cars damaged in Falls garage fire

NIAGARA FALLS -- A suspicious garage fire damaged a pair of vintage automobiles shortly after 3 p.m. Saturday at 404 55th St.

Witnesses told police they noticed the fire shortly after seeing three young boys running from the scene. The cause remained under investigation.

Investigators said the fire damaged a 1976 Porsche and a 1960 Triumph stored in the garage. No damage estimate was given.


>$700 snowblower stolen from shed at church

NIAGARA FALLS -- Police investigated a pair of burglaries Sunday, including the theft of a snowblower from a church storage shed.

Police said someone forced the lock, causing $180 in damage to the shed on the west side of Trinity Baptist Church on South Avenue and taking a snowblower valued at $700.

On 74th Street, a burglar forced a side garage door open, moved several items but apparently left without taking anything, police said.

That break-in occurred between Tuesday and Sunday.

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