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Motorcyclist remains in serious condition

CAMBRIA -- A Town of Niagara man remained in serious condition Monday after the motorcycle he was riding was struck by another vehicle Saturday on Route 31.

Anthony M. Ross, 22, was taken by Mercy Flight to Erie County Medical Center, Buffalo, after his motorcycle was struck while trying to turn left onto Old Shawnee Road, according to the Niagara County Sheriff's Office.

Kenneth W. Hawkins, 53, of Sanborn, the driver of the vehicle that hit Ross, was cited for failure to yield the right of way. He was treated for minor injuries in Lockport Memorial Hospital.

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Lockport Apothecary drugs again targeted in break-in

LOCKPORT -- Three years after armed men robbed Lockport Apothecary of prescription painkillers, the store was burglarized, and painkillers again were the apparent target.

Niagara County sheriff's investigators say a man pried open a door of the Lincoln Avenue store at about 10 p.m. Sunday and ran off with two partly filled bottles of hydrodocodone.

Lockport Apothecary owner Jill Caruso said several sheriff's patrol cars and the Amherst K-9 unit responded when the store alarm went off.

"It's too bad that some people are so desperate, but the response from the sheriff was wonderful," said Caruso, who said deputies were there within five minutes.

On Oct. 17, 2005, three men armed with assault rifles came in the store during the day and demanded a quantity of prescription painkillers and cash. The men were quickly caught with tips from the community and have since been convicted.

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Copper piping stolen on Cleveland Avenue

NIAGARA FALLS -- About $6,000 worth of copper plumbing was stolen Monday from a Cleveland Avenue apartment, police said.

The owners of the apartment told Niagara Falls police Monday morning that the water meter was stolen, the internal parts were gone and all the wiring was missing from the furnace.

Damage was estimated at $8,000.

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Man again accused in theft of purse from Main St. bar

LOCKPORT -- A man who had been charged two weeks ago with stealing purses was charged again with the crime after he came into Lockport Police Headquarters looking for an alleged accomplice.

Scott A. French, 23, of Old Niagara Road, was charged with felony grand larceny, possession of stolen property, seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and unlawful possession of marijuana Saturday.

Police said he gave a false name, but they recognized him and then found him with stolen merchandise in his pockets.

A woman who had been in the Taboo Nightclub on Main Street on Friday told police that her purse was stolen there. A man who had been in the bar was brought in for questioning and asked if French was with him.

When French came to headquarters to ask about his friend, officers recognized him and found French with the woman's credit card in his pocket, three silver rings and cash.

He is facing similar charges for allegedly stealing purses from a different Main Street bar Sept. 28.

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Cleaning agent vapors prompt evacuations

A Fire Tower Drive company and several of its neighbors were evacuated Monday morning after a vapor cloud of a cleaning agent was released into the air, Town of Tonawanda police reported.

Emergency responders were called to FCMP Inc., 230 Fire Tower Drive, at about 8:15 a.m. The company is based in France, and its local operations involve screw machining and assembly.

The cleaning agent in use, trichlorethelyne, was being used to degrease machinery and escaped from a contained unit, according to Lt. Nicholas Bado. "This cloud was seen by initial responding patrol officers," Bado said.

The five employees who were on site at the time weren't injured and didn't require decontamination, Bado said. Air quality tests determined there was no public health threat to residents or motorists in the area, he said.

Operations at FCMP remained suspended through the afternoon -- pending investigations by fire and officials of the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration -- but employees returned to other nearby businesses, Bado said.

Trichlorethelyne is flammable and has been linked to certain types of cancers from prolonged or high concentration exposures.

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Ongoing drug probe leads to Grand Island arrest

Narcotics detectives from the Erie County Sheriff's Office said they have arrested a Grand Island man as part of an ongoing investigation into drug activity on the island.

Randy T. Gleave, 40, was arrested in his Bedell Road home Saturday morning after the serving of a search warrant, deputies said.

Gleave faces charges that he possessed cocaine and intended to sell it, Class D and B felonies, respectively. Drug paraphernalia and drug packaging supplies also were found in Gleave's home, the Sheriff's Office said.

Detectives said they made the arrest as part of an ongoing investigation into drug trafficking between Buffalo and Grand Island.

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