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>Buffalo Avenue man robbed, attacked by two

NIAGARA FALLS -- An argument involving three men ended with a 57-year-old man being attacked with a television, shovel and a grill, police said Saturday.

The victim, a resident of Buffalo Avenue, was visiting friends at Niagara Towers at about 1 p.m. Friday when an argument erupted, police said.

The victim -- also robbed of $60 and his cell phone -- was treated in Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center.

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>Gang assault linked to 4 stopped in pickup

NIAGARA FALLS -- Four men were arrested early Saturday following a gang assault on a 17-year-old male outside a Main Street tavern, police said.

Police arriving at the Whiskey River Bar shortly before 2 a.m. stopped a pickup that was leaving the scene. Inside were four men with muddy clothing and a shotgun, police said.

The victim -- jumped by the four and kicked and hit with bricks -- was treated in Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center, police said.

Charged with assault are Mark F. Williams Jr., 23, of Upper Mountain Road, Sanborn; Ryan P. Isham, 19, of Packard Road; David R. Mota Jr., 20, of Ferchen Street, Bergholz; and Kurt E. Williams, 22, of Upper Mountain Road, Sanborn. Mark F. Williams Jr., identified as the driver of the pickup, also was charged with third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation.

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>Two arrested after tip by suspicious homeowner

Police said two young men were arrested in the backyard of a Roebling Avenue home early Saturday after a homeowner heard one of the men telling his companion to put his mask on.

Jacob Lokey, 21, of Schutrum Street, and Marquan Hawkins, also 21, of Alma Avenue, were arrested by Buffalo Police at about 1:30 a.m.

The two had a woman's mink coat in their possession and Lokey had 14 small bags of marijuana, police said. The two were charged with trespassing and Lokey with marijuana possession.

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>Woman wielding a knife ends up with a large cut

NIAGARA FALLS -- Police are trying to determine how an intoxicated woman suffered a large laceration to her right side during a fracas early Saturday in a Ferry Avenue bar.

Police said the 45-year-old woman, who was drinking in Amato's Tavern, threatened patrons with a knife at about 12:30 a.m., was disarmed and ejected from the bar. She was discovered at Ferry Avenue and 19th Street, bleeding from her wound and unable to tell police how it happened. She was treated in Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center.

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>Witness to break-ins provides a timely tip

TOWN OF LOCKPORT -- A witness led Niagara County sheriff's deputies to a thief breaking into cars at a Strauss Road apartment complex parking lot early Saturday.

The witness, deputies said, spotted the suspect removing a purse from a car and other vehicle break-ins at about 6:30 a.m. and contacted authorities.

Thomas G. Seeger III, 32, of Klaum Road, North Tonawanda, is charged with petit larceny and other charges are pending, deputies said. Deputies said a search of Seeger's vehicle uncovered the purse, three GPS devices, a personal check and a bag of tools.

Deputies said there may be a connection to thefts in the City of Lockport.

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>Probe continues in death of man lying in road

Town of Hamburg Police are continuing their investigation into the death of a 21-year-old Hamburg man who was apparently lying on Amsdell Road when a car struck him early Friday morning.

Police on Saturday declined to release the name of the victim, who died after being hit by a car at about 4:30 a.m. on Amsdell near Briercliff Road.

"We are continuing to investigate, and to try to determine why he was apparently lying in the middle of the road at that hour," said Assistant Police Chief Stephen Mikac.

When asked if police believe the death may have been a suicide, Mikac said: "I can only say we are continuing our investigation."

The driver was not charged, police said.

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>Goods valued at $1,500 stolen in car break-in

NIAGARA FALLS -- A thief who broke into a car in the 100 block of Buffalo Avenue on Saturday made off with property valued at almost $1,500, police said. Items stolen included a purse with cash and credit cards, a GPS device and a laptop computer with accessories.

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>Damage placed at $1,200 following mattress fire

Buffalo firefighters were called to a home at 553 W. Utica St. at about 7:20 a.m. Saturday after a mattress caught fire.

Someone put the mattress in the shower in an attempt to put the fire out, authorities said. The fire caused an estimated $1,200 damage.