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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 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.

A homeowner called 911 after hearing one of the suspects say, "Put your mask on," police said.

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>Damage placed at $1,200 following mattress fire

Buffalo firefighters were called to a home at 553 W. Utica St. Saturday morning after a mattress started on fire.

Someone put the mattress in the shower in an attempt to put the fire out, authorities said.

The 7:20 a.m. fire caused an estimated $1,200 damage and is under investigation by city fire marshals.

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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 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 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 who struck the young man has been questioned and was not charged, police said. The victim was a Hamburg resident.

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>DWI suspect, passenger arrested in traffic stop

The arrest of a Buffalo man early Saturday on a charge of driving while intoxicated also led to the arrest of a Niagara Falls woman on an arrest warrant.

Erie County sheriff's deputies said the drunken-driving suspect was stopped for traffic infractions on Limestone Drive in Amherst. Jeremy L. Powell, 29, of Buffalo, was charged with DWI, posting a blood-alcohol content of .12 percent, deputies said. His passenger, identified as Raqueal M. Perkins, 22, was turned over to the Niagara County Sheriff's Office, authorities said.

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>Bergen man charged in domestic incident

BERGEN -- A Genesee County man faces charges of unlawful imprisonment, criminal mischief and harassment, according to the Genesee County Sheriff's Office.

Deputies said Mark W. Hanel, 39, was arrested at a home on Swamp Road after a domestic incident about 8 p.m. Friday.

Police who were on duty Saturday said they had no further details on the incident.

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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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>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 quickly 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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>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 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.