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Human remains found in the Welland Canal

ST. CATHARINES, Ont. -- Human remains were discovered Sunday morning in the Welland Canal, just north of Lock Three, the Niagara Regional Police reported.

Staff members of the St. Lawrence Seaway Corp. found the remains at about 11 a.m. at the base of a pier on the west side of the canal.

The Niagara Regional Police Service Marine and Underwater Search and Recovery Unit was called in to locate and recover the remains.

Foul play was not suspected. Police were awaiting the results of an autopsy to help in identifying the body.

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Man says he struck a deer, is charged with DWI

WHEATFIELD -- A driver claiming to have struck a deer -- police believe it was more likely a pole -- was arrested and charged with aggravated driving while intoxicated late Saturday.

Phillip D. DeLong, 49, no address given, was arrested at 11:14 p.m. at the Wilson Farms store at Ward Road and Niagara Falls Boulevard after Niagara County sheriff's deputies arrived to investigate a one-car accident.

Deputies said that DeLong was intoxicated and largely incoherent and that rather than hair or blood on the damaged front end of his pickup truck, they found traces of red paint and a circular impression.

DeLong also was charged with failure to keep right and driving with a suspended registration, which police said was the result of outstanding parking tickets.

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Arrest made in robbery using a stolen gun

A Royal Street man was charged Saturday with pointing a stolen revolver at another man and stealing his wallet.

The robbery happened on Forest Avenue near Dart Street at about 7:45 p.m.

The victim was walking home from an ATM on West Delavan Avenue and Grant Street when Montgomery J. Rose, 21, allegedly pointed a .357 Smith & Wesson revolver at him and stated, "Sir, I want your money."

Rose took the man's wallet, according to a police report.

Following a 911 call, two Buffalo police officers saw the suspect walking on Grant Street, and when they began approaching him, he ran away, throwing the wallet to the ground.

Rose then pulled a silver handgun from his right pocket and displayed it toward the officers before eventually throwing it to the ground. Police said the gun had been stolen in 2005.

Rose was charged with two counts of first-degree robbery and various felony weapons charges.

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Arrest made in assault of live-in girlfriend

NIAGARA FALLS -- Multiple charges await a city man who reportedly assaulted his live-in girlfriend early Sunday after becoming angry that she was going out with a friend.

Police say the 33-year-old victim was pushed and choked, and lifted off the ground, causing neck injuries. As she tried to flee the 17th Street home with a friend at about 3 a.m., the suspect chased both of them and grabbed the victim, shoving her into a car before beating her some more.

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Farmersville man arrested on warrant

FARMERSVILLE -- A Bush Hill Road man was released by Cattaraugus County sheriff's deputies after being arrested on a Town Court warrant for harassment and related charges.

Donald S. Kopp, no age given, was charged with child endangerment, second-degree harassment and disorderly conduct and was released for a later court appearance.

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Felony DWI, possession of marijuana charged

A 37-year-old Buffalo man whose license was suspended in 2002 due to a DWI conviction was charged Saturday with driving drunk again, police said.

Buffalo officers arrested William L. Boyce at Walden and Bailey avenues after they spotted him driving a 1998 Ford Taurus without a seat belt.

Officers said they smelled marijuana coming from the vehicle and alcohol on Boyce's breath. Boyce, of Laurel Street, failed several field sobriety tests. A breath test later revealed his blood-alcohol content to be 0.15 percent.

Boyce was charged with felony DWI, unlawful possession of marijuana and aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle.

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Man accused of attacking girlfriend, her daughter

NIAGARA FALLS -- Police arrested a 20th Street man Sunday, saying he attacked his girlfriend and her 2-year-old daughter while in a drunken rage.

Gerald T. Remington Jr., 23, was charged with third-degree assault, third-degree criminal mischief and endangering the welfare of a child after the 12:41 a.m. incident at a Centre Court apartment. Police say that Remington slapped the baby in the face, knocking her down, after becoming upset that she had placed a soiled diaper near him.

When the child's 19-year-old mother tried to intervene, she was punched and kicked repeatedly, police said. Remington also broke several pieces of furniture inside the home, police said, prompting the victim to ask for an order of protection.

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