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Drinking partner robs Falls woman of $820

NIAGARA FALLS -- A 20th Street woman told police she was robbed Saturday night by a man she had invited into her home to share drinks.

The victim said that when she ran out of alcohol at about 9:30 p.m, she asked the man to go out and get some more. When she tried to hand him $40 to do so, he noticed that she was carrying a large amount of cash and snatched it from her, pushing her onto a bed as he fled.

The thief made off with $820, police said. They were trying to locate him late Saturday after speaking to his mother and sister.

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Would-be robbers fire shotgun; youth arrested

ST. CATHARINES, Ont. -- Niagara Regional Police report they arrested a 16-year-old Welland youth after two would-be robbers fired a sawed-off shotgun in a holdup attempt on Manchester Road at about 11 p.m. Saturday.

The youth, whose name was withheld because of his age, is charged with multiple firearm possession offenses.

Police said the arrest followed a report by a 49-year-old man who said two men approached his parked car on Manchester Road and one of them pointed a sawed-off shotgun at him, demanding money.

The man said he escaped by driving erratically but not before a shot was fired, striking his rear bumper. He was not hurt. The would-be robbers fled into a nearby townhouse complex.

The youth and a companion were apprehended while walking on Carlton Avenue about an hour later. Police said one of them was carrying a modified shotgun.

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Pothole flips snowplow on its side in Depew

A state snowplow flipped on its side Sunday morning when its blade got caught in a pothole on Transit Road in Depew.

The Department of Transportation plow was clearing snow and slush when it tangled with the pothole as it passed Depew High School in the 5200 block of Transit at 9:11 a.m., Depew police said. Transit was closed between Como Park Boulevard and Broadway until 11:30 a.m.

The plow driver was treated in Erie County Medical Center and released, police said.

Erie County Water Authority crews were working on a water leak in the vicinity of the pothole early Sunday afternoon, but police were unsure if the leak was associated with the pothole.

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10-hour armed standoff ends in man's surrender

ALBION -- An Albion man surrendered to police early Sunday after a 10-hour armed standoff, the Orleans County Sheriff's Office reports.

The incident began at about 4:15 p.m. Saturday with a fight between Dustin E. McMullin, 33, and his wife in their home at 3804 Rich's Corner Road, deputies said. The wife and the couple's two children fled after McMullin threatened them and himself, deputies said.

McMullin holed up in the house with at least two weapons, including an AK-47. Throughout the evening, deputies had no luck talking him into surrendering. But when a police robot approached the house at 2 a.m., deputies said McMullin walked outside and gave himself up.

He is charged with criminal nuisance, a misdemeanor, and is held in lieu of $5,000 bail in Orleans County Jail.

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Two county traffic stops result in DWI arrests

Erie County sheriff's deputies made two serious drunken driving arrests early Sunday.

Grant S. Steiner, 24, of Sunset Court, Hamburg, was charged with felony drunken driving after being pulled over on West Main Street in Springville shortly before 4 a.m. A breath test showed he had a blood alcohol content of 0.19 percent, more than double the legal limit. Steiner had a previous drunken driving conviction in 2006.

A traffic stop at about 4:20 a.m. on Route 219 in Concord resulted in the arrest of Matthew J. Walker, 23, of North Otto Road, Town of Cattaraugus. Walker also registered a blood alcohol content of 0.19 percent, deputies said, and he was charged with aggravated drunken driving.

Deputies determined Walker also has an outstanding bench warrant, and he was sent to the Erie County Holding Center pending arraignment in the Concord Town Court.

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Arrested in stolen car, two also face pot charges

NIAGARA FALLS -- Two teens were arrested Saturday in a stolen car that the driver claimed to have "rented" from another man earlier in the day, police said.

Officers reported seeing the car parked outside a known 19th Street drug house Saturday afternoon and waited for the occupants to return. When they attempted to leave in the car, they were pulled over, and each was found to be in possession of small amounts of marijuana, according to reports.

Charged with fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and unlawful possession of marijuana were Anthony G. Tweed, 18, of Shantz Avenue, and Ronald C. Swanson, 17, of 22nd Street.

Police said the car the two were driving had been reported stolen in the City of Lockport on Wednesday.

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