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Vehicle containing 2 bodies pulled from Niagara River

FORT ERIE, Ont. -- A vehicle containing two bodies was pulled from the Niagara River in Fort Erie on Sunday, a day after it apparently missed a stop sign and hit a boat ramp before entering the river, police said.

Niagara Regional Police were called to the Niagara River Parkway at Netherby Road at about 7:30 a.m. Saturday by a passer-by who reported that the boat ramp there had been severely damaged.

Responding officers theorized the vehicle had run through the stop sign, hit the ramp and entered the river. Authorities then called in the police dive and marine units, which were assisted by the Erie County Sheriff's Office helicopter.

The vehicle was located in water a little more than 200 yards north of the boat dock at about 5 p.m. Saturday. It was recovered Sunday with the two bodies inside.

Police did not release any information about the victims pending notification of relatives. The investigation is continuing, and police ask anyone with information about the incident to call them at (905) 688-4111, Ext. 5500.

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House used for storage is site of Wilson break-in

WILSON -- A Harbor Street house used strictly for storage was the target of a break-in Sunday, Niagara County sheriff's deputies said.

Someone forced a side door open during the early morning hours and entered the home, stealing more than $1,000 worth of goods, deputies said. Among the items taken were three chain saws, a fully outfitted tool box and several pieces of copper plumbing.

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Falls police probing five garbage fires

NIAGARA FALLS -- Four juveniles were seen fleeing from an alley between 17th and 18th streets where five intentionally set garbage fires were discovered Saturday night.

The first fire was discovered at about 10:20 p.m. behind the Rite Aid at 1717 Pine Ave., where garbage inside a Dumpster had been ignited. As crews extinguished that fire, police spotted two more plumes of smoke down the alley and discovered that piles of garbage had similarly been ignited. Two other small fires also were found, along with one behind another store in the 1500 block of Pine Avenue, leading investigators to speculate that all were related.

Witnesses reported seeing four juveniles, believed to be no more than 13 years of age, fleeing from the area of the fires just prior to their discovery. Police are still investigating.

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$150 stolen from purse of restaurant worker

NIAGARA FALLS -- An employee of the Wendy's restaurant on Niagara Falls Boulevard told police Sunday that someone stole $150 from her purse while she was working April 10.

The victim told police she did not report the incident previously because a store manager had promised to investigate but did not follow through. The employee said that her purse was entered in an employee lounge area and that her wallet was removed. It was reportedly found later in another employee's belongings, the victim was told by the manager, minus the cash.

The victim told police she was warned not to make a police report, lest she face retribution.

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Video game supplies stolen in Falls break-in

NIAGARA FALLS -- A burglar stole nearly $600 worth of video game supplies after breaking into an Ashland Avenue residence Saturday evening, police said.

Entry to the home was made through an unlocked window, according to reports, and occurred between 4:15 and 9:50 p.m. Items stolen included an XBox 360 video game console, controllers and five game cartridges.

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Shots fired in altercation lead to man's arrest

NIAGARA FALLS -- What started as a verbal altercation Saturday afternoon ended with a shot fired and a Grove Avenue man being arrested on a pair of charges.

Police charged Curtis L. Cheeley, 51, with second-degree menacing and resisting arrest after the 3:30 p.m. incident outside the Hometown Market in the 1500 block of Pierce Avenue. A BB pistol was recovered from Cheeley's pickup truck at the time of his arrest.

According to reports, a woman and her boyfriend were walking on Whitney Avenue and crossed the street, when a pickup truck accelerated toward the woman, nearly striking her. The driver exchanged words with the woman's boyfriend, and the two then had a confrontation outside the Hometown Market, during which Cheeley allegedly pulled out the gun and fired once at the victim as he fled the area.

No one was injured in the incident, police said.

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Lawn mower, weed cutter are stolen from shed

NIAGARA FALLS -- A lawn mower and weed cutter were stolen from a shed behind a North Avenue home Sunday, police said.

Sometime overnight, someone entered the victim's fenced-in backyard and entered the unlocked shed, stealing the items, which were valued at $700.