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NIAGARA POLICE & COURTS

New acquaintance steals woman's Dodge on the sly

NIAGARA FALLS -- The car of a Staten Island woman was stolen Friday morning by a man she had just met, police said.

The woman and the man were moving items into an apartment on 19th Street but when the acquaintance remained outside, he got into her 2001 Dodge and drove off, police said.

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Rooftop suspect talked down from lofty peril

NIAGARA FALLS -- A man sought by police in connection with an assault early Saturday spent much of the day on his rooftop, refusing to come down, police said.

Members of the police SWAT team eventually talked the man off the rooftop after about six hours, and he was transported to Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center for a psychiatric evaluation. He will likely face charges after he gets out of the hospital, police said.

Police said the man was involved in an armed attack early Saturday, and when officers arrived to investigate, he refused to cooperate and fled to the roof of his two-story home. He occasionally sat on the edge of the roof with his feet dangling over the side of the house. A Crisis Intervention Hotline specialist was called to the scene and assisted in eventually talking the man down without further incident.

Further details were unavailable.

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Eighth Street woman accused of knife attack

NIAGARA FALLS -- Police who went to an Eighth Street home Friday evening to investigate a possible burglary in progress found a woman straddling another woman, threatening to stab her.

The attacker, police said, threw down her knife as police arrived and was quickly taken into custody. Tina M. Douglass, 48, of Eighth Street, was charged with second-degree assault and second-degree menacing.

Police said Douglass confronted the victim, 45, over missing items. Douglass pulled the woman to the ground, punched and kicked her and then cut her beneath her left eye with a knife. She also threatened to cut the woman's throat and have her raped, police said.

The victim was not seriously injured, police added.

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Driver flees on foot after near collision

HARTLAND -- Police said a Lockport man was driving 90 mph when he nearly collided head-on with a Niagara County sheriff's patrol vehicle shortly after 2 a.m. Friday on Ridge Road.

Mark F. Benedict Jr., 30, of Lower Mountain Road, was charged with second-degree aggravated unlicensed operation, reckless driving and resisting arrest.

Benedict was eastbound when he almost smacked into the westbound patrol vehicle, which was forced onto the shoulder of the road, deputies said. Benedict, who refused to stop, pulled into a tavern parking lot and fled on foot into the woods, deputies said. He surrendered later.

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Town of Niagara man faces jail, probation for DWI

LOCKPORT -- A Town of Niagara man was sentenced last week to six months in jail, 4 1/2 years of probation and fined $1,520 last week for drunken driving.

William R. Hacker, 49, of Creekside Parkway, had pleaded guilty to felony DWI for arrests Sept. 29, 2010, in Cambria and April 18, 2011, in Lewiston.

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Woman expecting a ride is dragged and jettisoned

NIAGARA FALLS -- A Ninth Street woman was injured about 12:30 a.m. Saturday when she was dragged a short distance by a vehicle she had been trying to enter, police said.

The incident occurred in the Jordan Gardens housing complex, where the woman had been expecting her boyfriend to pick her up, police said. However, another man pulled up in the boyfriend's vehicle and told her to get in. When the woman partially entered the vehicle, the driver accelerated, dragging the woman who tumbled into the street, police said.

Anthony F. Howard, 46, of Garden Avenue, was arrested a short time later and charged with harassment and second-degree reckless endangerment.

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North Tonawanda man gets probation in gun case

LOCKPORT -- A North Tonawanda man who pleaded guilty to felony gun possession charges was sentenced to five years' probation last week by Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon Farkas.

Max D. Thompson, 26, was sitting in his Mead Street home Feb. 18, 2011, when a vehicle struck the door of Thompson's parked car, which had been blown open by wind. Police who entered Thompson's home to talk about the accident found a weapon resembling an AR-15 assault rifle.