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NIAGARA POLICE & COURTS

Car stolen as driver goes on a walking tour

NIAGARA FALLS -- A North Tonawanda man's 2004 Hyundai was stolen early Saturday as he walked around downtown Niagara Falls, police said.

The car was stolen in the 700 block of Seventh Street about 2:30 a.m., said police, who added that the owner had apparently lost his keys while walking. The vehicle was valued at $3,500.

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TV and heating registers stolen in house break-ins

NIAGARA FALLS -- Niagara Falls police are investigating two house burglaries that occurred Friday.

A 36-inch flat-screen television was stolen late Friday from a 20th Street apartment entered through an open window. The TV was valued at $400, police said.

Meanwhile, a vacant 24th Street home was broken into -- for the third time in a month and in each case, accessed through a a basement window, police said. In the latest case, heating registers worth $2,000 were stolen, police said. The property is owned by a Brooklyn man who is renovating the house, police added.

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Parking lot encounter leads to marijuana charge

TOWN OF LOCKPORT -- A North Tonawanda teen was arrested on drug charges shortly after 1 a.m. Saturday after Niagara County sheriff's deputies encountered a vehicle in a dark church parking lot off Chestnut Ridge Road.

Deputies said four people, including three teens, were inside the vehicle, which smelled of marijuana. A backpack contained two bags of marijuana, smoking paraphernalia and a knife, deputies added.

Ian M. Edison, 17, of Kriston Lane was charged with fourth-degree criminal possession of marijuana. The three others were released after questioning, deputies said.

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Tonawanda motorcyclist critically hurt in crash

A City of Tonawanda motorcyclist charged with driving while intoxicated was listed in critical condition Saturday in Erie County Medical Center following an overnight accident in Amherst, police said.

David A. Massaro, 55, was found unresponsive, several feet from his motorcycle in the 1700 block of Tonawanda Creek Road, police said. Investigators believe Massaro hit something in the road and crashed.

Massaro was taken by Mercy Flight to ECMC.

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70 at concert charged with underage drinking

DARIEN -- Ten people were arrested and more than 80 were given summonses during the Drake concert Friday night at Darien Lake Performing Arts Center, the Genesee County Sheriff's Office said Saturday.

Charges included public lewdness, disorderly conduct, trespassing and resisting arrest.

Of the 84 tickets that were issued, 70 were for underage drinking.

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Fraud probes launched in pair of Falls cases

NIAGARA FALLS -- Niagara Falls police on Friday investigated two cases of fraud.

Police said they were contacted by a South Avenue woman whose personal information was used to run up about $1,200 in charges with her cable TV provider. The woman told police that when she went to get her cable service restored, she was told she owed money on three separate accounts -- none based in Niagara County.

Meanwhile, a Cudaback Avenue woman learned from her bank that a $1,985 check she had cashed was fake, and she would be responsible for reimbursing the money to the bank.

The woman recently received an email inviting her to participate in a "secret shopper" program, and was sent the check with instructions to spend the money, police said. The woman spent the money at a local Walmart before learning that the check was fraudulent.

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Orchard Park man faces charges in chase, crash

A driver led Orchard Park police on a high-speed chase reaching speeds of more than 100 mph before crashing into a pond early Saturday.

The driver was traveling more than 100 mph during the 10-minute chase.

The chase started at about 4 a.m., when Jeffrey M. Munro, 33, of Orchard Park fled from Officer Jason Schiedel on Old Transit Road during an attempted traffic stop, police said.

When Officer Patrick Fitzgerald deployed stop sticks in front of the vehicle, deflating the tires, Munro then drove off road through private property in East Aurora and crashed into a pond, police said.

Munro was charged with driving while intoxicated, fleeing a police vehicle, reckless endangerment and 20 vehicle and traffic violations, police said.