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Woman accused of stealing at store where she worked

LOCKPORT -- A Gasport woman suspected of stealing more than $3,000 from the convenience store where she worked has been arrested, according to state police at Lockport.

Justeen M. Jennings, 23, of State Street, was charged last week with a felony count of grand larceny.

Troopers said they went to the Yellow Goose store on Rochester Road, Gasport, to investigate a report of an employee stealing money. It was determined that Jennings had stolen more than $3,000 during a period of one month, troopers said.

She was sent to Niagara County Jail in lieu of $5,000 bail after arraignment in Royalton Town Court. She's scheduled to return to court Tuesday.

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Victim of fatal shooting on Eller Avenue identified

Buffalo police late Sunday identified the man who died in a shooting incident Saturday night on Eller Avenue that wounded two other men.

The victim was Marcus Bellamy, 42, of Buffalo, police reported. Bellamy had been driven in a private vehicle to Erie County Medical Center, where the two other victims -- identified by police as Kenneth Canty Jr., 23, and Raymond Johnson, 33, both from Buffalo -- were treated and released.

They were struck when gunfire erupted in the 100 block of Eller, in the Schiller Park area, at about 9:40 p.m. Saturday, police said.

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Boater who disappeared in Erie Canal is sought

NORTH TONAWANDA -- Police were searching the Erie Canal on Sunday night after a boater disappeared into the waters near the Dockside Inn, 153 Sweeney St.

The incident occurred at about 8 p.m. after a group of adults, who were on a small power craft, began yelling that someone had gone into the water and had not resurfaced, said a waitress at the Dockside Inn.

The young man had been on the boat's side ladder, the waitress said. Several of his fellow boaters jumped in the water to try and locate him but were not successful, the waitress said.

There is a small current in the spot where the man was last seen, the waitress said.

North Tonawanda police and fire units, as well as the Coast Guard, are assisting in the search.

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Woman, 47, is struck by train, seriously injured

WELLAND, Ont. -- A 47-year-old woman was hospitalized with serious injuries after she was struck by a train here early Sunday, Niagara Regional Police report.

The accident was reported at 7:40 a.m. on the Canadian National Railway tracks in the area of Carl and Darby roads, police said.

The woman was airlifted to Hamilton General Hospital for treatment.

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Thieves loot house of jailed Falls man

NIAGARA FALLS -- While a man was in jail for the past three months, thieves looted his house of just about everything, including sculptures, paintings and copper plumbing.

Police said the 14th Street home was entered through a basement window. The break-in was not discovered until the victim, who was released from jail Saturday, discovered water leaking from the severed pipes and nearly $8,000 worth of belongings missing.

Items stolen included two beds, an antique bathtub, a television, two DVD players, a stove and refrigerator, washer and dryer, five-piece kitchen set, stereo, computer and printer and a microwave oven.

A water meter and tools also were stolen from the basement.

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Justice says letter led to sentence of probation

LOCKPORT -- State Supreme Court Justice Richard C. Kloch Sr. said last week that a heartfelt letter from the defendant's husband persuaded him not to incarcerate a four-time drunken driver.

Instead, he placed Debra A. LaClair, 56, of Langdon Road, Lewiston, on five years' probation, including one year of electronic home monitoring, with fines and surcharges totaling $1,555, plus $240 a month for the monitoring equipment.

LaClair, a grandmother of three, was arrested Sept. 21 in Niagara Falls and pleaded guilty to felony driving while intoxicated.

Kloch did impose a one-year Niagara County Jail term on six-time drunken driver Donald T. Trznadel, 62, of Rockland Avenue, Clarence, for a felony DWI plea that covered two arrests in the Town of Lockport on Oct. 19 and Nov. 8.

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Woman pleads not guilty to DWI with children in car

LOCKPORT -- A North Tonawanda woman has pleaded not guilty in Niagara County Court to an indictment accusing her of driving drunk with four children in her car.

Michelle A. Lorenc, 45, of Woodward Avenue, is charged with aggravated and misdemeanor driving while intoxicated and four counts of endangering the welfare of a child. The siblings, ages 7, 8, 12 and 15, were her passengers when North Tonawanda police pulled her over March 2.

In another arraignment Friday, Ronald A. Bugyi Jr., 39, of New Road, Ransomville, pleaded not guilty to felony and aggravated DWI and driving left of center. He was arrested in Wilson on May 11.