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Owner of truck uses GPS to undo a theft

NIAGARA FALLS -- A Tonawanda man was able to track down his work truck stolen earlier in the day from a Tonawanda work site, police said.

Using the vehicle's GPS, the owner was able to determine the truck had been driven to Grand Island, then left undamaged in the 900 block of Cedar Avenue, police said.

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Probe under way after hail of gunfire

NIAGARA FALLS -- Niagara Falls police questioned one man and were seeking another following an outburst of gunfire Friday evening at 18th Street and Niagara Avenue. No one was injured.

Officers called to the scene just before 9:30 p.m. to investigate gambling were greeted by the sound of four gunshots, then another two gunshots. They questioned one man with a handgun who said he was approached from behind by someone who opened fire, with one of the shots piercing the windshield of a parked car.

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Nigeria native gets prison in college bookstore caper

A native of Nigeria was sentenced by Chief U.S. District Judge William M. Skretny Friday to 10 months in prison on his wire fraud conviction.

Prosecutors said that Chidinma Amorha, 24, in May and June of 2011 used fraudulent checks to pay for books and other items in bookstores at Buffalo State College, Canisius College and Niagara University.

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Attorney for officer seeks suppression of statements

LOCKPORT -- The attorney for suspended Niagara County Jail officer David B. Elliott said Thursday he will try to suppress all statements Elliott made to Sheriff's Office personnel probing an alleged on-duty sex offense.

Joel L. Daniels said he believes the use of the statements is barred by Elliott's "Garrity rights," conferred by a 1967 Supreme Court ruling that a public employee cannot be compelled by his employer to incriminate himself.

"It's our position any statement made to Niagara County investigators cannot be used by the District Attorney's Office," Daniels said.

Town Justice Raymond E. Schilling scheduled a July 30 hearing on the statements' admissibility.

Elliott, 56, of Sanborn, a six-year veteran of the Sheriff's Office, is charged with misdemeanor counts of sexual abuse and official misconduct pertaining to an alleged on-duty incident, details of which have not been disclosed.

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Hamburg police identify man fatally hit on Sowles

A man was struck and killed by a vehicle on Sowles Road in Hamburg, police said Saturday.

Police said Cameron John, 24, of Hamburg, was struck about 3:30 a.m. Friday. Investigators are still trying to determine where John was on Sowles when he was hit and whether alcohol played a role in the fatality.

Police have not released the name of the driver, and at this point, no charges have been lodged.

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Slashing of tires cuts one way in confrontation

NIAGARA FALLS -- A large fight in the 1500 block of Pierce Avenue Friday evening ended with the slashing of four tires on the car of a man who was challenged to a fight, police said.

About 6:30 p.m. a 34-year-old man in a barbershop was motioned outside by a man and others to fight, said police, who noted the victim's tires were slashed and the perpetrator fled.

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Man charged with DWI after crashing barricade

NIAGARA FALLS -- An East Aurora man charged with driving while intoxicated late Friday drove through police barricades set up for street festival, police said.

Daniel J. Mombrea, 65, who was arrested about 11:20 p.m. on Main Street, posted a 0.18 blood-alcohol content, police said. He also was charged with failure to obey a traffic-control device, police added.

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Damage placed at $60,000 in apartment building fire

A fire early Saturday morning caused $60,000 damage to an apartment building in the city's Martin Luther King Park neighborhood.

Firefighters were called at 1:43 a.m. Saturday to extinguish a blaze at a two-story, four-unit apartment at 701 East Utica St., fire officials said.

The fire caused $40,000 damage to the building and $20,000 to its contents.

No injuries were reported. The fire is under investigation.

The Red Cross was called to assist three adults and three children.