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Laptop computer, $4,000 stolen from car of tourist

NIAGARA FALLS -- A tourist from Maryland reported $4,000 in cash stolen from his car Saturday while he was on a bus tour of the city and its attractions, police said.

The man left his rental van in the lot of Niagara Majestic Tours in the 6500 block of Niagara Falls Boulevard at 11 a.m. Saturday, returning about four hours later to find that someone had pried off a door lock and entered the vehicle. In addition to the money, an $830 laptop computer was stolen from the van, along with various personal effects.

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Falls man assaulted in neighborhood violence

NIAGARA FALLS -- A neighborhood dispute erupted into violence Saturday evening when a 51-year-old man was beaten, then hit in the back of the head with a thrown brick, city police said.

The victim, an Ontario Avenue resident, was grilling food with his brother at a 24th Street address at about 8 p.m. when a man came up, wanting to fight the brother. Police said the man then left briefly but came back with two other men, one of whom attacked the original target's brother, punching him repeatedly. When the victim was able to get up, the assailant lobbed a brick at him, causing a cut to the back of his head. The three assailants then fled, two in a car and one on foot.

The victim was taken to Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center, where he received staples to close the cut. An investigation continued Sunday.

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Building materials stolen from home being remodeled

PORTER -- Thieves stole building materials from inside and outside a Lake Road home currently being remodeled, Niagara County sheriff's deputies said Sunday.

The theft is believed to have occurred sometime between June 16 and last Monday, deputies said. Items taken included 40 pieces of pressure-treated lumber, 15 other boards, several plywood sheets and a chain saw. The missing materials are valued at $1,120.

An inventory is being conducted to determine what was taken from inside the residence.

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Driver pleads not guilty in May 13 arrest for DWI

LOCKPORT -- A Niagara Falls man pleaded not guilty to driving while intoxicated and other charges in a Niagara County Court arraignment Thursday.

Michael G. Barber, 31, of Hennepin Avenue, also was charged with first-degree aggravated unlicensed operation and inadequate headlights. He was pulled over May 13 in Niagara Falls.

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Man injured on East Side after officer fires gun

A man was injured early Sunday on the East Side after at least one officer fired his gun, Buffalo police reported.

"The incident began with an apparent traffic stop and at some point an officer or officers discharged their weapon. One individual was struck," according to a news release from Michael DeGeorge, spokesman for the Police Department. The incident occurred about 2:30 a.m., on the 300 block of French Street, off Fillmore Avenue.

The injured man was taken to Erie County Medical Center and was initially listed in guarded condition, DeGeorge said. The Internal Affairs Division and homicide detectives are investigating the incident, in accord with standard procedure when an officer discharges his weapon.

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Walmart clerk charged in theft of $1,130

NIAGARA FALLS -- A clerk at the Walmart Supercenter on Military Road was charged with fourth-degree grand larceny Saturday for allegedly stealing $1,130 from her register during the past month.

Store security personnel told police they had conducted an internal investigation and found that Latoya A. Mercado, 21, of Packard Court, had stolen money from the store once in May and on four other occasions in June, according to a city police report.

In an unrelated incident, police responded back to the store Sunday to investigate the theft of $200 from a Youngstown woman's purse.

The victim told police she inadvertently left the purse in a store fitting room.

It was later found and turned in by a store employee but was missing money, according to a police report.

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Distressed dog rescued from locked car in Falls

NIAGARA FALLS -- Police rescued a distressed dog from a locked car at a downtown tourist spot Saturday afternoon, according to reports.

Officers found the Yorkshire terrier inside a car with its windows slightly opened at about 5 p.m., with the outside temperature hovering around 80 degrees at the time.

They were able to open the window enough to give the dog a bowl of water, which it quickly consumed. SPCA officials then arrived on scene and removed the dog from the vehicle, leaving a note for the owners, who had yet to return to the scene.

Police said the vehicle was registered to a man from Sanborn and was parked outside JD's Gift Shop at Rainbow Boulevard and O'Laughlin Drive.

Reports did not indicate whether there would be any charges filed in the case.