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NIAGARA FALLS – A city man probably wasn't expecting his victim to chase him down Saturday after he stole her wallet outside a Pine Avenue bank. The 66-year-old woman, also a city resident was going to use the ATM at the Bank of America at 1900 Pine Avenue just before 2 p.m. As she was inserting her card to open the bank doors, she felt a tug on her purse, then heard …

NIAGARA FALLS – Police said that what initially was reported as a burglary Friday morning may have been more of a payback situation. A South Avenue man told police that three people broke into his house between 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Friday while he was out working a side job. The three stole assorted groceries, a mailbox, an electronic benefits card and a pair of col…

NIAGARA FALLS – A 51-year-old Amherst man told police he was "set up'' and robbed early Sunday by a woman he  met through an Internet website that police said is commonly used to, among other things, arrange paid sexual encounters. The victim told investigators that he had met the woman once before at a city residence for a sexual encounter. When he contacted her Sun…

NIAGARA FALLS  – A Niagara woman reportedly accused a city police officer of being "insensitive to a very bad (relationship) break-up'' after he pulled her over early Saturday for speeding. There also were no tires on the passenger side of her heavily damaged, smoking car. Police said that Carrie J. Andrakulic, 32, of Creekside Parkway was pulled over shortly before …

VILLAGE OF LEWISTON – An Oriole Lane man told police that a woman stole several items from his home while he was on the telephone reporting her to police. The victim told police that Ashley R. Lelievre came to his apartment last Sunday morning, took his cellular telephone and locked herself in his bathroom. He went to a neighbor's apartment to call police, during whic…

TOWN OF LOCKPORT – A woman from Georgia who was driving to the Niagara County Jail to visit an inmate ended up getting a free ride there from sheriff's deputies after she was spotted passing several vehicles on the shoulder of the road. Deputies said they saw a vehicle passing a dump truck and several cars on the shoulder of the Lockport Bypass around 9:30 a.m. Wednes…

NIAGARA FALLS – The windshield of a woman's 2003 minivan was smashed Sunday morning after she parked in her ex-boyfriend's driveway, blocking in his vehicle. The woman blamed her ex, but he told police the window already was damaged when she bought the van. Police had responded to the Hyde Park Boulevard residence for a report of an illegally parked car. The resid…

NIAGARA FALLS — Following up on neighbors' complaints of foul smells and barking dogs, police recently raided the 70th Street home where two Rottweilers mauled a 7-year-old boy on June 7. The house was later condemned by city inspectors who said the building and yard were overrun with animal waste, creating unsanitary living conditions. The owner of the property, Keri…

NIAGARA FALLS – It's hardly new to folks in the know, but some of the city's best pizza and other foods is now available in a sparkling new facility on Niagara Falls Boulevard. Mr. Ventry's Pizzeria and Restaurant is now serving in its brand new digs at 10051 Niagara Falls Blvd., the site of a former Dairy Queen. The new place is big and roomy and offers plenty of spa…

NIAGARA FALLS – Folks in the Cataract City pining for the old My Thai restaurant can not only get their Thai fix once again, but they can get it in the same building that housed the once-popular eatery. Mandalay Restaurant and Bar has opened at 6621 Niagara Falls Blvd., the site of the former My Thai, as well as Mexican and Japanese incarnations before that. Mandal…

NIAGARA FALLS – A city man was arrested Saturday morning after a passing motorist noticed him cutting the ground wires off utility poles on the 11th Street bridge on Highland Avenue, police said. Officers responding to the scene found Sheldon W. Crogan, 41, walking down Highland Avenue carrying a bag containing pieces of copper wire. He also had a pair of bolt cutters…

The parents of an 11-year-old boy are looking into their legal options after he reportedly was "thrown off'' his school bus Thursday afternoon after an altercation with a bus aide, who says the boy assaulted her. The boy, a student at the Niagara Street Elementary School, and his younger brother were removed from the bus at Portage Road and Niagara Street, according to pol…

NIAGARA FALLS -- Scammers conned a Niagara Street pizzeria employee out of $790 after they told him he needed to pay a fee immediately to avoid having his electrical service shut off. The victim contacted police Friday morning to report that he had received a call from a man claiming to be with National Grid. he said the man demanded immediate payment to avoid a discont…

William MacPherson, 72, of Winter Haven, Fla., was charged with driving while intoxicated, leaving the scene of a property damage accident and other vehicle and traffic infractions Saturday following a 7 p.m. hit-and-run accident at Hyde Park Boulevard and Packard Road in Niagara Falls. A Sanborn woman told police that she was waiting at a stoplight there when her car w…

NIAGARA FALLS – A Pine Avenue man told police he interrupted a burglary at his home early Saturday evening, when two men beat and robbed him before fleeing in a car. The victim told police one of the burglars tripped him and hit him in the face and body while the other rifled through his pockets, stealing keys and a cellphone. The two fled the scene in a Chevrolet Imp…