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NIAGARA FALLS – An Amherst woman had her purse stolen while she danced at the Seneca Niagara Casino nightclub early Sunday, police said. A man later returned the purse, saying his inebriated friend had mistakenly taken it, but most of the contents were missing. Police said that the purse went missing between 2 and 4 a.m. while the victim was dancing with her husband a…

ROYALTON –A Main Street woman contacted police recently to report unwanted telephone calls and harassing voice messages from her uncle. The woman told police that about five years ago, the uncle had inherited over $8 million and paid off her car loan, which he had co-signed. Since then, she told police, he apparently has burned through all the money and recently began…

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A 45-year-old Niagara Falls man was involved in three different police calls Friday following a night of drinking. Officers first encountered him at 8 p.m. at Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center, where he claimed he was the victim of an assault in a bar. However, at the bar, a couple told officers that the "victim" had made advances toward the wife and, when he was re…

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NIAGARA FALLS – A tourist from Michigan had her pain medication robbed from her hotel room Saturday morning while she was out sightseeing, police said. The 83-year-old victim told police that she suffers from arthritis and other ailments and, after sightseeing for about four hours Saturday, returned to her Quality Inn hotel room in pain. When she went to take some of …

NIAGARA FALLS – After a glass entry door was broken early Friday, at least six different people took turns burglarizing the Mobil Mart at 1038 Pine Ave., police said, with over $4,300 worth of merchandise ultimately being stolen. The store's alarm system apparently failed during the initial break-in, allowing thieves to enter three times over a five-and-a-half hour pe…

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YOUNGSTOWN – Police arrested a drifter inside Fort Niagara State Park recently after he allegedly posted graffiti inside the Youngstown Village Library on Lockport Street. The man reportedly stopped into the library on Oct. 3 and told the librarian that he was passing through the area, bound for Lake Ontario. He spent about two hours inside the library, police said, r…

LEWISTON – A Page Avenue man is out $4,000 after falling for a telephone scam by someone posing as an IRS agent. The victim told police that he received a call earlier this week from a man claiming to be an IRS agent, saying that his tax returns had been audited for the past seven years and that several fraudulent claims had been identified. The caller told the victim…

NIAGARA FALLS – An argument over a broken video game controller led to a Saturday morning fistfight that left one woman injured and another in jail. A 33-year-old Niagara Falls Boulevard woman told police that she went to a home in the 400 block of 27th Street just after 2 a.m., where several people were hanging out. An argument erupted over the broken controller, and…

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…

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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 …

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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…

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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…

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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…