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Mike Kurilovitch


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A Chester Avenue man told Town of Niagara police that most of his belongings were stolen recently while he served a six-month stint in jail. He suspects his ex-girlfriend, whom he had entrusted to look after his property. The victim told police that when he went to jail in September, he gave the woman permission to sell some items to help pay the bills in his absence. H…

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A Wheatfield woman faces a string of charges, including felony and misdemeanor counts of driving while intoxicated, after telling Niagara Falls police that she "hit something" on the LaSalle Expressway. Officers said they found Tracy L. Poe, 44, sitting in her car in the 7600 block of Edison Avenue around 4 p.m. Friday. It was obvious from the damage to her vehicle that…

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A thief who victimized a 93-year-old woman Saturday night wasted little time in making use of her stolen bank card, running up $685 worth of fraudulent purchases in a 22-minute span, police said. The victim, a Lewiston resident, was shopping at the Super Walmart store on Military Road in Niagara Falls around 7:30 p.m. Her purse was stolen from her shopping cart while sh…

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A 29-year-old man was found half-naked and severely beaten early Saturday in an alley off Pierce Avenue in Niagara Falls, police said. He was rushed to Erie County Medical Center by ambulance after losing a large amount of blood, according to police reports. Officer Darren DeSantis said he located Timothy L. Paonessa sitting on the ground in the 1800 block of Pierce Ave…

Niagara Falls police said that a Thursday night burglary of a Cayuga Drive restaurant may have been committed by an employee of a competing pizzeria, or perhaps someone who fenced the stolen goods to another pizzeria. Sometime between 10:30 p.m. Thursday and 2:30 p.m. Friday, an intruder kicked in or pried open the doors to a storage shed behind Old Greenwalls restauran…

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A woman posing as an employee of an Upper Mountain Road apartment complex was able to steal a wallet belonging to one of the tenants of the Lewiston complex, Niagara County sheriff's deputies said. The victim told police that the woman came to her residence on Jan. 26 and, after being allowed inside, stole the victim's wallet that contained credit cards, gift cards and …

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A would-be robber, wearing what appeared to be a painted-on, half-face mask, fled empty handed from a Niagara Falls store Saturday afternoon after a cashier thought the holdup attempt was a joke. A cashier at a Dollar Tree store on Portage Road told police he was cashing out several customers shortly before 6 p.m. when a man walked in the front door wearing a mask. The …

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Niagara Falls police arrested a city man early Sunday, saying he blocked traffic on a busy section of Niagara Falls Boulevard by walking down the middle of the road while intoxicated. Timothy L. Smith, 28, of Independence Avenue, was charged with disorderly conduct. Police said he was heavily intoxicated and walking down the middle of the 3900 block of Niagara Falls Bou…

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A Fourth Street woman's car caught fire Saturday afternoon after efforts to free it from deep snow failed. The woman's boyfriend was driving her 2004 Mercury just before 5 p.m. when it became stuck in deep snow in an alley off of Main Street, near Spruce Avenue in Niagara Falls. The man attempted to "rock" the vehicle free, shifting quickly from drive to reverse, but th…

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Niagara County sheriff's deputies arrested a North Tonawanda man recently after the suspect had earlier eluded NT police following a high-speed chase. North Tonawanda officers called the chase off early on Feb. 8 for safety reasons, but deputies then located the suspect traveling on Upper Mountain Road, and stopped his vehicle at Junction Road. They said the driver had …

A "known shoplifter" named Justus who eluded store personnel after trying to steal a cart full of merchandise from a Pine Avenue store in now charged in connection with that theft, and is also being held in connection with other, unrelated crimes. Police charged Joshua C. Justus, 29, of Isherwood Drive in the Town of Niagara, with petit larceny for allegedly attempting …

A contractor who allegedly reneged on an agreement to install a septic system at a Cambria home has been charged with trespassing for reportedly trying to retrieve his track backhoe from the property. According to Niagara County Sheriff's deputies, the machine has been on the Baer Road property since August, and the homeowner called authorities Thursday evening upon see…

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A 20-year-old Niagara Falls man was beaten repeatedly over the head with a baseball bat early Saturday, sending him to the hospital with assorted injuries, Niagara Falls police said. Badger C. John was taken to Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center with head wounds and a deep gash to his left thumb suffered in the 3 a.m. attack, police said. His condition was not known.…

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A thief with a sweet tooth made off with more than $300 worth of candy bars from a Niagara Falls store Saturday afternoon, police said. The man entered the Family Dollar store on Hyde Park Boulevard around 5 p.m., pulled a cloth bag from the hood of the garment he was wearing, and began filling it with boxes of candy bars, a clerk told police. He then fled the store wit…

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A man and woman fled from the Portage Road Tops supermarket Thursday afternoon after stealing their evening's dinner, including drinks and dessert. Niagara Falls Police said that a store manager followed the pair after noticing their suspicious behavior shortly after 3 p.m. He said they took several plastic bags from the produce department and went around the store, fil…