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NIAGARA FALLS – An overnight clerk at an outdoor vending site called Blooming Onion said the cash register was stolen from the stand when he walked away for a short time to take the garbage to the dumpster at 12:30 a.m. Monday.The stand is located on Mayor Michael C. O’Laughlin Drive and is associated with the tourist area of the city at One Niagara Street.A total of $350 …

NIAGARA FALLS – A Canadian visitor reported his luggage, cash, clothing and merchandise from the Fashion Outlet Mall stolen while his vehicle was parked at a restaurant parking lot in the 7300 block of Niagara Falls Boulevard at 8:30 p.m. Sunday.The 55-year-old man told police that his Buick Enclave was parked under a street light just 20 feet from Niagara Falls Boulevard.…

NIAGARA FALLS – Damage was listed at $3,000 after someone pulled out the electrical wiring and copper from an abandoned building in the 1700 block of LaSalle Avenue.PHH Mortgage Corporation told police that the theft happened sometime in the past week when all doors and windows were secured. The point of entry is unknown, said police.Police said copper ipe and wiring were …

ROYALTON – A man injured in an all-terrain vehicle crash on Block Church Road at 9 p.m. Sunday was charged with drunken driving.Nicholas L. Criswell, 27, of Ertman Road was charged with driving while intoxicated, leaving the scene of an accident and operating an unregistered ATV.Criswell told deputies that he had about seven beers and then went riding on his ATV with four …

FARMERSVILLE – A 70-year-old Delevan woman died of injuries sustained Sunday when she was ejected from a motorcycle that failed to negotiate a curve in the Town of Farmersville, state police in Machias reported.Janet Lexer was a passenger on a motorcycle operated by Richard Kruse, 73, also of Delevan. Both were airlifted to Erie County Medical Center, where Lexer died of h…

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A mother’s words reached out Monday to seek justice for her son, who died in a May 2011 shooting in Cheektowaga Town Park.“I pray that I live to see my son’s murderer brought to justice,” wrote Vanessa James, whose 19-year-old son, Ira Watkins Jr., died when gunfire was directed into a large crowd May 31, 2011.But James died that October from an illness, several months bef…

A Schutrum Street man is charged with the rape of a Buffalo woman who was followed to her Newfield Street apartment and attacked Saturday afternoon, Buffalo police said. Jacob Lokey, 23, is charged with third-degree rape, first-degree sexual abuse and second-degree burglary.The victim was walking home from a Skillen Street convenience store at 3:20 p.m., when Lokey follo…

FARMERSVILLE – A man and a woman from Delevan were hospitalized after their motorcycle crashed about 4 p.m. Sunday on Route 16, state police at Machias said.Troopers said Richard Kruse, 73, operator of the motorcycle, was taken by helicopter to Erie County Medical Center, Buffalo, where he is listed in stable condition. Janet Lexer, 70, was taken first to Olean General Ho…

NIAGARA FALLS – Landscaping equipment worth $2,000 was stolen from a Main Street job site on Friday afternoon, police said. The Youngstown landscaper was working at the former St. Mary’s Manor between 2 and 3:20 p.m. when someone cut a security cable and made off with several pieces of equipment from the bed of his truck, police said. Items taken included two weed trimme…

New York State Parks Police have identified the man who drowned Saturday evening in Lake Erie off Evangola State Park as Brian J. McCluskey, 32, of Maple Avenue, Blasdell. Police said McCluskey, who was with several family members, waded into the water in an unguarded area about 7:30 p.m. to swim to a boat anchored offshore. Family members called 911 when he went underwate…

NIAGARA FALLS – A woman facing theft and drug charges attempted to steal 39 items from the Walmart store on Military Road Saturday night, police said. Karen Rodriguez, 30, of Crick Court, was arrested after security personnel caught her trying to steal $335 worth of merchandise, according to police. Rodriguez also was in possession of 10 narcotic pills, police added. She…

TOWN OF LOCKPORT – A burglar used a crowbar to pry open an overhead door and break into the Akron Road Building Supply Inc. store, Niagara County sheriff’s deputies said Sunday.The burglary occurred sometime over the past two weeks and resulted in the loss of about $2,200 worth of copper pipes, copper and brass pipe fittings and a space heater, deputies said.

RANSOMVILLE – A Cutis Avenue man returned from an out-of-town trip Saturday night to find that his home had been burglarized.Niagara County sheriff’s deputies said items valued at $1,800, including two flat-screen television sets, gold jewelry and a videogame system, were stolen. Police believe the break-in occurred sometime after Wednesday.

Lackawanna police are looking for the gunman who opened fire early Sunday at a reported block party, killing one man and critically injuring another.Lackawanna Mayor Geoffrey M. Szymanski released a statement on the shootings, which occurred shortly after midnight.Police were called to Olin Lane, where they received reports of gunfire, and found the two male victims and ab…

BEMUS POINT — A Findley Lake man was arrested Saturday and charged with driving while intoxicated and several felonies after he was stopped by state police in southwestern Chautauqua County for driving 94 miles per hour in a 65 mph zone on the Southern Tier Expressway.James J. Spitale, 36, also was charged with misdemeanor endangering the welfare of a child and felony aggr…