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GIRL, 16, HURT AS HER VEHICLE GOES OFF HIGHWAY IN WILSON

WILSON -- A 16-year-old girl was injured about 5:30 a.m. Thursday when she fell asleep at the wheel of her station wagon, which went off the roadway and hit a mailbox and a utility pole support cable on Lake Road, a half-mile west of Hulbert Road, Sheriff's Deputy David S. Broderick Jr. said.

Tiffany V. Goguen of Cain Road, Porter, was released after treatment at Mount St. Mary's Hospital, Lewiston, for a possible broken nose, a hospital official said.

Falls man, 28, faces charges
of possessing crack cocaine

NIAGARA FALLS -- Narcotics detectives arrested a LaSalle Avenue man Thursday night on felony drug charges after they found between three and four ounces of suspected crack cocaine in his home, Detective Lt. John Chella said.

Franklin A. Gayle, 28, was charged with second-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell by Detectives Scott Dallavia and Ted Weed, Chella said.

The arrest capped a two-month investigation that began after the police Narcotics Intelligence Unit received information that Gayle was involved in alleged drug trafficking here.

Chella said detectives obtained a search warrant to check Gayle and his home earlier Thursday from Chief City Judge Mark A. Violante and pulled Gayle over in his car in the 1700 block of Willow Avenue. They took him back to his residence, where they found the suspected drugs, Chella said.

Three robberies net $1,000
from businesses in Falls

NIAGARA FALLS -- Three businesses were robbed of an estimated $1,000 or more by lone, armed gunmen in the past few days, police said Thursday.

The latest robbery occurred at 2 a.m. Thursday when a man, wearing a bandanna around his face and toting a handgun, entered Junior's Truck Stop, 5647 Niagara Falls Blvd., and demanded money, police said.

The robber forced a restaurant employee to open the cash register and took about $600 before fleeing, according to police.

At 9:15 p.m. Wednesday, a masked man entered the Arby's restaurant at Cedar Avenue and Portage Road, displayed a handgun, demanded money and took off with an undetermined amount of cash.

Another robber approached two employees in front of Hyde Park Groceries, 4708 Hyde Park Blvd., at 3:30 a.m., forced them inside at gunpoint and robbed the business of at least $300.

4 juveniles facing charges
tied to Lockport incidents

LOCKPORT -- Sheriff's investigators arrested four juveniles Thursday in connection with incidents in the Town of Lockport, Somerset and Newfane.

A 14-year-old Lockport girl was charged with petit larceny for allegedly stealing a pair of women's Nike sneakers on Sept. 8 from the Famous Footwear store in the Lockport Mall on South Transit Road.

Two brothers, ages 9 and 12, were charged with felony criminal mischief for allegedly damaging $500 worth of gauges on a bulldozer on Aug. 31 at a Townline Road construction site in Somerset.

A 13-year-old Niagara Falls boy was charged with fourth-degree criminal mischief, a misdemeanor, for allegedly damaging a wall by intentionally striking it on Sept. 15 at the Orchard House, a nonsecure juvenile-detention facility, on Lake Road.

Man, 20, is charged in theft
from Niagara fire company

TOWN OF NIAGARA -- Nathan A. Reading, 20, of Lockport Road, was arrested Thursday in the theft of $1,943 earlier his month from Niagara Active Hose Company on Lockport Road, Niagara County sheriff's deputies said.

Reading was charged with fourth-degree grand larceny after an investigation into a Sept. 2 break-in at the fire company, deputies said.

Lackawanna man is arrested in burglary at father's home

A Lackawanna man was arrested Thursday in connection with a burglary last month at his father's house, where a second suspect did the actual break-in, city police said.

Mark Koziol, 26, of Center Street, surrendered to police. He was charged with grand larceny and 10 counts of criminal possession of stolen property relating to a burglary reported Aug. 25 at his father's Warsaw Street home.

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