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CALIFORNIA FUGITIVE, 36, NABBED IN FALLS

NIAGARA FALLS -- A fugitive from California, wanted for felony assault to commit rape and cocaine possession, was arrested Friday night, Niagara County sheriff's investigators said.

Allan Tirk, 36, a fugitive since June 1999, is being held in Niagara County Jail pending extradition to California. Investigators said he has been in hiding in the Cataract City for the past year and a half.

Chief Craig Harmon of the Niagara County Drug Task Force said Tirk had been staying in a Niagara Falls Boulevard motel. The arrest resulted from an anonymous tip, he said.

Tirk is wanted on a federal bench warrant issued in June 1999 alleging assault to commit rape and drug charges, along with an unlawful imprisonment charge, investigators said.

Falls man accused of exposing self on Net

NIAGARA FALLS -- Detectives are investigating an allegation that a city resident has been transmitting videos of himself committing lewd acts over the Internet to a North Carolina woman.

The Greensboro resident said the Pine Avenue-area man was on her Internet Web site, exposing himself with a video camera. She said the man has accessed three of her Web sites over the past week and has "hacked" into her Web programs, stealing passwords from others, police said.

N. Tonawanda City Hall closed Monday

NORTH TONAWANDA -- City Hall will be closed Monday for the Presidents Day holiday. City refuse collection will be one day later than usual during the week.

Car stereo equipment stolen at store

NIAGARA FALLS -- Car stereo equipment valued at $450 was stolen during a break-in about 4:15 a.m. Friday at the Auto Zone, 2816 Pine Ave., said Officer Alan Forsey, who added that two of the store's windows received damage estimated at $750.

$2,090 theft from motel being probed

NIAGARA FALLS -- Niagara Falls police are investigating the reported theft of $2,090 from a Niagara Falls Boulevard business, Officer Raymond Maietta said Friday.

The money was taken from a desk drawer in a secured room at the Niagara Rainbow Motel, 7900 Niagara Falls Blvd., sometime between Feb. 5 and 9, Maietta said.

Jail inmate charged with contraband

LOCKPORT -- An inmate at the Niagara County Jail was charged Friday with allegedly smuggling some tobacco and matches into the Niagara County Jail following a Jan. 18 appearance on other charges in Town of Niagara Court.

Shadeed Turner, 17, of Center Court, Niagara Falls, was charged with second-degree promoting prison contraband at 10 a.m. by Sheriff's Investigators Raymond Degan and Daniel Fritton.

A second inmate, Keith White, 29, of McKenna Avenue, Niagara Falls, was charged last month with first-degree promoting prison contraband in that incident.

Falls woman accused of welfare fraud

NIAGARA FALLS -- Niagara County sheriff's investigators arrested a St. John Parkway woman Friday on welfare fraud charges for allegedly stealing about $4,539 in benefits.

Precious Y. Williams, 33, was charged with third-degree grand larceny, misuse of food stamps and three counts of offering a false instrument for filing, Investigator Scott Barnes said.

The crime allegedly occurred between Nov. 1, 1999, and Sept. 30, 2000.

She is accused of providing the Niagara County Social Services Department with false information about her unemployment insurance benefit history.

Home assistance agency to get grant

LEWISTON -- The Home Assistance Referral Team (HART Interfaith) will receive a $5,000 grant from the state Office for the Aging, it was announced Friday.

The funds will be used to upgrade computer and telephone systems and extend hours of service.

HART helps people who need assistance in their homes by providing a referral service to caregivers free of charge.

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