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Three men rob cabdriver of $240

NIAGARA FALLS -- Three men robbed a cabdriver of $240 early Saturday after he was dispatched to 16th Street and Linwood Avenue, police said.

The driver for LaSalle Taxi told police the men got into the cab in the 1500 block of Willow Avenue, and later during the ride, one man grabbed him around the neck while another stuck an unknown object to the back of his head, possibly a gun, and took the money, Officer Christopher Calvano said.

Bicyclist hit by mirror of passing car

NIAGARA FALLS -- A bicyclist suffered minor injuries to his left arm when struck by the mirror of a car passing him at 3:30 a.m. Saturday in the 2400 block of Walnut Avenue, Officer John Conti said.

Richard I. Cowan, 27, of New Road, Ransomville, was released after treatment in Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center, said Conti, who noted the driver of the car did not stop.

Woman injured in two-car crash

NIAGARA FALLS -- A woman was injured at 4:50 p.m. Saturday in a two-car crash at Walnut Avenue and 15th Street, Officer James Reynolds said.

Josephine Mortanti, 83, no address available, was treated for a neck injury in Mount St. Mary's Hospital, Lewiston, then released. She was a passenger in a car driven by Peter Milicia, 81, of 15th Street, police said. Milicia, turning onto Walnut Avenue from 15th Street, was hit by a car driven by Dian L. Mengor, 43, of Ellis Street, Niagara Falls, Ont., police said.

Man accused of sex abuse of boy, girl

PORTER -- A Ransomville resident arrested Friday night is accused of having sexual contact with a boy and a girl between 1996 and 2000, State Police Investigator Anthony L. Green said Saturday.

Christopber Murphy, 19, of Youngstown-Lockport Road, was charged with first-degree sodomy, first-degree sexual abuse and two counts of endangering the welfare of a child, Green said. The victims were in their preteens, Green said.

Murphy pleaded not guilty to the charges before Town Justice David J. Truesdale and posted $2,500 bail.

Man faces DWI charge after crash

LEWISTON -- A Town of Niagara man was arrested early Saturday after his car hit a tree and a building in the 2800 block of Upper Mountain Road, said Town of Lewiston Patrolman Christopher Salada.

Bronson M. Cooper, 25, of A Street, Cayuga Village, was charged with driving while intoxicated, driving at an unreasonable speed, failure to keep right, failure to use a designated lane and driving while his license was suspended, following an investigation by Patrolmen James Ullery and John Penzotti, Salada said.

The crash occurred at 4:50 a.m., when Cooper's car left the roadway, struck a tree and a building owned by Stephen Gill.

Teen charged in theft from boat

WILSON -- A teenager accused of stealing $1,000 in stereo equipment from a boat was arrested Saturday on a grand larceny charge, Trooper Christine Ringo said.

Arthur Elia, 16, of Maple Road, is accused of stealing a compact disc player, speakers and other stereo equipment early Thursday from a boat at Wilson Sales and Services, 418 Lake St., Ringo said.

Man charged in prescription scam

LEWISTON -- A Niagara Falls man is accused of trying to scam a pharmacy out of codeine tablets by pretending to be a doctor calling in a prescription, police said.

Mark A. Walton, 33, of Lockport Road, was charged with scheme to defraud and criminal impersonation Thursday when he went to a CVS Pharmacy on Center Street to pick up a prescription he had ordered by telephone, Patrolman Anthony Nicoletti said.

Second arrest made in bait shop break-in

LOCKPORT -- A second person was arrested Friday in a break-in at the Les Allen Bait Shop on Hawley Street, police said.

Mark T. Havens Jr., 16, of South Street, was charged with third-degree burglary, petit larceny and criminal mischief at 2 p.m. on Hawley Street by detectives David Barrancotta and Scott Seekins, Lt. Brian LeBere said.

Havens is accused of breaking into the store June 9 with another suspect by pushing in a window and stealing $252 in fishing poles and worms.

Paul Pierce, 20, whose address was unavailable, has already been charged with burglary and two counts of criminal possession of stolen property, Detective John Yotter said.

DMV offices to observe summer hours

LOCKPORT -- All three Department of Motor Vehicle offices in the county will join other county departments to observe summer hours June 25 through Aug. 31, said County Clerk Wayne F. Jagow.

They will open and close a half-hour earlier than normal.

Each DMV office will continue to offer late evening hours once a week, Jagow said.

DMV hours are:

500 Wheatfield St., North Tonawanda, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, and 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays.

750 Portage Road, Niagara Falls, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, and 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesdays.

59 Park Ave., Lockport, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays, and 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursdays.

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