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WOMAN ARRESTED IN TORCHING OF CAR

NIAGARA FALLS -- A woman accused of vandalizing and torching a car was arrested Friday on felony criminal mischief and arson charges, Detective William Smith said.

Maria Snyder, 19, of Ashland Avenue is accused of spraying obscenities on the car between May 28 and June 2 while it was parked behind her home. On June 10, she allegedly used lighter fluid to set it on fire.

The car, owned by a Lewiston man, was destroyed, Smith said. Smith said he and Detective Carl Berak made the arrest after they viewed a convenience store videotape showing the suspect purchasing lighter fluid.

Boy, 12, cuts face while in-line skating

LOCKPORT -- A Royalton boy suffered facial injuries while in-line skating at Outwater Park, Officer Michael J. Latta said Friday.

Seth Shepard, 12, of Slayton Settlement Road received stitches to close a laceration to the left side of his face near his eye, Latta said. The accident occurred Thursday afternoon.

Two stolen checks cashed in N.Y. City

YOUNGSTOWN -- About $2,700 was stolen from a Fox Point Circle man's checking account when a suspect cashed two stolen checks at a bank in New York City, Niagara County sheriff's deputies said Friday.

The victim told police he discovered the theft Wednesday while doing his banking and found withdrawals for $1,300 and $1,400 had been made earlier this week without his knowledge, deputies said.

Sheriff's investigators said HSBC Bank traced the checks to one of its New York City branches.

Serbian Day fete set in Falls, Ont.

NIAGARA FALLS, Ont. -- The Canadian Serbian community will observe Canada Day and Serbian Day in a two-day celebration this weekend with several events, including a soccer tournament, speakers, Serbian folklore, food and music.

The celebration will take place at the St. George Serbian Orthodox Church grounds on Montrose Road and Lundy's Lane in Niagara Falls, Ont.

Some of the highlights of the events, which commemorates the 56th Serbian Day observance, include a soccer tournament featuring 16 teams today. Thousands of Canadian and American Serbs are expected in Niagara Falls Sunday for a huge community gathering.

Former Canadian Ambassador James Bissett, who served as ambassador to Yugoslavia, and Scott Taylor, a former Canadian peacekeeper, as well as a publisher and author are among the speakers expected Sunday.

Bus to be unveiled, but not unwrapped

SANBORN -- A new $150,000 bus for the county's rural transportation system will be unveiled at 10 a.m. Monday in the Niagara County Community College parking lot.

The 28-passenger bus will stand out because it is wrapped from bumper to bumper in a vinyl mural of Niagara Falls, including a rainbow through the mist above the cataract.

The new bus, which also will have room for two wheelchairs, was bought with federal, state and local money, according to Barbara Hill, manager of the rural transportation system.

The 10 percent local share was supplied by the operator of the service, Rides Unlimited of Niagara. The new bus, to be used on the route between Niagara Falls and the college, will replace an older one which will become a backup vehicle, Hill said.

The program has five buses on the road Monday through Friday, and carried about 36,000 passengers last year. The service connects the college, the three cities in the county and shopping centers with most of the outlying towns.

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