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POLICE PROBE JEWELRY SHOP THEFT

TOWN OF NIAGARA -- The Niagara County Sheriff's Department is investigating the theft of about $13,500 in jewelry from Firth Jewelers, 2435 Military Road.

The theft occurred at 4:34 p.m. Friday when a women and three men entered the store, distracted a clerk, grabbed a tray containing 15 diamond tennis bracelets from a display case and fled, according to police.

Early-morning crash kills driver, 22

A young Brockport man was killed early Saturday when he lost control of his car on Route 19 in the Town of Bergen, Genesee County Sheriff's Department officials said.

Jonathan B. Webb, 22, of Highview Circle, was pronounced dead at the accident scene, just south of Bissell Road, at about 2:20 a.m., according to Deputy Ryan Bodekor and Sgt. Jon Szumigala.

Webb was driving south in his 1999 Plymouth Breeze when he failed to negotiate a curve, traveled east off the road and struck a tree, causing the vehicle to overturn in a ditch before coming to a stop upright, deputies said.

Thief hits pregnant clerk, takes $100

TOWN OF NIAGARA -- A man in his late teens robbed a local tanning parlor of $100 at knifepoint late Friday night, police said Saturday.

The robbery occurred at 8:49 p.m. when a male about 18 entered Tropical Sun Tanning, 2043 Military Road, dived over the business counter and put the knife to the throat of a pregnant clerk working there alone. He threatened to slice her throat, hit her, tore her shirt and demanded money, police said.

The clerk turned over about $100 from the cash register. The robber was last seen running south down Military Road. A police dog was called in but was unable to find him, police said.

The woman, about six months pregnant, was taken to Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center to be examined.

$18,000 cycle stolen from garage

NIAGARA FALLS -- A motorcycle worth $18,000 was stolen sometime between Thursday and Saturday from the garage of a Forest Avenue man, Office Jack Miljour said.

Willard A. Rice said his garage was entered through a side door and his 1996, maroon Harley-Davidson motorcycle was removed. Rice reported the theft at 6:30 a.m. Saturday, Miljour said.

Falls to honor terrorism victims

NIAGARA FALLS -- The City Council will sponsor a candlelight vigil to honor the victims of the recent terrorist attacks and their families at 7 p.m. today in Lackey Plaza. Participants are asked to bring their own candles.

The Council on Monday also will adopt a resolution by all members condemning "the despicable and evil terrorist acts committed upon our country on Sept. 11, 2001." The resolution also thanks those who responded to the tragedies by offering help, including citizens of Niagara Falls who participated in the rescue efforts.

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