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LACKAWANNA NEIGHBORHOOD LOSES NEARLY 500 FLAGS

Nearly 500 American flags were stolen early Sunday from a Lackawanna neighborhood, angering the couple who put them out in hopes of lifting spirits after the Sept. 11 attacks at the World Trade Center and Pentagon.

"I looked out this morning, and most of them were gone. It's very disappointing," said Tony Caferro of Norfred Drive.

He and his wife, Sue, are real estate agents for Stovroff Realty and obtained 1,500 flags from the agency, which uses them for July Fourth promotions. Every morning in the past week or so during their daily walk, the Caferros carried all the flags they could and placed them on the corners of neighbors' lawns.

"We wanted to do something patriotic," said Caferro. "It was a nice spectacle."

The couple is offering a $100 reward for information that leads to an arrest or the return of the flags. Individuals can call 743-6065 with information.

Crash in Royalton kills
woman, 43, driving car

ROYALTON -- A Gasport woman was killed when she lost control of her car late Saturday night on Royalton-Center Road, police said.

Peggy Jo Keyes, 43, was northbound on Royalton-Center Road at about 11:40 p.m. when she lost control of the vehicle near Haseley Road, Niagara County Sheriff's Deputy Brian Harrer said.

Harrer said the driver was thrown from the car, which rolled over several times.

Harrer said the car was traveling about 80 mph. The speed limit is 55 mph. Niagara County Coroner Kenneth Lederhouse pronounced Keyes dead at the scene.

Woman stabbed in back
trying to flee attacker

A Norwood Avenue woman was stabbed in the back while trying to pull herself away from an attacker who grabbed her from behind Sunday night while she was walking with a friend on Breckenridge Avenue, Northwest District police reported.

Jodi Keller, who suffered a puncture wound in the back, was listed in fair condition today in Erie County Medical Center.

She and a friend were walking west on Breckenridge when they were approached from behind at about 8:35 p.m. Northwest District police are looking for two black men, both about 20 years old and both wearing baggy jeans and dark shirts. One was described as about 6 foot 3 and 220 pounds, while the other was about 5 foot 10 and 180 pounds.

Intruders bind two men,
beat one, ransack apartment

Two men were tied up with shoelaces and forced to lie face-down on the kitchen floor during a home-invasion robbery on Breckenridge Avenue Sunday morning, Northwest District police reported today.

Three bandits armed with a handgun forced their way into the apartment, struck at least one of the victims over the head with the weapon, then tied up the two victims before ransacking the apartment.

The thieves fled the scene with jewelry, a DVD player, the keys to one of the men's vehicle and the vehicle.

Stabbed during robbery,
man's condition is serious

A Lisbon Avenue man who was stabbed numerous times during a robbery early Sunday was listed in serious condition today in Erie County Medical Center's Intensive Care Unit, authorities said.

Carl Robinson suffered stab wounds to the chest and back in the robbery about 3:40 a.m. Sunday on Stanislaus Street. Robinson told Ferry-Fillmore District police that two men he didn't know robbed him of his wallet and $40 in cash.

Public's aid sought in probe
of killing of golden retriever

NIAGARA FALLS, Ont. -- Authorities are asking for the public's help in identifying and apprehending the people who killed a golden retriever over the weekend by throwing the dog out of a car, then putting the car in reverse and running over it.

An officer from the Niagara Falls Humane Society responded to the scene, on Casey Street, and found the dog's body shortly after the incident, which occurred at about 8:35 p.m. Saturday.

Witnesses told police that the dog was thrown from a gray or silver four-door car that left the scene immediately after running over the animal. At least two people were in the car, witnesses said.

Convenience-store vandalism
being probed as hate crimes

NIAGARA FALLS -- Police are investigating whether two recent incidents at Mario's convenience store on Pine Avenue are hate crimes.

Saturday night, a man riding a bicycle smashed two plate-glass windows, causing hundreds of dollars worth of damage.

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