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INMATE FACES CHARGES TIED TO THEFT OF BROTHER'S CHECKS

LOCKPORT -- A Niagara County Jail inmate faces four charges in the theft of his brother's checks and using of one them to buy clothing, Detective John P. Yotter said.

Christopher J. Fitzgerald, 28, of Lockport, who is serving a one-year jail sentence for another crime, is charged with burglary, petit larceny, forgery and criminal possession of a forged instrument. He was arrested Monday, Yotter said.

Fitzgerald is accused of entering his brother's early in the summer and stealing some checks to a closed bank account.

Stunt bicycle is stolen
outside convenience store

NIAGARA FALLS -- A stunt bicycle was stolen outside a Niagara Falls Boulevard convenience store Sunday afternoon, police said.

The bike, owned by a 92nd Street boy, was valued at $150. The theft occurred at about 3:30 p.m., police said.

Awning valued at $1,000
destroyed by vandals

NIAGARA FALLS -- Vandals destroyed a $1,000 awning over the weekend at a youth football complex.

Police said that the damage occurred at a field operated by the Niagara Junior Football League behind LaSalle Middle School on Buffalo Avenue.

Officers suspect the vandals are youngsters believed to be responsible for recent incidents of vandalism, including the dumping of garbage on the field.

Falls boy, 10, is injured
in attack by youth in park

NIAGARA FALLS -- A 10-year-old boy was treated in Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center Sunday for injuries suffered when he was attacked by an older youth, police said.

Police said the attack occurred Saturday evening at a park at 19th Street and Forest Avenue, police said.

Woman returns from church
to find home burglarized

NIAGARA FALLS -- A Michigan Avenue home was broken into Sunday afternoon, while the occupant was at church, police said.

The victim told police she returned home at about 5 p.m. and discovered that her home had been entered through a rear window. Stolen were a video game system, $500 worth of game cartridges and women's clothing valued at $300, police said.

Jury selection under way
in third Northrup trial

Jury selection got under way Monday in Michael Northrup's third murder trial in the 1998 slaying of a Rochester man.

Meanwhile, the mastermind of the slaying of John F. Monstream, the victim's wife, Annette, has been returned to Western New York to testify as a prosecution witness in the upcoming trial, according to her lawyer, Paul J. Cambria. She is serving a prison term of 20 to 41 years in Bedford Hills Correctional Facility for her role in the slaying..

Northrup, 30, of Caledonia, remains free on bail. His lawyer, John R. Parrinello, said he expects testimony to begin next week in the jury trial before acting State Supreme Court Justice Joseph E. Fahey and last six to eight weeks.

After two Niagara County juries deadlocked in the case in June 2000 and again in April, Northrup won a change of venue to Buffalo.

A former maintenance supervisor at a suburban Rochester mall, where the victim's wife worked, Northrup is accused of shooting Monstream, 37, in a Monroe County park on June 23, 1998, leaving the body in the victim's minivan parked in a ramp at Niagara Falls' Rainbow Center mall.

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

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.

Both the Niagara Regional Police and the Humane Society are asking for the public's help.

Anyone with any information about the killing is asked to contact the Detective Office of the Niagara Falls Regional Police at (905) 688-4111, Ext. 2200.

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