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POLICE PROBE CAR BREAK-INS IN LASALLE SECTION OF FALLS

NIAGARA FALLS -- Police said Sunday that several cars were broken into overnight in the LaSalle section, particularly in the areas of 82nd Street and Niagara Falls Boulevard.

Someone entered a car and removed a bowling bag containing three balls, police said. The loss was listed at $390.

Hunting equipment valued at $700 was stolen from a pickup truck owned by an Second Street man, police said.

A car owned by a Lockport woman was broken into while parked in the 9500 block of Niagara Falls Boulevard, police said. A purse containing several credit cards and a cellular telephone were stolen, police said.

Falls cab driver says
four robbers took $5 bill

NIAGARA FALLS -- A driver for LaSalle Cab Co. told police he was robbed by four young men Sunday morning at the intersection of 22nd Street and Grand Avenue.

The victim said one of the men displayed an unspecified weapon and stole a $5 bill from him shortly after 5 a.m.

Newfane man is charged
over incident in bar

NEWFANE -- Robert M. Prentice Jr., 44, was charged with second-degree harassment early Sunday after an incident at Erma's Olcott Bowl, Niagara County sheriff's deputies said.

Prentice, of Hess Road, Appleton, is accused of shoving and swinging at an employee shortly after being asked to leave the bar shortly after 1 a.m. Sunday.

Prentice is scheduled to appear in Newfane Town Court on Tuesday evening.

Attempt to steal vehicle
causes extensive damage

YOUNGSTOWN -- Someone caused extensive damage to a vehicle in an unsuccessful attempt to steal it early Sunday, police said.

The owner told police he found the vehicle at the foot of his Balmer Road driveway at about 2:30 a.m., some 100 feet from where it had been parked. The vehicle's rear window had been smashed in, and the steering column was extensively damaged, police said.

Pickup truck stolen
on 10th Street in Falls

NIAGARA FALLS -- A pickup truck owned by an Ontario Avenue man was stolen Sunday morning, police said.

The vehicle had been parked in front of a 10th Street home and was stolen sometime before 1:30 a.m.

Man's locker broken into
in Portage road YMCA

NIAGARA FALLS -- A Portage Road man's locker was broken into as he swam in the Portage Road YMCA Saturday evening, police said.

The victim told police someone broke his combination lock, then stole one credit card from a wallet that included other credit cards and cash, police said.

Two women accused
of shoplifting spree

LOCKPORT -- Two women are accused of orchestrating a shoplifting spree Saturday evening in the Tops Market on South Transit Road.

Yolanda K. Jones, 29, of Kent, was charged with petit larceny and endangering the welfare of a child. She faces a Nov. 13 appearance in Lockport Town Court.

Cassandra F. Jones, 27, of Albion faces the same charges, in addition to resisting arrest, second-degree assault, fifth-degree criminal possession of stolen property, criminal impersonation and false personation. She is scheduled due to appear in Town Court Tuesday.

Niagara County Sheriff's Deputy Leonard Guagliano said that a security guard monitoring a videotape saw the women attempting to steal $151 worth of goods just before 6 p.m. Saturday. They were accompanied by one of the suspects' daughter, police said.

Windows smashed in cars
being offered for sale

NIAGARA FALLS -- The windows were smashed in three cars belonging to a McKoon Avenue man, police said Sunday.

The cars were being offered for sale and had been temporarily parked in front of a New Road business, police said. The owner told police that he checked the cars Saturday afternoon and that they were intact.

Man hurt in collision
is charged with DWI

LOCKPORT -- A Newfane man injured in a head-on crash on Goodling Street late Friday was charged with driving while intoxicated and failure to keep right, Officer Steven D. Ritchie said Saturday.

Paul J. Beiter, 47, of Shadigee Road, was being treated for head injuries and fractured ribs in Lockport Memorial Hospital, where he was listed in fair condition.

The crash occurred at 9:30 p.m. Police said the Beiter car crossed into the opposite lane, crashing into a car driven by Nicholas B. Cafora, of Lock Street. Cafora suffered minor injuries and declined hospital treatment, police said.

Cattaraugus grand jury
indicts 4 on DWI charges

LITTLE VALLEY -- Four people have been indicted by a Cattaraugus County grand jury on charges of driving while intoxicated in separate incidents.

All are to be arraigned next Monday.

Lisa A. Guerrin, 35, of Franklinville, was indicted on charges of DWI, driving without a license and having insufficient taillights May 10 in the City of Olean.

Gene R. Frank, 27, of Kill Buck, was indicted on charges of DWI, driving without a license and making an unsafe lane change May 28 in Great Valley.

Martin J. Sticek, 34, of South Dayton, was indicted on charges of DWI, driving without a license and having inadequate lights May 16 in South Dayton.

Donald N. Marx, 35, of Delevan, was indicted on charges of DWI, driving without a license and failure to keep right June 5 in the Town of Machias.

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