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Armed pair nets $4,000 in another 'home invasion'

NIAGARA FALLS -- More than $4,000 was stolen from a Jerauld Avenue home Saturday night in the latest in a series of "home-invasion" robberies to strike the city.

Police said that two men, wearing masks and armed with handguns, entered the home shortly before 9 p.m. and bound the two female occupants with duct tape. They stole a pillow case filled with $500 worth of rolled quarters and $3,600 in $1 and $20 bills, police were told.

It was not known how the man gained entry to the home of Valerie Thomas and Xia Williams, police said.

Police seeking victim of stabbing outside tavern

NIAGARA FALLS -- Police are looking for a man who was stabbed with a pocketknife during an altercation outside a Niagara Street tavern.

Police responded just after midnight Saturday to Rascal's Bar in the 2600 block of Niagara Street, where a man told them that his friend had just been stabbed but fled before police arrived. A large pool of blood was visible on the sidewalk in front of the tavern, police said.

Officers were seeking to question a 40-year-old man in connection with the incident.

Woman uses broom handle to fend off rape attempt

NIAGARA FALLS -- A woman told police she used a broken broom handle to fend off a would-be rapist early Sunday.

The 24-year-old victim told police she had just parked her car and was walking into her A Street home at about 2:30 a.m. when she was suddenly grabbed from behind, causing her to fall face-first to the ground. A man then attempted to remove her pants, she said.

The victim grabbed a nearby broom, hit her attacker and poked the handle into his face and eyes, causing him to flee, she told police. The woman was not hurt, police said.

Concord man is accused of serving underage drinkers

The Erie County Sheriff's Department reported Sunday a raid on a formerly licensed tavern in the Town of Concord and the arrest of its owner along with five underage drinkers.

Robin L. Kurtzworth, 51, once operated the K.W. Brothers bar at 5962 Route 39, but it was closed many years ago because of liquor-law violations, according to deputies.

"It was reopened without a valid liquor license, and numerous complaints have been received regarding unlawful sale of alcoholic beverages," the department said in a statment. A raid Saturday night found Kurtzworth serving five underage drinkers, deputies said.

Kurtzworth was charged with six counts of unlawful dealing with a child, five counts of prohibited sales of alcohol, unlawful possession of marijuana and criminal nuisance.

The underage patrons were charged with possession of alcohol by a minor. Two other patrons were charged with marijuana possession.

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