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Niagara Street man accused of DWI after accident

NIAGARA FALLS -- Richard W. Wilkinson Jr., 41, was charged with driving while intoxicated at 8:40 p.m. Sunday, police said.

The Niagara Street resident was also charged with leaving the scene of an accident after being stopped in the 1900 block of Niagara Street. No further details were released.

Laptop computer reported stolen from man's car

NIAGARA FALLS -- Well over $600 worth of belongings were stolen from the car of a Fourth Street man Monday morning, police said.

Josh Cusick's car was parked in the 600 block of Fourth Street between 3:30 and 6:30 a.m. when a window was smashed to gain entry, police said. Items stolen from the car included a laptop computer, as well as $600 worth of amplifiers and other stereo equipment.

Man learns jeep was stolen after it's involved in crash

NIAGARA FALLS -- An Ontario Avenue man learned his Jeep had been stolen early Monday after it was involved in a hit-and-run accident at Lockport and 10th streets, police said.

William Swanson's 1993 Jeep had been parked on the street while he attended a party in the area around 3 a.m. Monday, police said. The vehicle was later involved in an accident with a parked car and was abandoned at the scene, police said. There were no witnesses as to who may have been driving the Jeep at the time of the accident, police said.

Two men charged with burglary, larceny

NIAGARA FALLS -- Two men who fled after spotting an approaching police cruiser were charged Monday in connection with two burglaries.

Officer Thomas Rodriguez said he saw two men come out from between buildings in the 2000 block of Pine Avenue, one carrying a gym bag. They threw the bag down and broke into a full run when Rodriguez headed in their direction.

Assisted by an unidentified passer-by, Rodriguez quickly caught one of the men, who reportedly admitted to having broken into a Welch Avenue home. Police found a DVD player inside the gym bag and traced it to Welch Avenue resident Carlotta Stewart, whose home had been recently burglarized.

The second suspect told police he participated in another burglary with his partner on 27th Street.

Joseph Szwallo, 19, of 19th Street, was charged with two counts each of second-degree burglary and petit larceny, criminal mischief and criminal possession of stolen property. Ricky L. Lett, 20, was charged with one count of each charge.

Falls man pleads guilty to two drug counts

LOCKPORT -- A Niagara Falls man pleaded guilty Monday to two counts of fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.

Charles E. Griffith, 20, of Michigan Avenue, was scheduled for sentencing Jan. 23 by Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon Sperrazza.

Griffith said he possessed crack on Sept. 19 and Oct. 25, 2001, in two houses on 10th Street in Niagara Falls, one of which was his grandmother's. He told Sperrazza that the grandmother was unaware of his drug activity.

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