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FOUR ARRESTED IN THEFT OF NECKLACE FROM YOUTH

Four teens were arrested early Sunday morning and charged with stealing a silver necklace from a 16-year-old youth at Niagara Street and Hertel Avenue.

Northwest District officers said Jeffrey E. Thorton, 18, of Dearborn Street, was in possession of the necklace as well as a large amount of marijuana.

Police also charged Thorton with felony robbery, along with Christopher M. Stovall, 18, of Commonwealth Avenue; Melissa A. Mangano, 18, of Peter Street; and a 15-year-old boy who lives on Grote Street.

Robber flees with $600 from grocery on West Ferry

A bandit took $600 Sunday from the Daily Grocery, 163 W. Ferry St.

Sujata Chauhan, owner of the grocery, told Northwest District officers that an armed Hispanic male robbed him at 2:45 p.m. and left with cash and Chauhan's Mossberg 12-gauge shotgun. The shotgun broke, however, and the robber left a part behind as he fled south on Barton Street.

Enviro Van with gear worth $20,000 stolen and burned

An Enviro Care van containing $20,000 worth of tools and chemical products was stolen early Sunday morning and later set on fire.

South District officers said the white Chevy van was taken from the company's garage at 14 Roberts Avenue at about 1:45 a.m. The burned-out van was found at 4:30 a.m. at the foot of Spann Street.

Woman who answered knock on door raped by intruder

A Kensington area woman was raped Sunday morning in her home by a man who knocked on her door at 3:45 a.m., according to Northeast District officers.

The woman said the man told her he was looking for his woman friend and, once inside the house, asked to use the telephone. He then held a knife to her and raped her, threatening to kill her family. He also took $46 from her purse before fleeing.

Suspect in store burglary is hospitalized with cuts

A burglary suspect cut himself on a broken window at Blockbuster Video on Broadway and was taken by ambulance to Erie County Medical Center, police reported.

Ferry-Fillmore District officers said that Lawrence Smith, 19, of Briscoe Avenue, smashed a store window with a pickax at 3:30 a.m. and cut his back while crawling through the window. He fled to Warren Street, where he was arrested and taken to the hospital.

Police said four other men were with Smith but got away. It wasn't immediately known what was taken from the store.

Vandals hiding along tracks breaking house, car windows

Young vandals hiding along the railroad tracks have been throwing rocks at a house and car on Young Street, according to Ferry-Fillmore District officers.

Three boys broke two windows of the house and the front and rear windows of the car, police reported Sunday. The residents of the house said the rock throwing has been going on since April 21.

Injured worker accepts $800,000 settlement

Richard R. Radel, a construction engineer forced to retire because of a severe back injury suffered four years ago on a South Buffalo bridge projet, has accepted an $800,000 settlement, his attorneys said.

Radel, now 63, agreed to the settlement offer from insurance carriers for Baker Heavy & Highway and its Michael Baker Corp. parent concern after opening arguments at a jury before State Supreme Court Justice Donna M. Siwek.

Lawler F. Quinlan and Terrance M. Connors, Radel's attorneys, said their client should get his full cash settlement within three weeks. Radel, project manager for West Seneca's Ferraro Pile and Shoring, was doing preparatory work for foundations for the bridge when he fell off an unsecure beam, Quinlan and Connors said.

Radel's back was severely injured, and he went into early retirement because of the injury, his lawyers said, adding that he may need future surgery to deal with his back problems.

Port Colborne man, 37, badly injured in house fire

PORT COLBORNE, Ont. -- A 37-year-old man was in guarded condition Sunday in Welland County General Hospital after firefighters rescued from his smoke-filled home, said Niagara Regional Police.

Police said a neighbor called 911 just after 11 p.m. Saturday reporting smoke coming from the house next door. Firefighters arrived at the scene, forced open the front door and pulled out the man's limp body. The man was transported to Port Colborne General Hospital, where he was stabilized, then transported to the Welland County General Hospital.

Firefighters extinguished the blaze and recovered the homeowner's two dogs, but they later died.

Authorities said they have determined that an unattended pot of cooking oil atop a countertop hot plate was the cause of the blaze. Fire officials estimate damage to be $20,000. Police reports said there was no functioning smoke detector inside the home, and the Ontario fire marshal's office will be investigating further.

Ex-boyfriend arrested in kidnapping of woman

PORT COLBORNE, Ont. -- A man was arrested Saturday afternoon and charged with kidnapping his ex-girlfriend and holding her at gunpoint in his home, Niagara Regional Police said.

Arthur Hughes, 54, was charged with kidnapping, forcible confinement, use of a firearm while committing an offense, pointing a firearm, assault, two counts of careless storage of ammunition and 12 counts of careless storage of a firearm.

Niagara police said Hughes contacted his ex-girlfriend and brought her to his home, apparently to discuss their failed relationship. Police said the man then detained her for two hours before agreeing to take her home. She then fled and called 911 just after 2:30 p.m. on her cellular phone, reporting that she was being chased by her ex-boyfriend in the area of Stanley Avenue and Hampton Street. Officers recovered a handgun and numerous other weapons and ammunition from Hughes' home and arrested him.

DWI charged after man drives truck into field

BIRDSALL -- A North Tonawanda man faces drunken driving charges after state troopers said he drove his truck into a field in pursuit of a woman.

Robert A. Fish, 39, had been arguing with the woman, his housemate, when she hopped from the vehicle and headed across the field along Town Line Road, troopers said.

Fish drove after her, getting the truck stuck in mud in the field, said troopers, who had been called to deal with people arguing in the roadway.

Fish is to answer the charge in Birdsall Town Court.

Semiautomatic handgun stolen after falling twice

NIAGARA FALLS -- A city man reported the theft of a semi-automatic handgun that had dropped from his shoulder holster two times during a garage party late Saturday, police said.

The incident occurred in the 2400 block of 24th Street. After the gun was dropped a second time, one man stepped on it, then another took it, police said.

Buffalo man attacked and robbed in Falls

NIAGARA FALLS -- A Buffalo man was attacked and robbed Saturday while walking in the covered walkway at Holiday Inn Select on Third Street, police said.

The victim told police that at 12:30 p.m. he was shoved into a plate-glass window that broke by a man who approached him from behind by a man. The two struggled, and the attacker made off with a wallet containing $400 and a credit card, police said.

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