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MAN GETS 1 1/2 TO 3 YEARS FOR APARTMENT BURGLARY

LOCKPORT -- Lee R. Howard, who burglarized an apartment on Fourth Street in Niagara Falls on New Year's Day, was sentenced Monday to 1 1/2 to three years in prison by Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon Sperrazza.

Sperrazza recommended that Howard be placed in the state's secure drug treatment facility at Willard in the Finger Lakes. If he succeeds in the program, he could be paroled in as little as 90 days.

Howard, 52, of Memorial Parkway, Niagara Falls, had pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of attempted third-degree burglary. Police said he stole two vases and a metal teapot from the apartment after ransacking it.

RUN ATOP LUXURY BOXES ENDS IN FALL AND ARREST

A 22-year-old Rochester man who attempted to run most of the way around Ralph Wilson Stadium on top of the luxury boxes during Sunday's Bills-Jets game fell down into the lower bowl and was arrested later on three misdemeanor charges, authorities said Monday.

John R. Lemmon ran almost the length of the sideline on the visitors' side of the field before a security officer tried to apprehend him.

He evaded the security officer and fell down into the lower bowl -- his fall cushioned by several fans.

Law enforcement officials charged Lemmon with reckless endangerment, resisting arrest and criminal trespass. He was not injured, but the security officer suffered a hand injury, according to reports of the incident.

FIRE HEAVILY DAMAGES HOME BEING BUILT

NIAGARA FALLS, ONT. -- Damage is pegged at $180,000 (U.S.) to a partially constructed house that was ravaged by fire late Sunday evening, Niagara Regional Police reported.

The fire broke out just before 10 p.m. at 2125 Catharine Crescent in the Calaguiro Estates subdivision in Niagara Falls, Ont.

The partially constructed house was in flames when Niagara Falls firefighters arrived on scene. The home was unoccupied.

Police said no electrical service or natural gas was supplying the house. They deemed the fire "suspicious."

The cause and origin of the fire remains under investigation by authorities.

No injuries were reported.

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