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DWI checkpoints result in arrests of 7 in Falls

NIAGARA FALLS -- Police arrested seven people overnight at drunken driving checkpoints. Two were also charged with felony counts of unlicensed operation.

James B. DeLong, 21, of 17th Street, and Peter T. Wrobel, 57, of 82nd Street were charged with first-degree aggravated unlicensed operation, in addition to driving while intoxicated. Wrobel was arrested at 11:33 p.m. Friday in the 2400 block of Niagara Street and also was cited for two traffic violations.

DeLong, who was arrested at 3:30 a.m. Saturday in the 1300 block of Pine Avenue, was also served with a pair of outstanding warrants alleging failure to pay fines.

Two Kenmore men were arrested minutes apart early Saturday, each charged with DWI. Hiram Iglesias, 59, was stopped at 1 a.m. in the 70O block of Buffalo Avenue, 20 minutes after Carl M. Jamieson, 27, had been picked up in the 700 block of Falls Street.

Daisy M. Carter, 45, of 25th Street, was charged with DWI and a turning violation after being stopped on Ferry Avenue at 3:07 a.m., while Michael K. Milosevski, 31, of Orchard Park was charged with DWI at 12:20 a.m. in the 700 block of Falls Street.

Charged with DWI, third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation and a traffic count was Douglas M. Ruopp, 27, of 66th Street. He was arrested at 10:20 p.m. Friday in the 2200 block of Niagara Street.

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Drug 'binge' linked to wounding of man

NIAGARA FALLS -- A Williamsville man was shot in the upper leg Saturday morning at the end of a 36-hour crack cocaine "binge" in which he was reportedly renting out his car as payment for the drugs, police said.

Two men confronted James W. Blum Jr., 35, inside a Weston Avenue residence shortly before 2 a.m. Saturday, wanting to know where Blum's car was, police said. The vehicle had reportedly changed hands several times over the 36-hour period, according to reports.

When Blum could not produce the car, he was told to return the crack cocaine, but he had already used it, police said. He then was beaten by one man and shot in the inner right thigh by the other, according to police. Both men then fled.

About 20 minutes later, police stopped Blum's car at 18th Street and Michigan Avenue, arresting the driver on felony drug charges and two outstanding warrants for failure to appear in court. The driver, Derek M. Stewart, 21, of Cedar Avenue, was not charged in connection with the shooting.

Blum's condition was not available Saturday evening.

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Official blocks pit bull chasing Falls children

NIAGARA FALLS -- City Councilman Robert Anderson used his pickup truck to shield some LaSalle area children from a pit bull on Friday evening, according to police.

Anderson told police he was driving near his home just after 7 p.m. when he saw a pit bull chasing neighborhood children in the 200 block of 74th Street. When Anderson drove into the dog's path it jumped against his vehicle, repeatedly scratching it.

The dog's owner, a 74th Street resident, told police the animal escaped when his daughter opened a door at their house. No one was bitten.

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Admitted robber denies heist at Lockport store

LOCKPORT -- A Buffalo man who has already pleaded guilty to six robberies at Wilson Farms stores in Erie County was arraigned Friday on charges of robbing the UniMart store at Military and Saunders Settlement roads in the Town of Niagara March 9.

Gerald S. Rylott, 37, of Grote Street, pleaded not guilty to first-degree robbery, petit larceny and fourth-degree possession of a weapon.

Assistant District Attorney John S. Andrews said Rylott pretended to have a gun as he robbed the cashier of $156. When a customer chased the robber, the cashier ran outside to help and was threatened with a knife before the robber fled in a van.

Andrews said the store manager, summoned by phone, saw the van pull into a driveway on Edna Drive in Lewiston. He boxed the van in with his car while calling police on his cell phone.

Rylott was arrested after the van became stuck in the snow as he tried to escape, Andrews said.

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