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Two hurt, four arrested after football game

NIAGARA FALLS -- A partially blind 14-year-old boy was beaten and robbed, a girl assaulted and four other teens arrested as melees broke out Friday night after the Niagara Falls High School football game in Hyde Park.

Police reported no problems during the game in Sal Maglie Stadium, but said that groups of young people fought and created havoc on side streets as they walked home.

The 14-year-old, whom police described as medically blind in one eye, reported that he was jumped, beaten and robbed in front of Ashker's, a popular Hyde Park Boulevard ice cream shop across from the stadium.

The boy said he was talking to a girl at about 9:30 p.m. when someone hit him from behind, making him groggy. As he tried to defend himself, he was jumped by a group of youths who stole his cellular telephone, a gold chain, $80 cash and his boots.

Police patrolling the area said they then came upon a large group of teens fighting on the 2400 block of Linwood Avenue. A girl was lying injured in the street but refused treatment; three teens and a juvenile girl were arrested when they refused to disperse, officers said.

Rodriquez D. Burton, 16, of Niagara Avenue; Cordarise M. Houston, 16, of Whitney Avenue; and Martez D. Porter, 19, of Niagara Avenue were charged with two counts of disorderly conduct.

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Worker interrupts burglary in Falls store

NIAGARA FALLS -- An employee arriving Saturday morning to open the DeVeaux Mini Mart surprised a pair of burglars in the Main Street business, police said.

Upon opening the door at 7 a.m., the employee discovered the counter area had been ransacked, police said. After hearing noises, he saw two young men flee out a back door, which had been pried open to gain entry.

A quick inventory revealed that 35 cartons of cigarettes had been stolen, along with $600 in cash and an unknown quantity of lottery tickets. Damage and loss was estimated to exceed $3,900.

Police said that, in their haste to flee, the burglars left behind two bags of clothing and their bicycles.

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Irate customers smash drive-through window

NIAGARA FALLS -- Some "ignorant" drive-through customers smashed a fold-out window at about 3:40 a.m. Saturday after being asked to leave the McDonald's restaurant in the City Market, police said.

Employees told police that, as the vehicle passed the service window, a passenger threw rocks at the glass, breaking an 8-by-8-inch section valued at $100.

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$250 taken in break-in at Unique News in Falls

NIAGARA FALLS -- A man smashed the front window of Unique News on Main Street just before 6 a.m. Saturday, police said, stealing $250.

Employees told police the man must have been familiar with the store because he knew the locations not only of a concealed change container, but also of surveillance cameras. His face was not visible on the surveillance tape, police said.

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Father faces charges in attack on his family

NIAGARA FALLS -- Felony and misdemeanor assault charges were filed Saturday against a Ferry Avenue man accused of attacking his 16-year-old daughter and her stepmother.

Gary J. Miller Sr., 37, was accused of pushing the 37-year-old woman down a flight of stairs in the Ferry Avenue residence and of kicking her in the face. He also is accused of throwing a chair at the teen and hitting her, injuring her elbow.

Miller was charged with second- and third-degree assault, first-degree criminal contempt, harassment and endangering the welfare of a child.

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2 armed men sought in apartment invasion

NIAGARA FALLS -- Police were trying to determine whether two armed men were seeking drugs Friday afternoon when they invaded a LaSalle Avenue apartment.

The robbers, armed with handguns and a sawed-off long gun, burst into the upper apartment at about 3 p.m. and ordered the four occupants to strip. As they did, the robbers ransacked the residence, police said.

One of the robbers pistol-whipped a 17-year-old youth and stole his cellular telephone. Two other phones were taken before the intruders fled, police said.

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Search of home leads to drug charges in Falls

NIAGARA FALLS -- City Narcotics Unit detectives said they arrested a Whitney Avenue woman on two felony counts Friday after obtaining a warrant and finding an undisclosed amount of drugs in a search of her home.

Detectives Bryan DalPorto and Joseph Gianquinto said that Jillian L. Parker, 21, was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance, criminal possession of a narcotic with intent to sell and unlawful possession of marijuana.

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