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Falls man beaten, robbed over supposed card debt

NIAGARA FALLS -- A man told police he was beaten and robbed early Sunday after being confronted in the 1300 block of Linwood Avenue.

The victim, 34, told police he was walking at about 4:30 a.m. when a man approached and demanded money he was owed from a card game. When the victim refused and denied owing the man any money, he was punched in the face and his pockets were rifled. The robber fled with about $100, police said.
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Man charged with DWI in drive-through line

TOWN OF LOCKPORT -- After arousing suspicions of restaurant employees, a city man was charged with drunken driving early Saturday while in the drive-through line at the South Transit Road McDonald's, deputies said.

Employees contacted police at 5:50 a.m., and the driver was stopped a short time later. Ian M. Jordan, 20, of Clinton Street, refused to submit to a Breathalyzer test, deputies said, and was charged with driving while intoxicated.

Earlier, deputies arrested a Sanborn man after they said his car crossed over the center line of Lockport Road in Wheatfield.

Thomas W. Morton, 53, was arrested as he pulled into his Ward Road driveway, deputies said. He was charged with failure to keep right and DWI after registering a 0.18 on the Breathalyzer, more than twice the legal limit.

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Police arrest man wanted on felony assault charge

NIAGARA FALLS -- Acting on a tip, police surrounded a Michigan Avenue residence Saturday evening and arrested a man wanted on a felony assault charge. Another man was arrested as he tried to slip out a rear door.

Police said they approached the residence with caution because the suspect was wanted in connection with a shooting and is known to frequently carry weapons. They found Dairous J. Stephens, 17, inside a bedroom and arrested him without incident.

While that was happening, another man tried to sneak out a rear door and was arrested at gunpoint. Both Michael A. Howard, 19, of Fairfield Avenue, and Stephens, of Eighth Street, were charged with second-degree assault.

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Home invasion results in threats, theft of $390

NIAGARA FALLS -- Two men, one armed with a sawed-off shotgun, made off with $390 in cash Saturday night after a home invasion-type robbery at a 23rd Street residence, the second in as many nights, according to city police.

A man and woman who were visiting the home said they were confronted at about 9:15 p.m. by the two men, who asked for money. They threatened to shoot the woman until the man finally turned over his wallet and cash, police said.

The man tried to wrestle the gun away from the robbers when they threatened to shoot him, prompting a brief tussle. Both robbers then fled.

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Two accused of tossing bags of garbage from car

NIAGARA FALLS -- Two Rochester men were arrested Saturday night after police said they spotted them tossing bags full of garbage from their car as they drove down Niagara Falls Boulevard.

Jason J. Harriman, 21, was charged with driving while intoxicated and having an open container of alcohol. Police said he had a blood-alcohol content of 0.10. His passenger, Nathanial Casanova, 20, was charged with littering and having an open container.

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Sex offender accused of violating address rule

LOCKPORT -- City police arrested a Level 3 sex offender Friday on charges he failed to register his change of address, as required by state law.

Michael A. Soulvie, 29, turned himself in after officials of the state Division of Criminal Justice Services informed police that Soulvie had moved from Newfane to Lock Street on July 26 but didn't report his change of address within 10 days.

Soulvie was convicted of statutory rape in 1995 for having sex with a 16-year-old girl. He was declared a Level 3 offender, the most severe rating.

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Cabbie's robbery report questioned by police

TOWN OF LOCKPORT -- A driver for Union Taxi told police he was robbed of his evening's fares late Saturday, but investigators said that his story had many inconsistencies and warned he could be arrested for falsely reporting an incident.

The driver originally told police that a man and woman took an envelope containing $130 out of a Bible that had been wedged between two front seats of his vehicle.

Police later found and interviewed the alleged suspects, but they told an entirely different story, as did some other witnesses. Cab dispatchers also discounted the driver's story, according to police reports. The driver was warned that he could face arrest once investigation of the incident is completed.

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