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>Electrical problem blamed in Lockport fire

LOCKPORT -- An electrical problem in a basement light triggered a fire Saturday evening at 470 Hawley St. that temporarily displaced a family, city fire officials reported.

Crews had the fire out less than 30 minutes after being called to the scene at 5:27 p.m. Officials estimated damage at $5,000 to the building and $2,500 to its contents.

No one was injured, and the family was staying temporarily with relatives, according to reports.

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>Cause sought in fire at Niagara Falls home

NIAGARA FALLS -- Investigators were trying to determine the cause of a fire at 1425 Byrd Ave.

Crews remained on the scene late Saturday of what had been reported at 7:27 p.m. as a chimney fire. Investigators were looking into a possible electrical cause.

No one was injured, and no damage estimate was available Saturday night.

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>Phone, calculator stolen from doughnut deliverer

NIAGARA FALLS -- A man delivering Krispy Kreme doughnuts told city police he was robbed early Saturday while making a delivery to the Wilson Farms store at 402 Niagara St.

The driver said a woman asked to use his cell phone at about 4:30 a.m. outside the store. While she was on the phone, someone entered the delivery truck and stole the man's work phone, as well as a calculator. The items were valued at $325.

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>Falls man again faces drunken driving charge

NIAGARA FALLS -- A man with six drunken driving convictions in the past 10 years was arrested at about 12:20 a.m. Saturday after city police said they found him driving under the influence on the 1900 block of Pine Avenue.

Officer Walt Nichols said he initially stopped Mark F. Phillips, 47, of Carol Court, for driving without his seat belt.

A Breathalyzer test revealed Phillips to have a 0.14 blood-alcohol content, police said, and records checks showed that his driver's license had been revoked because of a previous drunken driving arrest.

Nichols said Phillips has four driving while intoxicated and two driving while impaired convictions dating back to 1995.

Phillips was charged with felony counts of driving while intoxicated and aggravated unlicensed operation, as well as a seat belt count.

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>Stun gun used to arrest combative man in Falls

NIAGARA FALLS -- Police said they had to use a stun gun Friday night to control a combative man.

Officer Ronald Lepine said he tried to stop a vehicle driven by Tremayne R. Poole, 34, of Carol Court just before 9 p.m. after noticing its registration had elapsed. He said Poole failed to stop, sped off and continued to his residence, where he and a passenger tried to flee.

The unknown passenger fled into a house, but Lepine said he was holding Poole at gunpoint when the man's wife came out and tried to shield her husband.

Backup officers arrived and removed the wife, but Poole struggled with Officer Jay Fisher while being taken into custody, reports said, prompting Officer Thomas Rodriguez to shoot Poole with his stun stun-gun.

Poole then was placed in custody without further incident, police said.

Officers said Poole, who was wanted on two outstanding warrants, was charged with resisting arrest, obstructing governmental administration, failure to yield to an emergency vehicle, unsafe passing, speeding and having a suspended registration. His wife was not charged.

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