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>Robber with goatee holds up Citibank branch

Central District police are looking for a bandit with a goatee who held up the Citibank at 409 Main St. late Friday morning.

The robber fled on Main Street.

No weapon was displayed in the robbery.

Police were looking for a short black man, possibly in his 30s, with a flat, wide nose, and wearing a dark blue "bubble" coat and a black stocking cap.

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>Counterfeit clothing target of crackdown

Federal border officers are cracking down on the importation of counterfeit clothing and sports apparel from Canada over the international bridges in Buffalo and Niagara County.

In recent weeks, agents have seized $56,000 worth of clothing and textiles that were improperly classified by importers, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials said on Friday.

Federal agents also have been cracking down on illegal sales of counterfeit athletic footwear and boots at a number of small stores in Buffalo, officials said.

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>Fredonia man accused of selling OxyContin

FREDONIA -- Southern Tier Drug Task Force officers arrested a Fredonia man Thursday after a four-month investigation.

Nicholas Perrello, 18, of Temple Street was charged with criminal sale and possession of a controlled substance.

Perrello was accused of selling OxyContin, a power prescription painkiller, to undercover agents on a number of occasions. He was taken into custody after a warrant for his arrest was issued in Fredonia Village Court. Further charges were pending, authorities said.

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>Sex offender, 81, failed to register with police

LOCKPORT -- An 81-year-old man with a criminal history of felony sex abuse with children was arrested Thursday afternoon, after moving here from Florida without notifying police.

Nicholas Defilippo, living in an East High Street apartment since Jan. 1, violated state sex offender registration rules. Lockport police were alerted that Defilippo might be in Lockport by Manatee County (Fla.) sheriff's deputies, who said they had lost contact with him in July.

Manatee County authorities said Defilippo was convicted there of two felony counts of sexual activity with a child and having a sexual act with a child and that he also had been arrested on similar charges in other Florida counties. He also faces arrest warrants for allegedly violating Florida sex offender registration laws.

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>Police chase stolen car; Clarence man arrested

WHEATFIELD -- A Clarence man was arrested on charges of stealing a car after leading several police departments on a chase by car and on foot, after nearly crashing the car into a Walmore Road home on Thursday.

Police said Lawrence A. Rodgers, 46, of Main Street, was wanted by Clarence police for stealing a Buffalo man's car.

Niagara County sheriff's deputies observed the car on Niagara Falls Boulevard at 12:29 a.m. before it turned onto Cayuga Street Extension, where the driver reportedly began accelerating and refused to heed instructions to pull over.

Rodgers drove into a yard on Walmore Road and exited the vehicle, which was in gear and came to a stop near a house.

Deputies said they found the suspect's shoes in the yard and set up a perimeter on Cayuga Drive and Plaza Road. K-9 units, deputies and officers from Lewiston, Niagara Falls and Town of Niagara assisted.

The barefoot suspect was apprehended in a wooded area off Amy Drive.

Rodgers is charged with criminal possession of a stolen vehicle, failure to yield to an emergency vehicle, failure to stop and obstructing governmental administration.

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>2 15-year-olds arrested in cottage break-ins

CRYSTAL BEACH, Ont. -- Two 15-year-old boys were charged Friday with recent break-ins at several cottages in the Crystal Beach, Ont., area, Niagara Regional Police reported.

The boys' names were not released because of their ages. Police said they arrested one of the boys Wednesday afternoon after finding stolen property at his house.

The second boy was subsequently arrested after additional investigation.

Police said seven cottage break-ins in Crystal Beach were solved by the boys' arrests.

Both will appear in court at a later date.

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>Man found frostbitten may face charges

NIAGARA FALLS, Ont. -- A man who was treated for extensive frostbite early Sunday morning in Niagara Falls, Ont., may now be in trouble with the law after police found his car in more than 12 feet of water in the Niagara River, Niagara Parks Police reported.

Police said the man, whose name was not released, was found acting suspiciously by police at about 6:30 a.m. Sunday on the Niagara Parkway near Netherby Road. He was taken to an area hospital.

Thursday, police found the man's vehicle in the river about 45 feet from shore. No other individuals were in the car at the time it crashed, police said.

Police think alcohol may have contributed to the crash. Charges are pending.

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