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Lockport teens arrested in Newstead burglary

Erie County Sheriff's deputies arrested two Lockport residents Wednesday on charges stemming from the January burglary of a home in Newstead.

Edward J. Hatch Jr., 19, and Kristina K. Anderson, 18, who both live on Jesson Parkway, are charged with second-degree burglary and petit larceny, according to the sheriff's department.

Investigators say the pair broke into a house on Meahl Road on Jan. 21 and stole cash. The victim knows the suspects, investigators said, so they believe it was not a random burglary.

Detective Alan Rozansky and Deputy Kenneth Stevens made the arrests. The suspects were arraigned in Akron Village Court and released.

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Rape and arson suspect in court on drug charge

NORTH TONAWANDA -- The Wheatfield man who is accused of rape, arson, burglary and assault with a deadly weapon for terrorizing a brother and sister in their home, faced felony drug charges Thursday in North Tonawanda City Court.

Joseph S. Holka, 21, formerly of North Tonawanda, was arrested in August and accused of stealing a prescription pad from a doctor's office at DeGraff Memorial Hospital and forging prescriptions for hydrocodone, which he intended to sell, authorities said.

He was charged with felony criminal possession of a controlled substance, felony criminal sale of a controlled substance and criminal possession of stolen property.

Holka is in Niagara County Jail on $75,000 bail, after being charged March 7 with forcing his way into a home and raping a 16-year-old girl several times, slashing her 12-year-old brother's throat and then burning their house to the ground after the children escaped.

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Woman robbed of $7,000 she won at Falls casino

A Buffalo woman was robbed of $7,000 she had just won at the Seneca Niagara Casino early Thursday after she drove home and got out of her vehicle, police said.

The victim told Northwest District police that she had just driven into her Delham Avenue driveway at about 4:25 a.m. when she was confronted by a man who said, "Give me your purse."

The robber, who the woman said might have followed her from the casino, snatched her purse, causing her to fall down. She told police the purse contained her $7,000 winnings, credit cards and driver's license.

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