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>Burglar takes $1,000 from company cash box

A burglar broke into Empire Glass Block & Tile at 77 Dingens St. over the weekend and took more than $1,000 from a cash box.

South District officers said the burglar climbed to the roof and broke the corrugated fiberglass skylight to enter the building. He then broke through a door to the office.

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>Passenger dies; drivers badly hurt in 2-car crash

CLARKSVILLE -- Two drivers remained in critical condition Sunday following a crash on Haskell Road that claimed the life of a Weston Hills man.

State police at Belvidere said Coroner Rex McIntosh pronounced Lester Harris, 57, dead at the scene of the 11:17 p.m. accident.

Linda Spencer, 39, of Clarksville, the driver of the car in which Harris was a passenger, and the other driver, Gregory Dombeck, 28, of Cuba, were flown to Erie County Medical Center in Buffalo, troopers said.

Dombeck suffered massive internal injuries and Spencer suffered head and chest trauma, troopers said.

Spencer was northbound on Haskell Road when her car swerved into the southbound lane and collided with the Dombeck car, troopers said.

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>Couple complain of credit card fraud

WHEATFIELD -- A couple who have purchased music from Russia via the Internet told police they were recently the victims of credit card fraud.
The victims believe someone may have stolen their credit card information because of their online buying, using the information to run up unauthorized charges exceeding $3,900.

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>Three tied up, store robbed of $2,000

The Family Dollar store at 1370 Broadway was robbed of about $2,000 Saturday night by an armed man who tied up the manager and two employees.

Ferry-Fillmore District officers said the man entered the store at 8:55 p.m., brandishing a handgun, and ordered the manager to take the cash from the safe and put it into a black backpack.

The bandit bound the hands of the manager, the security guard and a female employee. He was described as a light-skinned African-American or Hispanic, 5 feet, 5 inches tall and with a thin build. He was wearing black pants and a black hoody tied around his face.

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>Candle suspected in fire damaging Falls home

NIAGARA FALLS -- An unattended candle is suspected of triggering a fire Saturday that caused $25,000 damage to a home at 1520 22nd St.
The fire, which broke out shortly after 8 a.m., started in a bedroom and caused smoke damage throughout the house, according to investigators. The Red Cross is assisting the occupants.

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>Candle wax tanks stolen from Wellsville business

WELLSVILLE -- Troopers based in Belvidere are investigating the theft of four tanks containing candle wax from Northern Lights Candles here.

Troopers said the company's facilities manager, John A. Schubmehl, 47, of Wayland, showed them where the tanks had rested before they were found missing.

Troopers said Schubmehl discovered the theft of the stainless steel tanks sometimes used for milk storage at 7 a.m. Friday.

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>Woman says visitor probably stole her pills

NIAGARA FALLS -- A Grand Avenue woman told police that 116 prescription pills were stolen from her home Saturday night, probably by one of two visitors.
The woman told police that a relative and his friend had visited the home for about three hours. After their visit, she discovered her anxiety medication missing, along with $20 in cash.

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>Room in Falls motel extensively vandalized

NIAGARA FALLS -- Damage to a Niagara Falls Boulevard motel that was vandalized Saturday night could total thousands of dollars, police said.

Police were summoned to Rainbow Motel at about 10:30 p.m. after employees discovered extensive damage to a motel room, including holes punched in walls, appliances destroyed, a toilet stuffed up, beds, a light fixture and mirror damaged.

The motel's owner was advised to seek an arrest warrant for an unidentified Town of Niagara man who has rented the room, police said.

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>Pulaski man arrested in car storage facility

TOWN OF NIAGARA -- A man who listed a Niagara University address was arrested Saturday after he was found hiding in a new car storage facility on Witmer Road.
Tyler C. Perry, 19, of Pulaski, was arrested at 3:22 a.m. inside the Anchor Motor Freight storage facility, Niagara County sheriff's deputies said.

He was charged with third-degree criminal trespass and fourth-degree criminal mischief, accused of breaking a window in a guard shack at the facility.

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