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Man with cane, 77, beaten by woman

NIAGARA FALLS -- Police said that a woman attacked an elderly man as he walked with his cane Saturday night, beating him and then rifling through his pockets. The assailant fled empty-handed.

The 77-year-old victim was walking at 18th Street and Weston Avenue at about 8:30 p.m. when he was assailed by a large woman, who punched and kicked him repeatedly, then threw him to the ground. Police said she went through his pockets but fled after finding nothing inside.

Witnesses told police the woman frequents the neighborhood and they would be on the lookout for her. The man suffered minor cuts and bruises.

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Woman held in beating tries to hang herself

NIAGARA FALLS -- A woman beat her boyfriend in an alcohol-fueled rage, then tried to hang herself in a city jail cell Friday night, police said. She later was taken to a psychiatric ward after reportedly attacking jail officers and an ambulance worker.

The 36-year-old LaSalle-area woman was admitted to Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center for psychiatric evaluation, police said.

Her 41-year-old boyfriend reported being assaulted inside his Buffalo Avenue residence at 8:30 p.m. The woman, Maureen A. Yellen, 36, of 88th Street, was charged with third-degree assault, harassment, obstructing governmental administration and fourth-degree criminal mischief.

According to police reports, she attacked jail guards after trying to hang herself with a shirt in a city jail cell.

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Sanborn man arrested after hit-and-run

CAMBRIA -- Sheriff's deputies arrested a Sanborn man early Sunday after a hit-and-run automobile accident.

The suspect, who was charged with driving while intoxicated, among others charges, reportedly told deputies he uses alcohol for pain relief, instead of prescription medications.

Charles L. Treichler, 59, of Buffalo Street, was arrested at 1:11 a.m. on Lower Mountain Road. Deputies said he had left the scene of a minor accident and was driving a car that was unregistered and uninspected.

Treichler, who registered a 0.15 blood-alcohol reading, was charged with four counts, including leaving the scene of a property-damage accident. His bail was set at $10,000.

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Two teens sought in Falls shooting

NIAGARA FALLS -- Police are searching for two teens believed to have been involved in an early-morning shooting Sunday that left a 13-year-old boy with a bullet wound to his left leg.

According to reports, an argument erupted after a party in the Jordan Gardens housing complex just before 1 a.m. Sunday. Witnesses told police they heard as many as six shots, one of which struck Antonio Carr, who lives in the complex.

Police later found five spent shell casings, some from a 9 mm handgun and others from a .40-caliber weapon, leading police to believe that two shooters were involved.

Carr was treated at the scene before being taken to Women's and Children's Hospital, Buffalo. His condition was not available Sunday evening.

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Arrest made in scheme to steal store items

NIAGARA FALLS -- A Buffalo man was charged with grand larceny Saturday in a scheme that may have involved as many as three other people, police said.

Reginald N. Paige, 44, was arrested outside the Sam's Club store on Porter Road just before 2 p.m. He was also booked on an outstanding Erie County warrant alleging grand larceny and false personation.

Police said that Paige purchased a 42-inch plasma television and a dual-digital video disc player, with a total value of $1,564, and loaded them into a vehicle in the Sam's Club lot. He then returned to the store with that receipt and tried to leave with the same items but was stopped by store security.

Police interviewed three others who may have been involved in the incident but did not immediately place charges against them.

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Suspect sought in theft from home in Falls

NIAGARA FALLS -- A man is suspected of stealing more than $5,000 worth of jewelry and other items after asking to use the telephone at an Independence Avenue home last week, police said.

The victims Sunday discovered several diamond rings and a digital camera missing from their home and contacted police.

They said that the man, a Grand Avenue resident, had come to their door Tuesday asking to use the telephone. He then asked to use their upstairs bathroom, apparently taking the items from an adjoining room in the process. They said the man then fled on a bicycle. He still is being sought.

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