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Gang of women assault victim of car break-in

NIAGARA FALLS -- A Rochester woman told police she was assaulted by a group of women early Friday after interrupting a woman who had broken into her car.

The victim told police she had just left the 3M's Club on Highland Avenue around 2 a.m. when she noticed a woman rummaging through her car. As she approached, she was attacked by five other women who repeatedly punched her, according to reports.

The woman's purse, containing $102 in cash, a debit card and other personal belongings, was stolen from her vehicle. She was not seriously hurt in the attack, police said.

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Police make 3 arrests on DWI charges

NIAGARA FALLS -- State parks police lodged a felony drunken driving charge against an Orchard Park man after stopping his car on the Robert Moses Parkway at 12:39 a.m. Friday, one of three drunken driving arrests in the city overnight.

Derek T. Fallenbach, 25, was also charged with speeding and moving from a lane unsafely.

At 2:40 a.m., city police arrested Newfane resident Matthew J. Melcher, 19. The Coomer Road resident was stopped on Willow Avenue and charged with DWI, failure to keep right, making an illegal signal and a felony count of third-degree criminal possession of a defaced or concealed weapon.

Tequesta, Fla., resident Mark D. Dosdourian, 47, was charged with DWI, illegal signal and drinking alcohol in a motor vehicle on a highway after being pulled over on Niagara Falls Boulevard at 11:20 p.m. Thursday.

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Shopper says car was looted while he was in a store

NIAGARA FALLS -- A LaSalle-area man told police his car was burglarized Friday afternoon while he was inside a convenience store.

The victim, a 93rd Street resident, told police he entered the Wilson Farms store on Niagara Falls Boulevard at 2:40 p.m. and, upon leaving five minutes later, found that his lunch box had been stolen out of his car in the store's parking lot.

The box contained a radar detector and three prescription medications, police said. The loss was estimated at $350.

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