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Ontario woman charged in attempted ATM scam

VINELAND, Ont. -- A Vineland woman who allegedly deposited empty envelopes into an ATM and then tried to withdraw cash last fall was arrested Thursday, Niagara Regional Police reported.

Misty Lyn Drozdowsky, 43, faces two counts of attempt to commit an indictable offense. Drozdowsky is accused of indicating there was cash in the envelopes when she deposited the empty envelopes last October.

Her attempt to withdraw money after depositing the envelopes was unsuccessful.

Drozdowsky was released pending a court date next month.

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Wrong-way chase on QEW ends with crash of van

GRIMSBY, Ont. -- A man driving a van the wrong way on Queen Elizabeth Way led police on a chase at speeds of about 100 mph early Thursday, Niagara Regional Police said.

Jason Lusted, 35, no fixed address, refused to stop for police about 3:20 a.m. at a Grimsby motel and then drove onto the QEW, heading eastbound in the westbound lanes and forcing several vehicles off the road, police said.

Lusted also attempted to ram cruisers, said police, who closed the westbound QEW at Bartlett Road during the chase. Lusted was stopped after he attempted a U-turn onto the Maple Street ramp and crashed the van into a ditch, then was caught after a brief foot chase and struggle, police said.

He was charged with dangerous driving, criminal flight from police, driving while disqualified, assault with intent to resist arrest, unauthorized license plates and operating without insurance.

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Falls, Ont., police charge three in street robbery

NIAGARA FALLS, Ont. -- A St. Catharines man and two Niagara Falls, Ont., teens were charged in connection with a Wednesday evening robbery of a man on Main Street in Niagara Falls, Niagara Regional Police reported.

Robert "Tex" Eyre, 20, of St. Catharines; Daniel Heaps, 18; and an unidentified 17-year-old male, both from Niagara Falls, are accused of assaulting a man at about 8:45 p.m. near Ferry Street and stealing his coat and cellular telephone.

They were was charged with two counts of robbery.

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Drug arrest follows marijuana discovery

A South Buffalo man has been charged with possessing about 18 pounds of marijuana, police said.

South District Police Lt. Patrick Roberts and Officer Johnathan Clemons arrested Michael Scherer, 21, of Lester Street, at about 2:25 p.m. Wednesday after Roberts, who was investigating reports of suspicious people in the area, saw Scherer run into his home.

Police said they found 18 bags of marijuana -- each containing a pound of the drug -- in a closet of Scherer's upper apartment.

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Intruders threaten schoolgirl at home

A girl arriving home from school Wednesday afternoon was confronted by two intruders -- one of them armed with a knife -- who had broken into her home, Buffalo police said.

Ferry-Fillmore District police said that when the girl arrived at her home on Doat Street about 4:20 p.m., she saw a man standing by her front door, which had been kicked in.

Upon entering the house, she was threatened by another man with a knife, who then left, according to police.

Police said the two men had stolen an undetermined amount of footwear.

According to police, the girl heard one of the men say, "Let's get some more sneakers" and his accomplice reply, "Can't -- there's a kid in there."

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