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Niagara Falls bar brawl ends in fatal shooting

NIAGARA FALLS -- A 22-year-old city man was fatally shot Saturday during a fight that began in a bar and ended up outside on Falls Street.

Noah L. Willoughby, of 23rd Street, was shot once in the chest, shortly before 4 a.m., and died after arriving in Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center. An autopsy will be done Monday, Niagara County Coroner James Joyce said.

Detective Capt. Ernest Palmer said officers were called to 1932 Falls, where Willoughby was found lying on a sidewalk. Palmer said Willoughby was shot with a handgun but a rifle believed to be connected to the incident was recovered at the scene.

Witnesses told police that Willoughby and the gunman, identified only as a Niagara Falls man, ended up at the Falls Street address, the home of a mutual friend, after being ejected from a Niagara Street tavern for fighting. Police said they expect an arrest shortly.

"There was an argument earlier in the evening at Norm's Bar that erupted into a full-scale barroom brawl," Palmer said. The melee forced the bar to close early, Palmer added.

The shooting "basically all boiled down to an issue of disrespect," Palmer said.

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Break-ins reported at several Falls homes

NIAGARA FALLS -- Electronics worth more than $2,000 were stolen from a Memorial Parkway home during a burglary between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. Friday, police said.

Someone kicked in a rear door of the home and made off with a laptop computer, video game system, 12 game cartridges, a hand-held video game/DVD player and about $300 in cash.

Also on Friday, someone entered a Jordan Gardens apartment through a bedroom window and stole a $1,200 laptop computer, police said. The victim reported the theft at 7:35 p.m.

A snowblower valued at $700 was stolen from a storage shed behind a Granby Avenue home between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Friday.

A 20th Street woman told police her apartment was broken into overnight Thursday, and two TV sets, a stereo and personal papers were stolen. The loss was put at $550.

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Three arrested in theft and sale of aluminum

LOCKPORT -- Three Lockport men suspected of stealing more than $80,000 in aluminum and selling it as scrap metal in Niagara Falls were arrested Saturday by State Police investigators.

John Duboy, 26; Alan Herrick, 30; and Dustin Cumbie, 19, were each charged with grand larceny, possession of stolen property and trespassing, according to State Police Investigator James Thompson.

A Jan. 2 tip from a Niagara Falls scrap-yard operator led to the investigation, Thompson said. More than $42,000 worth of 400-pound aluminum cylinders and sheets were stolen from a Gasport company.

Additional charges are expected against the three after police and the Niagara County district attorney's office confer Tuesday about similar cases, including the theft of $36,000 in aluminum.

The thefts, Thompson said, have occurred over the last few months.

"We know there's a lot of scrapping going on, and we want to show that we will actively pursue [thieves]," Thompson said.

Assisting in the probe was State Police Investigator Chris Wysocki.

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Hate message taped to Falls synagogue door

NIAGARA FALLS -- Hate-mongering vandals left an unpleasant message on the front door of a Niagara Falls synagogue early Friday, Niagara Falls police reported.

Police were called when the anti-Semitic message was found spelled out in duct tape on the front door of Temple Beth Israel at 905 College Ave.

Police said detectives were continuing to follow up on leads later Friday. They did have several potential suspects in the vandalism.

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Woman charges theft, captivity by ex-boyfriend

NIAGARA FALLS -- A LaSalle-area woman was threatened then robbed by an ex-boyfriend after he broke into her 78th Street apartment Friday, police said.

The victim, 18, told police the man entered her home through a window and held her against her will for more than seven hours before forcing her to withdraw $200 from a bank account.

In another case, a 34-year-old Whitney Avenue woman told police a man entered her home without permission Friday night and sexually assaulted her. Police said the man, the father of the victim's children, threw the woman to the ground, causing minor injuries.

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