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NIAGARA POLICE & COURTS

>Careless smoking linked to Newfane house fire

NEWFANE -- Careless use of smoking materials is suspected in a Friday night fire that caused $50,000 damage to a Hess Road home, Niagara County sheriff's deputies said.

The 7:41 p.m. blaze at 2658 Hess Road started in an upper rear bedroom, where a son of the owner had been smoking, according to reports. Members of the Miller Hose and Olcott volunteer fire departments brought the fire under control. No injuries were reported.

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>Woman arrested in fight in casino parking lot

NIAGARA FALLS -- An altercation with another patron in the parking lot of the Seneca Niagara Casino led to the arrest of a Scottsville woman Saturday night.

Police charged Deana E. Schermerhorn, 39, with a felony count of driving while intoxicated. She was taken into custody shortly after 9 p.m.

According to reports, the DWI was charged as a felony because it was Schermerhorn's third such offense.

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>Electronic devices taken in car break-in

NIAGARA FALLS -- An automobile navigation system and an iPod were stolen when a car was broken into overnight while parked in an east lot of the Niagara Falls Boulevard Econo Lodge hotel, police said.

The car, belonging to a Falls Street resident, had a driver's side window smashed out. The global positioning system device was valued at $400, with total loss set at $700.

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>Molestation suspect stopped in Salamanca

SALAMANCA -- A man wanted on a child molestation charge in Florida was jailed after a traffic stop Saturday in Salamanca.

Mark A. Kobinski, 25, of 94 Wilson St., was pulled over on Broad Street for driving without a front license plate.

A computer check revealed an arrest warrant was issued in Sarasota County, Fla., charging Kobinski with "lewd and lascivious molestation" of a young boy. He was jailed on $250,000 bail pending extradition proceedings.

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