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NIAGARA POLICE & COURTS

>Boy, 15, says man sexually abused him

NIAGARA FALLS -- A 15-year-old boy told police a man forced him into a Chilton Avenue house and sexually abused him Friday afternoon.

Police said the teen was walking to a friend's house when he was approached at about 3:30 p.m. by a middle-aged man who put his hand over his mouth. The victim, police said, escaped by grabbing a kitchen knife and threatening the attacker.

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>Kayaker in the Niagara triggers alarms

A kayaker was mistaken for a man trapped on an ice floe Saturday, prompting several agencies to respond to the incident on the Niagara River at the northern end of Grand Island.

After an initial report, authorities -- including the Niagara Parks Police and the Border Patrol -- believed the man was in trouble. But a further check determined no one was in danger, according to the Coast Guard.

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>Man mowing his lawn comes across handgun

NIAGARA FALLS -- Niagara Falls police said a man found a handgun while mowing the lawn at his Livingston Avenue home Saturday afternoon.
The resident told police that at about 12:30 p.m. he struck the gun, a .40-caliber handgun, with his mower. Police, who believe the weapon may have been discarded after a shooting nearby on April 3 that resulted in three arrests, confiscated the weapon.

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>Woman, 30, says guard at bar assaulted her

NIAGARA FALLS -- A security guard at a Highland Avenue bar is accused of assaulting a female customer early Saturday, police said.
A 30-year-old Main Street woman told police that at about 3 a.m., the guard approached her, made an insulting remark and sprayed her with Mace. Police said they plan to question the security guard.

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>Girl's beating is tied to dispute over men

NIAGARA FALLS -- Police said a dispute over men led to the beating of a 17-year-old Garden Avenue girl at about 10:20 a.m. Saturday.

The victim, who was assaulted in Seventh Street home by two women, suffered facial cuts and bruises but refused medical treatment, police said.

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>Loss is placed at $7,000 in break-in at business

NIAGARA FALLS -- Items valued at about $7,000 were stolen Friday morning during a burglary at Printing Productions on Main Street, police said.
Police said a side door was kicked in overnight, and items -- including computer, several monitors, a printer and a paper shredder -- were taken from a second-floor office.

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