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>Fort Erie man held in alleged sex attack

FORT ERIE, Ont. -- A Fort Erie man is accused of sexually assaulting his wife and holding her captive for nine hours at gunpoint, Niagara Regional Police said.

The victim told police that just before 2 p.m. Monday she was held against her will and sexually assaulted. When police responded, the man tried leaving in a vehicle before bailing out and attempting to flee on foot. He was apprehended by officers.

Police said they searched the couple's home and seized numerous firearms and other weapons.

The suspect, who was not identified, was charged with sexual assault with a weapon, forcible confinement, assault with a weapon, pointing a firearm, uttering threats and unauthorized possession of a firearm.

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>Domestic dispute leads to Jamestown arrests

JAMESTOWN -- Two city residents were arrested Monday following a domestic dispute in their Lincoln Street home.

Jessica Strawcutter, 20, and John Morrell, 28, were charged after police responded to the scene of a reported fight.

Strawcutter, who is accused of emerging from the apartment, yelling, screaming at and fighting with officers, was charged with disorderly conduct, obstruction and resisting arrest.
Police said they found Morrell hiding in the apartment, after learning he was wanted on four outstanding bench warrants. Morrell also is accused of fighting with officers and was charged with obstruction, resisting arrest and criminal contempt.

Both Strawcutter and Morrell were further charged with mistreating several dogs that were found living in deplorable conditions, police said. The SPCA removed the dogs.

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>Vehicle break-in alert issued in Salamanca

SALAMANCA -- A rash of vehicle break-ins in recent days prompted Salamanca police Tuesday to issue a warning to the public.

Police reported receiving numerous complaints of vehicles being broken into in the city. Police encouraged anyone who witnessed any suspicious activity to contact them at 945-2330.

Police also advised residents not to leave valuables inside their vehicles and to keep them locked at all times.

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