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Fires at Ontario work sites believed to be connected

NIAGARA FALLS, Ont. -- Canadian fire investigators were probing the second suspicious fire at a construction site in as many weeks.

The fire broke out at about 11:30 p.m. Tuesday at 2634 St. Paul Ave., where a multi-unit residential complex is being built, Niagara Regional Police said.

Damage was estimated at $10,000.

Investigators, who believe the two fires are connected, have cautioned contractors, tradesmen and neighbors in the area to be alert for suspicious activity.

Contact the Arson Investigation Unit at (905) 688-4111, Ext. 4476.


Arrested man increases woes during booking

A Hirschbeck Street man was charged with disorderly conduct late Tuesday when he became confrontational with police investigating a complaint about a man making a loud noise, police said.

Ferry-Fillmore District police said after they arrested Leslie Coleman, 34, at about 11:50 p.m. Tuesday, he encountered more legal problems during booking in the Erie County Holding Center.

When Erie County sheriff's deputies asked him if he had any sharp objects on him, he answered "no," according to police. However, deputies said they found a homemade knife in a front pants pocket. Coleman was charged with promoting prison contraband.

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