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Robber shoves gun into mouth of victim

NIAGARA FALLS A bandit shoved a handgun into a woman's mouth and robbed her of $45 at about 3:15 a.m. Saturday, police said.

The victim had just left an Elmwood Avenue home and was in her car when the bandit demanded money, police said. When the woman hesitated, the bandit shoved the barrel of the gun into her mouth and grabbed money and car keys before fleeing on foot, police said.

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Alert employee stops fire at fueling station

NEWFANE -- An employee of Kenyon's Variety store on South Main Street acted quickly to contain a fire about 11 p.m. Friday, after she spotted flames shooting from the gas pump where a customer was fueling his vehicle.

Francesca Howard called 911 and deployed the store's dry-powder fire-suppression system, which quickly contained the flames, Niagara County sheriff's deputies said. Miller Hose firefighters arrived at the scene. The cause of the fire was being investigated, and a damage estimate was unavailable.

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Testimony to resume in pair's murder trial

LOCKPORT -- Testimony will resume Monday in the Niagara County Court murder trial of two Buffalo men accused in the August 2007 slaying of Donald J. Paige Jr., 24, in the driveway of his Niagara Falls home.

Brandon Dennis, 23, of North Division Street, and Paul A. Osborne Jr., 22, of Seventh Street, are charged in a 13-count indictment accusing them of murder, assault and robbery.

After the drama of two days of eyewitness testimony about the incident by Paige's father, sister and best friend, court sessions Thursday and Friday were devoted primarily to police testimony about the crime scene and the investigation, and introduction of cell phone records of the suspects and their friends.

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Two boys attacked, robbed along tracks

NIAGARA FALLS -- Two 15-year-old boys were attacked and robbed about 7:15 p.m. Friday along railroad tracks near Fairfield and Centre avenues, Niagara Falls police said.

The victims were accosted by three men -- one holding his hand inside his pocket and threatening to shoot the teens. One of the boys was punched in the face, and the other was robbed of $90, police said.

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Felony DWI charge lodged against driver

NIAGARA FALLS -- A 19th Street man was charged with felony drunken driving about 7 p.m. Friday after police pulled his car over for having an obstructed license plate.

Jelese D. Bush, 47, failed several field sobriety tests and had a 0.12 blood-alcohol content, police said. He also was charged with a felony count of aggravated unlicensed operation.

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Oboe, flute stolen in break-in at house

NIAGARA FALLS -- Musical instruments were among several items stolen during a daytime break-in Friday at a Livingston Avenue home.

Stolen were a gift card, two laptop computers, an oboe and a flute. The loss was put at $8,300.

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Drug case puts one man in prison, one on probation

LOCKPORT -- It was state prison for one defendant and probation for another in a drug case Friday before Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon Sperrazza.

James M. Beaver, 27, of Cudaback Avenue, drew 18 months behind bars for fifth-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance.

He was arrested April 3, 2007, after a 1.5-ounce cocaine sale to a police agent at Fashion Outlets of Niagara on Military Road in the Town of Niagara. Co-defendant Christopher A. Baker, 31, of Hyde Park Boulevard, was placed on five years' probation last year.

In another case, Nancy L. Johnson, 36, of Salamanca, drew five years' probation for attempted fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.

She was arrested March 8, 2007, in Niagara Falls and charged with having about three grams of methadone. Johnson forfeited $1,833 she had with her when she was arrested.

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Smoke damage heavy following dryer fire

NIAGARA FALLS -- A dryer fire in the basement of a home at 6614 Lindbergh Ave. caused an undetermined amount of damage at about 1:30 p.m. Saturday, fire officials said.

The fire caused heavy smoke damage throughout the house, but fire damage was contained to an area around the dryer, according to reports. A cause for the blaze was unavailable.

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