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NIAGARA POLICE & COURTS

Cell phone resale is major disconnect

NIAGARA FALLS -- A woman who tried to sell a cellular telephone to its owner has been charged with possession of stolen property.

Toni T. Dove, 21, was arrested Friday evening, after the phone's owner dialed the cell phone number and Dove answered, offering the phone back in exchange for $40 and arranging a meeting in the suspect's Niagara Avenue residence, police said. Both the phone and the $40 were returned to the victim, police added.

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Two face charges in hit-run aftermath

NIAGARA FALLS -- Two men have been arrested following a hit-and-run accident with an unmarked city police vehicle shortly after 8 p.m. Friday.

An unidentified officer suffered minor injuries in the crash, across the street from Police Headquarters on Hyde Park Boulevard. He was treated in Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center.

The driver, Jerome I. Watkins, 23, of 12th Street, was charged with driving while impaired by drugs, reckless driving and leaving the scene of an accident. Passenger Arus L. George, 23, of Welch Avenue, was taken into custody after hydrocodone and marijuana were found in the vehicle, said police, who added that both men face drug charges.

Police said the two men abandoned their vehicle on Chapin Avenue and fled but were caught a short time later.

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Man stabbed in hand while choking woman

NIAGARA FALLS -- A woman stabbed a man in the hand in self-defense early Saturday as he choked her in a Memorial Parkway address, police said.

Javon B. Barnes, 32, of Memorial Parkway, suffered cuts to his hand during the confrontation at about 4:10 a.m. He was charged with third-degree menacing and unlawful imprisonment. He also was served an outstanding arrest warrant on similar charges in a previous domestic incident, police said.

Both were treated in Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center.

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Wanted man may face additional charges

LOCKPORT -- Police arrested a wanted man at gunpoint Friday evening inside a Gabriel Drive residence.

Arthur B. Ray III, 29, no address given, was taken into custody shortly after 7 p.m. Police said he had outstanding warrants in the city and was considered armed and dangerous.

During the arrest, police said, officers recovered small amounts of marijuana and crack cocaine and additional charges are pending.

Further information was unavailable.

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Fugitive caught, charged with multiple offenses

LOCKPORT -- City police on Friday night captured a man they have been looking for since Feb. 1, when a stolen handgun was found concealed under a bed in the Holiday Inn on South Transit Street.

Arthur B. Ray III, 29, of Cleveland Avenue, Niagara Falls, was arrested shortly before 8:30 p.m. in an apartment at 25-B Gabriel Drive.

Ray was charged with third-degree criminal possession of a weapon and fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property in regard to the gun, which allegedly was found by a chambermaid in a pair of sweat pants left under the bed in Room 228 at the hotel.

In the Feb. 1 incident, just as police arrived to investigate the gun discovery, a man was seen running out of the hotel toward a car at the rear of the building. Two officers chased the man and pulled their guns, but the suspect jumped into the car, backed out of his parking spot and sped away.

For that part of the incident, Ray was charged with unlawfully fleeing from officers, aggravated unlicensed operation, obstructing governmental administration, reckless driving and unsafe backing.

Friday night, officers from the city police and the Niagara County Sheriff's Office charged Ray with possession of crack cocaine and marijuana -- drugs allegedly found in his possession when he was apprehended.

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Chase proves futile in burglary encounter

NIAGARA FALLS -- A couple interrupted a burglar in the kitchen of their Independence Avenue apartment just after 2 p.m. Friday.

Police said the husband chased the thief, who made off with $30 from a purse, before losing him on Woodlawn Avenue.

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