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>Girl's cell phone stolen from theater game room

NIAGARA FALLS -- A teenager's cellular telephone was stolen Saturday night after she left it unattended in a theater game room.

Police said the 16-year-old girl had left the phone charging in the game room at the Regal Cinema on Builder's Way at about 8 p.m. and, upon checking about 45 minutes later, discovered the $250 phone was missing.

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>Patient accused of punching two hospital workers

NIAGARA FALLS -- For the second time in as many days, a patient at Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center has assaulted a hospital employee.

Sunday morning, hospital workers were trying to restrain a man from banging his head against a wall when the patient, a 46-year-old Holley resident, punched a 23-year-old program aide in the face, causing minor injuries.

Saturday, the same patient had punched a 38-year-old nurse in the eye as she tried to help restrain him during an aggressive outburst. Police have yet to press charges against the man.

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>Two assault and rob Falls man on street

NIAGARA FALLS -- A man was beaten and robbed Saturday night as he walked in the 800 block of 15th Street, police reported.

The victim, a 25-year-old Pierce Avenue resident, told police he was walking south at about 8:30 p.m., when two men approached from the opposite direction. One of the men spoke, believing he may have known the victim, and was answered with an obscenity. At that, both men attacked the victim, knocking him down with punches to the head and then kicking him repeatedly.

During the assault, the victim was robbed of his wallet, which contained $260 in cash. He was treated for minor injuries in Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center.

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>Junkyard fire in Falls closes part of road

NIAGARA FALLS -- A junkyard fire that broke out at about 3 p.m. closed a portion of Lockport Road on Sunday.

About 10 junk cars and several piles of rubbish caught fire in Myles Junkyard, 5501 Lockport Road, according to the Niagara Falls Fire Department.

Firefighters from Niagara Falls and Niagara Active Hose responded. No one was injured in the blaze.

A cause of the fire was not available Sunday afternoon.

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>Woman reports theft while shopping in Falls

NIAGARA FALLS -- An envelope containing $1,000 in cash was stolen from a city woman Saturday afternoon while she shopped at the AJ Wright store on Niagara Falls Boulevard, police said.

The victim, a Niagara Avenue resident, told police she had just cashed a check and had the envelope in her pocket when she met a man she knew inside the store. After he left, she discovered the envelope missing and later saw the man -- who earlier claimed to have no money -- making several purchases at a cash register.

The incident occurred between 2 and 3:30 p.m., police said, and remains under investigation.

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>Two charged after crash in wake of shoplifting

NIAGARA FALLS -- Two men were arrested Sunday after their car crashed into a utility pole as they sped from the scene of a supermarket shoplifting, police said.

Police responded to Tops Market on Niagara Falls Boulevard just after midnight on a complaint of a man shoplifting about $40 worth of meat. They were able to trace tire tracks in freshly fallen snow to a nearby street, where a car had struck a utility pole and then left.

Moments later, a vehicle with heavy front-end damage drove past, and police followed it into the nearby Sabre Park, where both the driver and passenger ditched the car and fled in opposite directions. Police tracked the suspected shoplifter to a nearby mobile home and charged Richard A. Day, 22, of Tuscarora Road, with petit larceny.

The suspected driver was found inside a Wegmans market about a mile away. Jose A. Irizarry, 23, of 24th Street, was charged with leaving the scene of an accident, speeding and passing a red light. Police are trying to determine whether the vehicle the men were driving was stolen and said that additional charges could be possible pending that outcome.

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>Car stolen in December found abandoned in alley

NIAGARA FALLS -- A 1997 Chevrolet, which a North Tonawanda resident reported stolen at Christmastime, has been recovered by city police, abandoned in an alley off Michigan Avenue.

The car, which had a damaged steering column, was discovered Saturday afternoon near Michigan and Linwood avenues and was towed pending attempts to contact the rightful owner.

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