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NIAGARA POLICE & COURTS

>Man pulled into machinery is critically injured

WHEATFIELD -- A machinist was critically injured late Monday when his clothing got caught in machinery at Felton Machine Co., 2221 Niagara Falls Blvd., Niagara County sheriff's deputies said.

Christopher J. Krzanowicz, 41, of Townline Road, Pendleton, was heard yelling from his work station after he was pulled into the rotating tooling at about 11 p.m. He was listed in critical condition Tuesday in Erie County Medical Center's intensive care trauma unit.

Deputies said Krzanowicz managed to power the machinery down but suffered a laceration and partial amputation of his left earlobe. He also suffered cuts and abrasions to his head and back.

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>House fire in Falls being probed as arson

NIAGARA FALLS -- Police said investigators suspect arson in a fire at a vacant home in the 2300 block of MacKenna Avenue early Tuesday.

A neighbor told authorities his two dogs awakened him at about 2:20 a.m., when he saw flames consuming 2319 MacKenna. The owner was identified only as a San Marco, Calif, resident. Damage was estimated at $10,000.

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>Ontario man arrested in armed robberies

ST. CATHARINES, Ont. -- The Niagara Regional Police Service arrested a Scarborough, Ont., man who they believe is a serial armed robber involved in 16 holdups across Southern Ontario between Christmas Eve 2008 and Jan. 23.

Justin R. Rogers, 22, is facing 43 charges in connection to the string of robberies, in which a handgun was used in the majority of the cases.

Rogers has been identified as a suspect in at least three bank robberies -- two Bank of Montreal branches, one in Niagara Falls and the other in St. Catharines and a CIBC in Lincoln. He is also a suspect in a failed robbery attempt at a Niagara Falls pharmacy.

Authorities caught up with Rogers after he allegedly robbed the CIBC in Lincoln on Jan. 23 at 12:20 p.m. He was seen fleeing in a black BMW. The information was broadcast to area police.

At 12:45 p.m., a NRPS officer who was on the Toronto-bound QEW, near Casablanca Boulevard, spotted the car and began to follow. Soon the vehicle stopped in the middle of the highway, turned around and struck the patrol car. The suspect's car then exited going the wrong way on Fruitland Road and struck a car on the on-ramp.

The NRPS officer managed to stop Rogers and take him into custody, with the aid of several Ontario Provincial Police Service officers. In the car, they found cash, cocaine and a handgun.

Rogers remains in custody and is scheduled to appear for a bail hearing March 10 at 11 a.m. at a St. Catharines provincial courtroom.

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>Two probation violators ordered to serve time

LOCKPORT -- Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon Sperrazza sent two probation violators behind bars Tuesday.
Patrick F. Burns, 29, of Oliver Street, North Tonawanda, was sentenced to 1 1/3 to four years. Burns had been on probation for his 2006 guilty plea to a reduced charge of attempted second-degree assault. He choked his girlfriend and struck her with a metal pole March 14, 2006.
Anthony L. Rose Jr., 25, of Fifth Street, Niagara Falls, drew a year in the County Jail. Rose had pleaded guilty four years ago to trying to smuggle two one-pound bags of marijuana, strapped to his body, over the Lewiston-Queenston Bridge as a passenger in a car in Aug. 18, 2004.

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