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NIAGARA POLICE & COURTS

Shooting may be linked to earlier incident

NIAGARA FALLS -- A 20-year-old city man was shot Thursday afternoon in what police believe may be a continuation of a shooting incident Wednesday on Highland Avenue.

Rodriquez D. Burton, of Haberle Avenue, was taken to Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center with a gunshot wound to the left side of his upper chest, near his shoulder.

Burton told police he was a passenger in a vehicle that had been shot at multiple times about 2:30 p.m. while traveling north on Highland Avenue, near Centre Avenue. He said he jumped into the back seat after he was shot and didn't see who shot him.

He was transferred to Erie County Medical Center, where he was treated and released.

Burton is a cousin to Willie McTyere, who was shot Wednesday on Highland Avenue and refused to give police any details about the shooting.

Police believe the shootings may be a personal dispute between members of smaller gangs in the city that are not connected to the ongoing turf battle between factions of the Bloods and Crips gangs.

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Guilty plea entered to cocaine possession

LOCKPORT -- A guilty plea was entered by a Town of Lockport man in a drug case Friday in Niagara County Court.

Christopher L. Lee, 18, of Gardenwood Drive, a Woodlands mobile home park, admitted to fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. Judge Sara Sheldon Sperrazza is to sentence him May 26.

Lee had 720 milligrams of cocaine in his possession in the mobile home park Oct. 18.

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Not-guilty plea entered in theft of two laptops

LOCKPORT -- Frank Brinson, 22, of Lakeside Drive, Wheatfield, pleaded not guilty in Niagara County Court on Friday to an indictment charging him with third-degree criminal possession of stolen property.

Brinson allegedly was caught with two stolen laptop computers in Niagara Falls on Sept. 8.

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Police charge Eden man in theft at service area

An Eden man was arrested in connection with the March 10 theft of overcoats from the Denny's restaurant at the Angola service area.

Nicholas J. Balone, 28, of Sandrock Road was charged with grand larceny. Balone is accused of eating at the restaurant and then walking off with two employees' coats with credit cards and other personal items at about 5 a.m. State police said public input after surveillance photos were publicized led to the arrest of Balone on Thursday.

The suspect was released on an appearance ticket. Police said all of the items were recovered.

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Police investigate fire at new subdivision

NIAGARA FALLS, Ont. -- A suspicious fire Thursday in a home under construction in a new Niagara Falls subdivision is under investigation by Niagara Regional Police.

The fire broke out on Hendershot Boulevard at about 5 a.m. Hendershot Boulevard is part of a new subdivision in the area of Lundy's Lane and Garner Road, police said.

The house was fully engulfed in flames when police arrived. Firefighters got the blaze under control quickly, but the building was listed as a total loss.

Anyone with information was urged to contact police at (905) 688-4111.

Gibson was taken to the Erie County Holding Center pending arraignment in Buffalo City Court.

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