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NIAGARA POLICE & COURTS

>Standoff at motel ends in man's arrest

NIAGARA FALLS -- Police arrested a man at the Pelican Motel, 6817 Niagara Falls Blvd., late Saturday after receiving a report of a man with a gun inside one of the rooms.

A police spokesman said no shots were fired and the brief standoff ended without incident just before 10:30 p.m. It was not immediately clear whether the suspect had been armed at the time of his arrest. Further information was unavailable.

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>Torching bee's nest leads to ruin of shed

PENDLETON -- A homeowner trying to burn a bee's nest in his backyard storage shed ended up burning the outbuilding to the ground, Niagara County sheriff's deputies said Saturday.

The Wendelville Fire Company responded to 6018 Campbell Blvd. shortly after midnight to extinguish the fire. The owner was tarring the roof of the shed when he decided to address the issue of the bee's nest, authorities said. However, the shed caught fire, which escalated out of control. A damage estimate was unavailable.

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>2 robbed of painkillers by man who offered ride

NIAGARA FALLS -- Two LaSalle-area men were robbed of prescription painkillers late Friday by a man who had offered to drive them to a nearby store to purchase beer, police said.

The victims were walking to a store when they were offered a ride, but were driven to the parking lot of a Niagara Falls Boulevard motel and ordered to hand over "all their pills" and get out of the car, police said.

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>Disgruntled tenant blamed for damage

NIAGARA FALLS -- An evicted tenant caused nearly $3,500 in damage to a 95th Street residence before leaving for good, police said Saturday.

The evicted woman had the electricity to the building turned off days before she was scheduled to leave, shutting off a sump pump and flooding the basement, damaging the furnace and hot-water heater, police said.

The owner was advised to seek a warrant for the woman's arrest.

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>Falls police probe rash of burglaries

NIAGARA FALLS -- City police investigated five house burglaries, including one in which $2,500 worth of copper plumbing was stolen.

The piping was removed within the past week from the basement of a Whitney Avenue home owned by a Grand Island resident, police said. A basement window was broken, and stolen in addition to the piping were an antique glass door and hand and power tools. The total loss was estimated at nearly $5,000.

Other break-ins follow:

* Tronolone Place apartment, Friday afternoon -- $300 in Canadian currency from a wallet in an upper bedroom.

* Seventh Street home, sometime in the past week -- china cabinet, cedar chest, plates and silverware.

* Michigan Avenue home, within the past week -- several large items that would have required two people to move. An inventory is being conducted.

* 20th Street home, early Saturday, not clear yet what was stolen.

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>Damage put at $1,300 in break-in at car lot

WHEATFIELD -- A compact disc stereo unit was stolen early Saturday from a car on the lot of the Transportation Center of Western New York, Niagara County sheriff's deputies said.

The 1998 Toyota had been left unlocked on the lot of the Niagara Falls Boulevard dealership. The vehicle's dashboard was heavily damaged, with the loss estimated at $1,300.

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>Chat on cell phone leads to drug arrest

NIAGARA FALLS -- Police said they recovered marijuana and more than $4,300 in cash late Friday from a man arrested after being stopped for talking on his cell phone while driving.

Willie J. Maye, 33, of Niagara Avenue, was charged with unlawful possession of marijuana and criminal possession of marijuana, unlicensed operation and operating a vehicle while using a mobile phone and other counts. Maye was pulled over at Main Street and Cleveland Avenue just before 11 p.m., police said.

Police said Maye initially identified himself as another man and also produced that person's driver's permit. He was charged additionally with false personation.

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