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Seventh St. man denies burglarizing nearby home

LOCKPORT -- A Niagara Falls man was arraigned Wednesday in Niagara County Court on charges of burglarizing the home across the street from his Seventh Street residence Jan. 27.

Anthony C. Myles, 50, pleaded not guilty to second-degree burglary and fourth-degree criminal mischief. Assistant District Attorney Charles F. Pitarresi said Myles' record includes 31 convictions -- four felonies and 27 misdemeanors.

Assistant Public Defender Michael E. Benedict asked for a psychiatric evaluation for Myles.


Two face charges in undercover arrests

NIAGARA FALLS -- An enhanced undercover police presence resulted in the arrest Tuesday night of two Niagara Falls men with drugs and a loaded weapon in the 1800 block of Pierce Avenue.

Roving Anti-Crime Unit Officers Joseph Palermo and Nicholas Granto, who were patroling the North End at about 6 p.m., spotted a suspicious vehicle with tinted windows and questioned the driver and passenger. They discovered a .38-caliber handgun and a bag with 17.8 grams of cocaine.

Brendon T. Gutzmore, 26, of LaSalle Avenue, and his passenger, Antoine R. Bones, 24, of Augustus Place, were charged with two counts of felony third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and felony second-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. Gutzmore was also charged with having tinted windows.


2 break-ins result in thefts and damage

NIAGARA FALLS -- A City of Tonawanda man remodeling a home in the 1300 block of South Avenue told police Wednesday that the building was burglarized, with tools and home-improvement items valued at several-thousand dollars missing.

The theft occurred within the past five days. The door frame was broken, police said.


Loss placed at $13,600 in break-in on Jerauld

NIAGARA FALLS -- The loss was placed at $13,600 in the theft of electronics and weapons during a burglary in the 2100 block of Jerauld Avenue on Tuesday night.

Niagara Falls police said a couple returning from shopping just before 10 p.m. discovered the break-in. Also stolen were a coin collection and a safe. Windows, doors, paneling and file cabinets were damaged.


Lockport man, 30, gets probation in cocaine case

LOCKPORT -- Niagara County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III placed a drug dealer on probation for six months Wednesday, pending a final sentencing decision.

Michael D. Zavarella, 30, of the Woodlands mobile home park in the Town of Lockport, had pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of attempted third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance for selling cocaine in Lockport on Aug. 11 and 13 and Sept. 15.


Man, 41, killed as SUV plunges into Welland Canal

WELLAND, Ont. -- A 41-year-old Welland man was killed at about 3:45 p.m. Tuesday when his sport utility vehicle plunged into the Welland Canal, Niagara Regional Police said.

The victim, whose name was not released, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police said the victim's 2004 Ford Explorer was eastbound on Maple Avenue and struck a curb, parked car, concrete abutment, then plunged into the canal.

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