>Dye pack explodes after bank heist
TOWN OF NIAGARA -- A bandit wearing a ski mask made off with an undetermined amount of money, and a dye pack, after robbing the Military Road branch of Key Bank just before noon Saturday. Town police said the bandit robbed the bank at 2429 Military and fled on foot. Police also said the dye pack activated.
Niagara County sheriff's investigators and state police are assisting town police in the investigation. Contact Sheriff's Investigator Jeffrey Pytlik at 438-3336.
>Man paid $150 reneges on drug deal, is stabbed
NIAGARA FALLS -- After being paid $150 recently to sell drugs, a Calumet Avenue man was beaten early Friday on Veterans Drive, police said.
The 20-year-old victim told police that although he accepted the money at the time, he refused to sell the drugs. Police said that on Friday, he received a call seeking the return of the money and agreed to meet the caller on Veterans Drive.
When the victim showed up, he was attacked by five people and stabbed in the right side of the chest, suffering a puncture wound, and also was robbed of $100 and a cellular telephone, police said.
The victim was treated in Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center, then released.
>Fire at AES plant damages diesel pump
SOMERSET -- A blaze in a diesel-driven pump caused an undetermined amount of damage about 10:15 a.m. Saturday at the AES Somerset generating plant on Lake Road, Niagara County sheriff's deputies said.
The cause has yet to be determined. The fire originated in the Circ Bay building, deputies said. Barker and Olcott firefighters fought the blaze.
>Foiled thief hurls hamburgers, hot dogs
NIAGARA FALLS -- Quick action about 10:30 p.m. Friday by an employee of the Misty Dog Grill on Main Street foiled a thief who was trying to sneak off with hamburgers, hot dogs and chicken from the restaurant freezer, police said.
As the thief emerged from the walk-in freezer loaded with $100 in food, the employee slapped the bundle from his grasp. In retaliation, the would-be thief hurled some of the food items at the employee before fleeing on foot, police said.
>Tools, engine missing from van in towing yard
NIAGARA FALLS -- Thousands of dollars worth of tools were stolen from a van that had been towed to a Lockport Road towing yard, police said.
A Grand Island resident told police Saturday that the van was towed there March 23, and he traced the vehicle to Niagara Towing, where he discovered the tools -- including welder, wet saw and an air compressor -- missing. Also missing was the engine of the van, police said.
>Youthful-offender status OK'd for drug possession
LOCKPORT -- A Woodlands mobile home park resident was granted youthful-offender status for possessing 720 milligrams of cocaine Oct. 18.
The Gardenwood Drive man, 18, who had pleaded guilty to fifth-degree possession, was sentenced to six months in jail and five years of probation by Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon Sperrazza.
>Suspect in burglary found behind TV set
NIAGARA FALLS -- An A Street man was found hiding behind a TV set in his home Friday night, a short time after police responded to a burglary-in-progress call at a Hyde Park Boulevard apartment.
Jamar T. Shipp, 21, was charged with second-degree burglary, petit larceny and fifth-degree criminal possession of stolen property. Police said witnesses saw the burglar climb through a window into the apartment between 8 and 9 p.m.
>Woman who attacked nurse admits to misdemeanor
LOCKPORT -- The Niagara Falls woman who assaulted a nurse in the psychiatric emergency room of Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor Friday in Niagara County Court.
Janice K. Bugay, 25, of Hyde Park Boulevard, admitted to third-degree assault and was scheduled for sentencing Aug. 13 by Judge Sara Sheldon Sperrazza.
Bugay attacked nurse Joan Dugan Oct. 10, forcing Dugan to be admitted to the hospital as a patient.