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Man driving with daughter in car is charged with DWI

A North Tonawanda man driving at speeds up to 80 mph on Route 400 in West Seneca was charged with felony drunken driving Saturday.

Gary C. Turner, 29, failed field sobriety tests and was charged with the felony at about 5 p.m.

State police said they elevated Turner's DWI charge to a felony because his 2-year-old daughter was in the vehicle. Turner also was charged with endangering the welfare of a child and aggravated unlicensed operation.


Neighbors say Falls man was naked on balcony

NIAGARA FALLS -- An 80th Street man who apparently was seeking relief from Sunday afternoon's temperatures in the high 70s went a step too far when he appeared on the outdoor balcony of his apartment in the buff, neighbors told police.

Officers went to the apartment complex in the 800 block and 900 block of 80th Street shortly after 3 p.m. and charged Daniel P. Duffy, 32, with public lewdness and disorderly conduct. When officers arrived, however, they said Duffy was wearing shorts as he appeared on the balcony.


Woman accuses brother in theft of gold ring

NIAGARA FALLS -- Police said a Buffalo Avenue man was arrested after he admitted taking a gold graduation ring valued at $800 from his sister's home and pawning it for $25.

A 23rd Street woman reported about 6 p.m. Saturday that the ring belonging to her son was taken from her jewelry drawer.

Police said they arrested the woman's brother, Rickey D. Lane, 47, on a charge of petit larceny.


Unwanted guest charged with criminal trespass

NIAGARA FALLS -- Police charged a 35th Street woman with second-degree criminal trespass Saturday night after a neighbor reported that the woman was an unwanted guest who "barged" into her home and threatened her.

Officers said they arrested Yvette G. Kraft, 40.


18th Street woman arrested on 2 outstanding warrants

NIAGARA FALLS -- An 18th Street woman was arrested at about 10 p.m. Saturday after police said she was playing music too loud in her car.

A Niagara Falls police officer and a state trooper working together as part of an Impact Saturation Patrol team stopped the car at Sixth Street and Walnut Avenue because of the loud music.

Upon investigation, they arrested the driver, Angelina S. Wilson, 21, on two outstanding warrants. They said they also charged her with disorderly conduct because of the loud music.


3 teens lost in gorge after dark emerge safely

NIAGARA FALLS, Ont. -- Three teenagers lost in the Niagara Gorge as darkness fell Saturday were rescued by Niagara Parks Police.

The three teenagers entered the Niagara Glen area about 6 p.m. and misjudged how much daylight was left, police said.

They were unable to find their way out, so one of the teenagers called her mother on a cell phone, and then the mother called 911.

A search by members of the Niagara Parks Police High Angle River Team found the young women "safe but exhausted and mosquito-bitten," police said.

The Thorold teenagers were guided to street level and to their parents shortly before 1 a.m. Sunday.


3 in Falls face drug charges in 2 separate incidents

NIAGARA FALLS -- Police on routine patrol issued appearance tickets Saturday night and early Sunday to three people who were found in cars with marijuana in two separate incidents.

Officers driving through a parking lot in the 3100 block of Highland Avenue said they saw two women smoking a marijuana cigar in a car shortly after midnight. Upon questioning, police said, the women handed over the lighted marijuana cigar and three small bags of marijuana.

Appearance tickets charging unlawful possession of marijuana were issued to Chantel M. Munn, 22, of 72nd Street, and to Courtney L. Murray, 30, of Ontario Avenue, according to police reports.

In another incident about three hours earlier, officers making a traffic stop at 27th Street and Ferry Avenue said they found a passenger in a car with about three grams of marijuana.

They said they issued an appearance ticket charging Cameron A. Paul, 16, of Haeberle Avenue, with unlawful possession of marijuana. A police report said the driver of the car, who was not identified in the report, was ticketed for a traffic violation.


Electrical problem blamed in Buffalo Avenue house fire

NIAGARA FALLS -- Police blocked off traffic on several nearby streets while firefighters battled flames in a home at about 5:20 p.m. Saturday in the 7600 block of Buffalo Avenue.

Firefighters said the blaze appeared to have been caused by an electrical problem. They said nobody was home when the fire started.

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