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Suspected overdose cases include death of man, 41

NIAGARA FALLS -- City police dealt with at least three separate cases of suspected overdoses of medical drugs during the Christmas holiday weekend -- one of them resulting in the death of the victim.

An unidentified 41-year-old Depew man was found dead in bed in a downtown hotel room at about 3:30 p.m. Saturday.

Officers said the man apparently succumbed to an overdose of medication combined with alcohol. The investigation was turned over to the Niagara County Coroner's Office.

In another case, a Cedar Street woman was taken to Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center for evaluation after an apparent overdose in her apartment at about 1:30 p.m. Sunday.

At about 4 a.m. Saturday, a Tennessee Avenue woman also was taken to the medical center after she apparently took an overdose of pills.

In an unrelated case, a 44-year-old woman was taken to the medical center after she was found dead in her home on Krull Parkway in the early hours of Saturday morning. Doctors said she apparently died of natural causes, and there was no suspicion of foul play.


House in Falls ransacked, but nothing was taken

NIAGARA FALLS -- Burglars who broke into a house in the 1700 block of 24th Street on Christmas Day apparently had a change of heart. They ransacked the house, but then they left without taking anything, police said.

The 45-year-old resident there said entry was made through an unlocked bedroom window while she was away between 9 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Saturday.


Glass chessboard smashed over head of woman

A Riverside man has been charged with assault and harassment after he allegedly smashed a glass chessboard over his girlfriend's head on Christmas morning.

According to police, the couple was drinking and playing chess in a home on Crowley Avenue near Riverside Park at about 1:30 a.m. Saturday. They had a fight over a phone number that was found in the man's cell phone, according to a police document. The victim suffered cuts on her face and head after she was hit with the glass chessboard.

Police arrested Wade L. Anderson, 40, of Tonawanda Street. He was charged with first-degree assault and second-degree harassment.


Woman in paratransit van falls from wheelchair

ST. CATHARINES, Ont. -- An unidentified 73-year-old Niagara-on-the-Lake woman suffered life-threatening injuries when she was thrown from her wheelchair while riding in a paratransit van on Fourth Avenue near Highway 406 at about 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Niagara Regional Police report.

Police said the eastbound white 2007 Dodge Caravan was driven by an unidentified 56-year-old St. Catharines man, who stopped, then drove away and took the seriously injured woman back to her home. She eventually was taken to St. Catharines General Hospital by ambulance. Police ask anyone who witnessed the incident to call (905) 688-4111, Ext. 5500.


Rear-view mirror of car damaged while parked

NIAGARA FALLS -- An Amherst woman told police Sunday that the rear-view mirror on the driver's side of her car was damaged while it was parked overnight in the 9100 block of Joliet Avenue.

She said the damage amounted to about $200. Police said there was no physical evidence leading to any suspect.


Casino confrontation in Falls leads to arrest

NIAGARA FALLS -- City police arrested a Buffalo man on a trespass charge after security officers at the Seneca Niagara Casino had asked him to leave the property during a confrontation over a parked car.

City police said they arrested Samuel T. Calderone, 68, of Main Street, after he also was involved in a confrontation with them. They said the man had been unable to find his car even after security officers drove him through all of the parking areas near the casino, suggesting that perhaps he had not left his car there at all.


Road-rage incident leads to arrest on old warrant

NIAGARA FALLS -- Police said they arrested a Hyde Park Boulevard man on an old warrant for failure to pay a fine after they were called to investigate a road-rage incident in which the man was involved.

Officers said they booked Raymond J. Richardson, 28, on the warrant after they went to the parking lot of a restaurant at about 1:30 a.m. Saturday in the 8000 block of Niagara Falls Boulevard. They said Richardson and another man had exchanged words over a minor traffic incident.


Man, 94, who wandered from family is reunited

NIAGARA FALLS -- The story of a confused 94-year-old man who apparently wandered away from his family and became lost on Christmas ended happily when passers-by escorted the man to city Police Headquarters.

Officers said the Tonawanda man was reunited with his family at headquarters at about 9 p.m. Saturday.

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