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Private birthday party leads to woman's arrest

NIAGARA FALLS -- Police broke up a private birthday party inside a dimly lit former tavern on Niagara Street on Sunday morning after learning that alcohol was being sold without a license.

Officers responded to the former Norm's Tavern on two occasions during, the first time to investigate a complaint of a loud fight. They said they found about 20 people inside the building but were asked to leave because the event was a private birthday party. Before leaving, officers said they warned the hosts about selling alcohol without a license.

Returning shortly after 4 a.m. to check out reports of after-hours sales, police found about 200 people inside the former bar, which was lit so dimly officers said they had to use their flashlights to see. Those on site were dispersed, police said, but several people reportedly asked if they could finish the drinks they had purchased.

At that point, officers arrested a woman serving food and drinks at the bar, charging Danielle M. Morgan, 24, of Buffalo, with permitting consumption of alcohol without a license, obstructing governmental administration and second-degree criminal impersonation.


Niagara Parkway crash injures 4, 1 critically

NIAGARA-ON-THE-LAKE, Ont. -- Four people were injured, one critically, in a one-car crash early Sunday on the Niagara Parkway.

The northbound vehicle left the road sometime before 1:17 a.m., crashed through a wooden fence and a group of trees, then fell several feet down an embankment before coming to rest near the water's edge, Niagara Regional Police said.

A 21-year-old male passenger in the vehicle had to be extricated and airlifted to Hamilton General Hospital with life-threatening injuries. He was listed in critical condition, police said.

The driver, Sandeeps Sidhu-Brar, 21 of Mississauga, was charged with impaired driving causing bodily harm, police said.

Sidhu-Brar, as well as two other male passengers from Mississauga, were taken to Greater Niagara General Hospital, where they were treated for minor injuries and released.


Falls man charged with punching wife

NIAGARA FALLS -- Police charged a Pine Avenue man with misdemeanor assault after he allegedly punched his wife in the face early Sunday, loosening one of her teeth.

Lewis H. Green, 26, was arrested at 5:37 a.m. after the incident at his home, police said. In addition to third-degree assault, he was charged with resisting arrest and obstructing governmental administration.


Tool set, speakers taken from car in driveway

NIAGARA FALLS -- A tool set was among the items taken from a 15th Street man's car after it was broken into while it was parked in his driveway Saturday evening.

The vehicle was locked when it was entered sometime between 3 and 8 p.m., police said. Some speakers were also removed from the vehicle. Loss was listed at $588.


$50 stolen from donations for Pakistan flood victims

NIAGARA FALLS -- A robber threw a brick through a gas station window early Sunday, then reached in and stole about $50 from a donation box for Pakistan flood victims, police said.

The incident occurred just after 2 a.m. at the Sunoco Food Mart on Hyde Park Boulevard. About $1,000 damage was done to the plate-glass window. Nothing else was reported stolen.


Aggravated DWI charged after traffic stop

WHEATFIELD -- A man returning from a day of fishing and duck hunting was arrested after Niagara County sheriff's deputies found him to have a blood-alcohol level 2 1/2 times higher than the legal limit.

Deputies said they stopped Jeffrey D. Wilson, 25, of Birchwood Drive, Town of Lockport, just after 6 p.m. Saturday on Niagara Falls Boulevard after noticing the trailer he was towing had no lights.

Wilson immediately displayed signs of intoxication, deputies said, and failed two field sobriety tests before registering a 0.20 reading on a Breathalyzer test. He was charged with aggravated driving while intoxicated and lighting violations for his vehicle and trailer.


Falls man arrested in theft of clothes from store

NIAGARA FALLS -- A Haeberle Avenue man was arrested Sunday after stealing more than $300 worth of clothing from a Main Street store, police said.

Kenneth D. Longmire, 44, was charged with third-degree robbery because he implied that he had a gun while robbing the Roadway Inn shortly after midnight.

Longmire stole some Buffalo Bills and Miami Dolphins jerseys, as well as three knit winter caps, all of which were later found in his possession, police said.

While leaving the store, Longmire reportedly offered to sell the clerk some marijuana, according to reports.