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Human remains found in the Welland Canal

ST. CATHARINES, Ont. -- Human remains were discovered Sunday morning in the Welland Canal, just north of Lock Three, the Niagara Regional Police reported.

Staff members of the St. Lawrence Seaway Corp. found the remains at about 11 a.m. at the base of a pier on the west side of the canal.

The Niagara Regional Police Service Marine and Underwater Search and Recovery Unit was called in to locate and recover the remains.

Foul play was not suspected. Police were awaiting the results of an autopsy to help in identifying the body.

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Man says he struck a deer, is charged with DWI

WHEATFIELD -- A driver claiming to have struck a deer -- police believe it was more likely a pole -- was arrested and charged with aggravated driving while intoxicated late Saturday.

Phillip D. DeLong, 49, no address given, was arrested at 11:14 p.m. at the Wilson Farms store at Ward Road and Niagara Falls Boulevard after Niagara County sheriff's deputies arrived to investigate a one-car accident.

Deputies said that DeLong was intoxicated and largely incoherent and that rather than hair or blood on the damaged front end of his pickup truck, they found traces of red paint and a circular impression.

DeLong also was charged with failure to keep right and driving with a suspended registration, which police said was the result of outstanding parking tickets.

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Arrest made in robbery using a stolen gun

A Royal Street man was charged Saturday with pointing a stolen revolver at another man and stealing his wallet.

The robbery happened on Forest Avenue near Dart Street at about 7:45 p.m.

The victim was walking home from an ATM on West Delavan Avenue and Grant Street when Montgomery J. Rose, 21, allegedly pointed a .357 Smith & Wesson revolver at him and stated, "Sir, I want your money."

Rose took the man's wallet, according to a police report.

Following a 911 call, two Buffalo police officers saw the suspect walking on Grant Street, and when they began approaching him, he ran away, throwing the wallet to the ground.

Rose then pulled a silver handgun from his right pocket and displayed it toward the officers before eventually throwing it to the ground. Police said the gun had been stolen in 2005.

Rose was charged with two counts of first-degree robbery and various felony weapons charges.

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Felony DWI, possession of marijuana charged

A 37-year-old Buffalo man whose license was suspended in 2002 due to a DWI conviction was charged Saturday with driving drunk again, police said.

Buffalo officers arrested William L. Boyce at Walden and Bailey avenues after they spotted him driving a 1998 Ford Taurus without a seat belt.

Officers said they smelled marijuana coming from the vehicle and alcohol on Boyce's breath. Boyce, of Laurel Street, failed several field sobriety tests. A breath test later revealed his blood-alcohol content to be 0.15 percent.

Boyce was charged with felony DWI, unlawful possession of marijuana and aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle.

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Buffalo man, 20, arrested in burglary and assault

A 20-year-old Buffalo man was arrested Saturday in connection with the Tuesday burglary and assault of a woman in her East Utica Street home.

Buffalo police charged Julian Burks, of Alice Court, with felony burglary, two counts of grand larceny, harassment and assault.

Burks was accused of stealing the woman's purse, which contained a debit card and credit cards, then punching her as he fled her home.

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Fire damages house in University Heights

A blaze in the city's University Heights neighborhood Sunday afternoon caused an estimated $40,000 damage.

Firefighters responded to 63 Montrose Ave. shortly after 4 p.m.

The 2 1/2 -story wooden frame house was occupied, but there were no reports Sunday of injuries.

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Man accused of attacking girlfriend, her daughter

NIAGARA FALLS -- Police arrested a 20th Street man Sunday, saying he attacked his girlfriend and her 2-year-old daughter while in a drunken rage.

Gerald T. Remington Jr., 23, was charged with third-degree assault, third-degree criminal mischief and endangering the welfare of a child after the 12:41 a.m. incident at a Centre Court apartment.

Police say that Remington slapped the baby in the face, knocking her down, after becoming upset that she had placed a soiled diaper near him.

When the child's 19-year-old mother tried to intervene, she was punched and kicked repeatedly, police said. Remington also broke several pieces of furniture inside the home, police said, prompting the victim to ask for an order of protection.

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