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NIAGARA POLICE & COURTS

>Gunman sought in robbery of 3 teens on Pierce Avenue

NIAGARA FALLS -- A man armed with a handgun robbed three teenagers waiting for a ride after leaving a party early Saturday morning, police said.

The teens had just left a party in the 1500 block of Pierce Avenue and were standing at a street corner around 1:30 a.m. when the suspect approached them from behind and threatened to shoot them, police said. One teen turned over a cellular telephone and the other two gave up various pieces of jewelry to the thief, who then fled east down Pierce.

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>Alleged crack user accused of attacking neighbors

NIAGARA FALLS -- Police said that a Falls Street man attacked two new residents of his building Friday after they allegedly told him he could no longer sit on the front porch and openly smoke crack cocaine.

The suspect was sitting on the porch of the home just after 4 p.m. Friday when a man, standing nearby, told him that he and his wife were moving in with an infant, and that they did not want the child exposed to the man's illicit smoking, police said.

At that point, Leonard Ingram, 52, reportedly started choking the 33-year-old man, who was holding his 17-month-old daughter. He is also accused of pushing the man's 20-year-old wife, causing her to stumble and fall.

Ingram was charged with choking the man, resisting arrest and endangering the welfare of the child.

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>Intruders flee after learning there were babies in home

NIAGARA FALLS -- Two armed men wearing black clothing and hoodies forced their way into a LaSalle Avenue home early Friday, but fled empty-handed after a resident told them there were babies in the home, police said.

The men apparently kicked in a rear door while the occupants slept shortly before 4 a.m. One resident told police she was awakened by a man pointing a shotgun at her and yelling. Another resident barricaded herself in a bathroom, telling the intruders there were babies present in the home.

At that point, both intruders fled. No one was hurt in the incident, police said.

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>Unlocked bike stolen at Municipal Complex

NIAGARA FALLS -- An 18-year-old Chestnut Avenue man told police he left his $250 Mongoose bike in the bicycle rack in front of the city's Municipal Complex on Main Street while he went inside to pay a fine Friday afternoon. Upon exiting five minutes later, the unlocked bike had been stolen.

The teenager said it was the second time a bike of his was taken from in front of the building, which doubles as the city Police Headquarters.

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>Rocker, lawnmower stolen in separate incidents

NIAGARA FALLS -- A Lindbergh Avenue woman reported that someone stole a black rocker with gold decals off her porch early Saturday -- less than a day after she had put the $100 chair outside.

Also, a $300 Sears lawnmower was stolen from a 30th Street garage earlier in the week after someone broke in via an unlocked window, police said.

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>Driver who backed into car faces DWI, other charges

NIAGARA FALLS -- Backing into another car in a parking lot brought plenty of trouble for a Niagara Avenue man early Saturday, police said.

Ernest M. Porter Jr., 44, was arrested after police said he appeared heavily intoxicated following the 4:09 a.m. accident. A records check also revealed multiple driver's license revocations and suspensions for Porter as a result of a driving while impaired conviction.

Porter was charged with felony counts of driving while intoxicated and aggravated unlicensed operation, as well as unsafe backing.

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>Newfane man, 21, arrested on DWI, traffic charges

NEWFANE -- Steven J. Barone, 21, of Elmwood Lane, Newfane, was charged early Saturday by sheriff's deputies with driving while impaired by drugs and alcohol, and failure to use a designated lane. Barone was pulled over on Lockport-Olcott Road just before 3 a.m. after being spotted driving on the shoulder of the roadway, according to reports.

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>Video game accessories stolen from Falls home

NIAGARA FALLS -- Over $1,100 worth of video game products were stolen in a Friday evening burglary of a Townsend Place home, police reported. A door was broken to gain entry to the home, with the break-in occurring between 7 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. Items taken included an Xbox 360 video game console, various game accessories, nine game cartridges and a case containing 30 DVD movies.

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>Buffalo teen caught in crossfire is wounded

A Buffalo teenager was shot late Friday when he said he was caught in a crossfire between two gunmen who exchanged gunfire at Peckham and Detroit streets.

The victim, Anthony Skinner, 17, of South Division Street, was shot in the leg about 10:30 p.m. He was treated and released at Sisters Hospital.