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Falls woman, 39, arrested in assault of boyfriend

NIAGARA FALLS -- An Ashland Avenue woman was arrested Saturday evening after police said she came home drunk and picked a fight with her live-in boyfriend.

Kish A. Mosher, 39, was charged with third-degree assault and harassment in connection with the 7:15 p.m. incident. Police say she attacked the man as he lay on the couch, repeatedly punching and slapping his face and causing cuts and scratches.

Mosher reportedly told police she assaulted him because "he was smoking crack cocaine" in her residence.


Unauthorized driver wrecks car, is charged with DWI

NIAGARA FALLS -- Police arrested a city man early Sunday after he reportedly took his employer's wife's car without permission and wrecked it by hitting a pair of utility poles.

According to reports, Mark A. Jones, 30, of 16th Street, was bowling with his employer, the employer's wife and some other people when Jones took the keys to the wife's car and drove off. At about 1:30 a.m., Jones called his employer to tell him he had crashed the car.

Jones reportedly hit a patch of "rough road" in the 4700 block of Royal Avenue and lost control, striking two utility poles and severing one. A records check revealed that Jones had two previous drunken driving convictions, as well as multiple driver's license suspensions and revocations involving impaired driving, police said.

He was charged with felony counts of driving while intoxicated and aggravated unlicensed operation, as well as fourth-degree grand larceny, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, speeding and failure to keep right.


Plant's office building in Falls hit by fire

NIAGARA FALLS -- Flames ripped through an office building on College Avenue Saturday afternoon, causing significant smoke, fire and water damage to the structure, which is part of the Treibacher Schleifmittel industrial complex.

The corporation's manufacturing operations were not damaged.

Niagara Falls firefighters were called shortly after 5 p.m. and spent 3 1/2 hours fighting flames inside the two-story block and wood building.

"It was stubborn," said Battalion Chief Mark Gray. "We had a lot of hot spots."

No one was inside the building at the time of the fire, said Gray.

The company, which makes fused aluminum oxide, indicated to fire officials that they would be able to resume manufacturing immediately.


Cars of three visitors to Falls broken into

NIAGARA FALLS -- Three out-of-town visitors' cars were broken into at downtown hotels overnight Saturday, police reported.

Two break-ins occurred in the parking lot of the new Giacomo Hotel in the former United Office Building on First Street. An Ohio man lost a global positioning system worth $449, and a Pennsylvania man lost a GPS unit, iPod, cell phone and 150 CDs, with an estimated value of $3,097.

A window was broken in an Ontario man's car while it was parked at the Hampton Inn on Rainbow Boulevard, police said. A GPS and a camera were stolen, valued at $500.


Woman says boyfriend hit dog in head with metal pipe

NIAGARA FALLS -- A woman told police that her live-in boyfriend hit her dog in the head with a metal pipe Saturday after becoming upset with her.

The incident happened just before 4 p.m. in the woman's 22nd Street home. Police said the man became upset over money allegedly owed him, saying he would hit the dog if she did not pay.

The man reportedly coaxed the pit bull out of its cage and hit it with the pipe, causing a cut to its head. No charges were immediately filed.


Man resisting robbers is knocked unconscious

NIAGARA FALLS -- A 43-year-old man was beaten into unconsciousness early Sunday after refusing to hand over any valuables to a pair of would-be robbers, police said.

The victim had been drinking at a party and was intoxicated while walking home at 6 a.m., he reported to police. He was stopped by two men as he neared his 22nd Street home but refused to give up any property and started fighting with the pair.

The men then beat him, causing a lump on his head and a cut near his mouth that required stitches to close.


Girl, 15, drank alcohol, slammed pinky in door

NIAGARA FALLS -- Police say that a 15-year-old girl drank alcohol, then slammed her pinky finger in the door of her LaSalle-area home, partially severing the tip.

The girl entertained friends between 6:30 and 9:30 p.m. Saturday while her mother was out, and one of the friends had some alcohol, police said. She did not know him, the girl told police, but she did drink with him.

When the group went to leave, the victim became upset over some remarks made about her boyfriend, police said, and slammed her left pinky finger in the front door. The mother was notified and returned home to take the girl to the emergency room.

The mother denied any knowledge or approval of the underage drinking, police said. No charges were filed.

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