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State sex offender sought on warrant turns himself in

LITTLE VALLEY -- A man who failed to register with the state sex offender registry and was sought on a warrant turned himself in to the Cattaraugus County Sheriff's Office.

John H. Eccles Jr., 40, of Cassadaga, was arrested by deputies on a warrant from Olean Town Court, where he was arraigned and posted bail. He is to return to court Thursday.

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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.

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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 of the 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.

As in the other two thefts, 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.

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DWI charged in Dunkirk after unsafe lane changes

DUNKIRK -- Chautauqua County sheriff's deputies charged a Dunkirk man with drunken driving after they saw a car changing lanes unsafely on Route 60 in the Town of Dunkirk at about 3:30 a.m. Sunday.

Mark D. Raynor, 18, was charged after an investigation and issued tickets to appear in Dunkirk Town Court.

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Speeding motorist who fled is arrested on DWI charge

ALLEGANY -- A Pennsylvania man seen speeding on Route 417 fled the scene and was later taken into custody in a motel parking lot and charged with drunken driving, Cattaraugus County sheriff's deputies report.

Jerome M. Hays, 24, of Kane, was arrested at about 1:20 a.m. Friday by officers who charged him with driving while intoxicated, driving without a license and speeding. His bail was set at $980 following arraignment in Allegany Town Court.

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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.

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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. Police said the man did not lose any property in the robbery attempt.

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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 afternoon after becoming upset with her.

The incident happened just before 4 p.m. at 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.

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