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>Police arrest two men after chasing stolen car

NIAGARA FALLS -- A short chase in a stolen car ended with two men being arrested on various charges Friday evening. A pair of 14-year-olds riding in the vehicle were turned over to family members after the incident.

Police said that they spotted the stolen vehicle shortly before 7 p.m. on Garden Avenue, and that the driver accelerated as they tried to pull the car over. During the brief chase, the driver was seen passing an unknown object to a passenger.

When police checked the vehicle, they said they found some crack cocaine in a bag on the passenger side floor.

Driver Lerowne Harris, 29, of LaSalle Avenue, and passenger Bobby J. Parmer, 48, of Grand Avenue, were taken into custody.

Charges against the two included unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, criminal possession of stolen property and criminal possession of a controlled substance. Harris also faces six Vehicle and Traffic counts.

Police said the vehicle was returned to its rightful owner at the scene of the arrest.

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>Thieves break into truck, steal tools, iPod, radio

NIAGARA FALLS -- Nearly $3,000 worth of belongings were stolen from a Canadian man's pickup truck after it was broken into while parked behind the Super 8 Motel on Niagara Falls Boulevard early Friday.

A window was smashed out of the vehicle and a number of items were taken, including some tools, an iPod, a satellite radio, some compact discs and other personal belongings.

Also reporting a car break-in was a 29th Street woman, whose vehicle was entered while parked in front of her home overnight.

Baseball equipment, a radio and an iPod were among the missing items, valued in excess of $1,000.

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>Endangerment charges filed against Buffalo man, 19

A Buffalo man has been arrested for allegedly assaulting a 2-year-old boy on numerous occasions over the last month.

Christian Sorrell, 19, of Courtland Avenue, was charged on Friday with second-degree assault and endangering the welfare of a child, according to arrest reports.

Sorrell is accused of grabbing and squeezing the 23-month-old child on numerous occasions while at a residence on Hastings Avenue, causing bruising to the toddler's stomach and sides, police said.

It was unclear on Saturday what Sorrell's relationship was to the boy.

The little boy eventually was taken to Women & Children's Hospital, where doctors discovered bruising and internal bleeding and notified police.

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>Laptop, debit card stolen from man on Cleveland Ave.

NIAGARA FALLS -- A Buffalo resident told police he was robbed by two men early Saturday in the 1300 block of Cleveland Avenue.

The victim said that a vehicle pulled up alongside him and that the two men stole his Niagara University backpack, which contained a laptop computer, debit card and other personal items. Loss was placed at $518.

The man did not immediately report the incident, which prevented police from searching for the perpetrators.

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>Televisions, game system swiped from apartment

NIAGARA FALLS -- A Packard Court woman returned home Friday afternoon to find that her apartment had been burglarized, police said.

The woman reported finding both doors to the residence open, and discovered that two television sets had been taken, including a 55-inch rental unit.

Also missing was a 32-inch TV, a Wii video game system and $100 in cash.

The break-in occurred between 7 a.m. and 1 p.m., police said, and resulted in an estimated $1,100 loss.

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>Phyllis Avenue house damaged by fire in attic

The Red Cross was called to assist one person routed from a Friday night fire in the city's Kensington-Bailey area, Buffalo fire officials reported today.

Firefighters responded to an 8:26 p.m. alarm at 14 Phyllis Ave., just east of Bailey Avenue, south of Kensington Avenue.

The blaze, which started in the attic, left an estimated $25,000 damage, fire officials said. The cause remains under investigation.

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>Driver in collision charged with felony

An Alden woman faces a felony charge after a collision with a truck on Transit Road in Clarence late Wednesday morning, Erie County sheriff's officials reported.

Suzanne F. Oddo, 55, of Bonnie Lake Drive, was charged with aggravated unlicensed operation, following too closely and driving while intoxicated after the crash that occurred just before 11:30 a.m.

Sheriff's officials said Oddo struck the back of a utility truck. A motor vehicle check revealed Oddo was driving on a conditional license because of a previous alcohol-related arrest.

She was released to a third party pending an appearance in Clarence Town Court. Oddo's vehicle was towed from the scene.