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Disabled woman, 76, dies after car accident

THOROLD, Ont. -- A St. Catharines woman died of injuries suffered in an accident at about 10:30 a.m. Saturday in the parking lot of Dominic's Diner on Regional Road 20, Niagara Regional Police report.

The 76-year-old woman, who was disabled, fell to the pavement and struck her head when the driver of the car she was attempting to enter threw the vehicle into reverse to avoid being hit by another vehicle in the lot.

The woman, whose name was not released, was taken to St. Catharines General Hospital by car, then transferred to Hamilton General Hospital, where she died Sunday.

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Cat and dog die in fire at home in Cambria

CAMBRIA -- A blaze at about 5 p.m. Sunday caused extensive smoke and fire damage to a home at 3909 Fair Court West, off Fairview Drive and Saunders Settlement Road, the Niagara County Sheriff's Office reports.

No one was home when the fire started, authorities said, but a cat and a dog died in the blaze. The Red Cross assisted two adults at the scene.

Firefighters from the Cambria Fire Company extinguished the blaze, assisted by volunteers from the Pekin, Shawnee and the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station.

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Boy, 12, shot in lip by man with BB gun

NIAGARA FALLS -- A seemingly innocent meeting in front of his home led to a 12-year-old boy's being shot in the lower lip with a BB gun Saturday evening, police said.

The victim was playing with his younger sister in front of their Ontario Avenue residence at about 7 p.m. Saturday when a man approached the apartment building. Although he did not recognize the man, the boy commented, "Hey, what's up?" but the man ignored him and continued into the building, police said.

He emerged momentarily and pointed a BB gun at the boy, firing twice. The first shot missed, but the second split his lip, police said. Police could not locate the alleged shooter.

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Falls woman, 24, jumped, beaten, robbed of iPhone

NIAGARA FALLS -- A 24-year-old woman was jumped, beaten and robbed as she walked in an alleyway near her home late Friday, police said.

The victim was approaching her Willow Avenue home at about 11 p.m. when a woman called her name, and then five or six females jumped her, police said. She was repeatedly punched and kicked, and one of the attackers rifled through her pockets, taking a $400 iPhone. The woman was treated for assorted injuries in Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center.

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DWI, other charges follow hit-and-run accident

NIAGARA FALLS -- A hit-and-run accident in the 8600 block of Niagara Falls Boulevard led to a Buffalo man's arrest Saturday afternoon.

James D. Corns, 48, was arrested as he drove to the Willow Avenue home of the woman whose car he was driving, police said. Corns was charged with driving while intoxicated, aggravated unlicensed operation, following too closely and leaving the scene of an injury accident.

Police said that Corns' driver's license had been revoked from a previous impaired driving incident.

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Knife found in possession of man in DWI arrest

TOWN OF LOCKPORT -- A Lockport resident was charged with illegally possessing a "gravity" butterfly knife after being pulled over for suspicion of drunken driving early Saturday.

Anthony M. Andriulli, 21, of Ellicott Road, was stopped for driving erratically on Rapids Road just before 3 a.m., Niagara County sheriff's deputies said. A search subsequently turned up the knife from his pants pocket.

Andriulli also was charged with driving while intoxicated and making an improper turn.

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Woman awaiting check finds it was stolen, cashed

NIAGARA FALLS -- A city woman learned that she had been the victim of fraud -- possibly by a neighbor -- upon calling to check on the status of a refund check, police said Saturday.

The 56th Street resident told police she was told the long-awaited check had not only been sent to her, but that it had been cashed. A copy of the canceled check appeared to show that a neighbor forged the check and cashed it. An investigation is continuing.

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Man walking from casino is attacked, robbed

NIAGARA FALLS -- Police said that a 33-year-old man was attacked and robbed early Sunday while walking from the Seneca Niagara Casino.

The victim, an 80th Street resident, told police he was walking east on Ferry Avenue just after 3 a.m. when two men walking west stopped him, one asking for a light. The other man slipped behind him and grabbed him around the neck, choking him, while the accomplice pulled a handgun and demanded money.

After handing over $80 in cash, he was slugged several times with the butt of the handgun and shoved to the ground. The assailants then fled on foot to a waiting car and drove away. The victim was treated for head, neck and shoulder injuries in Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center.

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