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>Chase leads to arrest of burglary suspect

GASPORT -- A Lockport man who served time in prison for burglarizing a church was arrested early Tuesday in a tavern burglary, Niagara County sheriff's deputies said.

David S. Matyjasik, 33, of North Transit Road, was apprehended on Hartland Road after a foot chase, a car chase and a two-hour search, assisted by dogs from the sheriff's K-9 unit. The chase began when deputies, tipped off to suspicious activity by a passer-by, spotted a man exiting Boyers Tavern, 8757 Ridge Road, at about 5:30 a.m.

Matyjasik was charged with third-degree burglary, resisting arrest, unlawfully fleeing an emergency vehicle and several traffic counts. He also was charged with two counts of third-degree burglary and two counts of petit larceny from previous incidents. He is being held in Niagara County Jail without bail.

Matyjasik was sentenced to two to four years in prison in 2006 for burglarizing Wrights Corners Presbyterian Church in 2005. He also drew a prison sentence in 2010 for injuring a Lockport police officer who was arresting him for parole violation.

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>Two from Corfu accused in Alden home invasion

Two Corfu residents are facing burglary and other charges after an alleged home invasion Sunday in Alden, Erie County sheriff's officials said.

Noah Z. Hammond, 28, and Ariane E. Muller, 19, were arraigned in Alden Village Court and taken to the Erie County Holding Center in connection with the 11:30 p.m. incident on Kellogg Street.

Sheriff's officials responded to a 911 call from the home reporting that an uninvited man and woman entered the home. The man had brandished a shotgun, according to authorities. When a struggle ensued with an occupant of the home, the woman pulled out a knife.

Both eventually fled the scene. Hammond and Muller were arrested following an investigation into the incident. Besides burglary, Hammond was charged with felony criminal possession of a weapon and felony menacing. Muller was charged with misdemeanor menacing.

Sheriff's officials said the occupants of the home may have had a past association with one of the suspects, which led to Sunday's incident.

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>Four arrested, 53 ticketed after Sabres playoff game

State troopers stepped up their game Monday following the Buffalo Sabres' home playoff game by placing extra patrols on area highways that led to 53 tickets as well as four arrests, state police said.

Troopers charged Thomas J. Shriver, 33, of Alden, with felony driving while intoxicated after he was stopped on Bullis Road in Marilla on Monday night and found to have a blood alcohol level of 0.19 percent. Shriver was released pending an appearance in Marilla Town Court.

Troopers made another DWI arrest on Bullis Road in Elma on Monday night when Charles Urmanec, 54, of Elma was charged with driving with a 0.09 percent blood alcohol level.

Two other arrests were made for unlawful possession of marijuana following a pair of traffic stops on Routes 20A and 16 in the towns of Wales and Holland, respectively. David C. Bick, 47, and Steven J. Cracchiola, 20, were each issued tickets to appear in court.

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>Jail sentence suspended in animal cruelty case

NEWFANE -- A Newfane woman who faced 19 charges of animal cruelty and child endangerment charges in September admitted she let things get out of hand when sentenced in Newfane Town Court on Tuesday.

Town Justice Scott Boudeman praised her for accepting responsibility for her actions and suspended an 89-day jail sentence, giving her a one-year adjournment in contemplation of dismissal. All but two animal cruelty charges were dismissed against Patricia Rubin, 56, when she pleaded guilty Feb. 15.

Rubin also was ordered not to have any animals in her possession during the year year and fined $1,205. She also was ordered to attend parenting classes.

On Sept. 9, authorities found four dogs and 15 cats in Rubin's garbage-strewn mobile home on Lockport-Olcott Road, where waste was caked 3 to 4 inches thick, authorities added. Niagara County sheriff's deputies said her 7-month-old grandchild was living in the trailer with her, and the child's mother, Danielle Rubin, 20, of Newfane. Danielle Rubin, also charged with endangerment, received a one-year adjournment in contemplation of dismissal Feb. 15 and was ordered to attend parenting classes, perform 20 hours of community service and pay a fine of $405 by Boudeman.

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>M&T Bank branch robbed by woman in sunglasses

A woman robbed the M&T Bank branch at 1877 Main St. near East Delavan Avenue at about 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Buffalo police said.

Detectives said the robber handed the teller a note demanding money, according to Michael J. DeGeorge, Buffalo police spokesman. The woman fled with an undisclosed amount of cash.

The bandit was s described as white, about 5-foot-7, wearing "2011" sunglasses, a hoodie and dark-colored sweat pants.

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