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Operator of electric bike accused of being impaired

ST. CATHARINES, Ont. -- A St. Catharines woman faces driving-while-impaired charges after she fell off her electric bicycle at Linwell Road and Geneva Street at about 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Niagara Regional Police report.

Police said Darlene Hill, 50, had taken prescription medication and had 2 1/2 times the legal limit of alcohol in her blood. She was treated for minor injuries at the scene and was issued an appearance ticket.

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Swimmer who broke away from group found safe

PORTER -- Police launched a land, sea and air search for a missing swimmer Sunday morning before she was spotted, safely negotiating the waters of Lake Ontario. She was able to return to shore safely and without assistance.

Niagara County sheriff's deputies were called to the lakeshore at the foot of Dietz Road at about 9:50 a.m. by members of the Buffalo Triathlon Club, who were conducting a group training in the area.

A dozen members had gone into the water for a swim, but choppy conditions prevented them from keeping visual track of each other, deputies said.

A 58-year-old Fredonia woman was participating in the swim and hadn't been seen for nearly an hour, prompting emergency crews to begin a widespread search.

She was finally spotted at about 11 a.m., safe and still swimming, and the emergency responders returned to service.

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Burglar takes nothing but leaves a mess

NIAGARA FALLS -- A burglar scattered clothing and belongings throughout a Pine Avenue apartment Saturday afternoon in an apparently fruitless search for an unknown object, police said.

The resident returned home just after 4 p.m. to find a kitchen window smashed out and pry marks on a door. The intruder also climbed a fire escape in an unsuccessful attempt to enter a third-floor window.

In addition to the mess, about $130 damage was done to the residence, police said, but nothing appeared to have been taken.

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Intruder causes damage, leaves empty-handed

NIAGARA FALLS -- An intruder cut out a large section of metal fencing to enter the yard of a Sherwood Avenue home early Sunday, police said.

A storage shed on the property was entered, but nothing appeared to have been taken, and an unsuccessful attempt was made to break into a garage. Damage to the property was estimated at nearly $800.

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Man, 21, drowns in lake at Ontario trailer park

PORT COLBORNE, Ont. -- A Mississauga man drowned Saturday night at a trailer park here, Niagara Regional Police report.

The unidentified 21-year-old was with a group of friends when he jumped into an inland lake at about 9 p.m. from a height of at least 15 feet, police reported.

After entering the water, the man surfaced and was in communication with his friends. He then dove underneath the surface of the water and did not reappear, police said.

Companions could not locate the man. His body was recovered at 12:40 a.m. Sunday by the police Underwater Search and Recovery Unit.

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GPS, Yankee baseball cap stolen from parked car

PENDLETON -- A thief stole a global positioning system and a Yankees baseball cap from a car parked at a Seneca Court residence earlier this week, Niagara County sheriff's deputies said.

The break-in occurred between Monday and Wednesday but was not reported until Saturday. The missing items were valued at $290.

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Theft attempt causes costly damage in car

NIAGARA FALLS -- Someone caused an estimated $1,000 damage to the electrical system of a 26th Street man's car Sunday, police said.

Dashboard wiring was damaged in an apparent attempt to steal a car stereo system. The incident occurred between 2 and 4 a.m. while the vehicle was parked in front of the residence.

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Prescription pills, coins taken in car burglary

NIAGARA FALLS -- A couple of bottles of prescription medication were among the items taken when a South Avenue woman's car was burglarized overnight Saturday, police reported.

The car was parked in the driveway of the woman's home when someone broke in between 10:45 p.m. Saturday and 8 a.m. Sunday. Also stolen were 20 compact discs and $40 in coins. Total loss was estimated at more than $300.

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Pavilion man, 57, killed when Jeep hits pole, rolls

PAVILION -- A Pavilion man died when his Jeep Grand Cherokee left Linwood Road, hit a utility pole and rolled over at 6:20 p.m. Saturday.

Genesee County sheriff's deputies said Lavern L. Williams, 57, was extricated by emergency responders and taken by ambulance to United Memorial Medical Center, Batavia, where he was pronounced dead.

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