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Armed men rob couple in mobile home, flee

TOWN OF NIAGARA -- Two masked men, one brandishing an AK-47 assault rifle and the other a semi-automatic handgun, fled on foot after robbing a couple in their Expressway Village mobile home late Saturday.

Town Police Sgt. Jeffrey Spears said the two men walked into the home at about 9:45 p.m. Saturday and at gunpoint robbed a male and female resident of an undetermined amount of cash before leaving. The Niagara County Sheriff's Office is assisting in the home invasion investigation.

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Falls woman, 45, charged in theft of go-cart

NIAGARA FALLS -- A 27th Street woman was charged Saturday when a 16-year-old spotted his stolen go-cart locked to a tree and covered with a tarpaulin in her backyard, police said.

The boy contacted police. He recognized the computer chair used for a seat on the machine and gave police the serial number of the motor on the vehicle. It had been stolen from the 2700 block of Niagara Street back in April, police said.

Officers issued an appearance ticket to Toni M. Bounds, 45, charging her with fifth-degree criminal possession of stolen property. The go-cart was returned to its rightful owner.

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Two arrested in stabbing in City of Tonawanda bar

A 34-year-old Amherst man was taken to Erie County Medical Center after being stabbed at about 2:15 a.m. Sunday in the Dome Stadium, a bar at 200 Main St., City of Tonawanda.

City police arrested two Buffalo men in connection with the stabbing and an earlier assault.

Samuel M. Nappo, 32, of Tonawanda Street, was charged with first-degree felony assault, second-degree menacing and fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon.

Police charged Shane M. Toms, 22, of Rosedale Street, in connection with an earlier attack on the stabbing victim's 38-year-old brother. He was charged with second-degree assault and fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon.

Police did not explain where or when the first assault happened. Neither victim's name was released, and it's unclear what their conditions are.

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Man shooting at raccoon charged with cruelty

NIAGARA FALLS -- An 18-year-old was charged with cruelty to animals late Saturday after police said he was shooting at a raccoon from his third-floor balcony on Rainbow Boulevard.

Ryan R. Thomason was arrested at 10:29 p.m. after neighbors reported someone shooting a BB gun at cars in the nearby Hampton Inn parking lot. Thomason reportedly told police he was shooting at the animal because it kept getting into his garbage.

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Minor Home Depot fire traced to bird's nest

NIAGARA FALLS -- A bird's nest inside a lighting fixture apparently ignited Saturday evening, triggering a minor fire at the Home Depot store, 750 Builder's Way.

Fire crews responded to the nursery area of the business just after 7 p.m. to extinguish the fire and remove the nesting materials. No one was injured in the incident.

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Victim of Falls burglary has suspect in mind

NIAGARA FALLS -- A Pine Avenue man told police he believes his ex-girlfriend's cousin probably burglarized his home Saturday evening while he was out.

Someone kicked in the side door of the residence between 5 and 10 p.m. and stole an $800 Sony television from inside, police said. Nothing else was reported missing.

The victim contacted his ex-girlfriend, who also believes her cousin was likely responsible due to a drug habit. An investigation is continuing.

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Estranged husband faces questioning in theft

GASPORT -- A Park Avenue woman's estranged husband is being questioned in connection with a Friday afternoon theft from her home, Niagara County sheriff's deputies said.

Items taken from the home included a camcorder and a picture frame, both of which had been gifts from the victim's husband when he lived with her, deputies said. A front door knob was removed to gain access to the home, which recently underwent a lock change, deputies said. A screened door also was ripped from its hinges.

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911 call brings arrest of 3, discovery of guns

A 911 call early Sunday regarding a person with a gun in the street led to the discovery of two weapons and the arrests of three Buffalo men.

Charged with third-degree criminal weapons possession were William A. Guilford Jr., 24, of Eggert Road; Ruben Rosario Jr., 21, of Woodette Place; and Dennis J. Staples Jr., 22, no address provided.

Officers said Guilford continued walking on Congress Street shortly after midnight despite police orders telling him to stay where he was.

Guilford was apprehended a short time later along with Rosario and Staples. Officers said they found a Ruger .357 revolver and a Ruger .22 caliber.

Guilford also was charged with possession of marijuana and obstructing governmental administration.