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Man, 44, dies in fire at St. Catharines home

ST. CATHARINES, Ont. -- A St. Catharines man died in St. Catharines General Hospital on Saturday after firefighters found him inside a burning single-family home on Arthur Street, Niagara Regional Police report.

He was identified Sunday as Kelly Charles Sabisch, 44, who was living alone in the home. Police said that the fire was small and easily extinguished but that Sabisch had suffered a trauma related to the fire.

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Boy and five adults assault East Amherst man

A man was assaulted by a young boy described as about 12 years old, then by a group of several adults at the intersection of Richmond Avenue and Summer Street on Sunday.

Buffalo police said the victim, Tim J. Vertino, 23, of East Amherst, was approached by the juvenile at about 3:40 a.m. The boy told Vertino he was injured and needed help, according to police.

The boy then attacked Vertino and was soon joined by about five adults who were not originally in sight, police said. Vertino was allegedly beaten and suffered from a bleeding and swollen left eye and other injuries to the left side of his face.

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Vehicle with keys left in it is stolen, then recovered

NIAGARA FALLS -- Police used an automated tracking device to locate a stolen rental car Saturday afternoon.

The 1998 Ford had been rented by a 20th Street man, who was driving it shortly after noon when he returned home to get some sunglasses. He left the keys inside the car when he went inside, police said, and found it gone upon his return moments later.

The vehicle was tracked to the 1500 block of Centre Avenue, where it was found empty.

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Laptop, $100 are taken from hostel resident's room

NIAGARA FALLS -- A resident of a Ferry Avenue hostel told police that her laptop was stolen from her room Saturday evening.

The 20-year-old woman left the hostel to go to a nearby store at about 7 p.m., hiding the laptop and $100 in cash inside her locked room. When she returned two hours later, the room was still locked, but the laptop and the money were missing.

A manager told police that a long-term tenant may have somehow gained access to a key and entered the room.

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Felony DWI charged in Eden man's arrest

An Eden man with a previous driving while intoxicated conviction was charged with felony DWI early Sunday morning in Boston.

State troopers arrested Mark E. Pasnik, 48, when they said he committed multiple traffic violations on Mayer Road and later recorded a 0.10 blood-alcohol level.

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Eight rescued from river after boat capsizes

No serious injuries were reported following a Niagara River boating accident Saturday in which eight people were thrown into the water.

The boat capsized at about 9 p.m. near Strawberry Island when it hit a wake, U.S. Coast Guard officials said. Eight people on two other vessels were able to rescue the victims and transport them to shore in Buffalo before emergency personnel arrived.

One passenger was a pregnant woman who was transported to Women & Children's Hospital for minor bumps and bruises, said Petty Officer James Bordeleau.

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Marijuana-growing facility found on Michigan Avenue

NIAGARA FALLS -- Officers called to investigate a possible burglary in the 2200 block of Michigan Avenue on Saturday instead found a house being used as a marijuana-growing facility.

In all, police removed 77 marijuana plants from the home, as well as a "tote full" of marijuana from the attic, several grams worth found in jars in a bedroom, a bag full from a living room, a shoe box full found in an unspecified location and several loose pieces that were drying on a clothesline in the home's basement.

Officer Nick Granto said Roving Anti-Crime officers responded to 2212 Michigan Ave. following a report of a man seen leaving the home carrying a bag. They found both the front and rear doors open and several lights on inside the home and speculated that it may have been burglarized.

After announcing themselves, police entered the home and immediately smelled the marijuana, Granto said. The interior of the home was extremely hot and humid, and two growing rooms were located in the basement. No one was home at the time.

All the drug material was turned over to narcotics detectives, who will continue the investigation.

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DWI charged after stop for speeding on expressway

A woman was charged with aggravated driving while intoxicated after state police stopped her for speeding on the Kensington Expressway at 9:10 a.m. Sunday.

Troopers said Jessica L. Marranco, 23, of Williamsville, registered a blood-alcohol content three times the legal limit when she was tested at the Clarence station.

Trooper David Ziemba said he stopped her for driving 73 mph in a 55-mph zone.