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NIAGARA POLICE & COURTS

Falls police use Taser on a reluctant suspect

NIAGARA FALLS -- Police used a Taser to subdue a man threatening residents and staffers of Community Missions on Buffalo Avenue Friday afternoon.

Jason M. Seyler, 40, was charged with second-degree assault, resisting arrest and obstructing governmental administration.

Police said Seyler refused to comply with requests, would not submit to a pat-down for weapons, and he punched Officer James Woomer in the neck, when he was shot with the Taser.

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Wire theft bid leaves behind $1,700 in damage

NIAGARA FALLS -- A man fleeing from a 20th Street home about 1 p.m. Saturday is suspected of trying to steal copper wiring, causing an estimated $1,700 damage, police said.

Police said wiring had been pulled out of walls and ceilings and was found piled near a basement window. Police also found burglary tools at the home.

Earlier, police investigated a break-in at a vacant 17th Street rental property and discovered more than 200 feet of copper plumbing cut from the basement. The loss was estimated at $300.

Also, 30 feet of copper plumbing was stolen from an Eighth Street rental property. The thief left the water running, causing about $1,200 damage to the building, owned by a Toronto resident, police said.

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Buffalo woman charged on check forgery scam

A Buffalo woman is accused of cashing more than $6,500 in forged checks in Amherst and Lockport.

Priscilla Robinson, 49, was arrested after an investigation by Orchard Park police revealed that she possessed some checks that were stolen from mailboxes and then had the payees' names and check amounts altered, state police said.

State police in Clarence and Lockport charged Robinson with grand larceny and possession of a forged instrument, both felonies. She was arraigned in Amherst Town Court and is currently in Erie County Holding Center.

Authorities said Robinson committed the same crime in Monroe County and is awaiting sentencing on a misdemeanor plea in September. Anyone who knows of similar unreported incidents here is asked to call state police at Clarence, at 759-6831.

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DWI charge is lodged in rear-end collision

NIAGARA FALLS -- Police charged a Buffalo Avenue man with driving while intoxicated after a rear-end collision shortly after 3:30 p.m. Friday at Buffalo Avenue and 63rd Street.

Bernard P. Harper, 55, also was charged with aggravated unlicensed operation, having no insurance and following too closely. "

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Teen rescued after fall onto rocks at base of falls

INDIAN FALLS -- Firefighters and emergency workers rescued a Spencerport teenager who fell 20 to 30 feet onto rocks at the base of the waterfalls on Tonawanda Creek about 4:55 p.m. Friday, Genesee County sheriff's deputies said.

Kourtney J. McCorry, 17, of Spencerport, who had been swimming with a group of friends, was flown by Mercy Flight to Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester. She was listed in satisfactory condition Saturday.

Deputies said McCorry was being helped up the rocks by her boyfriend while holding onto a tree branch. However, she fell backward when the branch broke.

Members of the Genesee County Emergency Support Unit and Indian Falls and Pembroke firefighters brought McCorry to safety by implementing a rope rescue, deputies said.

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Socks used as gloves called link to break-ins

NIAGARA FALLS -- Two men dropped a pipe wrench as they fled the scene of an attempted burglary at the Merry Mart store on Welch Avenue early Friday, police said.

Police also said socks used as gloves during the break-in may be a connection to a burglary attempt earlier in the day at Mark's Deli on Hyde Park Boulevard.

Police also are investigating a car break-in on Weston Avenue. A global positioning system, sunglasses, $10 in change and a garage door opener were stolen from an unlocked Hummer, police said. A drill and charger valued at $700 also were stolen from the victim's garage, police said.

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Man accused in theft of restaurant tip jar

A Buffalo man was arrested for stealing a tip jar from a West Side restaurant, police said Saturday.

Edgardo Ortiz, 25, of West Avenue, was charged Friday with petit larceny for allegedly taking the tip jar off the counter at Wah Sing Restaurant, 238 West Ferry St., police said.

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Man slashed in the arm in Willert Park attack

A man was slashed in the arm with a knife while in the city's Willert Park neighborhood, Buffalo police said Saturday.

The man told police he was walking east on William Street, near Jefferson Avenue, at about 7:30 p.m. Friday, when his attacker approached from behind.

The victim suffered a 3-inch gash on his arm, and sought treatment at Buffalo General Hospital.