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NIAGARA POLICE & COURTS

Police aiding parole officer arrest man on drug counts

NIAGARA FALLS -- A Niagara Street man was arrested on two narcotics charges after city police said they found bags of marijuana and cocaine in an apartment where he was taken into custody for alleged violation of parole.

Police said they charged Vincent L. Robinson, 32, with two counts of possession of narcotics after they searched the apartment in the 1800 block of Pine Avenue about 8 a.m. Monday. They said Robinson gave them permission to search the apartment, and the bags were in plain sight.

Officers said they were called to the apartment to help a parole officer who was taking Robinson into custody.

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LaSalle Avenue woman, 28, accused in debit card theft

LOCKPORT -- City police arrested a Niagara Falls woman Monday and accused her of running up $423 worth of purchases on a stolen debit card.

Billie Jo R. Baity, 28, of LaSalle Avenue, was charged with second- and third-degree forgery, third-degree identity theft and petit larceny. She claimed to police that the victim gave her permission to use the card.

A Hillcrest Drive man reported to Lockport police July 5 that he tried to use his Bank of America debit card at a pharmacy and was told the account had been blocked because of suspicious activity.

Detective Lt. Scott Seekins' investigation showed Baity allegedly used the card at McDonald's, Walmart, Wilson Farms, Rite Aid, Walnut Street Liquor, 7-Eleven and Gulf and Sunoco gas stations. She was arrested Monday at Niagara County Family Court.

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Lockport man faces charges in theft of copper pipe

LOCKPORT -- James E. Stahl, 43, of John Street, was arrested Monday in an alleged copper caper in the basement of an Erie Street rental home.

City police charged Stahl with fourth-degree grand larceny and second-degree criminal mischief. They said he allegedly cut up copper pipe in the home around June 18.

The tenant in the house said she had no running water because Stahl told her June 18 that he had accidentally broken a pipe in the basement. He rigged up a supply line to the kitchen sink with a garden hose and some plastic pipe, but there was no water elsewhere in the home, police said.

Stahl was arrested June 20 on other charges and remains in the Niagara County Jail.

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$40 taken from man in armed robbery near UB

Amherst police are looking for an armed robber wearing a ski mask who stole $40 from a man walking down Callodine Avenue, near the University at Buffalo South Campus, early Sunday.

The victim told police he was walking down Callodine, north of Main Street and just west of Bailey Avenue, shortly before 2 a.m. Sunday, when he heard a vehicle approaching from behind. The thief, wearing a ski mask and a dark hooded sweat shirt, got out of the passenger seat, flashed the handgun and stole the money.

Amherst Police Capt. Scott Chamberlin said police are looking for a dark-colored, four-door American vehicle, possibly a Ford.

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Niagara Regional Police win band competition

ST. CATHARINES, Ont. -- The Niagara Regional Police Service Pipe Band clinched the title as the province's best band last weekend at a competition in Fergus, Ont., Niagara Regional Police reported Monday.

The pipe band clinched the title of "Champion Supreme" with a first-place showing at the Fergus Highland Games.

The Champion Supreme title is an award presented by the Pipers and Pipe Band Society of Ontario and is earned by the band with the most accumulated points at highland games during a competition season.

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Two Kenmore men charged in attempt to sell meth

Two Kenmore residents were arrested Monday on drug charges -- including the alleged intent to sell methamphetamine -- following a raid by Kenmore police and several other area law enforcement agencies, Kenmore police reported.

John McNeill, 52, and Barton Crowell, 46, both of Knowlton Avenue, were charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance, methamphetamine, with intent to sell, criminal use of drug paraphernalia and unlawful possession of marijuana, according to Peter J. Breitnauer, assistant chief of the Kenmore Police Department.

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Woman freed from vehicle after rollover crash

Emergency crews freed a Town of Tonawanda woman who was trapped in her vehicle after it struck a parked car and rolled over onto its roof late Sunday, Town of Tonawanda police reported.

Tina L. Keller, 37, was taken to Kenmore Mercy Hospital after the crash, which occurred at about 9:50 p.m. on Northwood Drive. She was listed in stable condition Monday.

Police ticketed Keller for driving while ability impaired by drugs, Lt. Nicholas A. Bado said. Family members told police the woman has been taking prescription medicine. The woman told officers she was returning from the grocery store when her vehicle struck the parked car.