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Felony DWI charge lodged against Jamestown man

JAMESTOWN -- A city man was charged with felony driving while intoxicated after he was pulled over on Washington Street early Saturday, state police said.

Sebastian Conti, 46, of Jamestown, was stopped for a traffic violation, officials said. After he failed several field sobriety tests, he was taken to the State Police barracks in Jamestown. There, he refused to provide a breath sample.

Because Conti had a prior conviction for DWI within the last 10 years, he was charged with a felony level of DWI on Saturday. He was being held pending arraignment.


Man, 23, killed in Ontario when car crashes into tree

FORT ERIE, Ont. -- A 23-year-old man was killed early Saturday morning when he lost control of his car on Nigh Road and crashed into a tree, the Niagara Regional Police Service said.

The victim, whose name was not released by Canadian authorities at the request of his family, was driving his father's car when he crashed.

A patrol officer came across the single-crash accident at about 5:20 a.m.

Investigators said speed was a contributing factor in the accident.

The incident was under investigation.


Property worth $850 taken from Pendleton home

PENDLETON -- A burglar broke into a vacationing family's home on Friday and stole at least $850 worth of property, sheriff's deputies said.

The Pendale Circle residence was entered by breaking out a rear window, according to deputies, who said two wallets were stolen from bedrooms and a PlayStation 3 game console was taken from the basement.


Jailed man faces new charge after crack cocaine found

TOWN OF LOCKPORT -- Two hours after being arrested on an outstanding warrant, a Burt man was charged with promoting prison contraband after jail employees reportedly found a rock of crack cocaine inside his cigarette pack.

Carl G. Stiles, 30, of Ide Road, had been taken into custody around midnight Friday, sheriff's deputies said, and the narcotics were found during a search at the Niagara County Jail shortly after 2 a.m., according to reports.


Woman posing as aide steals TV from elderly man

NIAGARA FALLS -- Police say that a woman posing as an "aide" and stopping by an elderly man's apartment on occasion to offer "help" has instead been helping herself to his valuables.

The woman is seen on security cameras entering the handicapped man's Niagara Towers apartment around 5:45 a.m. Friday while he slept, police said. About 20 minutes later she is seen leaving the apartment carrying his television, valued at $600.


Woman robbed of Rolex, $4,000 in parking lot

A Hamburg woman reported to police that she was robbed of her Rolex watch and $4,000 in cash while she was in her car near Broadway and Bailey Avenue Thursday night, police said.

The victim said her car was in the parking lot of Avenue Pizza when two men she didn't know approached her and pointed a gun to her head.

She handed over her $6,000 watch and cash, police said.


$500 in medications taken from Falls home

NIAGARA FALLS -- About $500 worth of prescription medication was stolen from a Sixth Street home, police said.

The victim told police that someone entered her home via an open side window between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. Thursday, stealing the medications from a tray.

Included in the missing medications were some hydrocodone tablets and Lidoderm patches.


Police probing break-in at priest's residence

NIAGARA FALLS -- Police are investigating a break-in at the priest's chambers of St. Hagop Armenian Apostolic Church on Ninth Street.

Someone entered through a north window between Thursday afternoon and Friday morning, ransacking rooms and rummaging through file cabinets, drawers, cupboards and mail. An altar area was also damaged.

The only items known to have been taken were three 5-pound cans of coffee valued at $30, police said.


Two men with gun rob two people downtown

Two people were robbed at gunpoint early Saturday morning in downtown Buffalo, police said.

The pair was at Washington Street, near West Mohawk Street, just after 3 a.m., when they were approached by two men, one of whom put a gun to the throat one of the victims, police said.


Unexploded firebomb found outside window

NIAGARA FALLS -- A Niagara Street man found an unexploded Molotov-cocktail-type fire bomb outside his bedroom window Friday, hours after bricks had been thrown through two of his other windows, police said.