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Fire crew rescues dog from sweltering car

NIAGARA FALLS -- Police and fire personnel rescued a distressed dog from a locked car at the height of Saturday afternoon's heat after the animal had been inside the sweltering vehicle for at least an hour.

Crews were called to the 300 block of Second Street at 1 p.m. to check out a dog in distress inside a car bearing California plates. Fire crews were able to open the vehicle without damage and remove the animal, which was turned over to the Niagara County SPCA. A note was left for the operator, telling of the dog's whereabouts.

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Stolen motorcycle recovered after chase

LEWISTON -- A motorcycle stolen from the driveway of a Falls Street home was recovered in Lewiston after being involved in a police chase, according to reports.

The 2007 Suzuki was stolen between 7 and 10:30 p.m. Saturday after being left in the driveway with the keys in the ignition, police said. Following recovery, it was turned over to the owner, a South Avenue man.

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Home being renovated in Gasport is burglarized

GASPORT -- Nearly $5,000 worth of building supplies and materials were stolen recently from a home under renovation on Ridge Road, Niagara County sheriff's deputies reported.

The homeowner told deputies she has checked the property periodically since Aug. 3, and on Saturday found that someone had pried open a rear door and stolen several items, including a washer, dryer and stove. A lock was broken off a shed and various contracting supplies were taken.

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Man says he was attacked, robbed on Ferry Avenue

NIAGARA FALLS -- A 59-year-old man told police he was jumped and robbed early Sunday after visiting a corner store.

The victim told police he was walking home down an alley in the 1900 block of Ferry Avenue just before 4 a.m. when two men approached, asking for money. One of them punched him in the face, knocking him to the ground, and they stole $50 before fleeing on foot down the alley.

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Chain saw stolen in Hess Road break-in

NEWFANE -- A $900 chain saw was stolen from a Hess Road home Thursday by a burglar who entered in the middle of the night, Niagara County sheriff's deputies said.

The resident was asleep in his living room when he was awakened by barking dogs, deputies said. He heard noises coming from a bedroom area but feared the intruder might be armed, so he did not check. He later found the 27-inch chain saw missing.

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Pay loader catches fire; electrical glitch suspected

CAMBRIA -- A possible electrical fire damaged a construction pay loader Saturday afternoon, Niagara County sheriff's deputies said.

The fire occurred in the 4900 block of Lower Mountain Road just after 3:30 p.m. No one was around the machine at the time of the fire, which was brought under control by the Cambria Fire Company. The vehicle recently underwent electrical repairs, deputies said.

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Two snowblowers taken from garage in Royalton

ROYALTON -- Two snowblowers were stolen from a Dysinger Road garage over the weekend, Niagara County sheriff's deputies reported.

The theft occurred sometime between Friday night and Sunday afternoon. The door to the garage is damaged, preventing it from being securely closed, deputies said. The blowers were valued at $350.

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$20,000 in property stolen while man is in hospital

NIAGARA FALLS -- A Niagara Avenue man told police that roughly $20,000 worth of his property was stolen recently, after neighbors reported seeing several trucks pull up to the home, load items and drive off.

The thefts reportedly occurred sometime Wednesday while the victim was in the hospital, police said. Officers contacted the owner of the property, who told them he thought the residence had been abandoned and that he had the man's belongings moved onto the porch. Items stolen included grills, dressers, a vise and other tools.

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Suspected burglars arrested upon leaving Falls residence

NIAGARA FALLS -- Two people were arrested as they tried to leave a Weston Avenue residence early Sunday. Police said they broke into the home and chased the resident into an attic, where he barricaded himself and phoned police.

Arrested upon leaving the home shortly before 1 a.m. were Amanda T. Michael, 18, of 21st Street, and Scott A. Mrzygut, 22, of Saunders Settlement Road. Both were charged with second-degree burglary and fourth-degree criminal mischief.

Another South Avenue resident also reported a burglary Sunday morning, saying that someone entered his home via an unlocked window and stole $250 from a bedroom dresser between 7:45 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.