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Bolt cutters employed in YMCA locker theft

NIAGARA FALLS -- Bolt cutters were used to cut a padlock from a locker in the theft of items at the Family YMCA on Portage Road Friday morning, police said.

The theft occurred between 8 and 9 a.m. in the men's dressing room, police said. Many of the stolen items were later recovered but not $120 in cash, police said.


Aggravated DWI charge lodged in tale of 2 drivers

NIAGARA FALLS -- A Niagara Falls woman was charged with driving without a license and aggravated drunken driving early Saturday after she warned her drunk companion not to get behind the wheel of a car, police said.

Jacqueline M. Kurek, 39, of LaSalle Avenue, was charged with aggravated driving while intoxicated after posting a blood-alcohol level of 0.19 percent -- more than twice the legal limit. She was also charged with a turn and headlight violations.

Police investigating a report of a crash about 3:30 a.m. warned both the suspect and her companion not to drive because of suspected intoxication.

After driving around the block, police said, officers spotted a vehicle leaving the scene without headlights and failing to signal a turn.


Rochester man gets jail for loaded revolver

LOCKPORT -- A Rochester man who had a loaded revolver in his car when he was pulled over in Lewiston will serve four months of weekends in jail, Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon Farkas decided Thursday.

Ondrae L. Florence, 42, also will be on probation for five years. The sentence will be served in Monroe County if possible, Farkas said.

Florence had pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of attempted third-degree criminal possession of a weapon in the wake of the Sept. 25, 2010, arrest.


Ashville man accused of killing cat with log

ASHVILLE -- An Ashville man killed a cat by striking it over the head with a log earlier this week, state police in Jamestown said.

Gregg Morrison, 34, is charged with torturing/killing/failing to provide sustenance to an animal, according to police. Trooper Paul Anthony investigated the case at a North Harmony address on Wednesday, police said. It was unclear if the cat was the suspect's.


Bipoar diagnosis weighed in car theft guilty plea

LOCKPORT -- A Buffalo man diagnosed with bipolar disorder pleaded guilty Friday to stealing a car and plowing it into a Wheatfield snowbank last March 7.

Bruce B. Bidwell, 40, of Elmwood Avenue, was promised a sentence of five years' probation and no more than $1,000 in restitution when he returns before Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon Farkas April 9.

Assistant Public Defender Matthew P. Pynn said he considered a mental health defense for Bidwell. "He was certainly suffering from the disease, the manic phase, when he committed the crime," Pynn said.

The 1997 Plymouth Breeze, belonging to a student, was stolen from the Canisius College parking lot and crashed at a Wilson Farms store at Niagara Falls Boulevard and Ward Road in Wheatfield.


Crash with tractor-trailer is fatal to Cherry Creek man

POMFRET -- An elderly Cherry Creek man was fatally injured Friday when he was ejected from his vehicle, which pulled into the path of a tractor-trailer on Route 5 in the Town of Pomfret.

Harry Loomis, 83, was taken to Brooks Memorial Hospital, where he died of his injuries, Chautauqua County sheriff's officials said.

The crash with the westbound tractor-trailer occurred at about 8:40 p.m., authorities said.

The driver of the rig, Jason Gage, 31, of Buffalo, was unable to avoid the collision, which sent the other vehicle into a ditch on the south side of the road, deputies said.

Gage was ticketed for driving with a suspended registration, according to police.

The investigation is continuing.


LaSalle Avenue home target of Friday break-in

NIAGARA FALLS -- A burglar climbed atop lawn furniture and through a kitchen window to burglarize a LaSalle Avenue home Friday, police said.

The break-in occurred between 9 and 10:30 a.m., and the burglar stole two video game systems worth $500.