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Theft of seizure meds ends in a confrontation

NIAGARA FALLS -- A 25-year-old man told police he was assaulted early Saturday by another man who stole and swallowed his prescription seizure medication.

The victim, a Sixth Street resident, told police he was at a 22nd Street home between 11:30 p.m. Friday and 12:30 a.m. Saturday when the theft occurred. When the victim confronted the thief, he was punched twice in the face, police said.

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Two accused in attack tied to near-collision

WHEATFIELD -- Two North Tonawanda men were arrested late Friday after assaulting another motorist and cracking the windshield of his vehicle, Niagara County sheriff's deputies said.

Travis A. Barke, 19, of Sweeney Street was charged with third-degree criminal mischief and second-degree harassment. Michael D. Bevilacqua, 18, of Fairmont Avenue was charged with harassment following the confrontation on Niagara Road at about 9:30 p.m.

Deputies said a 28-year-old Wheatfield man was driving on Niagara Falls Boulevard when a car ran a red light and nearly collided with his vehicle. When the two vehicles arrived at a stoplight, the Wheatfield man exchanged words with Barke and Bevilacqua, in the other vehicle, who followed him to a nearby coffee shop parking lot, deputies said.

Barke is accused of pounding on the man's car, causing the windshield to crack, and both he and Bevilacqua assaulted the victim before fleeing.

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Burglary probe launched as jewelry goes missing

NIAGARA FALLS -- A LaSalle-area woman didn't notice nearly $1,200 worth of jewelry missing from her home for nearly 10 days, said police, who announced the burglary probe Sunday.

Police said the woman returned home from work on Feb. 17, when she discovered the door to her apartment was jammed. But it wasn't until she went for the jewelry this weekend that she noticed several pieces missing, including three gold rings, a pair of gold earrings, and a diamond necklace and earrings, police said.

Police said there was no sign of forced entry to the apartment, which is in a secure building.

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Crash damage traced to North Buffalo driver

A North Buffalo woman was charged with leaving the scene of a property-damage accident after her car struck a tree and parking meters Saturday morning on Hertel Avenue, near Colvin Avenue.

When officers later interviewed Erica G. Jordan, 24, of Commonwealth Avenue, she handed over her purse, which contained cocaine, according to police. Police said Jordan went home after the crash.

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Suspected car thief captured after chase

NIAGARA FALLS -- Police arrested a suspected car thief after a lengthy foot chase through the 19th Street neighborhood early Saturday.

Johnny K. Hilson, 19, of Pine Avenue, is charged with fourth-degree grand larceny, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, obstructing governmental administration, resisting arrest and seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance -- hydrocodone, police said.

Hilson was apprehended after fleeing from a car crash at 19th Street and Ferry Avenue at about 7:15 a.m., said police, who noted the car had been stolen from an 18th Street woman earlier in the morning.

Police said Hilson and another man were with the car owner before they took the car.

The other man, who is still being sought, was driving the car at the time of the crash, police said.

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Three hurt in crash of rig, two vehicles

CHARLOTTE -- Three people were taken to area hospitals after a three-vehicle crash at about 2:10 p.m. Sunday in the Town of Charlotte, according to the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office.

At 2:10 p.m., a vehicle traveling north on Route 60 came to a stop to turn onto a driveway and was struck from behind by another vehicle traveling in the same direction the impact forcing the first vehicle into the path of a southbound tractor-trailer.

The investigation by the Sheriff's Office and State Police continues.

Both the driver and passenger of the first vehicle were flown to Erie County Medical Center for evaluation.

The driver of the second vehicle was taken to WCA Hospital, Jamestown. The rig driver was not injured.

Sheriff's officials did not release the names of those involved in the crash.

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Woman tied to theft of rosary chain at YMCA

A Riverside woman was charged with second-degree robbery after stealing a gold rosary chain and pair of prescription glasses Saturday at the Delaware Family YMCA, 2564 Delaware Ave.

Alissa Haslama, 21, also yelled at the victim, with whom she has a child, and punched him in the face and chest, according to a police report.

The incident occurred at about 5:19 p.m. during a private party. Haslama entered the YMCA with her 2-year-old son.

The values of the rosary and glasses are $400 and $600, respectively.