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Crashed cyclist treated at hospital for road rash

One person was taken to a local hospital with what were described as minor injuries following a motorcycle crash on the Niagara Thruway in South Buffalo late Saturday morning, state police said.

A witness alerted 911 to someone lying on the road near the Seneca Street exit, following the crash, which occurred shortly before 11:30 a.m. State police said the operator was treated for road rash at the hospital.

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Welder and air compressor missing in heavy-duty thefts

ROYALTON -- Niagara County sheriff's deputies are investigating a pair of brazen thefts, including an incident in which someone backed a pickup onto a Hollenbeck Road property to steal a trailer loaded with a $7,000 welder.

The trailer and welder were stolen before noon Friday, from the south side of the property, owned by a Gasport resident, deputies said.

Deputies said it took at least two people to haul away a heavy air compressor from a work site on Humphrey Road in the Town of Hartland. The compressor, valued at $1,100, is owned by Roberts Roofing. It was stolen overnight Thursday, deputies added.

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DWI alleged in close call on Transit in Lancaster

A Colombian national was arrested early Saturday after he nearly struck another vehicle on Transit Road in Lancaster and was later allegedly found to be intoxicated, state police reported.

Edgar Unibio-Avila, 49, of Bogota, was arraigned in Lancaster Town Court on a charge of driving while intoxicated after he was allegedly found to have a .14 percent blood-alcohol level, police said.

Troopers said they pulled Unibio-Avila over just after 3:15 a.m.

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Loot left behind leaves riddle in Falls break-in

NIAGARA FALLS -- A burglar left an Ashland Avenue home with less than he had originally intended Saturday, police said.

The burglar reached through a broken window of a back door and entered the apartment sometime between 2 p.m. Friday and 1 a.m. Saturday, police said. Once inside, the burglar stole a $125 necklace off a living room table. The thief also collected two portable television sets and a DVD player, setting them near a doorway of the home, but left without taking them along, police said.

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Man jailed in larceny case arrested on two new charges

A Chadduck Avenue man already jailed on larceny charges was charged this week with criminal mischief and harassment counts for allegedly intimidating and terrorizing a 17th Street woman last November, authorities said.

Reymundo Nieves-Rojas, 39, was accused of breaking into the home of a woman he knew in the first block of 17th about 10 a.m. Nov. 30 and demanding to use her car. After she called for police help, he forced her into a bedroom and told her not to answer the door when police came, authorities said.

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Drug treatment flunky wins demotion to prison

LOCKPORT -- A Newfane burglar who washed out of a drug treatment program was sentenced by Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon Farkas to two years in prison and three years of post-release supervision.

Matthew A. Venne, 23, of Redwood Lane, had been admitted to the judicial diversion program in May 2011 after pleading guilty to stealing pills from a Newfane mobile home Oct. 7, 2010.

In another case Thursday, Farkas sentenced Joseph A. Bishara to five years of probation for two burglaries.

Bishara, 22, of John Street, Niagara Falls, stole copper pipes July 31 from a home being renovated on Ontario Avenue in the Falls.

He also was tied by DNA evidence to an Aug. 30, 2010, home burglary on Joann Circle in the Town of Niagara.

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Falls man gets three years behind bars for 2 break-ins

LOCKPORT -- A Niagara Falls man was sent to prison for three years Thursday for a pair of 2011 burglaries.

Nicholas A. Cimino III, 28, of Niemel Drive, had pleaded guilty in State Supreme Court to a reduced charge of attempted second-degree burglary for stealing about $8,000 worth of property from homes in Zito Drive in the Falls and A Street in the Cayuga Village mobile home park, Town of Niagara.

Justice Richard C. Kloch Sr. also imposed five years of post-release supervision on Cimino.