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Falls police mount probe
 of overnight jewelry theft

NIAGARA FALLS – Jewelry worth more than $7,000 was stolen early Saturday during a burglary at a Michigan Avenue home, Niagara Falls police said.

The home was entered through an unlocked front door between midnight and 3 a.m., while residents were out, police said. The thief removed several watches and bracelets from a bedroom dresser, then flipped over mattresses in two bedrooms before fleeing, police added.

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Discharged gun lands
 man and teen in hot water

LE ROY – A Le Roy man and a Batavia teenager have been charged in connection with a dispute involving a gun, Genesee County sheriff's officials said.

Steven A. Myers, 46, of Asbury Road, Le Roy, has been charged with third-degree criminal mischief and second-degree menacing, while Brandon N. Benz, 17, of Clinton Street in Batavia, has been charged with second-degree sexual abuse and endangering the welfare of a child, according to the sheriff's office.

The charges stem from a Nov. 10 incident on Asbury Road, where deputies and state troopers responded to a report of a gun discharged during a dispute.

Investigators provided no further information.

Benz was arraigned in Le Roy Town Court. Myers was issued appearance tickets for Le Roy Town Court.

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St. Jude's donation box 
disappears from pizzeria

The donation box for the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital was swiped off the counter at Bona Pizza at 3038 Bailey Ave. about 10 p.m. Friday.

Police later arrested Jamori L. Williams, 33, of 19 Freeman St. and charged him with petit larceny. Police said that when they booked Williams, they found him with marijuana, so they added counts of marijuana possession and promoting prison contraband. The donation box contained about $25.

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East Side Family Dollar
 held up Friday by bandit

A gunman robbed the Family Dollar store at 1307 Jefferson Ave. Friday, police said.

The robber, a man in his 20s, pointed a gun at two clerks and ordered them to turn over cash from their registers and then ran out.

No one was hurt, police said.

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Security guard gets 
in face of unruly patron

A customer at a Jim's Steak Out got more spice than he bargained for early Saturday – pepper spray in the face by a store security guard.

The guard told police that the customer became aggressive toward him and the staff at the Jim's Steak Out at 3094 Main St. about 5:15 a.m., throwing food around and punching the guard in the chest. That's when he was sprayed in the face, police said in a report.

Officers charged Darrell Leown, 22, of 117 Tyler St. with disorderly conduct and harassment.

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Three residents escape
 house fire in Royalton

ROYALTON – Fire destroyed a house in the Town of Royalton early Saturday, but the occupants got out unharmed.

Homeowners Thomas and Barbara Vendetta were being evaluated in Eatsern Niagara Hospital, Newfane, for possible smoke inhalation, and the Red Cross was being contacted to assist the homeowners and a third adult, who was not identified. Fire investigators are now trying to pinpoint the cause.

Niagara County sheriff's deputies, who said the fire at 4729 Cottage Road was reported at about 5:20 a.m., noted that the house was a total loss.

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Driver in Newfane crash
 ejected, airlifted to ECMC

NEWFANE – The driver of a vehicle was ejected in a rollover crash about 5 a.m. Saturday on Ridge Road, Niagara County sheriff's deputies said.

The driver, who was not identified, was airlifted to Erie County Medical Center in Buffalo. The driver's condition was unavailable.

Two other occupants of the vehicle were treated at the scene, authorities said. Their identities were not released, either.

Deputies said the eastbound vehicle veered off the road, struck trees and overturned several times. The investigation is continuing.

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Aggravated DWI charge 
lodged in rollover crash

ARKWRIGHT – A Cassadaga man was charged with driving while intoxicated after his vehicle rolled over in a crash on Bard Road, state police said.

Robert Francis, 47, was traveling east when his vehicle left the road, hit a ditch and rolled, police said. He suffered minor injuries.

He posted a blood-alcohol content of .18 percent and was charged with aggravated driving while intoxicated, being an unlicensed operator, having no insurance, driving an unregistered motor vehicle and traveling at an unsafe speed, police said.