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Mike Kurilovitch


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TOWN OF NIAGARA – A 38-year-old woman was bilked out of $1,340 recently after a caller told her that her Social Security number had been compromised and was being used to purchase "large amounts of narcotics." Niagara County sheriff's deputies said the woman received a call from the "Social Security Administration" claiming that her card number had been compromised, and…

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A man who was using his cellphone to film an arrest early Saturday was arrested himself after allegedly clashing with officers, Niagara Falls police reported. Michael A. Mease, 19, of Ashland Avenue, was charged with disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and obstructing governmental administration. Police said Mease stood over officers shouting obscenities and threats…

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A 30-year-old horse, ailing from a yearlong illness, apparently escaped its enclosure early last Monday and was euthanized after it jumped from the Niagara Scenic Parkway overpass at Lockport Road in the Town of Porter, Niagara County sheriff's deputies said. Deputies were initially called to the area just before 2:30 a.m. for a report of a horse in the roadway. Upon th…

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A burglary suspect was arrested Saturday morning when he walked back past the scene of the crime while officers were investigating the break-in, Niagara Falls police reported. John J. Zacher, 34, who police said is homeless, was charged with third-degree burglary, petit larceny and fourth-degree criminal mischief. Police responded to the Little Bakery, a restaurant a…

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An elderly Niagara Falls woman told city police she noticed $65 missing from the top of her walker Thursday after a friend of her daughter had given her an "unusually long" hug. The victim told police that the suspect, 44, makes regular visits to her home and frequently hugs her. But the latest hug was different, she said, and during the lengthy squeeze she could feel t…

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A woman serving as the "designated driver" for her group – despite having a suspended driver's license – was charged with driving while intoxicated and other counts recently after being pulled over on Hyde Park Boulevard, Town of Niagara Police reported Saturday. Officers said they spotted a car operating on Hyde Park Boulevard about 12:15 a.m. last Sunday with only one…

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A tour bus taken out of service Friday afternoon in Niagara Falls for "numerous state and federal safety law violations" was pulled over two hours later with 13 passengers on board, city police said. Niagara Falls officers said an "out-of-service" sticker had been scraped off the window by the driver, who was arrested and whose bus was impounded. Officers were contac…

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NIAGARA FALLS – Police didn't have to resort to a lot of CSI-like investigating to catch an assault suspect: The man lived in his alleged victim's home, and was arrested in the room he was renting. Timothy L. Jackson, 46, of Ontario Avenue, faces charges of third-degree assault and fourth-degree criminal mischief. The 43-year-old victim told police that he was standi…

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Niagara Falls police reported that they arrested a city man Saturday afternoon after he allegedly snatched a $100 bill from an 83-year-old man in a checkout line at a Hyde Park Boulevard convenience store. The incident occurred around 12:20 p.m. at the Noco store, 2221 Hyde Park Blvd. The victim was standing in line waiting to make a purchase with the money in his hand …

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All available police officers were summoned early Sunday after a contentious crowd estimated at 150 people took over a convenience store and refused to leave, Niagara Falls police reported. There were three arrests. Arrested on various charges, including trespass, obstructing governmental administration, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest, were Leah L. Leon, 20; Cy…

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An inmate at the Niagara County Jail in Lockport faces charges, including felony assault, stemming from a reported escape attempt in which a female corrections officer suffered serious injuries, according to the Niagara County Sheriff's Office. According to reports, corrections officers at the Niagara Street jail were checking on an inmate in the infirmary the morning o…

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A man who reported his pickup truck stolen was arrested after locating the vehicle on his own and calling for police assistance. He subsequently was charged with driving while intoxicated and his passenger was charged with having stolen the vehicle, the Niagara County Sheriff's Office reported. Thomas A. Tomoser, 44, of Lackawanna, told deputies that while visiting a Lo…

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A Niagara Falls man faces a laundry list of charges following a fight Friday and a break-in at a LaSalle-area home, Niagara Falls Police reported Police were investigating the break-in on 90th Street when another officer arrested Jory A. Centofanti, 33, of 16th Street, in connection with the fight in the 7600 block of Perry Avenue. Police said that he was intoxicated…

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NIAGARA FALLS – A Macklem Avenue woman told police that all of her ex-boyfriend's belongings were removed from her home sometime last week and that, during the incident, her Great Dane-pit bull mix was either stolen or ran off. The victim told police she locked the dog inside her kitchen before leaving home at around 10 am. that day. Upon returning around 6 p.m., she fo…

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A man was charged with assault and driving while intoxicated Tuesday night after a patron was cut on the neck with a pocketknife during an altercation at the 3F (Fin, Feather and Fur) Club, Lewiston Town Police reported. Town police responded to the Swann Road clubhouse just before midnight after receiving reports that a man had been assaulted there and, as they approac…