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Mike Kurilovitch


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A Transportation Security Administration worker lost not only his uniform but also his pickup truck last week, one of two pickups stolen in the Town of Wheatfield in a nine-hour period, the Niagara County Sheriff's Office reported. Sometime between 11:30 p.m. Monday and 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, someone took a 2015 Dodge Ram pickup from the driveway of a Mourning Dove Lane hom…

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A Niagara Falls man reportedly admitted to consuming a half-pint of whiskey before crashing his Jeep into a light pole in an Ontario Street parking lot in the Village of Wilson on Thursday afternoon, Niagara County sheriff's deputies reported. Paul Harris, 71, of 21st Street, was taken into custody following the 3:35 p.m. incident. Officers said that an open and half-em…

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A 38-year-old Niagara Falls woman reported that her bank accounts were drained of $1,400 recently while she was serving a six-month stint in Niagara County Jail, according to Niagara Falls Police. The victim, a Niagara Avenue resident, told police that sometime since Oct. 28 someone used her personal information to steal money from accounts belonging to her and her chil…

Several packages of steaks fell from a man's jacket pockets recently when officers stopped him walking from the scene of a reported shoplifting, Town of Niagara Police reported. According to reports, Robert B. Patrick, 36, of LaSalle Avenue, Niagara Falls, was stopped by police while walking down Military Road on Jan. 8, minutes after a shoplifting was reported at the T…

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Four cars were broken into overnight Friday while parked in the Buffalo Avenue lot of the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, Niagara Falls police reported. A fifth vehicle was burglarized around the same time at the Quality Hotel & Suites at the Falls on First Street. The break-ins all occurred between 5:30 p.m. Friday and 8:30 a.m. Saturday, according to police reports, a…

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A Niagara Falls man learned that his debit card had been stolen when he received a telephone call from his bank late Saturday, Niagara Falls police said. The victim, a 16th Street resident, was called at 11 p.m. regarding suspicious activity on his debit card account, and learned that the stolen card had been used at a local McDonald's restaurant, as well as the Coastal…

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A 69-year-old cab driver thwarted an armed robbery attempt late Saturday when he grabbed the handgun the would-be robber held to the back of his head, Niagara Falls police reported. The driver told police he was dispatched to the 600 block of 17th Street just before midnight, where two black males approached his vehicle. One jumped into the rear seat, directly behind hi…

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A driver was charged with driving while impaired by drugs following a chain-reaction crash that left three vehicles damaged, a utility pole severed and a fire hydrant knocked from its mooring, Town of Lewiston Police reported. The incident happened around 7:30 p.m. on New Year's Day at the intersection of Lewiston and Military roads, police said. According to reports, C…

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It was no laughing matter when a Niagara Falls man was accosted Thursday morning by a man wearing a clown mask. The clown had a gun. According to Niagara Falls Police, a 29-year-old Crick Court resident told them that he was in the 19th Street area between 10 and 11 a.m. when he was accosted by a heavyset male who wore a clown mask with an “A” on it. The victim to…

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A 50-year-old Niagara Falls man suffered a possible broken jaw early Saturday when he was attacked and robbed by several people in an alley off Pine Avenue, police in the city reported. The victim told officers that sometime between 6 and 6:30 a.m., he was accosted in the area of 27th Street and Pine Avenue. He said his attackers took his bicycle, cellular telephone and…

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After a stolen van crashed during a police chase early Sunday, the driver was nowhere to be found, Niagara Falls Police reported. But not for long. A suspect was arrested a few hours later when he showed up for hospital treatment, claiming he was hit by a car, police said. Davante Kent, 20, of Michigan Avenue, Niagara Falls, who arrived by ambulance at Niagara Falls Mem…

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A man who became covered in mud Friday evening while trying to free his stuck vehicle was later charged with driving while impaired by drugs, Niagara Falls police said. Police responded to the Marine Memorial Apartments around 8:30 p.m. Friday to investigate a vehicle stuck in the mud between two parking lots there. Officers said they found Michael D. Ramos, 25, of Niag…

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Three out-of-town visitors told police that their cars were broken into Saturday in downtown Niagara Falls parking lots, according to reports. A Georgia woman visiting Niagara Falls State Park told police that her car was broken into between 4:45 and 5:25 p.m. in the 100 block of Old Main Street. Three suitcases were taken, containing an estimated $1,000 worth of clothi…

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Four suspects were arrested in separate incidents as police staged a “shoplifting blitz” at the Walmart Supercenter, 1540 Military Road, Niagara Falls, according to reports. Charged with petit larceny on the weekend before Christmas were Farron E. Henwood, 28, of Niagara Falls Boulevard, Niagara Falls; Tyler Lambert, 25, of Buffalo; and Julie Brandon, 24, of 78th Street…

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A 27-year-old Niagara Falls man needed hospital treatment after he was pistol-whipped late Friday when a drug sale went sour, Niagara Falls Police reported. The man told police that he had arranged on Facebook to sell some psychedelic mushrooms to another man about midnight Friday at the corner of 16th Street and Walnut Avenue. When the buyer discovered the drugs were f…