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Mike Kurilovitch


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Niagara County sheriff's deputies said that a Wilson man was "severely intoxicated" and claiming to be North Korean when he was arrested on the evening of June 9 for allegedly trying to enter a home on Diller Road in the Town of Cambria. The homeowners called police around 8:45 p.m. after noticing a man sitting in a pickup truck in their driveway, drinking alcohol. They…

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A burglar left a trail of blood throughout two businesses on Sawyer Drive in Wheatfield late Thursday after smashing out rear windows to gain entry, Niagara County sheriff's deputies reported. Around 11:15 p.m., officers responded to the offices of Dr. Mike's Furry Friends Small Animal Hospital, 2115 Sawyer Drive, and an adjoining dental practice. Nothing was believed t…

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A weekend "shoplifting blitz" at the Walmart Supercenter, 1540 Military Road, Town of Niagara, netted nine arrests involving nearly $750 worth of merchandise, police said. Eight of the nine arrests took place between noon and 8 p.m. Friday, when police said that alleged shoplifters tried to steal 91 items, and switched price tags to lower amounts on additional pieces of…

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Town of Lewiston Police reported that they are on the trail of thieves who stole several pieces of bar and restaurant equipment recently from an Upper Mountain Road business that is undergoing extensive renovation. The owners had removed all the kitchen and bar equipment and placed it on the side of the building while renovation work, including the installation of new t…

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NIAGARA FALLS – An 18-year-old woman had skin peeling from her shoulder, neck and abdomen Wednesday night after having a pot of boiling water thrown over her during an altercation inside a Ninth Street residence, police said. Cassandra Miller, of Hyde Park Boulevard, was transported to the Erie County Medical Center for treatment after the 10:48 p.m. incident, police sa…

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NIAGARA FALLS – Police said that a large group of juveniles blocked traffic and shouted racial slurs at officers as they tried to break up a fight Friday night near Gluck Park. Officers responded to the South Avenue park at 9:30 p.m. for a report of 25 juveniles fighting. They said they found a large group of teens, many on bicycles, blocking vehicular traffic on 16th S…

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A pair of Honda generators were among the items stolen recently in the burglary of a garage on Maple Avenue in Newfane, Niagara County sheriff's deputies said. Someone cut a padlock off the garage door to gain entry sometime between May 25 and 30, deputies said. In addition to the generators, a gas-powered post hole digger was taken, along with a citizen's band radio, t…

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Niagara Falls police said that an all-terrain vehicle operator refused to pull over for them Saturday evening, leading to a short chase down city streets that ended when the ATV stalled out. Officers first spotted the ATV being operated on the pavement at 15th Street and Pine Avenue shortly after 7 p.m. Attempts to stop the vehicle were unsuccessful, officers said, and …

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Four people reported that their SUV was shot up when they tried to pass a slow-moving vehicle at Fifth Street and Ferry Avenue, Niagara Falls police reported. The victims, all Niagara Falls residents, told police that they had stopped at a convenience store for a late-night snack around 3:30 a.m. and were heading to a home on Fifth Street when a dark-colored Chevrolet E…

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A Town of Lockport woman who thought she was helping out her boss purchased $2,700 worth of gift cards recently and unknowingly passed the card information on to a scammer, who then drained all the money out of the cards, police said. The victim told police that she received an email on June 3 that she thought was from her boss, requesting that she purchase a total of n…

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Two people were arrested for drunken driving early Sunday during a Niagara Falls police standoff with an armed man in the vicinity of 19th Street and Ferry Avenue. One of the drivers was accused of speeding through police tape and nearly striking several officers providing perimeter security during the tense situation. Police cordoned off the area shortly after midnight…

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A motorist who was driving too slowly in Newfane was charged recently with felony driving while intoxicated and other counts, Niagara County sheriff's deputies said. Lindi A. Earle, 39, of Vandervoort Street, North Tonawanda, was pulled over in the early morning hours of May 30 after deputies said they spotted a vehicle being operated erratically and going 40 mph in a 5…

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Niagara Falls Police reported that a 25-year-old woman told them she was asleep at a friend's house early Friday when she was awakened by the man's hands around her neck, choking her. The victim, a Fourth Street resident, told police that she stayed at the suspect's Rhode Island Avenue home overnight, and was awakened at 3:20 a.m. when the 31-year-old man began choking …

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A shooting early Saturday near a patio at Players Sports Bar, 328 Niagara St., sent two men and a woman to area hospitals with non-life-threatening injuries, Niagara Falls Police reported. Gabrielle K. Jones, 21, of 70th Street, Niagara Falls, who suffered an abdominal wound, was treated at the scene before being transported by ambulance to Erie County Medical Center in…

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Two people with previous drunken driving convictions were charged with felony DWI recently in separate incidents, the Niagara County Sheriff's Office reported. Ashley D. Olds, 35, of Dickersonville Road, Ransomville, was pulled over on Cain Road in the Town of Porter at 3:02 a.m. on May 26, according to reports. Deputies said they had spotted her vehicle being driven on…