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Mike Kurilovitch


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Two people were arrested Saturday after they allegedly tried to leave a store with 20 items stashed in a wheelchair, Town of Niagara Police reported. Berten E. Garlic, 51, and Nicole C. Cain, 43, who both gave addresses on South Avenue in Niagara Falls, were charged with petit larceny and third-degree burglary after they were stopped about 2:30 p.m. at the Walmart Super…

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A woman who was arrested following a stabbing incident returned home Saturday to find she also was the victim of a crime, Niagara Falls Police reported. Jillian L. Campbell, 34, of Mackenna Avenue, told police that items valued at nearly $350 were taken while she was in custody. Missing were a quantity of Xanax pills, a cellphone, assorted items of clothing and Campbell…

A Buffalo woman who reportedly had been banned from Fashion Outlets Mall was arrested recently and accused of stealing two dozen items from the mall’s Gap outlet store, Town of Niagara Police reported. Brianna T. Whittaker, 23, who police said had been ordered not to enter the mall for five years after a 2017 shoplifting incident, was charged with third-degree burglary,…

A resident of Ransomville Manor assisted living facility was arrested recently after allegedly attacking and choking an administrator of the facility, Niagara County sheriff's deputies said. Christopher J. Golda, 59, was arrested at the Ransomville Road facility on May 7, according to reports, and was charged with harassment and criminal obstruction of breathing. Dep…

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Niagara County sheriff's investigators reported that they are working with Child Protective Services in trying to determine how a 10-month-old girl suffered fractures to both of her legs and two fingers recently. The baby's mother, a resident of New Road in Wilson, first took her to Oishei Children's Hospital in Buffalo on May 5 after noticing that she was favoring her …

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An alert off-duty Niagara Falls police officer noticed some familiar characters engaging in suspicious activity Saturday evening while out running errands, and his vigilance led to the arrest of four people who had apparently been on a shoplifting spree, according to police reports. Officer David Cudahy had stopped at a Niagara Falls Boulevard shopping center around 5:3…

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Niagara Falls Police said that a man pulled out a handgun and fired at a vehicle as it drove away from an 18th Street convenience store late Saturday, flattening one of the vehicle's tires. No one was injured in the incident. The driver of the vehicle had visited the Hometown Market shortly after 11 p.m. and was driving off when a man who had been inside the store exite…

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A pair of Niagara Falls teenagers face felony gun and drug possession charges stemming from a routine traffic stop last Monday evening, Town of Niagara Police reported. Officers pulled their car over on Lockport Road at 9:10 p.m. after clocking the vehicle at 46 mph in a 30 mph zone. Upon approaching the vehicle, police said they were met by a cloud of marijuana smoke a…

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Detectives were called in early Sunday to investigate a "suspicious" fire in a vacant home at 140 60th St., Niagara Falls Police reported. Emergency crews were summoned to the scene just after midnight and encountered heavy flames emanating from the rear of the structure. The initial investigation turned up sufficient evidence that prompted fire officials to call in ars…

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A woman returning from a trip to McDonald's Saturday evening interrupted a trio of teenagers who stole a bicycle from her porch and may have been trying to burglarize her house, Niagara Falls Police reported. The victim told police that as she walked back to her home on South Avenue around 6:45 p.m., she noticed a teen standing across the street from her home, which she…

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A 23-year-old woman lost her purse and belongings during a bar fight early Sunday after she was attacked by two other women, Niagara Falls Police reported. The victim, a Portage Road resident, told police she was in Max's Lounge, 3030 Highland Ave., around 2:30 a.m. when she was spit upon by a 34-year-old woman who was under a court order to stay away from her. The vict…

Niagara Fall Police reported they were called Friday afternoon by the new owner of the former Betty Shop, 530 Main St., after he entered the vacant store for the first time and heard someone rummaging around inside. Police arriving to investigate reported hearing "metal clanging" and suspected a copper thief. Entering the building from the rear, they noticed several sec…

A Buffalo man faces multiple charges in connection with an altercation outside a Porter Road apartment complex April 19 in which three men were shot with a BB gun, Town of Niagara Police reported. Two of the victims were also charged for initiating the altercation. Two of the victims told police they went to the 8500 block of Porter Road with another man to confront an …

For the second time in recent weeks, an offensive flier containing swastikas and other racist content has been found in the village, Lewiston Police reported, this time glued to an outer wall of the Lewiston Public Library, 305 S. Eighth St. Surveillance videos show a man gluing the flier to an outer wall Tuesday morning. Police said the flier was similar to one that ha…

A delivery man for Mr. Ventry's Pizza was credited with disrupting what looked like the set-up for a robbery late Friday, Niagara Falls Police said. The driver was dispatched to an address in the 2200 block of Michigan Avenue at 11 p.m., police said, but upon arriving realized there was no such address. He then attempted to call the phone number from which the order had…