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A North Tonawanda man pleaded guilty Wednesday in Niagara County Court to attempting to rape a 10-year-old girl when he was 19 or 20 years old. Anthony L. Fusarelli, 25, of North Avenue, faces a possible sentence of as long as 15 years in state prison when he returns before Judge Sara Sheldon Jan. 23. He pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of attempted first-degree rape.…

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A Niagara Falls man who admitted sexually abusing two adolescent girls was sentenced Wednesday to probation for 10 years, with the first six months to be served in the Niagara County Jail. Brett D. Andrzejewski, 22, of 63rd Street, pleaded guilty May 30 to two counts of second-degree criminal sexual act. The first victim, a Town of Niagara girl, was abused on various…

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Brian W. Wentland, the former chief of detectives in the Lockport Police Department, avoided a criminal record last week when he pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct, a violation, in a case in which he was accused of recording a telephone call involving his estranged wife. Lockport Town Justice Cheryl A. Antkowiak imposed a $150 fine and a $125 surcharge. At first, W…

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For the third time in seven days, someone was robbed at the Citgo gas station at 700 Main St. in Niagara Falls, according to a city police report. An employee told police he was robbed in the parking lot at about 12:50 a.m. Tuesday as he was closing up for the night. The victim told police he was walking outside to dispose of garbage when a vehicle approached him. Th…

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Three vehicles and license plates from two other vehicles were reported stolen Tuesday in Niagara Falls, according to city police reports. In each stolen vehicle case, keys to the vehicle were left inside, according to the reports. A 2002 Chevrolet Silverado was stolen between 2:20 and 2:40 p.m. from near a construction site on Pierce Avenue near 18th Street. A 20…

The Niagara County Sheriff’s Office has asked the public for help in finding a 16-year-old girl who was last seen Monday in the Town of Lockport. The missing girl, identified as Nicole Flow, is 5 feet, 5 inches tall, weighs 139 pounds, is Hispanic and has brown hair and brown eyes, the Sheriff’s Office said. She was last seen wearing a black jacket, purple shirt, blu…

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A Lockport man was charged Tuesday morning with trying to break into Stevie V's pizzeria on Robinson Road, according to the Niagara County Sheriff's Office. A neighbor called the Sheriff's Office at about 5 a.m. after seeing someone trying to get into the restaurant. David C. Heimerl, 53, was charged with attempted third-degree burglary and fourth-degree criminal mi…

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Two armed men wearing masks robbed the Citgo gas station at 700 Main St. in Niagara Falls on Sunday night, according to a city police report. The robbery happened at about 8:25 p.m. After the robbers walked in and demanded money, one assailant told a customer at the counter not to move while the other robber went behind the counter and told an employee to open the regis…

Local News

Niagara Falls officials have decided against imposing a $168 annual fee on garbage customers. Instead, Mayor Paul A. Dyster and the City Council agreed last week to raise property taxes. Dyster had earlier proposed cutting the property tax levy by 13 percent to compensate for adding the garbage charge. But the fee proved highly unpopular with residents. The proper…

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Nyjier Scott, who took part in the shooting of a Niagara Falls man in a robbery attempt, pleaded guilty Tuesday to a gun possession felony in exchange for a promise that he will spend no more than 10 years in state prison. Scott, 20, of North Avenue in the Falls, will be sentenced Jan. 3 for second-degree criminal possession of a weapon Jan. 3. Niagara County Judge M…

Health and Fitness

Kaleida Health officials said Tuesday that they hope the opening of a new $7.8 million emergency department will relieve local skepticism about the future of DeGraff Memorial Hospital. After 13 months of construction, the 10,000-square-foot, 17-room department will open to patients at 7 a.m. Thursday at the North Tonawanda medical facility. Kaleida decided last year …

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Niagara Falls Police said that two vehicles were stolen Friday night after their owners left them unlocked and running. A delivery driver for Goodfellas Pizzeria had his 2008 Chevrolet Equinox stolen around 8:30 p.m., police said. The victim, a LaSalle Avenue resident, parked behind the West Market Street pizzeria and left the vehicle running while he ran inside. The ve…

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A Buffalo woman told Niagara Falls Police that she argued with her boyfriend a short time before her SUV went missing Saturday morning. She said that he had the keys to the vehicle at the time. The woman told police she parked her 2015 GMC in the Seneca Niagara Casino parking garage and was inside the casino when the argument occurred. Her boyfriend was escorted out of …

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Investigators are probing the cause of a Saturday morning fire that damaged a pair of vacant homes on Ashland Avenue in Niagara Falls. Emergency crews arriving at 1731 Ashland Ave. at 2:57 a.m. found that a home to the west of that property at 1727 Ashland had also caught fire. Both were extinguished and crews were able to determine that neither had been occupied at the…