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The Niagara Falls City Police Department is searching for a man following a standoff and a rescue of a woman found chained in the basement of a Monroe Avenue home Sunday, according to the Niagara Gazette and other media outlets. Police surrounded the home of Michael Ciskiewic, 25, in the 3000 block of Monroe Avenue on Sunday afternoon, but after a standoff that lasted a…

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A Niagara Falls man is facing several charges after he allegedly fled from police, struck an officer with his vehicle and later caused a car accident Monday night, according to the Niagara Falls Police Department. John Davis, 36, is charged with second-degree reckless endangerment, second-degree criminal contempt, reckless driving and several other vehicle and traffic v…

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Law enforcement from multiple jurisdictions in Western New York are investigating a recent string of 11 armed robberies that are "possibly linked to a similar suspect," according to the Town of Tonawanda Police Department. Authorities say the robberies have occurred over the last three weeks at gas stations and convenience stores throughout Erie and Niagara Counties, wi…

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Niagara Falls Police are investigating the death of a 3-month-old girl as a homicide, Niagara County District Attorney Caroline Wojtaszek confirmed Friday. The child died Feb. 23, Wojtaszek said. "It has been investigated since the death of the baby, but we just got confirmation from the medical examiner's office that it has been ruled a homicide," Wojtaszek said. …

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A missing person report has been filed in Niagara Falls for a New Jersey man who has been missing since December after the man's car was recovered in Niagara Falls, according to the Niagara Intelligence and Crime Analysis Center. The missing man is Joseph M. Lamartina, 32. His last known address was 68 Annette Drive, Marlboro, N.J. NICAC's bulletin lists a previous addr…

Niagara Falls police detectives Tuesday arrested an individual in connection with a shooting that injured a man Friday at 23rd Street and Tennessee Avenue. Detectives said 19-year-old Richard Rogers Jr., of Birch Court, will be arraigned Wednesday in Niagara Falls City Court on a charge of first-degree assault. The victim was recovering in Erie County Medical Cen…

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A Florida man was arrested Wednesday for allegedly biting a Seneca Niagara Casino security manager who was escorting him from the premises, according to Niagara Falls Police. Police said Brian L. Benjamin, 65, of Largo, was observed by security at about 9:20 p.m. inside the casino, after he had been banned from entering the property. As the security manager was escortin…

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A 79-year-old woman whose car was struck on Sunday afternoon had her car stolen by the driver of the vehicle that rear-ended her, according to a police report. The collision happened just before 2 p.m. on Military Road near Bollier Avenue. The victim told police that she and the other driver pulled over into a parking lot between the Pine Plaza and apartment buildings o…

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A Niagara Falls woman whose caretaker says she's been taken advantage of by strangers had her car stolen Monday night by two men claiming to be police detectives and who said they were returning her previously stolen property. The victim told police the men came to her home and told her they would return her property, and she should meet them at the Tim Hortons on Pine …

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Three men robbed a corner store in Niagara Falls on Monday afternoon, according to a city police report. Two robbers wearing ski masks went inside Mark's Foods 2, at the corner of 19th Street and Welch Avenue, at about 1 p.m., while the third assailant remained outside. One of the robbers grabbed the cash register while another fired several shots, apparently from a …

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A 23-year-old Niagara Falls woman suffered head, facial and back injuries after hitting the windshield in a collision Thursday at Hyde Park Boulevard and Ferry Avenue, according to Niagara Falls Police. The accident occurred about 3:25 p.m. when the woman was headed east on Ferry Avenue and drove through a red light, colliding with a vehicle driven by a 20-year-old Youn…

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A Niagara Falls man has died after he was struck by a vehicle late Wednesday in the 8700 block of Buffalo Avenue, according to Niagara Falls police. A statement issued Thursday by Niagara Falls Police Capt. Angela Munn, commander of the traffic division, said 65-year-old Boyd Criswell appeared to have been crossing Buffalo Avenue mid-block about 8 p.m. when he was hit b…

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A 28-year-old Niagara Falls man was charged with assault Sunday afternoon after another man was sliced with a knife during an apparent domestic dispute at an apartment on Lincoln Place, according to a police report. The victim told police he drove a woman to the apartment, between Main and Whirlpool streets, around 2:20 p.m. to retrieve some belongings when she got into…

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A Niagara Falls man faces a felony charge after he was accused of causing damage at the Hyde Park Ice Pavilion after being ejected from a hockey game. Paul R. Demunda, 36, was charged with third-degree criminal mischief Tuesday night, according to a Niagara Falls police report. Staff at the facility told police a section of glass on the main rink was shattered and a …

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Three local police departments have been awarded funding from the state Attorney General's Office to buy body-worn cameras. The Buffalo Police Department will receive $150,000 to buy 300 body cameras, the AG's Office announced Thursday. Amherst police will get $37,625 for 43 cameras, while police in Niagara Falls will receive $51,791 to buy 64 cameras and nine camera…