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FROM THE BLOTTER
NIAGARA FALLS POLICE CALLS, MARCH 23 TO 30

March 23

A woman eating lunch at Heart & Soul Food Pantry, 939 Ontario Ave., told Officer Paul Warmington someone took her purse with $20, a set of keys and personal papers from near her feet as she was eating.

A man on 38th Street told Officer Michael Corcoran someone entered his garage overnight by manipulating the lock in the doorknob with a screwdriver. The thief made off with two emblems from the man's car, entered the locked vehicle and took 100 CDs, the CD player and a speaker box, the victim said.

March 24

An employee at Keller Insurance Group, 2706 Pine Ave., told Officer Michael Corcoran someone spray-painted grafitti on the exterior of the building in black spray paint stating: "Im still hurr skrill." Wednesday, someone also spray-painted "Eastside" in black on the wall, but employees painted over it.

A Niagara Street man told Officer Shawn S. Arndt someone broke the taillights and headlights of his car overnight. This was the fourth incident involving his car this week, he said.

March 25

A woman on Niagara Street told Officer Kelly Alcorn someone broke her rear window and frame, entered her home through the broken window and stayed without her consent. The intruder threw food around the apartment on the walls and rug. A beer bottle and razor were confiscated from the scene, said Alcorn.

Officer Robert A. DeMarco said a man on 58th Street told him someone broke a window of his car overnight and took the stereo, radar detector, cigarettes and 30 CDs.

A vacant home in the 300 block of Memorial Parkway was broken into sometime between Monday and Friday, police said. A side door window was broken out to gain entry, and windows, plaster and woodworking were damaged inside. Damage was estimated at $200, police said.

A neighbor told police that she saw a juvenile use a BB gun to shoot holes in windows at a Niagara Avenue home at about 6 p.m.

A Buffalo Avenue woman told police that her former boyfriend may have flattened the two rear tires on her car at about 8:30 p.m. after being denied entry to her home. The car was parked in a lot when it was damaged.

March 26

A 15th Street woman told police she was assaulted by her ex-boyfriend early Saturday, hours after he had also stolen her car. While police were taking the assault report just after 3 a.m., another officer spotted the stolen car in the 1500 block of Whitney Avenue. The officer charged the driver, Jamaul A. James, 19, of Lockport Street, with fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property. A passenger, 17-year-old Demetrius R. Hayes, of 18th Street, was charged with unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.

A Youngstown woman told police that her 1999 Ford was stolen from the 1600 block of Pine Avenue sometime overnight. She had parked the vehicle there at 7:30 p.m. Friday and upon returning in the morning found it missing.

Christopher R. Griffin, 17, of Ninth Street, was arrested in the 1300 block of South Avenue at 1:30 a.m. and charged with unlawful assembly.

An 8-by-6-foot window in the front of a Pine Avenue store was smashed just before 9 p.m., police said. Damage was listed at $1,000.

A Pine Avenue woman was arrested at 6:15 p.m. on charges of third-degree assault and harassment. Velma A. Mull, 37, was accused of assaulting an 18-year-old woman who lives in the same apartment building. Police said Mull punched the victim in the face several times, sat on her and bit her on the arm and face.

Last Sunday

A 27-year-old Cayuga Village resident told police he was assaulted outside Old Angelo's tavern on Rainbow Boulevard North at about 12:30 a.m. A man tore the victim's shirt, smashed his car window and threatened to stab him during the incident, police said.

Monday

A Black Creek Drive woman told Officer William Gee someone took her credit card on Feb. 23 and charged $721 on it.

Officer James J. Conte took a report from a woman on Pierce Avenue who said a man repeatedly kicked her front door, damaging it and the frame so it would not close.

A man on Frontier Avenue told Officer Robert A. DeMarco someone took his Jeep's stereo, 40 CDs and miscellaneous auto parts sometime overnight.

Tuesday

A Walnut Avenue man told Officer Shawn S. Arndt someone forced open a side door to his home sometime since 4 pm. Monday and used a cinder block to damage a side door to his car and shatter a window. The suspect took $2 and eight CDs and also tried to steal the radio, said Arndt.

Officer David Bower took a report from a man on Spring Street who said someone took two medications and $60 from his apartment on March 24.

Officers Shawn J. Larrabee and James Reynolds arrested Robert E. Maye Sr., 51, of 13th Street, in the 1200 block of 13th Street on charges of criminal possession of a controlled substance and aggravated unlicensed operation. They said that he parked his car and entered a home known for narcotics sales and that the officers stopped him at Tops Market, 1000 Portage Road, after noticing he was driving a car with a suspended license. A search turned up a chunk of suspected crack cocaine, said police.

Wednesday

A woman on Walnut Avenue told Officer Kathy Stack someone punctured two tires on her car.