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FROM THE BLOTTER
NIAGARA COUNTY POLICE CALLS, APRIL 9 TO 12
APRIL 9

April 9

Niagara Falls police reported that an 18-speed bicycle valued at $700 was stolen from a Cayuga Drive yard sometime between 10 and 11 p.m..

A stolen vehicle was recovered in an alley between Seventh and Eighth streets just before noon, Niagara Falls police said. The unidentified car, which had been stolen from Cleveland Avenue on March 24, was missing its tires and rims, and stereo wires were hanging out of the rear trunk, according to reports. The car had been abandoned at the location about two weeks earlier, neighbors told police.

Lockport Police responding to a domestic dispute charged Charles E. Luke, 35, of Elmwood Avenue with second-degree menacing and two counts of endangering the welfare of a child. A woman told police he was yelling profanities and picked up a shotgun and said "I ought to shoot you in the face." It was believed that the shotgun was not loaded.

Last Sunday

A domestic incident in the 200 block of Ferry Avenue led to the 12:45 a.m. arrest of 19-year-old Robert Harris of Jordan Gardens. He was charged with third-degree assault, harassment and fourth-degree criminal mischief, Niagara Falls police reported.

Latreal M. Conklin, 38, was arrested at his Ninth Street home at 3:30 a.m. on a felony charge of second-degree assault, Niagara Falls police said.

Two juveniles were stopped while riding dirt bikes on the pedestrian walkway in the 6300 block of Stephenson Avenue, Niagara Falls police said. Bikers have been blamed for ongoing problems in the area, including destruction of fences and lawns. The two youths were turned over to their parents and issued tickets for having unregistered, uninspected and uninsured vehicles.

A Chapel Street man told Lockport Police he got into a fight with another man over an alarm clock. He said the fight became physical and he was thrown against a kitchen cabinet. Police responded to the call and were prepared to leave without arrests, when they heard a loud crash and found one man pushing the other man up against the wall and had to physically pull the man off. George J. Strassel, 32, of Chapel Street was charged with resisting arrest and second-degree harassment.

Monday

Niagara Falls Police Officer Neil C. Stenzel took a city man into custody on a felony third-
degree burglary charge. Donald Tyree Nix, 21, of 10th Street, was charged at 11 a.m.

Rapids Fire Department, the Niagara County Department of Health and the Environmental Protection Agency were called to respond to an oil spill on Elmhurst Drive in Lockport. Niagara County Sheriff Deputies responded to a hazardous materials complaint and found a heating oil tank which had tipped over; the oil had seeped into the ground. An undetermined amount of oil was at the site, but deputies reported a distinct odor in the area. A neighbor told deputies that the tank had been tipped over since Friday. Health Department officials are trying to contact the owner, who moved out, so they can move the tank and dig out the site.

Niagara County sheriff's deputies responded reports of a man on an all-terrain-vehicle yelling obscenities and making obscene gestures in front of neighbors and their children. Deputies charged Michael Altenburg of Willowbend Drive with disorderly conduct and second-degree harassment.

A Wheatfield woman told Niagara County sheriff's deputies that the keys to her car were missing from her kitchen table and her 2001 Toyota Prius, valued at $14,000, was gone. The vehicle was recovered the following day and is being checked for fingerprints.

A Newfane man reported $5,000 in collectors coins missing from his home. The man told Niagara County sheriff's deputies that sometime overnight, a locked box in his bedroom was opened and $3,500 in collector coins and $1,500 in silver coins were missing. A single silver dollar was left behind on the floor and stacked wooden boxes were found outside a kitchen window with mud and footprints and fingerprints on the ledge. An investigation was continuing.

Tuesday

A Lockport teen was arrested Tuesday by City of Lockport Police after a man accused the boy of stealing his son's bicycle. Lance Hoffman Sr. said he was driving down South Transit Road on Saturday and saw a boy riding his son's bike, which had been reported stolen earlier that day. Hoffman told police he confronted the boy, took the bike and filed charges with officers. Shane P. Storms, 16, of South Street, was charged with fifth-degree possession of stolen property.