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FROM THE BLOTTER / NIAGARA COUNTY POLICE CALLS, APRIL 12 TO APRIL 20

April 12

Lockport police arrested a man they said is a Level 2 registered sex offender who failed to notify police that he had moved. Lawrence H. Camman, 56, formerly of Genesee Street, was stopped by police after a traffic accident last month and reported he was living in Dorwood Park in Ransomville and, prior to that, had been living on Washburn Street. He was charged with failure to notify of an address change and failure to register.

A caller told Niagara County sheriff's dispatchers that someone was driving erratically on Shawnee Road. The man was found by deputies swerving between lanes and refused to pull over until he came to his home, according to reports. Nicholas S. Serio-Troy, 22, of Upper Mountain Road, was charged with failure to keep right, failure to yield to an emergency vehicle, license restriction violation, operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of drugs or alcohol, operating while impaired by drugs, operating while intoxicated, refusal to take a blood-alcohol test and unlawful possession of marijuana. Deputies said Serio-Troy admitted he had been drinking and taking painkillers and also said Serio-Troy failed field sobriety tests.

April 15

A Forest Avenue man told Niagara Falls police a $149,088.38 check was missing from his home Friday but added that he doesn't think the check was stolen. There was no sign of forced entry to the home, police said, but the man failed to turn up any sign of the missing check after "turning over" his entire household, officers said. He told police he thought he had left the check in a kitchen drawer until he would be able to cash it but was unable to locate it the following morning.

Two men were charged with marijuana possession after Niagara Falls police spotted them passing a "blunt" between themselves inside a taxi in the 1000 block of 17th Street. Charged with fifth-degree criminal possession of marijuana were Dana D. Carr Jr., 19, of Walnut Avenue, and Shawn Greenawalt, 20, of 15th Street.

A Seventh Street man was arrested on a felony burglary count and was also being held for failure to appear in Niagara County Court. Alfred C. Fulton, 41, was taken into custody by Niagara Falls police at 2:20 p.m. on a second-degree burglary charge, as well as a petit larceny count.

Jolene A. Hill, 18, of Eighth Street, was arrested by Niagara Falls police shortly after 2 p.m. on a fifth-degree criminal possession of stolen property charge.

A Linwood Avenue man was arrested after leaving the scene of a personal injury automobile crash, Niagara Falls police said. Dmitri L. Traylor, 18, was arrested at 5:25 p.m. by Officer Michael Drake, who charged him with reckless driving, second-degree reckless endangerment, unsafe movement of a stopped motor vehicle and leaving the scene of a personal injury accident.

Two cars were damaged while parked in the 2300 block of 24th Street late Friday, Niagara Falls police said. A 1998 Chevrolet belonging to a Falls Street woman and a 2002 Chevy belonging to a LaSalle Avenue woman sustained broken windows and various scratches, according to reports.

April 16

A Chilton Avenue woman reported that her 1997 Saturn was broken into and ransacked while parked behind a home in the 1300 block of Pierce Avenue. The steering column and dashboard of the vehicle were extensively damaged, Niagara Falls police said.

A clothes dryer valued at $400 was reported stolen out of the basement of a Portage Road apartment building, Niagara Falls police said. The resident told police she believes the dryer was taken sometime between Wednesday and Friday.

A Marine Memorial Drive resident told Niagara Falls police that her car was broken into overnight while parked near her home. An in-dash, AM-FM compact disc stereo valued at $150 was stolen. Police said the thief left behind a portable cassette player.

Lewis S. Miller, 54, of 74th Street, was arrested following a domestic incident at his home at 6:50 p.m. and was charged with second-degree assault.

Cafora's Pizzeria in Newfane told Niagara County sheriff's deputies that someone took two packages of frozen shrimp and one package of frozen chicken from an unlocked freezer attached to the building.

Last Sunday

A fire on the front porch of a home at 2511 Falls St. was doused before much damage was done, Niagara Falls police said. A neighbor spotted the flames at the home of Tammy Elswort and phoned 911, and a quick response kept damage to a minimum, officials said. No one was injured.

A Lincoln Avenue man told Niagara County sheriff's deputies that someone entered his home over the weekend while he was out of town and stole several socket sets, an air compressor, several wrench sets and a shop vacuum with a total value of $1,750.

A City of Tonawanda woman told Niagara County sheriff's deputies that she left her car parked in a lot on South Transit Road in Lockport overnight and a friend tried to jump-start the car by putting gasoline in the carburetor, which caused a small fire. South Lockport Fire Department put out the fire.

Monday

A 17th Street woman told Niagara Falls police her 14-year-old son was beaten up by a group of youths. The woman said her son was playing basketball in a 17th Street alley when he was jumped. She said he went to Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center emergency room Tuesday morning complaining of injuries to the right side of his head, stomach, neck and some bruising in his ear. The boy said he believes a belt was used in the attack.

A woman is under investigation in a $1,825 theft from the Salvation Army Thrift Store on South Transit Road in Lockport. Store managers said the woman was fired for taking $40 in petty cash. However, further investigation revealed $1,785 from a night deposit was missing from two weeks ago. The Niagara County sheriff's Criminal Investigation Bureau was called.

Tuesday

A 31-year-old man was charged with felony assault by Niagara Falls police after he was accused of hitting a man in the back of the head, causing the man to need staples to close a wound. Rhasheen Lynell Bowden, of Ninth Street, pleaded not guilty to second-degree assault. Police said Bowden is accused of being armed and dangerous in connection with a fight with injuries at Club 427 on Third Street on March 5. The man told police he thought he was stabbed but later said his head may have been cut by a ring.

A 27th Street man was charged by Niagara Falls police after a woman told police he held her against her will for two days. Joseph Michael Avojan, 22, pleaded not guilty to third-degree assault and unlawful imprisonment. An 18-year-old woman told police she was hit and restrained and suffered injuries that included bruises and scrapes to her neck, arms and buttocks.

A Rochester man said someone entered his truck while it was parked at Seneca Niagara Casino overnight and stole a duffel bag of clothes, personal care items, 15 CDs, a CD player and a tackle box. The ignition and dashboard were also reported damaged. Casino surveillance cameras are being used to search for suspects.

Wednesday

Niagara Falls police charged a LaSalle Avenue man with driving while intoxicated after officers say they observed him failing to signal a turn at 22nd Street and MacKenna Avenue. Matthew A. McLaughlin, 20, also was charged with failure to signal at 3:17 a.m. Officers reported finding an open bottle of beer in the vehicle and said they observed McLaughlin having glassy eyes and the odor of alcohol on his breath.

Starpoint Middle School Principal James Bryer called in Niagara County sheriff's deputies when two students were suspected of having marijuana. Deputies confiscated a small plastic bag inside a Tupperware container with the suspected marijuana. Both juveniles were released to the custody of their parents. Deputies reported that one juvenile said the marijuana was bought from an upperclassman for $5, while another said it came from someone's brother.