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FROM THE BLOTTER
NIAGARA COUNTY POLICE CALLS, APRIL 20 TO APRIL 27
APRIL 20

April 20

* Lockport police charged Marcus J. Huston, 23, of Michigan Street, with stalking and attempted burglary. Police said a woman reported he was trying to get in and damaged a window, attempted to hurt her and take her child. The woman said he had pulled a knife on her last year. Police said they returned to the home and arrested Huston when they saw him trying to force his way in.

April 21

* An Eighth Street man told Niagara Falls police that he was walking at 17th and Willow streets overnight when someone knocked him to the ground. He believed he was hit by an object and thinks he may have been mistaken for another person.

* Lockport police charged Kenneth J. Kam with felony driving while intoxicated and failure to stop at 10:51 on South Street. Kam, 62, of Elmwood Avenue, was stopped by police for a traffic infraction and police reported a strong smell of alcohol, glassy eyes and slurred speech.

April 22

* Stops by Niagara Falls police resulted in three men and a woman being charged with driving while intoxicated in four separate arrests, reports said. Curtis J. Justus, 22, of Niagara Falls Boulevard, was charged at 3:30 a.m. with felony DWI, due to a previous conviction on February 2004. Charles J. Harkola, 22, of Jarrett Drive, Syracuse, was charged at 2:39 a.m. with failure to signal, no seat belt and aggravated unlicensed operation. He was observed with poor coordination, glassy eyes and the smell of alcohol and was charged with DWI after he refused to take a breath test. Barbara L. Swanson, 22, of 82nd Street was stopped at 12:14 a.m. after police responded to a hit-and-run call with another vehicle on Buffalo Avenue and Portage Road. She was charged with drinking alcohol in a motor vehicle, leaving the scene of property damage accident and DWI after she refused a breath test. John J. Koury, 21, of Michigan Avenue, was charged at 2:25 a.m. on Seneca Avenue after police said he drove into and destroyed a city light pole at Second Street and Rainbow Boulevard and then drove off. He was charged with leaving the scene of the accident and DWI.

* Niagara Falls police reported three drunken-driving arrests overnight. Charles R. Thompson, 58, was arrested at 11:15 p.m. and charged with driving while intoxicated, having no seat belt and making an improper right turn. Patricia C. Eaton, 36, of Woodlawn Avenue, was charged with DWI, failure to keep right and having no inspection or registration. Joseph C. Ocejo, 38, of 81st Street, was charged with DWI, no inspection or insurance and two counts of passing a red light.

April 24

* Debra Ann Dillabough, 45, of Townline Road, Sanborn, was arrested by Niagara County sheriff's deputies at 1:50 a.m. after reportedly being observed swerving on Buffalo Street in Sanborn. She was charged with driving while intoxicated and failure to stay right.

Monday

* A Ransomville man told Niagara County sheriff's deputies that two juveniles were in his yard with a paintball gun and splattered his home. Deputies found pink paint on a screen door and the side of the man's home. The juveniles said they were unaware that they had shot the home and were advised to stay away from the man's property.

Tuesday

* A 54-year-old Ferry Avenue man told Niagara Falls police that a woman and juvenile were arguing loudly and when he went to see what was going on, the juvenile got two knives and threw them at him. He told police that one knife hit him in the face. The juvenile was restrained and calmed down, and the man went to the hospital for treatment.

* John Presti, owner of Presti Karate on Pine Avenue, told Niagara Falls police that a man said a juvenile was collecting money for the karate studio last week, without authorization to do so. The juvenile reportedly collected $54.

Wednesday

* A South Avenue man was charged with shoplifting at a Portage Road Tops Supermarket. Niagara Falls police reported that Gerald L. Lesmeister, 34, was charged with petit larceny and trespassing. A manager told police that he was in the aisle with steaks already in a bag and when he was approached also pulled an Italian sub sandwich and a lighter out of his pocket that were stolen as well. The man was also charged with trespassing because he had been arrested March 18 for shoplifting in the same store and was told not to come back in the store.

* Steve Baldo Ford on Niagara Falls Boulevard reported tires and rims stolen from two Ford Explorers overnight. The manager told Niagara Falls police that the vehicles were elevated after the tires and rims were removed and then put back down on milk cartons. The running boards on the two vehicles were damaged after the milk cartons collapsed.

* Brian P. Moody, 29, of Whirlpool Street, Niagara Falls, pleaded not guilty in City Court to assault and felony robbery. He is accused of striking a man in the head in the parking lot of Club 427 on April 10, taking the man's cell phone and breaking it, then assaulting the man again.

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