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From the blotter / Niagara County police calls, Jan. 19 to 28

>Jan. 19

* A 20-year-old 19th Street woman told Niagara Falls police that someone took her ATM card from her purse in her apartment in the past week. She said that the card was used multiple times and that $10 and $800 were stolen from her account.

* A man was released on his own recognizance in Niagara Falls City Court after pleading not guilty to fifth-degree possession of marijuana. Niagara Falls police found Christopher M. Leftwich, 29, of Lindbergh Avenue, in possession of a large bag of marijuana at 10:55 p.m. in the 400 block of 72nd Street on Jan. 10. The marijuana weighed in excess of 25 grams.

* A man was held on $5,000 bail in Niagara Falls City Court after pleading not guilty to felony aggravated harassment of an employee, while an inmate in the city jail. Maurice A. Hill, 33, of Ninth Street, was charged after being accused of throwing urine and water at a female officer.


>Jan. 20

* Jason J. Hucks, 27, of Upper Mountain Road, Sanborn, was charged with driving while intoxicated, aggravated unlicensed operation and driving the wrong way on a one-way street at 12:23 a.m. in the 1800 block of Ferry Avenue by Niagara Falls police. He was additionally charged with obstructing government administration when officers said he began fighting during booking when asked for his cell phone.

* A Bowmansville man pleaded not guilty to felony insurance fraud and felony grand larceny in Niagara Falls City Court. Marc D. Gracie, 26, of Martha Drive, made a false claim, reporting a car valued at $25,000 stolen from East Market Street in the city last year, police said.

* A 13-year-old Ontario Avenue girl told Niagara Falls police she was assaulted by another teen at about 3:10 p.m. after exiting her school bus. The girl suffered head and arm injuries in the attack, the result of an ongoing problem with another girl, police said.


>Jan. 21

* A domestic incident at a 23rd Street home ended with both parties going to jail, Niagara Falls police said. Officers said they tried to kick in the door to a residence after arriving on the scene and hearing people fighting and yelling inside. When they finally got in, they arrested Livingston Avenue resident Albert A. Kreps Jr., 30, on charges of third-degree assault and harassment. Kreps' girlfriend told police he became upset after she came home late and beat and choked her, as he had done on numerous occasions in the past. The girlfriend, 18-year-old Tierra K. James of 23rd Street, was charged with disorderly conduct, police said, when she continuously yelled and caused further disturbance in the neighborhood.

* A burglar caused some damage after breaking into the Niagara Enterprise building on Niagara Falls Boulevard sometime overnight, but nothing was believed to have been taken, Niagara Falls police said.

* A Highland Avenue resident told Niagara Falls police that her car was broken into sometime before 1 p.m. while parked near her home. A door lock was damaged in gaining entry to the vehicle, and an AM-FM compact disc stereo unit valued at $150 was stolen, police said.

* Buffalo resident Rube Lee was arrested after his car was stopped at Hyde Park Boulevard and Ferry Avenue at 10:32 p.m., Niagara Falls police said. Rube was found to have no driver's license and was charged with second-degree aggravated unlicensed operation. Police said a records check also revealed that Lee had 15 summonses for failure to appear or failure to pay fines.


>Jan. 22

* The owner of Scapelliti Super Store on Chestnut Ridge Road, Lockport, told Niagara County sheriff's deputies that an employee was seen on video stealing money from the cash register. The owner said the man would pretend to clean by the register and then pocket the money; $500 was reported missing between Jan. 3 and 22. The store owner was seeking restitution and planned to fire the employee. No arrest was made.

* Edmund P. Passero, 30, was arrested at 4:44 a.m. after Niagara Falls officers said they witnessed him kick and shatter a glass door at the Main Street location of Levine and Levine attorneys. Passero, of 19th Street, told police he was trying to get into the building, according to reports. He was charged with third-degree criminal mischief and third-degree burglary.

* Sometime overnight, someone forced open a door of a car parked near a 13th Street home, stealing three cases of compact discs from inside, Niagara Falls police said. The owner told police that the discs were valued at $1,500 and that her car sustained about $500 damage in the break-in.


>Jan. 23

* The owner of Supreme Subs on Niagara Falls Boulevard, Wheatfield, told Niagara County sheriff's deputies that someone threw a rock through a window overnight and caused $400 damage. Deputies reported that $50 was taken from a cash register and $25 was removed from containers near the register.

* Two unrelated school thefts were reported to Niagara County sheriff's deputies. A 16-year-old Newfane High School student said her purse was stolen from her locker at 10:50 a.m. and the purse contained a $25 gift card, her boater safety permit and driver's permit, a $180 cell phone and ATM and debit cards. A 16-year-old Starpoint High School student said his Apple iPod, valued at $299, was stolen from his locker while he was talking to someone and had left his locker open.


>Jan. 24

* Stephen J. Veihdeffer, 43, of Bridgeman Road, Sanborn, was charged with felony driving while intoxicated, failure to keep right and failure to use the designated lane after being stopped by New York State Parks Police at 1:09 a.m. on Third Street. He was observed traveling in an oncoming lane and failed field sobriety tests, police said.

* A Whitney Avenue man told Niagara Falls police that he sent his cell phone out for repair and UPS reported that it had been returned to his front porch after being repaired. The man said he believes a neighbor took the phone and has been using it.

* A Third Street man told Niagara Falls police that he hired a handyman from Royalton to do some work on various properties four months ago and let him use a welder, valued at $500, and a drill with brush, valued at $200, as well as $100 in other tools. He said the man admits having the tools but refuses to return them.

* A woman told Niagara County sheriff's deputies that when she returned home from work, a window had been smashed at her Witmer Road apartment and the door in an apartment across from her had been kicked in. The owner of the apartment said she has been burglarized before and believes numerous items are missing.


>Jan. 25

* Michael F. Ricotta, 46, of Van Rensselaer Avenue, was charged by Niagara Falls police at 12:25 a.m. in the 2600 block of Main Street with driving while intoxicated, aggravated unlicensed operation and passing a red light.

* A 27-year-old Wheatfield man told Niagara County sheriff's deputies that the window in his pickup truck was smashed while it was parked in a lot behind his Deuro Drive apartment. He said a stereo, valued at $400, was stolen.

* The owner of Subway Restaurant on Lockport-Olcott Road in Wright Corners told Niagara County sheriff's deputies that the day shift employee was unable to find a cash box for making change and said he believes the box, containing $500, was stolen. There was no sign of forced entry, but a surveillance camera was tampered with overnight.


>Jan. 26

* Lockport police said they observed a suspicious vehicle in a parking lot at 10:46 p.m. on Canal Way. William C. Burandt, 33, of Brendan Ave., Kenmore, failed several field sobriety tests and was charged with driving while intoxicated, police said.

* An Akron Road man told Lockport police that a man used a screwdriver to pry open the lock on his car door. Police said they found the suspect in a parking lot at 2:45 p.m. at 111 Main St. and charged Michael S. Empson, 19, of Balmer Road, with criminal mischief and petit larceny. Empson told police he was trying to take a briefcase from the man's car, reports said.

* Lockport police attempted to stop a car at 4:25 p.m. on South Transit Street. Police said the car sped off at a high rate of speed, stopped at the Ruhlmann Road apartment complex and the driver fled on foot. The passenger, Chanel C. Riggs, 17, of VanBuren Street, was charged with facilitating an aggravated unlicensed operator. The driver was found three days later in the VanBuren Street home. Joshua Lee Meadows, 25, of Main Street, Newfane, was charged with failure to respond to an emergency vehicle, failure to signal, aggravated unlicensed operation and unreasonable speed.


>Jan. 27

* Niagara Falls police responded to a suspicious person in the 500-block alley between Fourth and Fifth streets, an area where there had been several purse snatchings. A 16-year-old youth became angry and confrontational and was swearing at police. He was charged with disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and aggravated harassment, as he continued to struggle and continued to call police names while in custody. As a juvenile, he was released to a grandmother and issued an appearance ticket.

* Roodley Laurore, 24, of Lincoln Place, Lockport, was charged by Lockport police with felony grand larceny. As an employee of Kenyon's Variety on Lincoln Avenue, he is accused of taking cash from customers and not crediting prepaid credit cards on Jan. 21, 22 and 25, police said. Laurore is accused of taking a total of $1,004.

* A 24-year-old woman suffered injuries when she was involved in a domestic incident with her husband inside a Buffalo Avenue hotel at about 6:30 p.m., Niagara Falls police said. The woman was thrown down, punched in the head, kicked and choked by the man, who then left in her car. The victim was treated in Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center.


>Jan. 28

* Ronnie A. Koonce, 34, of Roebling Street, Buffalo, and Bobby N. Spencer, 51, of Adam Street, Lockport, were each charged with third-degree assault by Lockport police and are accused of attacking a man at 11:45 a.m. in the driveway of his Genesee Street home. The man suffered a laceration above his eye.

* Freda D. Santelli, 48, of Chestnut Drive, Lockport, was charged at 11:51 p.m. on Lockport Road in Wheatfield with felony driving while intoxicated and failure to keep right, Niagara County sheriff's deputies said. Deputies said Santelli was seen swerving in and out of traffic and failed several field sobriety tests. She was charged with a felony DWI because she had a prior conviction in the past 10 years, deputies said.

* A Sanborn resident told Niagara Falls police that she noticed her purse missing at 1:35 a.m. after dropping off a man at 23rd and Niagara streets. The purse contained $40 and some credit cards, police said.

* Sharon L. Lynch, 49, of Lindbergh Avenue, was charged with driving while intoxicated and driving left of center, Niagara Falls police said.

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