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From the blotter / Niagara County police calls, Feb. 5 to 10

>Feb. 5

* A Middleport man told Niagara County sheriff's deputies that four tires and aluminum rims, valued at $1,600, were stolen from the front yard of his Ridge Road home.

* A 21-year-old Medina man told sheriff's deputies that he was playing darts at 2:40 a.m. at Pour Boyz on Transit Road in Lockport and a man approached him, as if to shake hands, and then punched him in the face and gave him a bloody nose. He said he did not know the man, who left in a pickup truck.

* An employee of the Antique Shop on Shawnee Road in Wheatfield told sheriff's deputies that she put $771 in cash in a bag on the desk in the office last night and that today she found the cash gone from the bag, as well as $10 from another bank bag.


>Feb. 6

* Henry Baumgart, 44, of Cottage Street, Lockport, was charged on a warrant by Lockport police with reckless endangerment. A West Avenue woman told police that Baumgart was harassing her on Jan. 30 and drove a blue minivan at her while she was walking on the sidewalk.

* James E. Stone Jr., 25, of Spaulding Street, Lockport, was charged at his home by Lockport police with burglary, criminal mischief and assault. A 50-year-old man told police that Stone came to his house on North Transit Street the previous night with four other men and asked to speak to his son about some money. He said when he asked Stone to leave, he and the others rushed into the house and Stone broke one of the man's son's glasses and punched him in the face. The man said a second son was punched in the head and fell down, causing a glass plate to break on the front of the oven door. He said the group continued to fight with the second son when he came outside and kicked him while he was lying in the driveway.


>Feb. 7

* A Joann Drive woman told sheriff's deputies that several pieces of jewelry were stolen from her Cambria home sometime over the weekend. Total loss was estimated at $929 for a diamond necklace, diamond ring and peridot ring. She said she had carpet installed in her bedroom and master bathroom but said that the owner of the company would not help to question the installers regarding the theft and that the contracting company, which installed the rug, would not return her calls.

* A woman who is a tenant on Lake Road in Burt told sheriff's deputies she was having problems with her landlord, who lives downstairs, yelling obscenities at her. She said the landlord told her she would be evicted and turned off her heat. After deputies told the landlord not to interact with the tenant, the tenant told deputies the landlord came upstairs and started arguing with her, then punched her in the face. The landlord, Amanda C. Strickland-Keiffer, 28, was charged with harassment with physical contact and was issued an appearance ticket, deputies said.


>Feb. 8

* A 21-year-old woman told Niagara Falls police that Mark W. Saverino, 22, of Willow Avenue, grabbed her by the neck and choked her at 1:42 p.m. in their home. She said the argument was over a cell phone. Police said they charged Saverino with harassment and assault.

* Victor H. Travis Sr., 48, of 12th Street, was charged with petit larceny and felony robbery by Niagara Falls police. Travis is accused of forcibly reaching into another man's pocket at 8:20 p.m. on 24th Street and taking $45 from him. The man said they struggled, but Travis was too strong and then fled. Travis was charged at his home two hours later and, after an arraignment, was held on $5,000 bail.


>Feb. 9

* Some prescription medications were among the items taken when a Pierce Avenue man's car was broken into at about 8:30 p.m., Niagara Falls police said. The victim told police some cigarettes and about $20 in change also were taken.

* A Cleveland Avenue woman told Niagara Falls police that someone entered her apartment sometime in the past three days and took three mirrors, a 13-inch television and $700 worth of women's clothing. She said she believes the person came through an unlocked first-floor window.

* The owner of Subway on Lockport-Olcott Road in Wrights Corners told sheriff's deputies that he videotaped an employee stealing "wads of $20s" on at least two occasions from the cash register. He believes this same employee may have also entered the restaurant while it was closed. The stolen amount was estimated at well over $1,000, according to the owner. Videotape and cash register receipts were turned over to investigators.

* Francis J. Wittig, 73, of East High Street, Lockport, was charged by Lockport police at 8:10 p.m. on High Street with driving while intoxicated, equipment violation (for driving without a tire), passing a red light and leaving the scene of of an accident with property damage. Police said Wittig was involved in a hit-and-run at West Avenue and Prospect Street and was later found driving on High Street with no front tire.

* A 48-year-old Elmwood Avenue man told Niagara Falls police that he was driving north on Hyde Park Boulevard at 8:45 p.m., near the Seneca Avenue bridge, when an ice ball cracked his windshield. No witnesses were found; damage was estimated at $400.

* Mark A. Smith, 19, of Grove Avenue, Niagara Falls, was charged by Niagara Falls police at 10:11 p.m. in the 1400 block of Falls Street with resisting arrest, obstructing government administration, reckless driving, speed not reasonable and prudent and driving the wrong way down the street.


>Feb. 10

* A Tonawanda resident told Niagara Falls police his wallet was stolen from the U.S. Postal Service's Niagara Falls Boulevard facility after he momentarily set it down on a counter. The victim told police he turned to attend to some business and discovered the wallet had been stolen moments later, at about 3:50 p.m. The wallet contained his military identification card, as well as a credit card, personal effects and about $30 in cash.

* John S. Stamborski, 39, of Michigan Avenue, Niagara Falls, was charged by Niagara Falls police with driving while intoxicated, unlicensed operation, failure to signal and having a muffler/exhaust system in violation at 2:50 a.m. in the 300 block of Ferry Avenue.

* Hector C. Torres, 30, of Walnut Avenue, was arrested by Niagara Falls police at 10 a.m. on charges of second-degree burglary and petit larceny. Officer William Frye also charged Torres on three outstanding warrants alleging failure to appear in court.

* Anthony A. Griffin, 18, of Sixth Street, was arrested by Niagara Falls police at 1:15 p.m. on charges of second-degree burglary and fifth-degree criminal possession of stolen property.

* A Willow Avenue woman told Niagara Falls police that two women came to her home at about 2:30 p.m. to talk about money and ended up fighting with her and stealing an envelope containing $500 from another woman who had tried to break up the altercation.

* While cleaning out a rental apartment in the 300 block of Pine Avenue at about 4 p.m., a man found a .45-caliber Ruger automatic handgun that had apparently been left behind by a former resident, Niagara Falls police said. The gun was checked and found to be legally owned and not stolen, police said.

* During a wrestling tournament at Starpoint High School on Mapleton Road, Pendleton, someone stole an MP3 player belonging to a Cheektowaga teen, sheriff's deputies said. The player was taken off a table after being placed down momentarily at about 6:30 p.m., deputies said. Loss was placed at $75.

* Anthony A. Griffin, 18, of Sixth Street, Niagara Falls, was charged by Niagara Falls police with felony burglary and criminal possession of stolen property. He is accused of using a knife to jimmy a door at an apartment on Walnut Street and stealing a large amount of clothing, as well as a VCR, CDs and games. He was arrested at his home, after the owner of the stolen property told police he observed Griffin wearing his clothes two times.

* Tricia L. Rich, 25, of Park Place, Lockport, was charged with driving while intoxicated and speeding by sheriff's deputies at 2:29 a.m. on Lockport-Olcott Road, Newfane. Rich told deputies she worked as a bartender at Big Ugly's and had a few shots and drinks, according to reports.

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