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From the blotter / Niagara County police calls, Jan. 2 to 8

Jan. 2

Cedrick K. Bradberry, 25, of Niagara Avenue, was charged with criminal impersonation, and accused of using his brother's name when pulled over by Niagara Falls police at 10:45 p.m. in the 1900 block of Niagara Street. Police said they saw two men leaning into an illegally parked SUV. Both men walked quickly away and got into a cab and police stopped the cab. Bradberry had an outstanding warrant and used a false name, according to police. His companion, Timielle R. Champaigne, 26, of 25th Street, was charged with restricted use of alcohol.


Jan. 3

Gary K. Miles, 26, of Saxton Street, City of Lockport, was charged by sheriff's deputies with criminal mischief and criminal trespassing at 2 a.m. at Poor Boyz Tap on South Transit Road. Deputies said they responded to a call of a disorderly patron who refused to leave. Miles allegedly threw a glass of beer on the floor, was violent toward the bar manager and patrons, and kicked an outside door, bending the frame and breaking the window. Miles refused stitches for cuts and was taped and gauzed at Lockport Memorial Hospital, reports said.

Rosemarie J. Sortino, 59, of Columbus Parkway, Buffalo, was charged by Lockport police with menacing and John F. Sortino, 35, of South Transit Street, Lockport, was charged with second-degree harassment and third-degree menacing. A South Transit Street woman and her daughter said the two were verbally abusive and threatened them. John was accused of throwing a stone baking tray across the kitchen and a hot cup of coffee, but was stopped before he threw a small television, police reported.

Joey A. Jones, 18, of Eighth Street, and Ray A. Harris, 19, of Niagara Avenue, both were charged by Niagara Falls police with criminal possession of a controlled substance at 10:45 a.m. in the 800 block of Hyde Park Boulevard. Jones was found with crack cocaine in a pants pocket and also was charged with no seat belt and unlawful possession of marijuana after a bag of the drug was found in his sock, police said. Harris was charged after 14 hydrocodone pills were found, according to reports.

A Gasport Road, Royalton, woman told sheriff's deputies that more than $500 worth of prescription pills were taken from her unlocked room overnight.

Eugene F. Russell, 70, of Beverly Avenue, was charged with petit larceny by Lockport police and accused of taking 60 feet of copper rim spouts from the Lockport Library on Dec 6.


Jan. 4

A Middleport couple, of North Hartland Road, told sheriff's deputies that someone forcibly entered their home between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. and took two full bottles of prescription pills and caused $200 in damage to the door. They said this was the third time in the past few weeks that their home has been burglarized.


Jan. 5

A Rapids Road, Town of Lockport home was burglarized between noon and 3:30 p.m. while the owner was out of town, sheriff's deputies said. A rear window was broken to gain entry to the home, although it was not immediately known whether anything was missing. Deputies said two bedrooms were rummaged through by the intruder.

Nora D. Jones, 16, of Willow Avenue, was charged with menacing, obstructing governmental administration and three counts of disorderly conduct, Niagara Falls police said. She was taken into custody at 3 p.m. in the 1400 block of 22nd Street after police said she waved a box-cutter-type knife at a group of people while continually yelling obscenities and threats.

Jeremy M. Erle, 30, of Minnick Road, was charged by Lockport police with four counts of endangering the welfare of a child, prescriptions outside original containers, two counts of no seat belts, no child restraints and driving under the influence of alcohol, at 3:45 a.m. on Fairview Drive. Police said none of the four boys in the vehicle were restrained and Erle was highly intoxicated. The children were taken to a grandmother's house, police said.


Jan. 6

A woman entered a Hyde Park Boulevard apartment just after 2:30 a.m. and attacked another woman inside, Niagara Falls police said. The victim was punched three times in the head, suffering minor injuries, and was advised by police to seek an arrest warrant. A closet door also was damaged during the incident, police said.

A 23-year-old woman told Niagara Falls police she almost passed out after her boyfriend punched her in the head while she drove home from a local bar about 3 a.m. The man fled the car after the attack, which occurred in the 1000 block of Portage Road.

Dawn J. Wollaber, 44, of 18th Street, Niagara Falls, was arrested at 3:40 a.m. on Mapleton Road in the Town of Pendleton. Sheriff's deputies charged Wollaber with driving while intoxicated and failure to keep right.

A 53-year-old woman told Niagara Falls police she was walking home from the Seneca Niagara Casino about 5 a.m. when a man she knows attacked her in the 700 block of Ferry Avenue. The man threw her to the ground, injuring her shoulder and neck, then left the scene. The woman told police she has endured ongoing harassment from the suspect.

The occupants of an 18th Street residence were threatened by a knife-wielding couple who forced their way into the building just before 8 a.m., Niagara Falls police said. The suspects, known to the victims from their past common drug usage, fled the area prior to the arrival of police, according to reports.

A car belonging to a 78th Street man was damaged between 3 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. while parked in the lot of De-Dee's Dairy on Niagara Falls Boulevard, Niagara Falls police said. The car's windshield was cracked, the tail lights broken and several dents were made in the driver's side paneling. Damage was estimated at $510.

A 16-year-old Niagara Avenue boy told Niagara Falls police that he was jumped by three males at 18th and Willow streets at 9:30 p.m. He said a loud crowd gathered, expecting a fight, and he was punched in the head by two of them. He said the boys are part of a gang known as 8-Ball.

Robert J. Miller, 43, of Pallister Avenue, Barker, was charged by sheriff's deputies at 9:14 p.m. on Rochester Road in Royalton with felony driving while intoxicated, failure to keep right, moving from a lane unsafely, operating a motor vehicle while license suspended and operating without insurance. Miller failed all roadside sobriety tests and had to be helped to the side of the road after stumbling, said deputies. A dog in the vehicle was taken to the Middleport Canine Pound, reports said.


Jan. 7

A 25-year-old Buffalo man said at least two men struck him in the back of his head from behind with a bottle and took $480 and some hydrocodone pills at 10:15 p.m., Niagara Falls police reported. The man said he was attacked at 18th Street and Niagara Avenue after he bought some soda and chips at a store. Police said the man was found with 7 1/2 white oval pills at Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center. They also found 20 hydrocodone pills and $100 more on him, as well as more in his socks. The man, Jason E. Tubbins, 25, of 98 Rees St., was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance, according to reports.

A man in the 1500 block of Pine Avenue told police someone took his inspection sticker from his unlocked car sometime overnight Sunday.

Romond M. Lamar, 23, was arrested following a domestic incident, Niagara Falls police said. The 20th Street resident is accused of assaulting his girlfriend Jan. 6, police said, after initially arguing with the woman over money. The assault violated a court order of protection, resulting in a felony charge of first-degree criminal contempt, reports said. Lamar also was charged with third-degree assault and menacing.

A video game system and a digital camera and printer set were among the items taken in an overnight burglary of a Niagara Avenue home, Niagara Falls police said. Someone kicked in the front door of the home between 5 p.m. Jan. 6 and 10:20 a.m. today, removing a DVD movie in addition to the electronics, police said. Loss was estimated at $840.

Floyd C. Crittenden, 23, of Packard Court, was arrested at 3:44 a.m. after leading Niagara Falls police on a car chase throughout the city and running through several yards before being caught, according to reports. Crittenden was charged with driving while intoxicated, resisting arrest, third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation, speeding, reckless driving and failure to yield right-of-way to an emergency vehicle.

A 30-year-old Tonawanda Creek, Lockport woman told sheriff's deputies that sometime between Jan. 3 and today, someone took a variety of jewelry, including a diamond and emerald ring valued at $4,300, from a jewelry box, as well as three gift cards from an envelope in her kitchen. Total losses were valued at more than $5,200. There was no sign of forced entry.

Robert A. Roath, 48, of Catherine Street, Medina, was charged by sheriff's deputies at 8 p.m. on Sweetwood Drive, Lockport, with third-degree assault, criminal mischief, forcible touching and menacing. A 34-year-old woman said Roath made unwanted sexual advances, grabbed her by the waist and breast and, when she said no, slapped her twice and hit her with his fist. She said he also tore the phone off the wall. An order of protection was issued.

Shardai M. McClain, 21, of Reed Street, was charged by Lockport police with petit larceny. The general manager at Wilson Farms on South Transit Street told police that McClain had worked for him and he found her drawer short and four phone cards, valued at $170, activated without paying for them. The manager observed the theft on security tapes and called police, according to reports.


Jan. 8

A New Hampshire woman told Niagara Falls police someone took a digital camera from the pool area of the Four Points Sheraton hotel, 114 Buffalo Ave. at 12:45 a.m. The woman said she accidentally left it there the previous night.

A woman told Niagara Falls police that another woman used her ATM card, withdrawing $566 from her bank account sometime since New Year's Eve. The woman, who spoke with an officer at 10:15 a.m. in the 500 block of 19th Street, said the woman used her bank card a few times since Dec. 31 to withdraw the cash.

A 59-year-old Escarpment Drive, Lockport, man told sheriff's deputies that a 1991 Harley Davidson Heritage, valued at $25,000, was stolen from a garage at his home during the past few days. He said the motorcycle was all chrome, with an orange and black gas tank and fenders, an attached windshield and saddlebags. The owner said the garage door had been disabled. He told deputies that he had owned the motorcycle for seven years and put nearly $30,000 into it.

A Slayton Settlement Road, Royalton, woman told sheriff's deputies that $1,500 worth of items, including an X-box, desktop computer, a Wii, $100 in change, and assorted jewelry, were taken from her home between 8 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Deputies found several rooms in disarray, with drawers open and the contents on the floor.

Sheriff's deputies investigated a grand larceny at Just Playin Auto on Walmore Road in Wheatfield. The owner said a 1996 Chevy Impala was stripped of its parts, valued at $2,300, which included a car seat, center console, deck lid and door panel. He said the gate was broken enough for someone to push items through.

A 48-year-old Niagara Avenue woman told Niagara Falls police that someone entered her home while she was in the hospital between Dec. 22 and 25, and took a 27-inch television, three rings valued at $1,000, and $5 in a jar.

A man told Niagara Falls police that between 6:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. on 69th Street, his rear door was kicked in and an unknown person took a black metal lock box with $500 in cash, his car title and other personal papers.

A Lewiston woman said her purse was stolen from the Unitarian Universalist Church on Main Street in Niagara Falls while she was in the basement. She told Niagara Falls police that it happened at about 5:30 p.m. She said saw a suspect run past the window and then found her purse was gone. The purse contained checks and a checkbook for Habitat for Humanity, her personal checkbook and a cell phone.

Rose Blankenship, 46, of Sixth Street, was charged by Niagara Falls police with felony assault with a weapon and harassment at 6:15 p.m. Police said they recovered a split and cracked bat that a 43-year-old man said she used to strike him with in the calf. He said she also punched him in the mouth twice and swore at him.

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