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From the blotter / Niagara County police calls, Jan. 9 to 14

Jan. 9

Sheriff's deputies investigated calls of an open burn of copper wires with heavy black smoke just after 3:30 p.m. in the 6300 block of Dale Road. No fire was found, but burned wire with insulation and ash was found at the home. The state Department of Environmental Conservation was called to investigate the ash, and the homeowners were questioned but denied having fires, deputies reported.

Jalissa Q. Thomas, 18, of Wyndham Lawn Home on Old Niagara Road, was charged with harassment and violating and order of protection by sheriff's deputies, just after 9:30 a.m. A female resident told deputies Thomas came running at her full speed and threatened her with fists clenched. A counselor said he was able to subdue Thomas.

Phillip M. Bickel, 30, of Oliver Street, Lockport, was charged by Lockport police with third-degree robbery at 2:25 a.m. on Robinson Place. An Oliver Street woman said he took $60 from her purse and the two wrestled over it. She said Bickel bit her thumb, took the money and fled.

Crystal A. Jenkins, 24, of 4600 Hyde Park Blvd., Niagara Falls, was charged with assault with a weapon, criminal mischief and menacing with a knife. She was arrested at 5:30 p.m. at Niagara Falls Police Headquarters.

Niagara Falls Police Officer Jason Sykes was injured when bitten by a pit bull in the 400 block of Seventh Street just after 1 p.m. Sykes said he was coming to the aid of an elderly woman. Sykes was able to use his nightstick to keep the dog away and suffered minor injuries to his left hand.


Jan. 10

Ian T. Treichler, 26, of Sanborn, was charged by sheriff's deputies with driving while intoxicated and operating an unregistered motor vehicle at 12:24 a.m. on Lockport Road in the Town of Niagara. Deputies said they found a suspicious vehicle parked on the side of the road. Treichler said his "pappy's truck broke down" and said he had been "cruising around just being silly." Treichler admitted having a few drinks and failed all field sobriety tests, deputies said. According to reports, he told deputies, "That's just [expletive] great. Like father, like son. My pappy just got pinched for DWI last week. Un-[expletive] believable." Charles L. Treichler, 59, of Buffalo Street, Sanborn, was charged with DWI on Dec. 24 after deputies said he left the scene of a minor accident and was driving a car that was unregistered and uninspected. Charles Treichler told deputies he uses alcohol for pain relief, instead of prescription medications, according to reports.

A Linwood Avenue woman told Niagara Falls police that all her copper piping was missing from the basement, valued at $800, as well as a washing machine and paint and tools. There was no sign of forced entry.


Jan. 11

An official with the Steve Baldo Ford dealership on Niagara Falls Boulevard told Niagara Falls police that someone removed a 2007 "Red Fire" Ford 150 tailgate from a display in front of its showroom overnight. The tailgate is valued at $1,044.

Gerald L. Lesmeister, 36, of Grand Avenue, Niagara Falls, was charged by Niagara Falls police with petit larceny at Tops Market on Portage Road just after 10:30 a.m.. He is accused of taking four packages of rib steaks and two bags of shrimp, with a total value of $69, and leaving without paying.

A 22nd Street man told Niagara Falls police that he was walking down Pierce Avenue at 6:40 a.m. when a man he knows only as "Ed" asked for change. He said when he told the man he had no change, the man punched him in the face and gave him a bloody lip and loosened his teeth.

Gregory M. Lum, 47, of Amy Lane, Lockport, was charged by sheriff's deputies with driving while intoxicated and failure to keep right at 1:42 a.m. on Klemer Road in Wheatfield. Lum told deputies that he had "had a few brewskis," and refused field sobriety tests, according to reports.

Sharon C. Griffin, 28, of Ferry Avenue, Niagara Falls, was charged by Niagara Falls police with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct, criminal mischief, operating without insurance and aggravated unlicensed operation just after 6:30 p.m. on Niagara Street.

Heart and Soul soup kitchen reported to Niagara Falls police that an $800 yard machine and snowblower was taken from the nonprofit's Ontario Avenue garage overnight.

A 45-year-old 24th Street woman told Niagara Falls police that she returned from work at 9 p.m. and found a basement window broken and most of her copper piping ripped out, valued at $500. Also stolen was an $800 leather coat and a combination DVD player and television. The woman said the copper pipe had recently been installed.


Jan. 12

A Sanborn resident was arrested by Niagara Falls police at 1:15 p.m. on three charges, including a pair of felony counts. Patrick M. Jellerson, 36, of Shenk Road, was charged with fourth-degree grand larceny, fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property (a credit card) and identity theft, police said.

Niagara Falls police charged Tiffany J. Cummings, 24, of Hyde Park Boulevard, with fourth-degree grand larceny at 1:45 p.m.

A Baker Avenue woman told Niagara Falls police she was threatened by her estranged husband at about 6 p.m. The victim said the man was upset for her "putting him into drug court" and proceeded to throw her down and punch her several times in the face, police reported. The woman was not seriously injured.

Occupants of a home at 1706 Niagara St. used fire extinguishers to knock down flames that were discovered in the aftermath of a party at the home, Niagara Falls authorities said. An occupant found flames coming from an upstairs bathroom at about 11:22 p.m. and notified authorities. The fire was out by the time fire crews arrived but not before causing a few thousand dollars worth of damage, officials said.

A city woman told Niagara Falls police that as man dragged her into her Ontario Avenue bedroom, threw her on the bed and punched her in the face. She said he grabbed a knife and threatened to kill her and had cut her finger when she attempted to block the knife. She said she was held for over an hour and couldn't call police until a roommate came because the man had broken all the phones earlier.

A woman said told Niagara Falls police that she left work on Cedar Avenue holding five winning Lotto tickets and a co-worker grabbed the tickets and ran off with two tickets valued at $1,000. Police confirmed that the three remaining tickets were winning tickets and that they were investigating.


Jan. 13

A Niagara Falls Boulevard woman was advised to seek an arrest warrant after she and her teenage daughter, 15, were both struck by a woman for whom the daughter had been baby-sitting, Niagara Falls police reported. The assault was apparently triggered by a dispute over who was supposed to drive the girl home after the late-night baby-sitting assignment, police said. The assailant was said to be intoxicated at the time of the attack, which resulted in minor injuries to the two victims.

Sheriff's deputies said they had to chase a drunken-driving suspect on foot after he and a passenger abandoned their car and fled from a North Tonawanda accident scene. Deputy Gerald Granto said he saw a car miss a turn and end up stuck on a lawn at Witmer Road and Alder Creek at about 2:22 a.m. When he pulled up to the scene, the car was stuck in the mud, and the two occupants fled through nearby yards. Deputies said they caught Brent W. Semelsberger, 20, as he approached his Oppenheim Court home and charged him with driving while intoxicated, leaving the scene of a property damage accident and failure to keep right. The passenger, 18-year-old Brian L. Smith of Nash Road, North Tonawanda, was charged with obstructing governmental administration, according to reports.


Jan. 14

Jamie R. Page, 26, of Cottage Road, Lockport, was charged by sheriff's deputies with DWI and failure to keep right at 12:58 a.m. Sheriff's deputies stopped Page's car on South Transit Road in the Town of Lockport after the southbound vehicle was spotted swerving, according to reports. Deputies said Page had a blood-alcohol level of 0.08 percent.

Sheriff's deputies investigated a burglary at a Town of Wilson home on Beebe Road. The homeowner reported that someone entered the home through an open window sometime on Jan. 11. Items taken included three boxes of change with a value of about $300, as well as 30 prescription pills, which were hidden in a sock inside a dresser.

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