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From the blotter / Niagara County police calls, Jan. 13 to 22

Jan. 13

An early morning domestic dispute at his home led to the arrest of 77th Street resident Richard D. Susfolk II, Niagara Falls police reported. Susfolk, 28, was charged with third-degree criminal mischief and harassment at 4:55 a.m.

Town of Porter Highway Superintendent Scott B. Hillman told sheriff's deputies that an unknown person struck a town fire hydrant at a curve in the 3500 block of Creek Road overnight. A large crash and squealing tires were reported by a resident at 11 p.m. Damage was $500. Hillman said this has been an ongoing problem.


Jan. 14

Two hunters looking for fox were charged with criminal trespassing on city property by Lockport police at 6 p.m., according to reports. Charged were Michael S. Klages, 28, and Robert B. Collins, 39, both of Seymour Street, City of Tonawanda. Officers said they saw a car with two empty gun cases and found the two men apparently hunting fox on West Jackson Street near the compost plant. The Department of Environmental Conservation issued citations, and the men's guns were taken and their vehicle towed by police, reports said.


Jan. 15

An overnight burglary was reported by sheriff's deputies at Eagle Self Storage on Lockport-Olcott Road in Newfane. The owner said someone cut the office air-conditioning wires in an unsuccessful attempt to gain entry and also cut padlocks on gates and entered five storage units. Inventory by the storage unit owners was being sought. A block away, Kenyon's convenience store reported an unsuccessful burglary attempt overnight. Someone damaged a shed door while trying to kick in the door.

The owner of Sherwin-Williams paint store in the 5800 block of South Transit Road in the Town of Lockport reported to sheriff's deputies that someone entered his locked building overnight, broke into the safe and took $200 and several bank drafts. Also taken were keys to the business. Entry was made by damaging the lock, deputies said.

Pekin and Cambria volunteer firefighters responded to a fire in the home of Alisa L. Barone on Baer Road in Ransomville. A fire was found in the bathroom and laundry room on the first floor of the two-story home. Barone told sheriff's deputies that she awoke to the smoke detector and got two other family members out as they were sleeping at 10 p.m. Firefighters said they quickly brought the fire under control and the fire was contained to a dryer area. Damage was estimated at $5,000.


Jan. 16

A 79-year-old Falls Street man told Niagara Falls police that someone removed a lock from his rear door between 10:30 and 11:30 a.m., entered his home and took a silver and black cash box that contained $500 in cash, $10,000 in jewelry and personal documents.

A 37-year-old LaSalle Avenue man told Niagara Falls police that someone shot out the driver's side window of his pickup truck with a BB gun, causing $100 damage, and stole a $700 stereo system from the truck, causing an additional $500 damage.

Niagara Falls police said they charged a Lockport man, Paul D. Atkin, 41, of Hawley Street, with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, criminal impersonation and outstanding warrants just before 10:30 p.m. in the 1300 block of 18th Street. Atkin was found to have three outstanding warrants throughout Niagara County for possession of stolen property, police said.


Jan. 17

In response to a disturbance on Park Avenue, Lockport police stopped a vehicle just before 2 a.m. on West Avenue, and two people ran from the scene and were followed by police. Letana Crenshaw Jr., 45, of Genesee Street, was charged with aggravated unlicensed operation, obstructing governmental administration and resisting arrest, police said. Nicole J. Smith, 18, of Tonawanda Creek Road, was charged with obstructing governmental administration. The Park Avenue homeowner, Jennifer R. Scheeler, 20, told officers three females started an argument with her. She was charged with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance when crack cocaine was found on a table and a spoon was on a table with a heated substance, police said. She was additionally charged with endangering the welfare of a child when a 3-year-old was found in the home and obstructing governmental administration, police said. Also charged in the Park Avenue home with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance was Eric M. Sobers, 18, of Caledonia Street, police reported.

Sheriff's deputies responded to a burglary in progress at Niagara County Community College and charged Michael F. Cunningham, 24, of Allenhurst Road, Amherst, and Tressa Lynn Gallineau, 19, of Madison Avenue, Blasdell, with burglary, criminal mischief, petit larceny and possession of burglary tools, according to reports. The two were apprehended by campus security and held after a Pepsi machine was broken into. More than $111 was found in Cunningham's back pack, as well as a coin dispenser and a small pry bar, according to deputies. Damage to the soda machine was listed at $2,500.

The garage of a 76-year-old Lockport-Olcott Road, Newfane, man was entered while he was out of town, between Jan. 2 and 17, a safe was damaged, and $2,500 was removed from the safe, sheriff's deputies said.

Sheriff's deputies said they charged Ellen J. Arafat, 47, of Lake Road, Barker, and Thomas D. Kendrick, 21, of Michigan Street, Lockport, with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and endangering the welfare of a child at 9:27 p.m. on Sandpit Road in Lockport. Deputies said they found a suspicious vehicle parked on the side of the road. A search found a metal pipe used for smoking crack, and Arafat admitted having crack in her ashtray. A juvenile was found in the passenger seat.


Jan. 18

Phillip D. Johnson, 36, of Market Street, Lockport, was charged by Lockport police with failure to keep right, driving while intoxicated and speeding at 12:46 a.m. on Chestnut Road near Beebe Road in Wilson.

William Hepfner, 26, of Virgil Avenue, Buffalo, was charged by sheriff's deputies with aggravated unlicensed operation, speeding and unlawful possession of marijuana at 3:28 a.m. on River Road in Wheatfield. Hepfner was stopped for speeding and found to have a suspended license and a small quantity of marijuana in a cigar case in a front pocket, deputies said.

Sheriff's deputies searched unsuccessfully for a Buick Century wanted in a Wheeler Road, Lockport, burglary at 10:29 a.m. The homeowner said he left to pick his daughter up from school and, when he returned, found a car parked in his driveway. The driver, described as unshaven and missing teeth, told the homeowner he was looking for the Founder's Clinic. The homeowner said that inside things had been moved, five half-dollar coins were gone, and a jewelry box had been dumped on the bed.


Jan. 19

A Weston Avenue man's car was broken into overnight after it was left unlocked on the street, Niagara Falls police said. Police said someone damaged the vehicle's dashboard in stealing an AM-FM cassette stereo unit valued at $100.

An East Avenue, Newfane, resident told sheriff's deputies that someone broke into his unlocked pickup truck overnight while the vehicle was parked in his driveway. The thief took the keys from the vehicle, entered another vehicle inside a garage and stole a pair of binoculars and some beer and whiskey.

A Lockport woman was robbed as she left Lockport Mall shortly before 8 p.m., sheriff's deputies said. Deputies said the woman was about to enter her car outside The Bon-Ton when a man approached from behind and punched her, knocking her to the ground. He then snatched her purse and fled. The purse contained $30 in cash and a credit card. The robber also stole a bag containing $60 worth of clothing that the victim had just purchased.

A vehicle stolen from Sabre Park in the Town of Niagara was recovered at 7 p.m. near 59th Street and Niagara Falls Boulevard, Niagara Falls police said. The owner of the 1985 Oldsmobile was contacted and reclaimed the vehicle.

A Virginia man was arrested at the Rainbow Bridge at 8:30 p.m. after Customs officials learned that he was wanted on a burglary charge in Shenandoah County, Va. Jayson S. Higgins, no age given, of Clifton Forge, Va., was being held pending extradition.


Jan. 20

A Youngstown woman told Niagara Falls police that she watched a man steal an $800 stereo system from her car while it was parked in the 400 block of 19th Street. The incident occurred at about 7:30 a.m., and the suspect is a man against whom the victim holds an order of protection, police said.

An 18-year-old woman was arrested at 11:45 p.m. on a drunken-driving charge, Niagara Falls police said. Rachel A. Moceri, of Fourth Street, was stopped in the 400 block of Third Street after her car struck a parked vehicle and then left the scene, police said. The accident caused only minor damage.

A man employed as a handyman for an 18th Street property is accused of stealing an $80 aluminum storm door, Niagara Falls police said. The theft is believed to have occurred Jan. 18 or Jan. 19.


Jan. 21

An alarm led Niagara Falls police to the HSBC Bank branch on Pine Avenue at 8:25 a.m. Pry marks indicated that someone attempted to break into an automated teller machine in front of the bank, but entry was not gained.


Jan. 22

Niagara Falls Police Officer Ronald Cirrito charged Shane M. Pembleton, 20, of Independence Avenue, with unlawful possession of marijuana at 1:30 a.m. Cirrito said he saw him standing next to a Dumpster where there were three previous fires. Officers said they checked him and another man for warrants and weapons and he felt a large lump in Pembleton's pocket, which turned out to be 24 grams of marijuana. Police issued him an appearance ticket.

A 14-year-old girl told Officer John Petrishin at 8:15 a.m. that as she walked to school at 86th Street and Bollier Avenue on Thursday, a man in his 30s driving a dark green pickup truck pulled up next to her and asked if she had seen his lost dog. She said "no," and he drove off. The next day the man circled the block several times as the girl walked, she said.

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