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From the blotter / Niagara County police calls, July 9 to 17

July 9

Timothy L. McDowell Jr., 29, of Willow Street, Lockport, was charged with petit larceny, criminal mischief and burglary, Lockport police said. Police said on July 5 the owner of the Diamond on State Street tavern found a water meter pulled off a building, an exterior faucet broken, a garden hose and a second 150-foot hose stolen, a cover broken off an air conditioner and the fluid drained out. Inside the bar, three bottles of alcohol were stolen. McDowell was found and charged with the crime four days later, police said.

July 10

Catherine L. Brown, 39, of Locust Street and Eugene F. Russell, 70, of Beverly Avenue were both charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance at 10:25 p.m. on Beverly Avenue, Niagara Falls police said. Brown was stopped for not wearing a seat belt and a chunk of crack cocaine was seen in plain view by police, reports said. Both denied ownership and both were charged, police said.

The owner of PJ Niagara Falls Boulevard Auto told sheriff's deputies that a door was pried open and someone went through file cabinets, removed a wallet with five credit cards, a Social Security card, driver's license and checks. He told deputies that activity was already found on two of the cards.

A Plaza Drive, Wheatfield woman told sheriff's deputies that seven CDs, valued at $100, a checkbook, $180 and a shirt and pants were stolen overnight from her car. She said the items were all in plain view and she may have left her car unlocked. The bank told the woman someone already tried to cash one check for $301.

A 53-year-old Wheatfield woman told sheriff's deputies that she left the front door of her Niagara Falls Boulevard home unlocked and that sometime overnight $15 and her checkbook were stolen. She said someone tried to cash one check for $95 and showed the bank a driver's license with a Buffalo address.

July 11

Nicholas J. Rubino, 18, of Third Street, was charged by Niagara Falls police with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance around 9 p.m. in the 1100 block of Whitney Avenue. Police said they stopped a car for an air freshener blocking the view in the rear view mirror and when they opened the door they found a bag of powder cocaine. The driver said he just picked up Rubino and had no knowledge of the drugs.

An 18-year-old Jordan Gardens woman told Niagara Falls police that her 17-year-old boyfriend started an argument about being put in jail for a domestic report and then punched her in the forehead and choked her. She said the suspect punched her sister in the mouth when she tried to pull him off and also hit her 11-month-old daughter in the head while she was holding her, according to reports.

July 12

Niagara Falls police said a 19-year-old Elmwood Avenue man was being sought for pulling a 20-year-old Welch Avenue woman around by the hair because she said she wanted to break up.

An 18th Street man told Niagara Falls police that his driver's side window was smashed overnight and an XM satellite radio valued at $30, a $25 tool box and five CDs valued at $75 were taken.

Arnold P. Beiter III, 22, of Saxton Street, Lockport, was charged by sheriff's deputies with aggravated driving while intoxicated, failure to keep right and failure to yield to an emergency vehicle at 11:28 p.m. on Lockport Road in Wheatfield. Deputies said they observed him swerving and driving 40 mph in a 55-mph zone, and later determined he was driving with a blood alcohol level nearly three times the legal limit.

A 42-year-old Errick Road, Wheatfield woman told sheriff's deputies that she was upstairs feeding her baby at 11:30 p.m. when she heard talking in the garage and heard the garage door open. She said she saw several people after that who left the property when they realized they were being watched.

July 13

A DeMunda Avenue woman told Niagara Falls police that she left for work overnight with a window open and a bulldog in the yard. She said someone came through the yard, opened a screen and took a DVD player, an Xbox, 100 DVDs valued at $1,500, and two prescription painkillers. Total loss was estimated at $3,017. She said a neighbor heard a noise at 1 a.m.

The owner of Bellreng Trucking on Ninth Street told Niagara Falls police an employee did not return a tow truck for three weeks. Buffalo police found the truck on Amherst Street in Buffalo. He said missing from the truck was a $1,000 GPS unit, a $600 cordless phone, a $500 cell phone and $200 in cash.

The owner of Becker Farms on South Quaker Road in Gasport told sheriff's deputies that someone entered his property overnight and removed a 3-gallon container of ice cream, valued at $23; two cases of Snapple, valued at $40; and damaged a feed machine, causing $40 in damages. He said a lock was cut on a gas tank and an unknown amount of gas was emptied from the tank. The owner said this was the third report filed and believes it is the work of the same person.

An identity thief stole a debit card from an Elmwood Avenue man sometime during the week, then used it at two local businesses to make more than $1,200 worth of purchases, Niagara Falls police reported. The card was stolen out of the victim's car while it was parked, unlocked, in front of his home, police said.

Kurtis P. Jewell, 23, of Fairport, was arrested at 11:52 p.m. on Shawnee Road in Wheatfield. Sheriff's deputies charged Jewell with aggravated driving while intoxicated, saying he had a blood-alcohol level beyond 0.18 percent, more than twice the legal limit. He also was charged with moving from a lane unsafely after his car went into a ditch on the east side of Shawnee Road, deputies reported.

A resident of Ward Road in Sanborn told sheriff's deputies that $1,600 worth of jewelry was taken from her home sometime since July 4. She told deputies she believes that a female visitor to the home took a gold and diamond ring, some pearl earrings and a sapphire and diamond ring.

July 14

Dennis L. Schank, 45, of Second Street, Newfane, was charged with driving while intoxicated after being stopped at 2:02 a.m. on Lockport-Olcott Road, Newfane. Sheriff's deputies also charged Schank with failure to use a designated lane, according to reports.

A College Point resident told Niagara Falls police that two men doing drywall work at his Falls Street residence stole a refrigerator worth about $300.

A Connecticut woman had her purse stolen from a basement room inside Holy Trinity Church, Niagara Falls police reported.

Sometime between 11 p.m. July 13 and 7 a.m. July 14, six freshly planted shrubs were dug out of a Hennepin Avenue yard, and were later dropped in a nearby yard, Niagara Falls police said. The plants were returned to their rightful owner.

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