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From the blotter / Niagara County police calls, Oct. 16 to 27

Oct. 16

Rubin P. Dexter, 24, of Cudaback Avenue, was charged with felony criminal contempt by Niagara Falls police after police responded to serve a long list of warrants and he fled onto a roof just before 8 p.m at his home, according to reports. Several officers responded, as well as firefighters with a ladder. Warrant charges for the past two months include three previous charges of criminal contempt and one aggravated criminal contempt charge; two counts of third-degree assault, third-degree robbery, aggravated harassment, harassment and petit larceny, police said.

A teen was charged with filing a false report to stop a fight on Cleveland Avenue in Niagara Falls. Police responded to a call of a man with a gun acting in a threatening manner, just before 11 a.m., but when they arrived, the man said he had been fighting with a woman but did not threaten her and had no gun. The call was traced to a cell phone inside the house, and a teen who said she called police to stop her parents from arguing and told dispatchers he had a gun. The teen was charged as a juvenile.


Oct. 17

Niagara Falls police charged Terry D. Carter Jr., 23, of Niagara Avenue, with seventh-degree criminal possession of controlled substance, unlawful possession of marijuana and having an open alcoholic beverage at 10 p.m. at 18th Street and Pierce Avenue. Police said they observed two cars in an abandoned Laundromat parking lot and saw an alleged exchange of drugs. Several small bags of marijuana were turned over and then more was found in cups next to an open beer bottle, as well as 0.03 grams of cocaine, police said.

Niagara Falls police charged David M. Boos, 20, of Division Avenue, with failure to keep right, aggravated unlicensed operation and unlawful possession of two grams of marijuana at 10:35 p.m. at Grand Avenue and Hyde Park Boulevard. Boos was stopped for failure to keep right and found to have a suspended license for failure to answer a summons in Royalton, police reported. Boos turned over two small bags of marijuana when asked by police.

A 58-year-old Main Street woman told Niagara Falls police that sometime in the past week someone entered her building in the 400 block of Elmwood Avenue and took an unknown amount of copper from the first floor and basement, causing the water to flow into the basement.

David A. Glenn, 41, of Niagara Street, was charged by Niagara Falls police with driving while intoxicated, criminal possession of a controlled substance, giving a false name, unsafe lane change and aggravated unlicensed operations at 4:25 p.m. at Pine and Main streets. Police said they found a white plastic film case with two small chunks of cocaine in a driver's side door.

Gary S. Mathewson, 29, of Beattie Avenue, Lockport, was charged by Lockport police with speeding, driving while intoxicated and unlawful possession of marijuana at 8:37 p.m. Police said he was parked at the overlook in Outwater Park and was stopped after he drove through the park a a high rate of speed. Drug paraphernalia was found on a passenger seat, police said.


Oct. 18

Jesus M. Ubiles, 37, of LaGrange Street, Lockport, was charged by Lockport police with third-degree assault, felony burglary and unlicensed operation at 11:38 a.m. on Erie Street. A woman said Ubiles came into her apartment and began punching her. She said she screamed for him to leave and he refused, according to reports. The woman was treated by city fire rescue for swollen eyes and scratches.


Oct. 19

A Lincoln Avenue, Town of Lockport, woman told sheriff's deputies that she suspects visitors to her home may have been responsible for the theft of $77 from her wallet. The woman reported that someone took the money while her wallet was on a shelf in the living room area sometime prior to 10:30 a.m. A couple who had previously baby-sat for the woman were guests in the home at the time of the theft, deputies said.

A Mackenna Avenue man was charged with possessing imitation controlled substances after Niagara Falls police said he intended to sell fake crack cocaine on the streets. Jacob Ware III, 36, was arrested at 11:20 a.m. in the 600 block of 19th Street and was also charged with third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation and loitering. A passenger in his car, identified only as Tina Lewandowski, was booked on three outstanding arrest warrants from Niagara Falls City Court, police said.


Oct. 20

A 92nd Street woman was arrested following a car stop in the 400 block of Third Street just before 2 a.m., Niagara Falls police said. Brenda M. Rigwalski, 40, was charged with third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation, unlawful possession of marijuana and a separate traffic count. She also was booked on a failure-to-appear warrant, police said.

Christopher J. Fearby, 18, of North Avenue, was charged with third-degree assault and menacing in connection with an incident in the 400 block of 19th Street, Niagara Falls police said. Police said that shortly after 8 p.m., Fearby and a 20-year-old Tonawanda man were arguing over the paternity of a baby when Fearby used a metal towel rack to choke the man and then punched him in the eye. The victim was not seriously injured, police reported.


Oct. 21

A 43-year-old Barker man told sheriff's deputies that a $863 collection of coins, cash and gold and silver certificates, and a $100 pair of diamond earrings were taken from his home in the 1900 block of Johnson Creek Road.

Buffalo woman told Niagara Falls police that she suspects roommates at Community Missions stole three prescription bottles belonging to her during a recent stay in the Buffalo Avenue facility. The theft was believed to have taken place Oct. 18.


Oct. 22

Lockport police charged a 16-year-old Ruhlman Road youth with petit larceny for taking a substitute teacher's purse in Lockport High School. The teacher said she was substituting in boys physical education and the suspect came into class unprepared. She said she told him to stand against the wall and when she turned away he was gone, and so was her purse. She said she found the youth behind the closed bleachers, which were up against the wall, holding her open purse. The youth was turned over to the principal and was charged by police and released to the custody of his mother.

Jeffrey A. Creighton, 36, of Upper Mountain Road, Cambria, was charged at 4:30 p.m. with reckless endangerment by sheriff's deputies. A neighbor said Creighton was practicing bow hunting at the rear of their multiunit residence while a little boy was playing behind the target area, deputies said.


Oct. 23

The owner of Niagara Implement of Newfane told sheriff's deputies that someone called with a Newfane address and attempted to order two push lawnmowers with three credit cards. The first two cards were declined, and the purchase of $1,056 was allowed on the third card, but the store owner said a call to the bank found that all three cards had been reported stolen out of South Dakota. An hour later, Federal Express arrived for the packages and the shipment was canceled, the store owner told deputies.


Oct. 24

Michael J. Codelia, 41, of Minard Street, was charged by Lockport police with felony grand larceny, harassment and criminal mischief just before 11 p.m. in his home. A woman said she went to bed and Codelia kicked the door open, tore a blanket off her and threw her to the ground. She said she got up and he threw her against the wall, chipping one of her teeth. She told police that when she tried to call for help, Codelia took the cell phone and broke it in half and then took her knickknacks and started throwing them around. Codelia also was accused of moving the woman's car down the road and taking her purse, police said. A debit card was reported missing.


Oct. 25

Two 16-year-olds were charged with trespassing on the Hyde Park Golf Course at 8:30 a.m., Niagara Falls police said. Officer Neil Stenzil said he was traveling in his own car from the high school to Hyde Park Elementary when he saw four truant teens in the act of damaging the greens at the sixth hole. He said one of the teens was about to use a stick to hit a neighbor's fence when they were approached. Stenzil patted down all four and found one underage teen with a Taser in his jacket; that teen was charged with criminal possession of a weapon. All were subject to school discipline for skipping school, according to high school administrator Mark Laurrie. The two 16-year-olds were charged as adults and the other two as juveniles. All were released to their parents.


Oct. 26

A burglar pried open doors and burglarized two model homes at the Robinson Road site of American Dream Homes, sheriff's deputies said. The break-ins occurred between 5 p.m. Oct. 19 and 11:30 a.m. Oct. 20. A couch, bedroom set and coffee table with a total value of $1,300 were stolen. Damage to the two homes was estimated at $600.

More than $1,400 worth of sound equipment and school supplies were stolen from a car belonging to an Independence Avenue woman overnight, Niagara Falls police said. Someone broke out a window to gain access, stealing a compact disc stereo and amplifier, among other items.

A 24th Street woman told Niagara Falls police that her car was broken into overnight and 50 CDs, valued at $500, and her $150 car stereo were taken. Damage to the passenger window was $150, police said.


Oct. 27

Officials visiting a Cudaback Avenue home to perform a drug test on a parolee living there ended up arresting him after finding cocaine and marijuana in his possession, according to reports. Eric D. Hawkins, 39, was charged with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and unlawful possession of marijuana, and also was served with a parole warrant, according to reports.

A Packard Court woman was hit over the head with a beer bottle during a 3:15 a.m. confrontation inside Bragg's nightclub on Ferry Avenue, Niagara Falls police said. The 24-year-old victim was attacked by another woman while dancing. She was not seriously injured.

Niagara Falls police said they found a 34-month-old boy wandering the 1300 block of 11th Street at 3:45 a.m., wearing no shoes or jacket. The boy had apparently wandered away from a baby-sitting aunt and was turned over to his mother after Child Protective Services and the state's Child Abuse Hotline were notified. The boy was unhurt, police said.

A Main Street, Newfane, woman came home Saturday afternoon to find that someone had been inside her apartment. Items had been moved, but nothing appeared to be missing, she told sheriff's deputies.

Joseph L. Gervasi, 47, was arrested near his Dudley Avenue home at 10:30 p.m. after Niagara Falls police spotted his car swerving, according to reports. He was charged with driving while intoxicated, failure to signal a turn, making an unsafe lane change and refusing a preliminary breath test.

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