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From the blotter /1 Niagara County police calls Nov. 4 to 12

Nov. 4

A 51-year-old Fisk Road, Royalton, man told sheriff's deputies that someone threw a rock at the window of his house. He said the rock went through the screen and broke the glass in the window, causing $200 damage.


Nov. 5

A deer was destroyed by Niagara County sheriff's deputies after it was found in a volleyball court in the 6800 block of South Transit Road. A wildlife rehabilitation specialist was consulted and determined the adult deer had been in the enclosed area of the Ball Park Bar and Grill for a long period of time and was found with a broken lower jaw, a bleeding mouth and deformed antlers over it's right eye. The specialist concluded the deer had to be destroyed, and deputies received permission to use two rounds from a long gun to put the deer down and remove it, due to the condition of the animal.

Ransomville Bus Lines reported three two-way radios stolen from three buses over the weekend at the bus garage at 3700 Ransomville Road, sheriff's deputies said. Total loss was estimated at $1,500. Power cords were cut, causing an additional $40 damage, patrol said.

An Olcott man told sheriff's deputies that someone took a bottle of 110 hydrocodone pills that he had just filled from his home in the 6000 block of Collard Avenue. The man told deputies that he had left his door unlocked when he went to the store at 8:30 a.m., and when he returned three hours later, the pills were gone. Value $33.78.


Nov. 6

A 19-year-old woman told Niagara Falls police that the driver's side window of her car was smashed while parked overnight in an alley in the 400 block of 19th Street. She told police that the car stereo with CDs valued at $250 was removed, and the wires were cut. There was no damage to the steering column, police said.

A kitchen window was forced open in a home in the 150 block of 71st Street, and copper was stolen from the basement, Niagara Falls police said. The owner told police that the copper had been spray-painted white and said the theft happened sometime in the past week.

Two men were walking back to their truck from a Main Street pizza shop just before 5 p.m. in Newfane and told sheriff's deputies that they saw a man with a blue jacket in their vehicle. They said they yelled and the man started running. The two men found $100 missing. A woman in the parking lot identified the young man and told deputies where he lived. The suspect was not home, but the man's mother said it was her son and gave the men a check for $100. Deputies said they submitted a warrant for the suspect to Newfane Town Court.

A 56-year-old Wilson woman told sheriff's deputies that for the last year and a half an unknown person has been entering her property, 97 acres in the 4300 block of Chestnut Road, and has cut trees and built a small structure. She said she also has pictures of tree stands on the property. The woman told deputies that she has posted signs all over her property.


Nov. 7

David A. Groat, 38, of Grandview Drive, City of Tonawanda, was charged by sheriff's deputies with felony driving while intoxicated, a second alcohol-related driving offense, as well as failure to keep right, at 12:31 a.m. on Townline Road in Pendleton, according to reports. Groat failed field sobriety tests and had been convicted of DWI within the past 10 years, deputies said.


Nov. 8

A South Carolina woman told sheriff's deputies that she was visiting a local cemetery and returned to her car to find that her purse had been stolen. The woman said she was in Cold Spring Cemetery at 2 p.m. and had left her car for about 20 minutes. The woman said the purse contained $215, airline tickets, medicine, credit cards and other personal papers.

Barinder Singh, 22, of Tronolone Place, was charged with having "dazzling" fog lights and unlawful possession of marijuana at midnight at Main Street and Pine Avenue, Niagara Falls police said. Officers said Singh's car's fog lights were very distractive and were a flashing blue and white strobe. When stopped, Singh admitted having marijuana, and police found a small bag in the car's arm rest, according to reports.

Border Patrol Officer Shaun Hadley told Niagara Falls police that he was driving a Border Patrol car on Joliet Avenue at 2:50 a.m. on Cayuga Island when he heard something hit his back window. Hadley said a second later the window shattered onto the back seat. He believes that someone was throwing rocks or shooting a BB gun, but a check of the area found no one, police said. Damage was estimated at $400.

Wendy L. Gianquinto, 42, of Michigan Avenue, was charged by Niagara Falls police with leaving the scene of an accident and driving while intoxicated in the 3200 block of Ontario Avenue. A woman told police that she saw Gianquinto pull into her driveway just before 4 a.m., heard a loud crash when she backed into her car and then saw her leave. Gianquinto returned and was charged. Gianquinto told police she got lost and was disorientated and confused.

A 19-year-old Fifth Street woman told Niagara Falls police that she was smoking outside a doctor's office just after 1 p.m. in the 500 block of Main Street when a man tried to grab her purse. She said she pushed him back to try to fend him off and then he clenched his fist and punched her in the face, giving her a bloody lip, police said.


Nov. 9

A 19-year old Weston Avenue woman told Niagara Falls police that she got into an argument with a Ransomville woman at 2 a.m. at 18th Street and Willow Avenue and the woman grabbed her hair, threw her to the ground and punched, kicked, bit and scratched her. She told police a friend pulled the woman off and the woman left in her car.

A 69-year-old Stephenson Avenue, Niagara Falls, man told city police that someone entered his back shed and took two snowblowers, valued at $250 each. The man said entry was made by removing two screws from the lock and handle.

The 47-year-old owner of a LaSalle Avenue house told Niagara Falls police that overnight someone entered the boarded-up house that was vacant following a recent fire and took $150 worth of copper. He told police that other items, such as a television, VCR and game system were not taken -- just the copper.

National Grid told Niagara Falls police that two brothers in a home in the 1300 block of Ontario Avenue have been stealing service for the past five months. The representative from National Grid said an illegal connection had been found in the past and the two were warned and sent a bill, which they did not pay. The utility official said that in the past month the men wired the service directly into their home, which is hazardous. Lost revenue was estimated at $750 since June. An investigation was launched.

An 81st Street, Niagara Falls, man was charged with driving while intoxicated at 2:20 a.m. James J. Drozek, 18, was stopped on Niagara Falls Boulevard in the Town of Wheatfield, sheriff's deputies said, after his car swerved over the center line. Drozek had a blood-alcohol content of 0.12 percent and was also charged with failure to keep right, deputies reported.

A Pierce Avenue woman told Niagara Falls police she suspects her roommate stole several of her prescription medications Friday afternoon.

Niagara Falls police said that a man ran up a $910 tab on a Ferry Avenue woman's credit card without her permission. The woman let the man borrow her card in order to copy a telephone number off the back, police said, but he used it to make several purchases.

Beverly E. Thomas, 44, of Niagara Falls, Ont., was arrested following a two-car crash just after 8 p.m. at Ninth Street and Pine Avenue, Niagara Falls police said. Thomas was charged with driving while intoxicated and failure to yield. Police said she had a blood-alcohol level of 0.14 percent.


Nov. 10

David S. Buchalski, 22, of 67th Street, Niagara Falls, was arrested just after 1 a.m. after city police said they found him in possession of an illegal gravity, or "butterfly," knife. He was charged with fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon.

Jared E. Porter, 29, of Wyoming Avenue, Niagara Falls, was charged by city police with menacing, harassment and fourth-degree criminal mischief at 3:10 p.m. Police said Porter tackled his wife and held a knife to her throat in front of their two young children.

Niagara Falls police said that someone stole a six-wheel, flatbed cart from the parking lot of the Home Depot store on Builder's Way, loading it into a trailer before driving off at about 3:45 p.m. The cart was valued at $165.

A 19-year-old woman suffered a minor wound to her left leg when she was shot with a BB gun, Niagara Falls police said. The Devlin Avenue resident was walking home at about 8 p.m. when a man stopped his sport utility vehicle in the 6300 block of Girard Avenue, exited and fired five shots from a BB gun toward the woman. Only one shot found its mark; the shooter then drove off.


Nov. 11

Matthew W. Neal, 24, of Oliver Street, North Tonawanda, was charged by Lockport police with disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, harassment and unauthorized disposal. Police said they went to the parking lot of a bar at Main and Locust streets, and found three men who had been asked to leave and were throwing beer cans. Neal swore at officers, swung his arms and refused to pick up his beer cans, so he was charged. Police said he also was pushing away from officers and pushing off cars, which caused him to fall.

An Ontario man's car burst into flames in the parking lot of the Sam's Club on Porter Road, causing minor damage to the 2003 Buick. A brake problem may have been to blame, Niagara Falls officials said.

Niagara Falls police said that two cars were broken into while parked behind a Linwood Avenue residence. A compact disc stereo system was stolen from one, resulting in a loss of $150. The dashboard was damaged in an unsuccessful attempt to steal the stereo from the second vehicle.


Nov. 12

Ann M. Stamborski, 38, of Rapids Road, Lockport, was charged at 1:24 a.m. by city police on Ontario Street with driving under the influence, ability impaired by drugs, failure to keep right and driving without a license. Lockport police said Stamborski was seen crossing into the oncoming lane and driving in the oncoming lane, as well as making a left signal and then turning right. Police said she failed field sobriety tests and told them she had taken prescription drugs earlier in the evening, according to reports.

A 45-year-old Wheatfield woman told sheriff's deputies that someone threw eggs wrapped in duct tape on her van and then put plastic wrap on the van, which was parked in the road in front of her home in the 3300 block of Craig Drive. Damage was estimated at $100.

The business manager of Faith Tabernacle Church on Beattie Avenue told sheriff's deputies that someone destroyed two outdoor spotlights and slashed four tires on a van registered to the church sometime over the weekend. Damage was estimated at $800.

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