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From the blotter / Niagara County police calls and court cases, Jan. 17 to 25

Jan. 17

A Pendleton man who ran out of gas accepted a ride to the gas station from deputies, who found him to be intoxicated, according to sheriff's reports. Deputies said they found Keith E. Stevens, 58, of Fiegle Road, pushing his disabled vehicle just after 12:30 a.m. on South Transit Road in Lockport. He told deputies he needed a ride to get some gas. Deputies said they drove him to the gas station and noticed that he had a strong odor of alcohol on his breath and struggled to hold and fill his gas tank. His blood-alcohol level was below the legal limit for intoxication, deputies said, but he was charged with DWI after he told deputies he also had been smoking marijuana. "I must be more high than drunk. I didn't even drink that much," he told deputies, according to sheriff's reports.

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Jan. 18

An industrial-grade transformer welder, valued at $4,500, was reported damaged at BOCES Niagara Vocational School in Sanborn. Sheriff's deputies said the Lincoln Electric transformer welder was damaged at the school at 3181 Saunders Settlement Road sometime between Jan. 14 and today by someone who took a metal object and damaged the front control module. Repair costs were estimated at $650. Deputies said they interviewed students and teachers, but no suspect was identified.

A 61-year-old Cedar Avenue man told Niagara Falls police that a woman he had invited into his house to pay for sex stole $100 from his safe overnight. The man told police that he invited the woman over to his house from time to time and had given her a key. He told police he left his safe key out on the table in the kitchen.

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Jan. 19

The owner of a vacant building in the 1500 block of Pierce Avenue told Niagara Falls police that all of the copper piping was ripped out the basement. He said that sometime between Jan. 8 and 12, someone entered through a boarded-up window and took the copper pipe. The value and cost for repairs were estimated at $2,500.

A Gasport repair shop owner told sheriff's deputies that 18 tires were slashed on vehicles in his lot overnight in the 7400 block of Ridge Road, causing $1,800 damage.

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Jan. 21

Niagara Falls police investigated four more break-ins, continuing a troubling trend of recent months. Two of the break-ins were from garages on Monroe and Woodlawn avenues, in which snowblowers, golf clubs, hand tools and other items were taken. A window was broken to gain entry in one instance, and a lock was cut off to facilitate another break-in. More than $1,300 worth of copper plumbing and old wiring were taken from a vacant 15th Street home between 3:30 and 5:30 p.m. The other break-in occurred on Centre Avenue, where a door was kicked in and a large-screen television set and a Wii video game system were stolen.

A burglar kicked in an apartment door on Main Street in Gasport and stole a $600 surround-sound stereo system, sheriff's deputies said. The apartment, located atop a restaurant in the hamlet, was entered sometime overnight, deputies said. The resident told investigators that a man who had contacted her earlier, asking if he could use her apartment to smoke some crack cocaine, may be a suspect in the case.

In the third such instance since October, a teacher at the Niagara BOCES center has been victimized by a thief. Sheriff's deputies said that a teacher in a licensed practical nursing classroom reported $50 was stolen from her purse at the Saunders Settlement Road school in Sanborn.

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Jan. 22

A laptop case filled with books was stolen from a Falls Street home, Niagara Falls police reported.

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Jan. 24

A man who allegedly ran from city police after a traffic stop on Ontario Street was found to be driving without a license and wanted on outstanding warrants from both the City of Lockport and Niagara County Sheriff's Office. Marcus D. Hamilton, 29, of Northview Drive, was charged with resisting arrest, second-degree obstructing governmental administration, second-degree criminal contempt, an equipment violation and third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation. Lockport police said Hamilton was stopped just after 1 a.m. with an unlit bulb on a license plate. Police said he got out and refused to comply with directions, running a short distance before he was arrested on Ontario Street. Police said a Taser was used to force him to comply.

Natalie C. Godfrey, 28, of Robertson Street, Middleport, pleaded guilty in County Court to a reduced charge of attempted third-degree burglary and was scheduled for sentencing March 21 by Judge Matthew J. Murphy III. Assistant District Attorney Joseph A. Scalzo said Godfrey entered her mother's home in a Town of Lockport mobile home park Oct. 28 and stole the woman's medications.

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Jan. 25

Kendrick Pollock, 60, of Cottage Street, Lockport, pleaded not guilty in County Court to an indictment charging him with third- and fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. Pollock is accused of intending to sell more than half a gram of cocaine in the City of Lockport on July 12.

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