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From the blotter / Niagara County police calls and court cases, May 15 to 21

> May 15

Four vehicles were damaged in unrelated reports of vandalism in Niagara Falls. Two Ford Expeditions parked on Fifth Street were damaged. The owner of one said the vehicle had five windows broken, was scratched and had two tires flattened on the passenger side. The victim listed damage at $4,200. In the other Fifth Avenue case reported in the 400 block, a man said his mother's vehicle had all four tires slashed, five of eight windows broken and the entire vehicle had been keyed, except the hood. Officers found $ H DUB keyed into the vehicle. Total damage was listed at $1,400. In an alley in the 1800 block of Willow Avenue, a woman said the exhaust on her Ford Escort had been cut, likely in an attempt to steal the metal pipe. The woman said a mechanic identified the clean cuts in the pipe when she started having trouble with the exhaust on Tuesday. Damage was estimated at $200. In the 600 block of 25th Street, a woman told police that someone had thrown a large rock at her vehicle, damaging the windshield and scratching the hood. Damage was pegged at $300.

A dog bite case in Newfane was turned over to the Niagara County Health Department when it was learned that the dog was two weeks overdue for a rabies shot. A 46-year-old Newfane woman said she was riding her bicycle and was being chased by a dog in the 6500 block of Dale Road. She said she was unable to escape the dog and was bitten on the back of her right thigh. She was taken to Eastern Niagara Hospital in Newfane because the bite broke the skin. The owner of the dog provided paperwork that said the dog was due for a rabies vaccination on or before May 5.

> May 16

Fifty feet of copper pipe, valued at approximately $500, was stolen from a basement in the 700 block of Pierce Avenue. The owner told Niagara Falls police that sometime in the past week someone entered the vacant house and stripped the copper from the basement. A water meter, valued at $100, also was stolen. There was no sign of forced entry.

> May 17

A home was burglarized in the 500 block of 23rd Street. The owner told Niagara Falls police he arrived home from work just before 6 p.m. and found his deadbolt unlocked. A PlayStation 3 and laptop were stolen. The victim said he also noticed earlier in the week that $85 in cash was taken from a kitchen table, and a diamond earring and external hard drive were missing. He said he didn't report the earlier thefts because he thought he could have misplaced the items.

> May 18

A swing set and a lawn mower were reported stolen from the backyard of a Weston Avenue home, and neighbors told Niagara Falls police the only people in the area were contractors cutting the lawn. The theft occurred between 3 and 6 p.m. and resulted in a $160 loss, police said. Neighbors reported seeing no one else in the area of the home aside from the lawn mowing company.

Video game systems and supplies were stolen from a Willow Avenue home in an overnight break-in, Niagara Falls police said. The home was entered through a side window sometime between 4 p.m. May 17 and 9 a.m. today, police said. Items stolen included an Xbox 360 and a Wii video game console, a dozen game cartridges, a digital camera, laptop computer and a printer. Three gold rings were also missing from the home.

A Cleveland Avenue woman contacted Niagara Falls police to report that someone has been fraudulently withdrawing money from her bank account. The victim learned that three separate withdrawals were made from her account at an area convenience store, occurring in a one-week span starting May 7. In all, $300 was stolen from the woman's account, police said.

A Niagara Falls man avoided prison time when he was sentenced late last week in Niagara County Court. Vincent J. Auricchio, 20, of 24th Street pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of attempted third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance on July 29 and was sentenced to five years' probation by Judge Sara Sheldon Farkas on Friday. Auricchio sold cocaine in Niagara Falls on Feb. 1, 2011 and since his sentencing said he had taken the opportunity to "show he could be a better person," getting two jobs and going back to school.

> May 19

Niagara Falls police have reported two more car break-ins, including an unusual incident that may have involved several juveniles. An Ontario Avenue resident told police that someone went into her unlocked car and removed $30 in cash. The perpetrators also left behind several toys, the victim told police. Neighbors reported seeing several neighborhood juveniles playing inside the car prior to the theft being discovered, police said. A Pennsylvania woman's car was entered between 5 p.m. May 18 and 9 a.m. today while parked in the lot of the Holiday Inn on Buffalo Avenue, police said. There was no sign of forced entry, and the center console was ransacked. The victim reported losing $50 in coin.

Two unrelated car crashes were reported by the Niagara County Sheriff's Office over the weekend. In both cases the drivers were allegedly drinking and driving.

Christina R. Prindable, 40, of Rainbow Park, Ransomville, was found in a ditch just after 1 a.m. after her vehicle went off the road and rolled over and down an embankment in the 4300 block of North Ridge Road in Cambria. She told deputies that she had "swerved for some type of an animal, like a bobcat." She was taken to Erie County Medical Center for non-life-threatening injuries. Prindable was charged with drinking alcohol in a motor vehicle, driving while intoxicated, failure to keep right and no seat belt.

Ross H. Jacobs III, 36, of Mount Hope Road, Sanborn, was found in a ditch on the west side of the 5800 block of Garlow Road just before 4:30 a.m.

Deputies said they were able to knock on the window to wake up Jacobs. His passenger told deputies that they were not injured.

Jacobs had a previous DWI conviction in North Tonawanda on May 5, 2011 and a suspended license, deputies said. He was charged with aggravated unlicensed operation, circumventing an interlock system, drinking alcohol in a motor vehicle and felony DWI.

> May 20

A Pendleton Road industrial firm was vandalized in an apparent attempt to steal copper wire overnight. Damages were listed at $500.

A manager for Philpac on Mapleton Road told Niagara County sheriff's deputies that someone cut through the wire fencing around the property, sometime between 5 p.m. Sunday and 7 a.m. Monday. Once inside the person began taking off the plastic conduit that houses the electrical service that comes into the building.

The manager told deputies that the person had apparently started to cut the wiring, but then stopped about halfway through, likely when they learned the wire was not copper.

> May 21

A teenager said a man pulled up in a vehicle and threatened him with a gun as he was walking in the 6900 block of Edison Avenue. The 17-year-old told Niagara Falls police that the man approached him at 11 p.m. and accused him of fighting with his son. He said the suspect pulled out a semiautomatic pistol, then left when a female in the car yelled, "Don't."