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From the blotter / Niagara County police calls and court cases, May 22 to 29

> May 22

A storm grate was stolen from a local church yard in Wheatfield, likely for scrap metal, according to sheriff's reports. An official with Holy Ghost Lutheran Church, on Luther Street, told deputies the 18-by-18-inch metal storm grate was valued at $500 and was taken from a north side yard outside the church sometime overnight.

Both a computer and the desk it was on were stolen in a burglary in the 8300 block of Buffalo Avenue, Niagara Falls police said. A woman said she left the door open while she was in the bathroom at 5 a.m. and came out and found two female strangers in her living room. She told police that she asked them what they were doing and then the two left taking her laptop and a small minicomputer desk. Total loss was estimated at $670.

A large amount of copper was reported stolen from a vacant house in the 100 block of 13th Street, Niagara Falls police reported. An employee of Niagara Falls Coach Lines, which owns the house, said the home had been vacant for several years. He told police someone took $2,000 worth of copper plumbing and a water meter. He said the basement was also damaged by water.

> May 23

Military police were already at the scene when sheriff's deputies responded to a passed out driver near the Niagara Falls air base in Wheatfield. The driver was later charged with driving while intoxicated, deputies said. Jasmine J. Ashley, 24, of Dunlop Avenue, Buffalo, was found passed out in a silver BMW at Cayuga Street Extension and Niagara Falls Boulevard just before 3 a.m. Deputies said the car was still running and it was blocking traffic and facing in the wrong direction. Ashley was found with a blood-alcohol level of 0.19 percent, nearly 2 1/2 times the legal limit. Deputies said the vehicle appeared to have been in an accident, with some front end damage and paint transfer, but Ashley denied this. She was charged with aggravated DWI, aggravated unlicensed operation and failure to keep right.

A pregnant woman, apparently getting ready for the baby, was caught shoplifting diapers while she was in labor, Niagara Falls police said. Nassira Townsend, 39, of LaSalle Avenue, allegedly took diapers, maxipads and socks, putting them in her purse, and then left without paying just before 9 a.m. in a supermarket in the 7200 block of Niagara Falls Boulevard, police said. She told police she was nine months pregnant and having contractions every 40 to 45 minutes. An appearance ticket on a petit larceny charged was issued by police for June 5 and then an ambulance was called to transport Townsend to Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center.

A Florida visitor stole chicken wings and ate them in the bathroom at a supermarket on Portage Road just before 5 p.m., Niagara Falls police said. Deegan J. Nimmich, 34, of Bradenton, Fla., was also found to be in possession of several prescription pills during booking, police said. He was charged with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, petit larceny and prescriptions outside a container.

About $400 worth of copper pipes were stolen from a vacant house that is being worked on in the 400 block of 24th Street, Niagara Falls police said. The building manager told police the house had been vacant two months, but crews had currently been working on it and had been in the house the previous day.

> May 24

A Lockport man was arraigned on charges of selling drugs to an undercover informant. Nathaniel D. Smith, 32, of Lock Street, pleaded not guilty to criminal sale and possession and is accused of selling morphine to an informant on Jan. 11 and 12. Bail was set at $2,000. A preliminary hearing is set for July 25 and a trial date for Oct. 1.

> May 25

A Royalton couple called police to report that their drug-addicted son had defrauded them of more than $700, and had also stolen items from their home, sheriff's deputies said. The couple asked the son to leave their residence back in April due to his drug problem, and the fact that items had gone missing from the home. They agreed at the time to foot the bill for a one-week stay at a Lockport motel. When the man left the residence, his mother discovered that some of her hydrocodone tablets had gone missing. The couple later learned that he stayed for 18 days at the hotel, running up $725 worth of unauthorized charges on their credit card. Deputies are investigating the complaint.

Frederick W. Lewis, 19, of North Avenue, Niagara Falls, pleaded guilty to fifth-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance for selling crack cocaine in Lockport Aug. 31, Sept. 1 and Sept. 7, 2010. County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III scheduled sentencing for July 20.

Dylan P. Phillips, 21, of Lindbergh Avenue, Niagara Falls, pleaded guilty to fifth-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance for selling cocaine Dec. 1 and oxymorphone Dec. 7, both to Niagara Falls police informants. County Judge Sara Sheldon Farkas set sentencing for Sept. 28.

Stephen L. Majka, 29, of Point Avenue, Niagara Falls, pleaded not guilty in County Court to aggravated and felony counts of driving while intoxicated, as well as running a red light. He was arrested April 27 in the City of Lockport.

> May 26

A man with a history of mental illness and drug addiction is accused of bilking his mother out of nearly $3,000, sheriff's deputies reported. Since early May, the man has forged several checks to steal $1,670 from the Town of Lockport victim's account, deputies said, and has accumulated another $831 in fraudulent charges on her credit card. An investigation is continuing.

A South Avenue woman was victimized by a drug-addicted cousin she has been trying to help, Niagara Falls police said. The victim told police that sometime over the past two weeks, the woman has stolen more than $200 in rolled coin from her residence. She was advised of the process for obtaining an arrest warrant.

A 20-foot ladder valued at $200 was stolen from a Third Street residence in Youngstown sometime between May 24 and today, sheriff's deputies said.

> May 27

A $6,000 motorized wheelchair was reported stolen from an apartment complex on Davison Road in the Town of Lockport. A 72-year-old woman told sheriff's deputies her 39-year-old son's wheelchair was taken sometime in the evening. She said the chair was usually left in the northwest corner of the parking lot in the 5500 block of Davison Road, next to her van. The chair has large rear wheels, small front wheels and the battery strap was broken, according to the complainant. She told deputies that it was an Invacare Storm with the word "torque" written on it in yellow.

> May 29

Laverne S. Streeter, 36, of Willow Avenue, Niagara Falls, pleaded guilty to leaving the scene of a personal injury crash and attempted second-degree criminal possession of marijuana. Judge Farkas promised him a two-year County Jail sentence, which she will make official Sept. 7. Streeter admitted that his SUV struck Marquita Mull, 40, about 11 p.m. Jan. 2 in the 1900 block of Ferry Avenue, and that about 1.5 pounds of marijuana were found in a police raid on his home Nov. 16.

Morris D. Brown, 21, of Center Avenue, Niagara Falls, pleaded guilty to third-degree burglary for breaking into a house on 13th Street in the Falls April 15 and stealing some jewelry. Murphy scheduled sentencing for July 24; it will include a restitution payment of up to $1,300 for the homeowner.

Timothy S. Saunders Jr., 26, of Niagara Falls, was sentenced by Murphy to one year in the County Jail for violating the terms of his probation on a 2010 conviction for fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. Saunders, without permission from his probation officer, moved to South Carolina in an attempt to find a job.