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'TIS SEASON TO WRAP UP ARRESTS FOR MISCHIEF

It was a weekend of malicious mischief, much of it perpetrated on acquaintances, former friends or lovers, according to police.

A woman living in the Langfield Apartments told police that her boyfriend, Jermil Hopkins, 28, spray-painted a love seat, sofa and chair during an argument shortly before 5 p.m. Sunday. She said he also threw a television set, bringing the total damage to $3,500.

Hopkins, of 812 Best St., was charged with second-degree criminal mischief, a felony.

A West Avenue man told police that his girlfriend took a hammer to two television sets and a videocassette recorder at 1:35 p.m. Saturday, then left the house. Police are investigating.

A Hewitt Avenue woman told police an ex-boyfriend, Harry Fomby, 27, broke the rear window of her car and struck her in the head with a gun at 4:30 a.m. Sunday. Police said she suffered a 3-inch gash in her forehead in the attack at Bailey Avenue and Wecker Street.

Fomby was charged with second-degree assault.

A C Street woman said a neighborhood acquaintance, Casey Catlin, 40, climbed on her roof and broke into her upstairs apartment while being chased by police at 12:20 a.m. Sunday. She said she was terrified for the safety of her children.

"I know him from the neighborhood," the woman said. "I think he might have been strung out on something. He was up on the roof, and I looked down and saw the police with their guns drawn."

Broadway Station officers wanted to question Catlin about the assault of a woman at Fillmore Avenue and Genesee Street a few minutes earlier. After taking him into custody, they charged Catlin, of no permanent address, with possession of burglary tools and resisting arrest. Catlin was arrested by Niagara Falls police and charged with criminal mischief after a woman said he punched a hole in an office wall at Community Missions Inc.

And at 5 p.m. Sunday, Northwest District officers received a call from a Potomac Avenue man, who said a woman entered his apartment through an unlocked window and poured gasoline on his clothing, then took his children's Christmas presents and a wedding album. He also said the woman had been sending him obscene mail. Police are investigating.

Also, a Coit Street woman told Broadway Station officers Saturday someone broke into her home and made off with a gold chain and a large white stuffed gorilla.

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