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CHEEKTOWAGA HOME LOOTED AS RESIDENT WORKS IN YARD

The latest in a rash of residential burglaries on Alpine Place in Cheektowaga led to the theft of more than $200 from a home while the resident was outside doing his yard work Monday afternoon, Cheektowaga police reported today.

Burglars have hit Alpine Place about a dozen times in the last three or four weeks -- striking when the residents are home, both during the day and at night, Lt. Cheryl Rucinski said.

In the latest incident, at about 1:30 p.m. Monday, the resident was doing some yard work when he spotted the burglar coming out of the house. Neighbors saw the thief running through yards until he got into a white General Motors vehicle and headed toward the city on Genesee Street.

Stolen were two wallets, containing more than $200 and some credit cards. One of the wallets was recovered later in the Northeast District in Buffalo. Police believe entry was made through an open back door.

Detectives are looking for a thin, black male about 6 feet tall and in his 20s.

Broadway woman, 75, canes
thief who flees with $100

Cheektowaga police are looking for a burglar who took about $100 -- and a few whacks with a cane -- from a feisty 75-year-old Broadway woman before dawn Monday.

The woman, awakened at about 5 a.m. by a noise from her kitchen, got up and saw the thief in the hall.

"She took her cane, and she decided to hit him with it, but it didn't deter him," Lt. Cheryl Rucinski said today.

The woman then tried to call police, but the phone jack had been disconnected. So she ran outside and flagged down a nearby trucker who called police.

Cheektowaga police are looking for a clean-shaven white male, probably in his mid-20s, about 5 foot 8 and 150 pounds. He was wearing a blue jacket and a baseball cap. No weapon was displayed.

Rochester man charged
with selling pepper spray

A Rochester man has been arrested and accused of selling pepper spray at a Walden Avenue flea market.

Town police Officers Robert Laskowski and Michael Sliwinski said Thomas Pagano, 65, told them he didn't know he needed a license to sell the substance, which some people carry to protect against street crimes and dog bites.

The officers confiscated 28 canisters of pepper spray at the flea market at 2500 Walden on Sunday and charged Pagano with unlawful possession and sale of a noxious substance, a misdemeanor.

Lt. James Morath said the retail sale of pepper spray is restricted to licensed firearms dealers and pharmacists.

Pagano has been ordered to appear Oct. 10 in Cheektowaga Town Court.

Hospital employee charged
with fake prescription

Lancaster police arrested a Millard Fillmore Hospital employee Monday on charges of passing a forged prescription for pain killers.

Anna Frederick, 33, of Michael Anthony Lane, Lancaster, was arrested at 1 p.m. in the Eckerd Drug store t 4937 Transit Road after a pharmacist reported a woman probably would be coming to pick up a forged prescription for Lortab 750.

The pharmacist told police a woman came to the drive-through days before with a prescription that bore the signature of a doctor at Buffalo Cardiology and Pulmonary Associates, 5305 Main St., Williamsville. Unable to verify it with the doctor at that time, the pharmacist administered a three-day supply and told the woman the remainder could be picked up on Monday. The pharmacist felt there was something wrong in the manner the prescription was written, so she checked with the doctor.

When she did, an employee there said she received a similar call from a Wegmans pharmacist for the same name about a month ago.

When Frederick arrived to pick up the prescription on Monday, Robak and Officer Robinson identified themselves and told her they wanted to speak about a prescription form.

"Her immediate replay was 'It's a false prescription. I wrote it,' " Robak said.

Frederick reportedly told police she got the forms from under a counter at work in a nursing unit.

Amherst husband arrested
after four-hour standoff

An Amherst man was arrested after a domestic dispute that resulted in a four-hour standoff with town police, officials said Monday.

Bruce D. Mobley, 25, of Newgate Road was charged with assault and unlawful imprisonment, police said.

Mobley hit his wife in the head while the two were arguing early Sunday morning, according to police.

The woman had a gash above her eye, but initially, police said, Mobley wouldn't let his wife out of the house to be treated for her wound. When he eventually did let her out, police said, she called police, then went for treatment.

When police arrived, Mobley barricaded himself inside the house, locked the door and said he was going harm himself or the officers if they entered the house, said Assistant Chief of Police Ronald Hagelberger.

Police blocked off the streets and attempted to negotiate with Mobley, but he refused to talk with them, Hagelberger said. Police eventually forced entry into the home and arrested Mobley. No one was hurt, Hagelberger said.

Mobley's wife was treated for a 2-inch cut over her eye, police said. She also received an order of protection against her husband, who was ordered held in jail and to undergo mental testing, police said.

Man wandering school halls
arrested after injury to aide

A 19-year-old man spotted wandering the halls of Kensington High School this morning was charged with trespassing after a teacher's aide was accidentally injured, police said.

"A school security officer was escorting the suspect to the office when he broke loose and ran from the guard and knocked down a 53-year-old female aide," said Lt. Larry J. Baehre, Police Department spokesman.

Fred Wagstaff, the security officer, apprehended Bashar N. Brown of Roma Avenue and detained him until Police Officer Avery Nelson arrived and took Brown into custody.

The woman, whose name was unavailable, was taken to Sisters Hospital for treatment of facial injuries and a possible broken arm.

During a search at the Central Booking Bureau in Buffalo Police Headquarters, a small amount of marijuana was found on Brown, said Nelson, who also charged him with marijuana possession.

Mother charged with leaving
boy, 2, outside unattended

A 31-year-old West Side woman was arraigned Monday on charges of endangering the welfare of a child after she allegedly left her 2-year-old son alone and improperly clothed in a yard on 14th Street with a pit bull terrier Sunday.

Mercedes Rosado, for whom police listed a York Street address, is accused of leaving the child outside and unattended for at least a half hour. Police Officers Sam Marie and Sharon Acker of B District were flagged down at about 5:30 p.m. by neighbors who informed them about the child.

Erie County Child Protective Services was called to investigate.

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