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FROM THE BLOTTER
NIAGARA COUNTY POLICE CALLS, MARCH 31 TO APRIL 5

March 31

Niagara Falls Officer David Kok arrested four men in the 400 block of Ninth Street after he said they loitered in an area known for heavy drug activity. He charged Christopher C. Johnson, 18, of Depot Avenue with loitering, resisting arrest, unlawful possession of marijuana and assault in connection with a March 30 domestic incident. He also charged Quadree F. Fields, 21, of Memorial Parkway, with loitering and failure to appear. Philip M. Payne, 27, of Bedell Road, Grand Island, and Greg L. Crowell, 21, of Pierce Avenue, were both charged with loitering.

A woman on Stephenson Avenue told Niagara Falls Officer Robert A. DeMarco a man and a woman took her car battery, $5,000 in jewelry and some sleeping pills from her car and home sometime since the afternoon of March 30.

A woman in the parking lot at 7200 Niagara Falls Blvd. told DeMarco someone entered her unlocked car and took $3 and 120 of her pain pills.

April 1

A woman told Lockport police she went to First Niagara Bank, 55 East Ave., to cash her pension and Social Security checks and when she left the building a man in a gray hooded sweat shirt and gray sweat pants ran by her and grabbed her black organizer, which contained $1,870 in cash, her credit card and personal papers. Police patrols and canine searches of the area were unsuccessful.

Niagara Falls Officer Jason Sykes said he took a report from a 26-year-old Seventh Street man who said someone broke two doors and stole the door knobs in the house he is remodeling. The perpetrator must have entered through a loose basement window and gained access to the other floors by smashing through interior wood doors, said Sykes.

A man on Fourth Street told Niagara Falls police he lost his wallet the night of March 31 from his jacket while in the area of the Seneca Niagara Casino and someone used his credit card at the casino that night, charging $2,000 on it. His license, credit cards, personal papers and $60 were also in the wallet, he said.

A man on 24th Street told Sykes a youth with a BB gun shot out a window of his car and dented the rear quarter panel. Sykes said he found a suspect with a BB gun and turned him over to his father. The father then paid for the damage, said Sykes.

An 11-year-old boy was robbed of his bicycle in an alley off Elmwood Avenue near 17th Street, Niagara Falls police said, while another man's bike was stolen from the City Market McDonald's restaurant. The young boy told police he was accosted by an older youth Thursday evening, who stole his $69 BMX bike and rode off. A Walnut Avenue man reported that his $80 bicycle was stolen late Friday while he was inside the Pine Avenue restaurant.

A domestic incident in Niagara Falls led to the 12:17 p.m. arrest of Centre Court resident Antshateena J. Morris, 19. She was charged with second-degree assault, a felony.

Another domestic incident in Niagara Falls resulted in the arrest of 16th Street resident Kellie Lynn Olivero, 54, at 4:41 p.m. She was charged with third-degree assault and fourth-degree criminal mischief.

Someone entered an unlocked 20th Street apartment between 3:40 and 6:10 p.m., Niagara Falls police said, throwing rocks through the screen of a woman's 31-inch television set. Damage was estimated at $500.

A Laur Road woman told Niagara Falls police that $20 was stolen out of her jacket pocket at about 8:30 p.m. while she briefly visited a friend's home. The jacket had been left in the victim's car, which was also occupied by a woman the victim had offered a ride.

Between 8 and 9 p.m. someone entered a Townsend Place home and stole $270 cash out of a drawer, Niagara Falls police said. Some prescription medications also were taken, according to the male resident.

April 2

A Willow Avenue woman was advised to obtain an arrest warrant after being beaten by her boyfriend at about 1 a.m., Niagara Falls police said. The victim claimed that the man came in and, without provocation, began throwing her around, pushing her into a wall and then repeatedly hitting her. She was not seriously injured.

Niagara Falls police closed a theft investigation after the victim, a Weston Avenue woman, had most of her stolen jewelry returned. The woman told police that earlier in the week, about $2,000 worth of jewelry was stolen from her home while four neighborhood youths were visiting. All items, with the exception of one ring, had since been returned, police said, prompting the woman to decline to press charges.

A 20th Street woman told Niagara Falls police that her cellular telephone was stolen at about 4:30 p.m. The victim said she was at 19th Street and Ferry Avenue when a man approached asking to use her phone. When she gave it to him, he fled with the $250 item.

Last Sunday

Niagara Falls police are investigating the fraudulent withdrawal of $975 from a Welch Avenue teen's bank account. The victim told police that a fire safe was stolen out of the closet in his room sometime in March. The safe included, among other items, a checkbook containing several blank checks. Eight of the checks were subsequently used to make purchases at area stores, resulting in the victim's account being overdrawn by more than $900.

A Niagara Falls pizza delivery woman told Niagara County sheriff's deputies she was attacked by a man when she was delivering pizzas on the Niagara University campus in Lewiston. The Domino's Pizza delivery woman said she making deliveries to Seton Hall and Clet Hall at 12:30 a.m. when she noticed her car looked like it had been moved a few feet. She said a man, who she said appeared to be intoxicated, said "Give me your money" and when she turned the man punched her in the left side of the face and then ran away.

Monday

A Niagara Falls man said an unknown person entered his 23rd Street apartment early Monday morning through a west side bedroom and stole his wallet from a dresser. He said the wallet contained $300, a debit card and personal papers. Niagara Falls police say there were no witnesses.

A Niagara Falls woman said a man entered the hallway of her Seventh Street apartment early Monday morning and stole her eyeglasses. She said the man took the glasses from her face and said, "These are mine" and then fled. The eyeglasses were valued at $250.

Tuesday

Niagara County sheriff's dispatchers helped a young girl give birth in her Ransomville home. The 15-year-old girl and her new baby are reportedly both in good condition in Mount St. Mary's Hospital in Lewiston. Sgt. Douglas Webber said dispatchers are trained to give emergency advice and instructions for at-home births. When deputies and Fire Department emergency response teams arrived, the baby had already been delivered. Webber said at-home births are unusual but noted that dispatchers had successfully handled another home birth eight days earlier.

A man walking the street at 1:33 a.m. in Lockport on North Street near South Transit Road was stopped by Lockport police because he matched the description of a robbery suspect. He was arrested for having a knife in the front pocket of his shirt, police said. Joseph R. Wright, 22, of Genesee Street, was charged with fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon.

Silver Lake Apartments manager Tracey L. Gariano reported extensive damage to one of the units on Buffalo Avenue in Niagara Falls. Gariano told Niagara Falls police there was extensive drawings and markings on apartment walls and damage to floor coverings and ceilings. She said the apartment was damaged sometime between March 23 and 31. Damage was estimated at $4,000.

An unknown person threw a rock through the front window of the Portage House on Portage Road in Niagara Falls. Owner Larry DeLong told Niagara Falls police that the glass was shattered sometime between 2:30 and 6:30 a.m. and estimated damage at $500.