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From the blotter / Niagara County police calls, Jan. 28 to Feb. 5

>Jan. 28

* An electrical problem in a basement sump pump triggered a fire that caused $350 damage to a home at 6368 Green Valley Way in the Town of Lockport, Niagara County sheriff's deputies reported. The 3:39 p.m. blaze at the home of Dawn Riedel was extinguished by a crew from the Rapids Fire Company.

* A Haeberle Avenue woman was charged with driving while intoxicated and other charges after striking a parked car near her home at 5:45 p.m., Niagara Falls police said. Jessica J. Hart, 28, was also charged with driving under the influence of drugs and third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation.


>Jan. 29

* David Kirkpatrick Jr., 36, of Beattie Avenue, Lockport, was observed by Niagara County sheriff's deputies traveling 51 mph in a 35-mph zone at 3:16 a.m. on Beattie Avenue, according to reports. He failed several field sobriety tests and was charged with speeding and driving while intoxicated.

* A 30-year-old Medina man said he fell asleep in his wife's van while parked in his brother's driveway on Sheetram Road in Pendleton and awoke at 7:43 a.m. to the smell of smoke and called 911. The man told Niagara County sheriff's deputies that he wasn't sure if he left the vehicle on and may have fallen asleep with a lighted cigarette. The fire destroyed the van, which was valued at $5,000 to $9,000, deputies reported.

* A 24-year-old Newfane woman told Niagara County sheriff's deputies at 8:17 p.m. that her Maple Avenue apartment door had been forced open and a $700 antique diamond ring, a $150 microwave and her wallet were stolen.

* A Buffalo woman told Niagara Falls police that her car was burglarized at about 2 a.m. while parked in the 1700 block of Main Street. A window was broken out, and about 15 compact discs were stolen, at a loss of approximately $350.

* Lewiston Road resident Sabine Ferguson, 38, was arrested at 3:28 a.m. in the 200 block of Niagara Street, Niagara Falls police said. She was charged with driving while intoxicated and driving the wrong way (around a traffic island).


>Jan. 30

* At least 10 units were entered and damaged over the weekend at Storage Pros on South Transit Road in the Town of Lockport, Niagara County sheriff's deputies said. Deputies said they found a handgun behind one of the units. Damage was estimated at $500.

* Gary R. Turner, 27, of 22nd Street, was charged with felony possession of a narcotic and is accused of having more than one-eighth of an ounce of crack cocaine, Niagara Falls police said. Turner was stopped in his vehicle on Ashland Avenue at 6:25 p.m. and charged with aggravated unlicensed operation. A CD case was found that contained crack cocaine, police said, and he was additionally charged with fourth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.

* Dominque N. Johnson, 20, of Niagara Street, was charged by Niagara Falls police with driving while intoxicated, being an unlicensed driver and drinking in a motor vehicle at 11 p.m. in the 900 block of Centre Avenue.


>Jan. 31

* A 28-year-old woman told Niagara Falls police that her Stephenson Avenue home had been burglarized. She said she left at 8:30 a.m. and when she returned at noon, a window was broken and $500 was stolen from its hiding place.

* Raymond Wolbert, 50, of Caravelle Drive, was charged by Niagara Falls police with petit larceny at 1:50 p.m. at Tops Market, 7200 Niagara Falls Blvd. Store security said he was seen placing four steaks and two bags of shrimp, valued at a total of $78.57, into his shirt and then trying to leave without paying.

* Daniel L. Gelnette, 46, of LaSalle Avenue, was charged with felony criminal concealment of a weapon, Niagara Falls police said. Police said Gelnette was in possession of a 12-gauge shotgun that had been sawed off for the purpose of concealment.


>Feb. 1

* Marcus Warren, 23, of Williams Street, Lockport, was charged by Lockport police after his Cadillac Escalade and two others vehicles were found stuck in the mud in Outwater Park. Warren was charged as an unlicensed driver, having no insurance, suspended registration, felony third-degree criminal possession of crack cocaine and felony fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, police reported. The two other drivers, Henry Bank of Grand Street and Dereck Yarnell Ford of Academy Lane, were trying to pull Warren's vehicle out. Both were issued citations for operating with suspended licenses.

* Arnold E. Page, 45, of Ruhlmann Road, Lockport, was accused of entering a gas station on South Transit Road empty-handed, taking two 18-packs of beer to the counter and asking if he could exchange "his" beer for another brand, Lockport police said. The clerk said Page had tried this scam before, and when the clerk declined, Page ran out of the store. Page was later found and charged with petit larceny. Another man in the car with Page, Michael M. Lamica, 35, of Ridge Road, Gasport, tried to exit the vehicle and moved toward the officers aggressively, according to Lockport police. Lamica refused to obey an order and a Taser gun was used on him, police said. Lamica was charged with obstructing governmental administration, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct and criminal possession of a controlled substance.

* George Payne Jr., 38, of Reed Street, Lockport, was charged by Lockport police with third-degree assault during a domestic violence call at 12:10 a.m on Harvey Avenue. A woman said she was attacked in her apartment and Payne was yelling and slapped her in the face five times, with a force that caused her to hit her forehead against the door.


>Feb. 2

* A Hess Road man told Niagara County sheriff's deputies that several guns, jewelry and cash were stolen from a bedroom in his Newfane home overnight. The man said the thief came through an unlocked basement door. Taken were a gold bracelet valued at $200; two gold necklaces, each valued at $200; a World War I flare gun valued at $200; a .45 Kimber pistol valued at $1,000; a .357-caliber Ruger pistol valued at $325; $30 in Canadian money and $10 in silver dollars. The guns were locked in a cabinet and the key was hidden, police said. There was no sign of forced entry.

* A 42-year-old woman told Niagara County sheriff's deputies that someone entered her barn on Strauss Road in Lockport overnight and painted a pentagram on the wall. A rope was found tied to the rafters. She told deputies that they have had a problem with juveniles loitering in the barn.

* A 53-year-old man told Niagara County sheriff's deputies that $125 worth of scrap metal that he stores in his front yard at his Ridge Road home in Hartland was stolen overnight.


>Feb. 3

* Items worth an estimated $675 were stolen from a Pine Avenue apartment overnight while the residents were out at a local bar, Niagara Falls police said. The victims told police the burglar concentrated on smaller items, taking a camcorder, digital camera and a video game system.

* A LaSalle-area man told Niagara Falls police that he was a victim of identity fraud. The victim, a resident of 83rd Street, told police that sometime in December someone obtained a credit card using his personal information and has since accumulated $2,897 in purchases on the fraudulent account. The man gave police the name of a possible suspect, who he said works for a credit card company. An investigation was continuing.

* Dennis R. Meiler, 32, of Venice, Fla., was stopped by Lockport police at 12:20 a.m. on Pine Street and charged with driving without his headlights on. He also was found to be driving with a revoked license, and a search of his vehicle found rocks of crack cocaine, police said. He was charged with aggravated unlicensed operation and criminal possession of a controlled substance.

* A Locust Street woman said a man attacked her in a home on High Street, throwing her on the bed and slapping her in the face, Lockport police said. The woman told police the man grabbed her around the neck, lifting her off the ground and pinning her to the wall, choking her. Timothy M. Sootheran, 17, of Niagara Avenue, was charged with harassment, endangering the welfare of a child and coercion.

* Paul Frasier, 39, of Niagara Street, Lockport, was charged with endangering the welfare of a child by Lockport police at midnight in his home. Police, responding to a domestic call, found an entire kitchen table and chairs had been smashed by a baseball bat. The wife said her husband had come home angry after a drinking and said someone had ripped him off, so he started smashing all their kitchen furniture. A 2-year-old son had witnessed the event and thought his father would "kill Mommy," according to the wife.

* A Cayuga Drive woman investigated after hearing her dog barking at about 1:30 a.m., Niagara Falls police said, and found that her purse was missing off her kitchen table. The contents of the purse were valued at $520.

* Marco J. Gray, 25, of Seventh Street, was arrested at 5:45 p.m. by Niagara Falls police, who said Gray was parked in a no-standing zone when they approached his vehicle and spotted two marijuana cigars inside. They also saw an 18-month-old child strapped into a rear seat with only a lap belt and no child restraint device. Gray was charged with second-degree aggravated unlicensed operation, endangering the welfare of a child and unlawful possession of marijuana.

* Niagara Falls police said they arrested three men at 10 p.m. in the 1900 block of Niagara Street after stopping their vehicle for having insufficient headlights. Ezzard C. Rivers Jr., 26, of McKoon Avenue, was charged with fourth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and possession with intent to sell, after officers said they recovered 4.4 grams of crack cocaine inside the car. He also was charged with drinking alcohol in a motor vehicle on a highway. Bryan E. Winn, 24, of 24th Street, and Darnell M. Humphrey, 31, of Cleveland Avenue, were charged on the same drug counts. Humphrey also was charged with unlawful possession of marijuana.


>Feb. 4

* Steve R. Harms, 46, of Lower East Hill Road, Colden, was charged with driving while intoxicated and failure to keep right by Niagara County sheriff's deputies at 2:10 a.m. on Niagara Falls Boulevard in Wheatfield.

* After spotting a car with stolen license plates attached, Niagara Falls police arrested the driver. Rasheen M. Wilson, 24, of Grove Avenue, was stopped in the 2100 block of Main Street shortly before 1 a.m., police said. He was charged with fifth-degree criminal possession of stolen property, having a suspended registration and having a forged inspection sticker.

* Niagara County sheriff's deputies said they arrested a Gasport man at 3:23 a.m. after stopping his car on Lockport-Olcott Road in the Town of Newfane. Frank J. Dandrea, 28, of Quaker Road, was charged with driving while intoxicated, failure to keep right and drinking alcohol in a motor vehicle on a highway.

* Niagara Falls police checking a car for possible involvement in an earlier robbery ended up arresting the driver on a charge of narcotics possession, reports said. Arthur B. Ray III, 26, of Cleveland Avenue, was charged with fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance after police said they found crack cocaine in his possession in the 8000 block of Niagara Falls Boulevard.



* Niagara Falls police arrested an Ashland Avenue man on an outstanding warrant charging him with having $1,150 worth of unpaid parking tickets. Justin D. Eisenman, 24, was taken into custody at 10:25 a.m.

* Niagara Falls police responding to a burglary alarm found a glass door shattered at Headliners on Pine Avenue. There appeared to have been no entry made to the business after the 3:02 p.m. incident, police said. Damage was estimated at $500.

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