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From the blotter / Niagara County police calls, Nov. 28 to Dec. 3

Nov. 28

A 45-year-old man told sheriff's deputies that his wallet, cell phone and driver's license were stolen from his unlocked truck while he was parked at a gas station just after noon in the 2000 block of River Road in Wheatfield.

A 41-year-old woman from Waddington told Niagara Falls police that a man she asked for directions at 2 a.m. in the 700 block of Niagara Street asked her for a ride and then fled with her cell phone.

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Nov. 29

A Jack Russell terrier was killed by a pit bull at 7:30 p.m. at a garage on Wisterman Road in Lockport. The owner of the terrier told sheriff's deputies that he went to get his vehicle inspected, and his terrier jumped out the window. He said he and the garage owner found the pit bull had his dog in its jaw and refused to release the terrier. A dog control officer was contacted.

John L. Dortch, 45, of Cottage Street, was charged by Lockport police with criminal mischief at 11:20 p.m. A Cherry Street woman told police that Dortch came to her home and threw a large rock through a picture window, causing $500 damage.

Timothy M. Devoe, 31, of Ruhlmann Road, was charged by Lockport police at 4:45 p.m. on South Transit Road with driving with no inspection, resisting arrest, assaulting a police officer, unlawful possession of marijuana, two counts of disorderly conduct, harassment, endangering the welfare of child (two of his children were in the car) and not being in the required position for a turn, according to reports.

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Nov. 30

Paul J. White, 38, of Olcott Street, was charged by Lockport police with endangering the welfare of a child. The man's son had only attended school eight out of 56 days, according to school officials. White said he was unable to get his son to attend. Police arrived and forced the son to attend Emmet Belknap Middle School.

Dartanyon A. Robinson, 35, of 10th Street, was charged by Niagara Falls police with third- and fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. He was charged at 3:45 a.m. on Ferry Avenue after neighbors called regarding excessive noise and foot traffic. Police said they found five pieces of crack cocaine and nine pills with no proof of prescription.

Ryan C. Morrison, 17, of Willow Avenue, was charged with shoplifting at 7:08 p.m. in The Summit mall in Wheatfield. A Deb shop employee told sheriff's deputies that Morrison left the store without paying for a $20 shirt and was then found in the food court wearing the shirt. She was returned to the store, and deputies were called, according to reports.

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Dec. 11

Niagara Falls police said they arrested a man and woman after spotting them driving a car that had been reported stolen from the Buffalo area. John J. Murphy, 35, of York Street, and Stephanie L. Smiedala, 22, of Birch Avenue, were each charged with third-degree unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. Murphy also was charged with fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property and driving while intoxicated. He told police he had been smoking crack and drinking alcohol prior to driving, according to reports. He was stopped at Lockport Street and Hyde Park Boulevard at 3:45 a.m.

A 40-year-old Garden Avenue woman told Niagara Falls police that her husband attacked her at about 6:20 a.m., first choking her and then striking her twice on the body with a hammer. The victim said that a window was also broken out of her car. An investigation was continuing.

An employee of the Niagara Family Chiropractic office on Pine Avenue told Niagara Falls police that her purse was stolen from the main office area at about 5 p.m. The Tonawanda resident reported losing $49 in cash, some credit cards and her passport.

A woman asking to use the telephone is suspected of stealing $300 from a Ninth Street home at about 5 p.m., Niagara Falls police said. The victim told police the woman has stolen from her in the past.
A 78th Street man heard glass breaking at about 8:20 p.m. and spotted three men vandalizing his 1999 Oldsmobile. The rear window was broken out of the car, and three tires were slashed, police said. It had also been "keyed" on three sides.

A 40-year-old woman told Niagara Falls police that a man came into her home on Garden Avenue at 6:20 a.m. and choked her, yelled and screamed and struck her twice. She said she was able to run outside, and then the man broke four windows on her SUV. The man left before police arrived. An investigation was continuing.

A 44-year-old 26th Street woman told Niagara Falls police that sometime overnight someone entered her home and stole a fireproof safe, valued at $300, and $40 worth of quarters. She said the person may have had a key and known where the safe was.

Sheriff's deputies said a stop at 12:44 a.m. on Williams Road near Liberty Drive in Wheatfield found a driver, Shaina L. Hodgson, 20, of Belmont Court, driving while intoxicated and driving with a suspended license. Her passenger, Nicholas Demonte, 22, of Sommer Street, North Tonawanda, admitted having marijuana, and marijuana also was found in the passenger side door, deputies said. Demonte was charged with criminal possession of marijuana.

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Dec. 2

A Northview Drive, Town of Lockport, couple told sheriff's deputies a man stole a blank check from their home earlier in the week, then forged it to pay his $400 rent. An arrest warrant was being sought in the case.
Anthony P. Vega, 42, of Ashland Avenue, was arrested at 10:30 a.m. following a domestic violence incident, Niagara Falls police said. He was charged with third-degree assault, menacing and second-degree unlawful imprisonment.

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Dec. 3

Christian J. Dusen, 47, of Whitney Avenue, was charged with menacing and violating a court order after being taken into custody at 3:30 a.m., Niagara Falls police said.

Sheriff's deputies responded at 6:34 p.m. to a fight in front of a pizza parlor in the 3600 block of Ransomville Road, Ransomville. Christopher P. Wagner, 22, of North Ridge Road, Lockport, was charged with fourth-degree criminal mischief and second-degree harassment with physical contact. A 19-year-old woman told deputies that Wagner was upset and brought all her belongings to the restaurant where she worked and, when she came outside, he choked and elbowed her. She said a pizza deliveryman stopped to help, and he and Wagner were rolling on the ground. Wagner also was accused of smashing the deliveryman's car window with a bowling pin, causing $100 damage. An order of protection was issued that prohibits Wagner from having contact with the woman.

Three men were charged with felony criminal mischief by Lockport police just after 9 a.m. on South Transit Road. A man said he heard pounding on the wall and said one man had kicked a hole in his apartment. When police arrived, they found the door to the downstairs apartment barricaded and entered through a window, according to reports. Charged were Damien Speck, 20, of Niagara Street; Craig W. Stahl, 23, of Outwater Drive; and Russell L. Carrero, 20, of South Transit Road. Stahl was additionally charged with unlawful possession of marijuana. The apartment's landlord told police he found approximately $200 worth of damage to doors, windows, walls and mirrors in Carrero's apartment.

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