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From the blotter / Niagara County police calls, Dec. 12 to 20

>Dec. 12

A 42-year-old Bergholz woman told sheriff's deputies that $1,400 worth of sports trading cards that had been stolen have turned up on eBay. She said she was able to trace the stolen cards through eBay to a local merchant. The store's owner said he did not know who provided the cards. The case is under investigation.

Scrap copper wire valued at $500 was reported stolen from a Verizon holding bin on 76th Street, Niagara Falls police said.

A Niagara Street man told Niagara Falls police that he bought a $5 lottery ticket and, when he left the store, a man jumped on him and bit his shoulder, ear and hand, causing lacerations. He said the man took his lottery ticket and fled.


>Dec. 13

An Edgewood Drive man told Niagara Falls police that he left Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center at 9:30 p.m., and a man tried to take a bag that contained his wife's clothes. The victim said he hit the suspect with his cane and punched him in the face. The suspect ran off, and the victim suffered minor cuts to his hand.

A woman said someone stole her 86-year-old mother's bank card and used it without her permission after her mother died. Purchases of $1,319 were reported at Deveaux Mini Mart.


>Dec. 14

John W. Litz, 30, of Portage Road was charged by Niagara Falls police with harassment with physical contact and menacing with a weapon. A 26-year-old woman said she and Litz had a quarrel after he lost all his money at the casino, and he became enraged and threatened to kill her, picking up a hammer and charging at her. She said he then choked her, picking her up off the ground. An order of protection was ordered.

Two 15-year-olds were seen entering an unmarked Niagara Falls police car just after 9 p.m. in the 400 block of 18th Street. The two were caught in the act of stealing a police radio, valued at $1,200, reports said. One suspect fought with police and had to be physically subdued. The other was apprehended after a short foot chase. Both were turned over to guardians after they were identified as juveniles, reports said.

Todd M. Serviss, 38, of Hagen Avenue, North Tonawanda, was charged by sheriff's deputies with criminal possession of a controlled substance and failure to keep right at 1:19 a.m. on River Road in Wheatfield. Deputies said they stopped the vehicle and found a man lying in the back of a pickup truck, covered with a blanket. The man was initially unresponsive but then told deputies that he just liked fresh air while he was sleeping. Deputies said they found Serviss with an unlabeled prescription bottle and illegal pills.

Andrew K. Hochstadt, 55, of Brooklyn, was stopped at the Rainbow Bridge at 3:20 p.m. by Homeland Security on a warrant that accuses him of using a computer for child exploitation. He was held for extradition, Niagara Falls police reported.


>Dec. 15

A 2006 USLCA trailer valued at $1,200 was stolen from Triple 'S' Repair on 72nd Street between noon and 4:30 p.m., Niagara Falls police reported. A chain that had been securing the trailer was cut.

An 18th Street man was arrested at 6 p.m. on a pair of felony counts, Niagara Falls police reported. Lelton C. Kemp, 19, was charged with second-degree robbery and second-degree burglary.

A 13-year-old boy reportedly flashed a handgun after being ejected from the 13th Street School gym due to bullying younger children, Niagara Falls police said. The boy was asked to leave the facility about 6:45 p.m. and showed the gun to some other children as he left, according to reports. Police were looking to question the boy, who could not be immediately located.

Glenn E. Quarantillo, 32, of Fort Avenue, was arrested at 9:50 p.m. on domestic violence-related charges, Niagara Falls police said. He was charged with third-degree assault and harassment.

Someone took advantage of a distracted employee to steal the night's receipts from the Niagara Emporium store in The Summit mall on Williams Road, Wheatfield, sheriff's deputies said. An employee told deputies she was away from the register on numerous occasions during the evening helping customers. At some point, someone stole a drawer from beneath the cash register, which contained $700 in cash, the evening's credit card receipts, a set of keys and $500 in payroll checks.


>Dec. 16

Erratic driving on Cleveland Avenue led to the 1:06 a.m. arrest of Cleveland Avenue resident Willie H. Payne, 47, Niagara Falls police reported. He was charged with driving while intoxicated and failure to keep right.

A 1979 Kawasaki motorcycle belonging to a 79th Street man was stolen out of an apartment complex parking lot on Niemel Drive sometime overnight, Niagara Falls police said. A lock and chain securing the vehicle had been broken. The bike was valued at $1,000.

A purse was stolen from an unlocked car outside a McChesney Street residence overnight, sheriff's deputies reported. The purse contained credit cards and $45.

Brandi M. Smith, 23, of North Avenue was arrested at 4 a.m. in the 600 block of 19th Street, Niagara Falls police said. She was charged with driving while intoxicated, unlicensed operation and third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation after police reported finding her asleep behind the wheel of a running car, with the vehicle in gear and her foot on the brake.

A resident of Telegraph Road in the Town of Royalton told sheriff's deputies that he found a 21-speed mountain bike behind a shed on his property just before 6 p.m. The stolen bike was valued at $500, deputies said.


>Dec. 17

A Whirlpool Street man contacted Niagara Falls police to report that he had apparently been swindled out of $1,949 in an eBay online transaction. The victim said that he sent the money to a Maryland woman in payment for a Bose stereo system but had received nothing in return. The case was referred to the Detective Bureau.

James Bittner, owner of Singer Farms, told sheriff's deputies that $700 worth of irrigation pipe, about 30 feet long, was taken from a field across from his business on Lake Road in Newfane. He said this is the second time pipe has been stolen.

A 43-year-old Walck Road woman told sheriff's deputies that her purse was taken at 11:30 a.m. in Pendleton Center United Methodist Church. She said she had left it for a few minutes while the choir was getting ready to perform. Total loss included a $40 gift card, a cell phone, keys and $10.

Four tires and rims, valued at $1,000, were taken from a Hess Road garage in Appleton. A man told sheriff's deputies that the door was kicked in, causing $500 in damage.

Rapids Volunteer Fire Company extinguished a house fire after a juvenile was playing with fire in the driveway at 4:21 p.m. on Elmhurst Drive in Lockport, sheriff's deputies said. Deputies said the boy told them he was using gasoline to burn cardboard and that the debris from the fire started the gasoline can on fire. The fire then spread to the house, causing $600 in damage to the siding, deputies said.


>Dec. 18

Nakesha M. Bradley, 20, of LaSalle Avenue, Niagara Falls, was charged with shoplifting $182 worth of clothing from a Wal-Mart on South Transit Road, Lockport. Security told sheriff's deputies that Bradley was an employee of a photo shop next to Wal-Mart and had taken items from the store and hid them in a closet at the photo shop. All the items were recovered, deputies reported.


>Dec. 19

Gail M. Rutkowksi, 37, of 73rd Street, Niagara Falls, was charged by sheriff's deputies with driving while intoxicated, violating a conditional license and false impersonation at 2:08 a.m. on Military Road in the Town of Niagara. Deputies responded to a complaint from a Military Road bar of an intoxicated woman. She called herself Gail Zito and failed field sobriety tests, deputies reported. A check found her correct name and that she had a conditional license based on a previous alcohol-related conviction, according to reports.

Three criminal-mischief charges were reported overnight on Franklin Street in Olcott, according to sheriff's deputies. Damage of $200 each was reported from a smashed car window, a minivan window and van window. The van owner said he had been vandalized last summer, and several items had been stolen from his vehicle.

A cash box containing $70 was stolen from a storage room adjacent to the principal's office at Thomas Marks Elementary School in Wilson, sometime between Sept. 1 and Dec. 14, sheriff's deputies said. The principal said that the master key has been missing since Oct. 13 but that no other items are missing.


>Dec. 20

Lloyd A. Hyman, 34, a Jamaican citizen living on Willow Road in Wilson, was stopped by sheriff's deputies at 12:49 a.m. on Ridge Road in Cambria. He was accused of driving 76 mph in a 55 mph zone. Hyman was unable to provide a visa, a green card or proof of insurance, deputies reported. Border and immigration authorities responded. Hyman was charged with speeding and no proof of insurance, deputies said.

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