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From the blotter / Niagara County police calls, Dec. 21 to 27

Dec. 21

Adams and Shawnee fire companies responded at 7 a.m. to a call of a chimney fire at 7350 Townline Road, Wheatfield. Damage was listed at $5,000 to the home's structure, sheriff's deputies said.

A Carmen Road, Middleport, man told sheriff's deputies at 1:30 p.m. that someone took his all-terrain vehicle from his yard sometime overnight.


Dec. 22

An unattended pot with overheating oil triggered a 1 p.m. fire that damaged the kitchen of a home at 3545 Sherwood Ave., Niagara Falls police said. A juvenile had been cooking, investigators said, and apparently forgot about the pot. No one was injured in the fire. No damage estimate was available.

A 31-year-old Lockport Street woman was assaulted by a man who thought she was cheating on him, Niagara Falls police said. The victim was confronted outside a Hyde Park Boulevard store just after 4 p.m. and was punched, thrown to the ground and punched some more. She suffered cuts but was not seriously injured.

Alonzo L. Kearney, 24, of 15th Street, was arrested at 4:46 p.m. after Niagara Falls police received a call of an unwanted person at a 15th Street address, according to reports. Police said that Kearney had an outstanding felony warrant for first-degree criminal contempt from Yonkers and that police there planned to extradite him to face charges there.

The Yarn-It-All store on Campbell Boulevard in Pendleton was damaged late today when someone shot numerous orange paint balls at the structure, breaking a window, sheriff's deputies said. Damage was estimated at $250.


Dec. 23

David J. Bowman, 43, of Buffalo Avenue, was arrested by sheriff's deputies at 1:11 a.m. Bowman was stopped on Walmore Road in Wheatfield and was charged with driving while intoxicated and failure to keep right. Deputies said he had a blood-alcohol content of 0.15 percent, almost twice the legal limit.

Jacob S. Lacey, 20, of 82nd Street, was arrested following a 2 a.m. traffic stop on Military Road in the Town of Niagara. Sheriff's deputies charged Lacey with unlawful possession of alcohol by a person less than 21 years of age after a bottle of rum was found inside his vehicle, according to reports.

The vacant Nurlands Food Store at 1101 Niagara St. was burglarized at about noon, Niagara Falls police said. It was not immediately known whether anything was missing from the mostly empty store, police said.

Sometime between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., someone stole five inflatable Christmas decorations from the fenced-in yard of a Lindbergh Avenue home. Loss was placed at $800.

Two people were taken to Erie County Medical Center in Buffalo, and two others were transported to Newfane Inter-Community Memorial Hospital after two cars collided at 12:45 p.m. at Coomer and Chestnut roads, Newfane. Sheriff's deputies responded to an accident in which Hannah Congi, the driver of one car, ran a stop sign while driving east on Chestnut Road, striking a car driven by John Shocknesse. Congi and her passenger, Allison Lester, were treated in Inter-Community Memorial for minor injuries, deputies said. Shocknesse was taken to ECMC by Wrights Corners Fire Company Ambulance, and his passenger, Daniel Shocknesse, was taken by Mercy Flight to ECMC. Both suffered more serious injuries, deputies said.


Dec. 24

Niagara Falls police said they made a pair of prostitution arrests after an undercover officer reported being solicited by women offering oral sex. Charged were Jayne L. Jones, 38, of 20th Street, and Evelyn V. Stewart, 25, of Pierce Avenue, police said.

Chester R. Sulinski, 42, of Youngstown-Wilson Road, Ransomville, was arrested at 1:29 a.m. on Ward Road in Wheatfield. Sheriff's deputies said they charged Sulinski with DWI and failure to keep right.

Sheriff's deputies said they arrested a Burt resident at 4:02 a.m. on Ewings Road in Newfane. Sarah E. Adams, 23, of Lockport-Olcott Road, was charged with DWI and a lane violation. Sheriff's deputies said she had a blood-alcohol level of 0.21 percent, nearly three times the legal limit.

Niagara Falls police recovered a car stolen earlier in the day at 11:55 a.m. The vehicle had been stolen from a Pine Avenue gas station at about 5:30 a.m. and was found behind a Pine Avenue apartment house, minus several items, including several Christmas gifts. Police were looking for a possible suspect in the case.

Niagara Falls police have charged a city man with fourth-degree criminal mischief after a former girlfriend reported he had barricaded her in his apartment in an attempt to force a reconciliation. Jeremy L. Santiago, 23, of 17th Street, was arrested at 4:46 a.m. following an incident in his apartment and in the 2400 block of LaSalle Avenue. After detaining the 19-year-old woman in his apartment, Santiago armed himself with a knife, making her fear for her safety, police reported. When she asked him to accompany her to her house on LaSalle Avenue, she ran inside and had her parents telephone police. Santiago then sliced a tire on a car belonging to the woman's father before fleeing, police said. Officers said Santiago was taken into custody back at his apartment.


Dec. 25

The owner of Harbor Convenience store, 5764 Lake St., Olcott, told a deputy someone broke a glass door, took $200 from the gasoline cash register and a pack of cigarettes at 6:45 a.m.

A man on Youngstown-Lockport Road, Ransomville, told sheriff's deputies at 7:30 p.m. that someone entered his house by a kitchen window and took a 32-inch color television and a computer.

A Demler Road, Wheatfield, woman told a sheriff's deputy she heard her car alarm go off at 9:45 p.m. and saw someone in her car. The thief took a purse with credit cards, a checkbook, cell phone, digital camera and keys, she said. Two other cars on the property were gone through but nothing was taken from them, the woman said.


Dec. 26

At 9:15 a.m., at Mullen Construction, 6945 Lincoln Ave. Extension, Lockport, Donald Mullen said someone entered the attached garage of the business sometime during the holiday weekend and took two snowmobiles that belong to his brother. A sheriff's deputy said nothing else in the business was disturbed.

Sheriff's deputies said they charged a man in Dorwood Park, Ransomville, after a woman said he and another man kicked down the door of their trailer and beat her husband at 1:30 a.m. State police located James A. Moody, 27, of Ridge Road, Lockport, during a traffic stop. A deputy transported Moody back to the scene, where he was charged with assault and burglary, according to reports.


Dec. 27

A Memorial Parkway woman told Niagara Falls police at 3 a.m. that someone kicked in the side door and entered her home. She said she asked who was at her side door and a man said, "It's the police." The woman said she didn't believe the man and told him she was going to call police. Officer Michael Lee said the wooden door was split in the center and the jamb was broken. Police said they searched the area but with negative results.

A woman called police to an address on Whitney Avenue, Niagara Falls, at 12:30 a.m., after a woman said a man punched and broke a south side window after being told the man he was looking for was not home. Officers said they checked the area but didn't find the man.

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