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From the blotter / Niagara County police calls, March 27 to April 4

March 27

Niagara Falls Police Officer Jay Fisher Jr. charged Alan D. Hoerner, 51, of Hummelstown, Pa., with felony aggravated unlicensed operation, driving while intoxicated, failure to dim lights and failure to signal at 11:30 p.m. in the 700 block of Niagara Street, according to reports. Fisher said he saw Hoerner operating his car with high beams on and flashed his own headlights several times, but he failed to dim them. Hoerner failed several field sobriety tests, Fisher said. Hoerner also refused a breath test, police said.

At 11:45 p.m., a man told Niagara Falls police that he was robbed at Bank of America, 418 Third St., at 4 a.m. March 25. The man said two men approached his vehicle from the east as he was at the ATM in his car. One walked up to the driver's side as he was trying to use the machine, he said. One of the men put his hand in front of the man's face and took $200 in cash. Both fled, and he went home and called police that night but no officer was available to take his report, the man told police today.

Robert C. Tester, 19, of John Street, was charged by Lockport police with criminal possession of stolen property. A woman told police that she spotted her son's bicycle, which had been stolen in November, at 5:10 p.m. in the Walnut Street parking lot. The mother said she recognized the ripped seat and bike shop stickers. Police found Tester with the bike on Genesee Street near Washburn Street.

Lockport police responded to a fight at Lock and Grand streets and charged Billi Jo Sammarco, 26, of William Street, with disorderly conduct and James L. Griggs III, 23, of a different apartment on William Street, with second-degree harassment. A woman said Griggs chased her onto the porch, then grabbed her by the throat and slammed her to the ground. She said the argument began after Sammarco struck her car with a rock and stick and they started fighting, according to reports.

The owner of Eagle Storage on Lockport-Olcott Road in Newfane told sheriff's deputies that someone entered a fenced area and damaged the locks and latches on 10 storage units over the weekend. About $200 damage was caused to a door. Red bolt cutters and a coffeemaker were found outside the fenced area. The owner said this is the 10th report of vandalism.

A Bear Ridge Road, Pendleton, man told sheriff's deputies that overnight someone fired yellow paint balls at his house, garage and car, damaging the siding and tearing a screen. Damage was estimated at $220.


March 28

A North Tonawanda woman told Niagara Falls police a woman took her purse from her unlocked car while she ran into a store at 12:15 a.m. at Seventh and Niagara streets. The victim said she chased the woman, but the woman threw the purse down with everything in it except a wallet containing $3. Police later charged Amber K. Rowlett, 25, of Manny Drive, with a felony count of grand larceny because the purse contained a credit card, in addition to a cell phone and identification, police reported.

A woman in the 2000 block of Pine Avenue told Niagara Falls police a man came to her apartment highly intoxicated and fought with her at 10 p.m., punching her several times in the eye. She said the punches caused substantial pain and swelling. The victim refused an ambulance and said she would go with a family member to Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center.

Niagara Falls police said they charged a city teenager with a felony count of criminal possession of a weapon and resisting arrest at 6:30 p.m. at 18th Street and Niagara Avenue. Police charged Kenneth J. Hall, 17, of Linwood Avenue, after they said they responded to a report of a man with a handgun. Police said they chased Hall and a gun fell out of his pants. One officer said he was able to apprehend Hall as he climbed over a fence into the rear yard of a Cleveland Avenue home. The weapon was a loaded Smith & Wesson .38 Special, police said.

Shauna Y. Seifert, 31, of Ruhlmann Road, was charged by Lockport police at 9:35 p.m. in the 300 block of Transit Street with driving while intoxicated and leaving the scene of an accident at the Medicine Shoppe in Lockport Plaza. Police said Seifert was driving a red pickup truck that had struck a cement sign post and had a dent in the truck with yellow paint. Seifert failed field sobriety tests, according to reports, and told police she had trouble seeing at night.

Jeremy J. Harden, 28, of Oak Street, Youngstown, was charged by sheriff's deputies with driving while intoxicated, failure to use the correct lane and speeding at 3:29 a.m. on the Robert Moses Parkway. Deputies said Harden swerved outside his lane on Center Street in Lewiston, made an exaggerated turn onto the parkway and was driving very slowly.


March 29

A woman in the 1100 block of LaSalle Avenue told Niagara Falls police someone broke a window of her truck sometime overnight. Nothing appeared to have been taken.


March 30

Niagara Avenue resident Douglas A. Mead, 19, was charged by Niagara Falls police with a felony count of first-degree offering a false instrument for filing.

Felony narcotics counts were lodged against Niagara Avenue resident Pamela A. Payne, 46, of Niagara Falls, when she was taken into custody at 5 p.m., city police said. She was charged with third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and fourth-degree criminal possession of a narcotic.

Loss was set at $7,000 after a burglar entered a Niagara Avenue building and stole 50 mirrors and a large amount of electrical wiring, Niagara Falls police said. The property is owned by a Ransomville man.

Five inspection stickers were stolen from a box at Good Guys Auto on Pine Avenue, Niagara Falls police said. The stickers were valued at $84.

Niagara Falls resident Stephanie L. Grinage, 37, of Niagara Avenue, was arrested at 9:16 p.m. in the 600 block of 19th Street. She was charged with driving while intoxicated, third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation and failure to signal.

Niagara Falls police said an intruder may have slept overnight in a recreational vehicle parked in a storage building on Buffalo Avenue after breaking into the building by kicking in a rear door panel. An inventory was being conducted to determine whether anything was stolen from the vehicle, which belongs to a Buffalo Avenue resident.


March 31

Sheriff's deputies said they arrested a Lockport man after spotting his car swerving on Robinson Road in the Town of Lockport joust after midnight. Michael R. Cavalieri-Aures, 18, of Creekview Drive, was charged with driving while ability impaired, moving from a lane unsafely and passing a red light, deputies said.

Keith J. Burch, 28, of West Avenue, Gasport, was charged with driving while intoxicated, failure to keep right and having no inspection after being stopped on Lincoln Avenue in Lockport at 1:11 a.m., city police reported. Police said Burch, who had a blood-alcohol content of 0.14 percent, almost twice the legal limit, was swerving in his lane.

Vandals threw eggs at a mobile home and a 2004 Mustang on Elmhurst Drive in the Town of Lockport, damaging both. The incident occurred at about 1:15 a.m., and the perpetrators were captured on a security surveillance camera, sheriff's deputies said. An investigation was continuing.

Several garages in the vicinity of the 500 block of 23rd Street were spray-painted with graffiti overnight, causing an undetermined amount of damage, Niagara Falls police said.

A 27-year-old man was charged with second-degree burglary and petit larceny in connection with a break-in, Niagara Falls police reported. James Elliott, of Niagara Falls Boulevard, was taken into custody at 3:45 p.m.

A Wheatfield teen told Niagara Falls police that someone threw a brick at his mother's car as he drove in the 600 block of 102nd Street at about 9:30 p.m. The brick dented the hood of the vehicle. As he checked the damage, another object struck the car's door, causing additional damage, he said.

A 16th Street woman's car was broken into overnight while parked in a lot behind her home, Niagara Falls police said. A window was broken out, and a compact disc player valued at $250 was removed from the vehicle's dashboard, according to reports.

Merle R. Fredericks II, 24, of Chestnut Street, Lockport, was charged by Lockport police with driving while intoxicated, no seat belt and having alcohol in vehicle at 2:13 a.m. on South Transit Street. Police said he was stopped at a DWI checkpoint near the Lockport Plaza and failed to stop, almost running over numerous officers.


April 1

A McKoon Avenue man was assaulted when he answered a loud knocking at his door shortly after 3 a.m., Niagara Falls police reported. Police said a man was let into the home and attacked the victim in an apparent argument over the victim's seeing the suspect's ex-girlfriend. The victim suffered cuts to his face after being punched several times, police said.

A Lockport Road man was arrested at 4:16 a.m. in the 1800 block of Weston Avenue after Niagara Falls police said he was screeching the tires of his car. David W. Hagerman, 45, was charged with driving while intoxicated, no license and making an unsafe start. Police said he had a blood-alcohol content of 0.12 percent.

Timothy R. Ormond, 19, of Park Avenue, Medina, was charged by sheriff's deputies with speeding, unlawful possession of marijuana and possession of alcohol by a person under 21 at 1:58 a.m. on Ridge Road in Hartland. Deputies said Ormond was driving 52 mph in a 40-mph zone and when he stopped they could smell marijuana and alcohol. Ormond turned over a glass pipe and a 30 pack of beer, deputies said.


April 2

The owner of Perfect Stitch in The Summit mall in Wheatfield told sheriff's deputies that three $20 bills were taken from dresses waiting to be stitched. She said the money had been pinned to customer receipts.


April 3

Harvey M. Sandy, 52, of South Street, Lockport, was charged by Lockport police with harassment at 9:10 p.m. in front of Lockport Memorial Hospital. Police said Sandy had an injury to his eye and was highly intoxicated. Police said he stepped out a patrol car and then attempted to punch an officer.

A Dogwood Drive, Lockport, man told sheriff's deputies that a laptop computer, valued at $1,800, was taken from his SUV sometime over the weekend. The man told police he had driven the SUV to several businesses and had been parked in his driveway but was unsure when the computer was taken.

Lockport police said Walter D. Lamar, 37, of Ontario Street, was stopped and found with several chunks of crack cocaine in his hand man on North Transit Street and was charged him with seventh-degree criminal possession of a criminal substance.


April 4

At 4 a.m. in the alley behind 1901 Ferry Ave., Niagara Falls, city police charged Jerry G. Fuller, 51, of Orleans Avenue, with driving while intoxicated after Officer Jon Schuster said he saw Fuller start into traffic without using a signal. Fuller was found to have a blood-alcohol content of 0.18 percent, police said. They also charged him with illegal signal and operating without proof of insurance.

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