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From the blotter / Niagara County police calls, April 18 to 25

April 18

Robert E. Carbonneau, 51, of B Street, Ransomville, was charged by sheriff's deputies with driving while intoxicated, moving from a lane unsafely and driving with a blood-alcohol level above 0.08 percent at 11:50 p.m. on Lewiston-Cambria Road in Cambria. Deputies said Carbonneau failed field sobriety tests.

The owner of Pippard Automotive Service in the 3900 block of Lockport-Olcott Road, Lockport, told sheriff's deputies that just after 9:30 a.m., a Lamar Outdoor Advertising bucket truck struck the wires that ran across his parking lot and pulled the galvanized light pole out of the ground, causing an estimated $3,000 damage. The driver said there was no damage to his truck.

Alonzo M. Swanson, 28, of 13th Street, Niagara Falls, was stopped by sheriff's deputies at 2:26 a.m. on Niagara Falls Boulevard in the Town of Niagara and charged with failure to signal. He also was charged with operation by an unlicensed driver and unlawful possession of marijuana. Deputy Gerald Granto asked the female passenger if they had been smoking marijuana, and she said, "Not now, he smoked some already." She admitted to hiding "some weed" for Swanson, and he said he couldn't believe she "snitched him out," according to reports.


April 19

David C. Woods, 27, of Buffalo, and Katrina N. Burton, 17, of Genesee Street, Lockport, were both charged by Lockport police with criminal trespassing at Lockport High School on Lincoln Avenue at 12:41 p.m. Staff said the two, nonstudents, lied about their status as students and, once it was discovered, ran from the building. School staff flagged down a passing patrol car, and the two were charged.

Rakeem J. Golson, 16, of Evans Street, Lockport, was charged by Lockport police with resisting arrest and felony counts of burglary, robbery and second-degree assault. He was charged with resisting arrest at 5:30 p.m. on Beattie Avenue and accused of refusing to obey officers. The other charges stem from an April 3 incident on Locust Street, police reported. A woman said four men entered her apartment through an unlocked door, struck a 19-year-old Chestnut Street man in the back of the head with a BB gun and struck and choked a 19-year-old woman who lived in the apartment. Both victims were treated at the scene, police said.

Adam R. Mangel, 21, of Ridge Road, Lockport, was charged with speeding and driving while intoxicated and was driving with a blood-alcohol level of 0.15 percent, nearly twice the legal limit, just after midnight on Chestnut Road in Wilson, sheriff's deputies reported. Deputies said that he was observed nearly striking a guardrail as he turned onto Chestnut Road, that he failed field sobriety tests and was driving 75 mph in a 55-mph zone.


April 20

A 28-year-old man told Niagara Falls police he was attacked after leaving the Wilson Farms store at 15th Street and Pine Avenue about midnight. Two men approached the victim, and one hit him over the head with a beer bottle, causing a broken nose, according to reports.

A Gaskill Middle School pupil was arrested at 2:55 p.m. after participating in a fight at 22nd Street and Independence Avenue, Niagara Falls police said. The pupil refused to leave the area when others did, then scuffled with police while being taken into custody. The juvenile was charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.

A Dysinger Road, Town of Lockport, man told sheriff's deputies that someone broke into his home between 3 and 11 p.m. by forcing a door. A PlayStation 2 video game console was stolen, along with a book bag, a chair and about $6 in change.

A Tonawanda Creek Road, Town of Lockport, woman told sheriff's deputies that someone used two stolen credit cards to make $95 worth of fraudulent purchases. The credit cards were stolen from the victim's purse between March 6 and 15 while she worked at a South Transit Road restaurant and were used on March 8 and again on March 16.

Niagara Falls police said they arrested a Maryland resident at the Rainbow Bridge just after 1 p.m. after he was found to be wanted on five outstanding warrants from three states. Lowell E. Kirk, 41, is wanted in Virginia, New Jersey and Maryland, police said, but they did not list his charges.

A fire at an industrial site at 2101 McKenna Ave. was deemed suspicious and resulted in an estimated $5,000 damage to a building there, Niagara Falls police said. The cause of the 3:37 p.m. blaze was being investigated.

Snyder resident Scott S. Fleming was charged with driving while intoxicated and failure to keep right after being stopped on Ward Road in Wheatfield at 4:34 a.m., sheriff's deputies reported. Deputies said that Fleming's car crossed over the center line and that he had a blood-alcohol content of 0.14 percent, almost twice the legal limit.

A teenage girl told Niagara Falls police she was sitting on the porch of her F Street home at 5:21 p.m. when another girl came up and started a fight. The victim was punched in the mouth and bitten on the chest and back, causing minor injuries.


April 22

Fire caused $20,000 damage outside a Post Office and apartments in the 2500 block of Youngstown-Lockport Road, sheriff's deputies reported. Residents of the apartments called deputies at 6:47 p.m. to report shrubs on fire in front of the apartment. The damage was to the exterior southwest wall only. The fire is believed to have been caused by someone throwing a cigarette butt into the mulch, deputies said.

A 15-year-old city boy told Niagara Falls police that he has been given drugs and alcohol to use and to sell at school. He was furnished the goods by a former boyfriend of his mother, police said. An investigation was continuing.

Niagara Falls police said they were investigating the theft of $1,000 worth of construction equipment belonging to a 66th Street man. The victim told police he allowed a man to borrow an air compressor, nail gun and other tools and that they were not returned as promised.


April 23

A Fifth Street man told Niagara Falls police that a padlock was cut on his van's side door overnight while parked in the driveway of his home on the 500 block and $2,500 worth of power tools were taken. Damage was reported to the van door.

The human resources manager at Vishay Thin Film on Liberty Drive in Wheatfield told sheriff's deputies that someone removed a $5,500 meter valve from the company's production department over the weekend. The manager also told deputies that a similar theft happened April 5, when a $5,500 meter was removed from an engineer's desk.

Walter Thomas, 41, of South Avenue, Niagara Falls, was charged by sheriff's deputies with aggravated unlicensed operation, driving while intoxicated and a muffler exhaust violation at 2:21 a.m. on Hyde Park Boulevard in the Town of Niagara. Deputies said they stopped Thomas for the exhaust violation and Thomas failed field sobriety tests. They said his license had been suspended for failing to pay child support on three occasions.

Raymond C. Wolbert, 51, of Third Street, Niagara Falls, was charged by sheriff's deputies with criminal possession of stolen property at 10:58 a.m. on Cayuga Drive Extension in Wheatfield. A shop owner became suspicious when Wolbert tried to sell him a $269 impact wrench with the price tag still on it from Sears. Wolbert tried to hide the wrench when deputies arrived because he said "it was hot," the shop owner told deputies. The wrench was returned to Sears, where officials said it had been removed from a display.

A 28-year-old woman told Niagara Falls police that she was hiding from her 30-year-old boyfriend in a Niagara Falls Boulevard motel, but at 5:55 a.m. he found her in the parking lot, argued with her, forced her into his car and drove away with her. She said she attempted to get away and he slammed her head into the windshield, causing the glass to break. She said he took her back to the motel and, as she ran from the car, threw beer bottles at her. She said he came into her room by kicking open the door, then punched her in the face several times. She said he left when she called the police. The woman suffered face, neck and finger injuries and told police she would seek medical treatment on her own.

A Williamsville woman told sheriff's deputies someone entered her rental storage shed on South Transit Road in Pendleton sometime in the past two weeks. Deputies said the shed was entered by removing screws and taking off the back wall. No damage or theft was reported. Deputies said other sheds also were entered although no other thefts were reported.


April 24

Ryan A. Morris, 21, of Bramhill Court, Amherst, was charged by sheriff's deputies with aggravated unlicensed operation, driving while intoxicated and moving from a lane unsafely at 12:56 a.m. on Walmore Road in Lewiston. Deputies said that they saw Morris swerving two times and that after he was stopped he failed field sobriety tests. Morris' license had been suspended for pending DWI prosecution from Jan. 22.

A 23-year-old Grand Island man told Niagara Falls police that he left his 1997 Range Rover at an auto repair shop on Niagara Falls Boulevard five months ago and, when he returned today, he found that someone had stripped it, removed the seats, door panels and the stereo and damaged the side molding and headliner. Damage and loss were estimated at $8,000. The owner said the vehicle is insured but not registered.

A Ridge Road, Newfane, man told sheriff's deputies someone stole three of his shotguns sometime in the last two weeks.

A woman told Niagara Falls Police Officer Bryan DalPorto that a group of youths jumped her 14-year-old son at Main Street and Linwood Avenue at 7:30 a.m. The same group has been harassing him and may carry weapons, she said.


April 25

A Niagara Avenue woman told Niagara Falls police someone took two white lion statues from her front porch sometime overnight.

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