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From the blotter / Niagara County police calls, May 30 to June 4

>May 28

A 16-year-old Niagara Avenue girl was charged by Niagara Falls police with menacing, criminal mischief and harassment just after 6 p.m. on South Avenue. A 19-year-old man said the girl scratched him, punched him in the face, keyed his vehicle and threatened him with a knife. The man had a small scratch on his forehead.

A 22nd Street woman told Niagara Falls police that someone stole two concrete lion statues from her porch while she was gone for the day. She said the 3-foot-tall statues weighed 500 to 600 pounds each and had been attached to her porch with silicone. She told police her neighbors didn't notice anything. The loss totaled $400.

A 25-year-old woman told Niagara Falls police that a Willow Avenue woman punched her in the face and tried to choke her when they bumped into each other just after 11 p.m. in a Pierce Avenue market.


>May 29

Cory C. Mayfield, 22, of Eighth Street, Niagara Falls, was stopped by Niagara Falls police at 1:20 a.m. in the 2200 block of South Avenue and charged with driving without insurance and without a license, third-degree menacing, felony burglary, third-degree assault and second assault, according to reports.

Ronald A. McClellan, 20, of Whitney Avenue, was charged by Niagara Falls police with third-degree assault just after 4 a.m. on Pierce Avenue. At 3 a.m., his 27-year-old girlfriend said he was yelling and threatening her and punched her in the face, then followed her outside and "flipped out," swearing and punching her before he ran off, according to reports.

Fire from a woodpile burned a boat and trailer just after 1 a.m. in the 7200 block of Townline Road, Wheatfield. Sheriff's deputies said there was nothing suspicious about the fire. Damage was estimated at $2,500.

The owner of the Walmore Inn, on Lockport Road, Wheatfield, told sheriff's deputies that someone entered the bar during the night and took $250 in dollar bills and $200 in rolled quarters from the cash register and $50 in raffle money.


>May 30

Carl A. Zimmerman Jr., 28, of Ontario Avenue, was charged with running a red light and having an unrestrained child after he was hit by a Niagara Falls patrol car just after 1:30 p.m. at 19th and Niagara streets, police reported. Officer Sanja Drinks-Bruder suffered a bump to her forehead. Zimmerman was not injured, but a 5-year-old sitting in the front seat on the passenger side had minor injuries to his right side. Traffic Capt. Salvatore Pino said the child was too young to be in the front seat and was not in a child safety seat.

Louis Moore, 45, of Ninth Street, Niagara Falls, was charged by city police Detectives Patricia McCune and Roger Freeman with burglary, criminal mischief and attempted petit larceny and accused of trying to steal copper pipes from a home on Sixth Street. McCune said they responded to a call at 12:30 p.m. after a woman said she heard sawing sounds, and when they arrived, they found water pouring out of pipes and copper piled up along a basement window. She said they found Moore hiding in a third-floor cubby hole.

Willie M. Hilson, 35, of Michigan Avenue, Lockport, was charged by city police with felony criminal contempt, menacing and stalking. A woman told police that Hilson violated an order of protection April 27, tracked her down and demanded to speak with her, saying he would "snatch her" and threatening to kill the woman's mother, according to reports.


>May 31

Timothy G. Licht, 54, of Witmer Road, North Tonawanda, was charged by sheriff's deputies with driving while intoxicated and failure to keep right at 2:10 a.m. on Homeyer Road, Wheatfield. Deputies said he was stopped after he was seen crossing over the center line and driving on the shoulder.

A woman told sheriff's deputies that she saw an unknown man run out of her Berner Parkway kitchen in Gasport just before 5 p.m. She said $100 had been stolen from the kitchen cupboard and $106 from her car, which was parked in the driveway.


>June 1

Michael H. Kingsley, 36, of Olcott Street, Lockport, was charged by city police with driving under the influence, driving while intoxicated, two counts of leaving the scene of an accident, two counts of an unsafe lane change and no headlights. Police said they stopped Kingsley just after 9 p.m. on North Adam Street and that he opened the door and fell out of the car. He is accused of striking a car at Reid's Drive-In and fleeing, then going off the road on North Adam a short time later and striking a basketball net in a yard before fleeing again.

Andre G. Williams, 17, of Linwood Avenue, Niagara Falls, was charged with second-degree menacing at 8:11 p.m. Niagara Falls police said Williams threatened a man with a handgun during an altercation in the 600 block of 20th Street.

Niagara Falls police said a clerk at a 19th Street convenience store took a wallet that had inadvertently been left by a customer, passing it along to another man, who then left the store. The wallet, belonging to a Whitney Avenue man, contained $280 in cash, a debit card and various personal effects.

An 8-month-old girl suffered burns to her left leg and foot when she contacted scalding water while being bathed in a sink of a 19th Street home, Niagara Falls police said. The victim's mother said that her 3-year-old daughter may have accidentally turned off the cold water, allowing only hot water into the sink. Police said that charges were unlikely in the case.

A Salamanca man told Niagara Falls police that someone stole a photo album he had inadvertently left in a restroom at the Hard Rock Cafe on Prospect Street. After discovering he did not have the item, the man returned to find the album discarded. Someone had removed $5 in cash and other personal effects from the album.


>June 2

Erin K. Kane, 42, of Roosevelt Street, Lockport, was arrested at 12:14 a.m. on Summit Street, Lockport. Kane was charged with driving while intoxicated and driving on the shoulder of the road.

Two 24th Street housemates reported thefts of money from their residence, Niagara Falls police reported. One man said $140 was taken from his bedroom while he was at work between 2:30 and 3:30 p.m. The other man said $149 was stolen from his belongings earlier in the day. A woman was being sought for questioning in the case.

A $200 Toro self-propelled lawn mower was stolen from the yard of a home on Carmen Road, Barker, between midnight and noon, sheriff's deputies reported.

Someone went through a car parked in the driveway of a residence on Campbell Boulevard, Cambria, stealing a wallet containing $400 cash, credit cards and a Social Security card, sheriff's deputies said.

About $2,000 worth of copper plumbing was stolen from a Whitney Avenue apartment complex sometime since the first of the year. The complex had been vacant most of that time, Niagara Falls police said.

Niagara Falls resident Tarsha J. Brown, 37, of Niagara Avenue, was charged by city police with second-degree assault and harassment after police said she threw a chair during a fight with a neighbor, cutting the woman on the head. The incident occurred at 3:30 p.m., police reported.

Ted F. Seelbinder, 51, of Monroe Avenue, was charged with DWI and driving while impaired by drugs after Niagara Falls police said he hit a parked car in a Ninth Street lot at about 8 p.m.

A resident of Ontario Street, Wilson, called sheriff's deputies to report that someone had used her debit card information to fraudulently purchase $219 worth of products from Dell computers. Police launched an investigation.


June 3

Wayne E. Cline, 41, of Daniels Road, Ransomville, was charged by sheriff's deputies with assault with physical injury and endangering the welfare of a child. A 21-year-old man said he was walking on Mechanic Street, Wilson, when a woman yelled, "Where's Melanie," and then Cline got out of the car telling him, "You're dead," grabbed him by throat, pushed him to ground and punched him in the head, deputies reported. The man said he didn't know why he was attacked and denied that he had seen Cline's juvenile daughter, who had been reported missing. The girl was later found in Wilson Tuscarora State Park and was taken to Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center for observation.

John L. Dortch, 46, of Cottage Street, was charged by Lockport police at 1:30 a.m. on High Street for driving under the influence of alcohol after he was suspected of being intoxicated and refused field tests, according to reports. He also was charged with having a loud muffler.
A 56th Street, Niagara Falls, man told police that a roommate likely stole $700 worth of belongings from his home sometime overnight. Items taken included a jar containing $150 in change, some prescription pain medication and Viagra pills.

Driving 15 mph below the posted speed limit landed Michael P. Iwanicki, 40, of Utica, charges of DWI and failure to keep right, sheriff's deputies said. Iwanicki was stopped on Upper Mountain Road, Lewiston, at 1:49 a.m.

Niagara Falls police responding to a domestic call at a Willow Avenue apartment ended up arresting a 22nd Street man on felony and misdemeanor drug charges, reportedly after finding a marijuana-growing operation. Rashan M. Vincent, 27, was charged with third- and fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, unlawful possession of marijuana and growing cannabis without a license, according to reports.


June 4

A 27-year-old Fourth Street woman told Niagara Falls police that at 10:10 p.m., at Seventh and Niagara streets, a woman she knows started punching and kicking her. She said she got into her car with a bloody nose and the woman grabbed a baseball bat and broke out a rear window, causing $200 damage.

Lockport police charged Robert A. Abernathy, 39, an inmate in the Niagara County Jail, with felony burglary and seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. He was a suspect from an incident April 23, in which $200 was stolen from the Summit Street Saloon. He was found with a pipe used for smoking crack and a small baggie of crack residue, police said.

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