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From the blotter / Niagara County police calls, June 11 to 17

>June 11

Lockport police charged two men at 4 p.m. with speeding on Clinton Street. The driver, Christopher R. Empson, 30, of West Lake Road, Wilson, was charged with speeding, false personification and aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle. Police said Empson said he did not have his driver's license and gave a wrong date of birth to avoid further charges. His passenger, Michael S. Empson, 20, of Balmer Road, Youngstown, was charged with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, criminal possession of a hypodermic needle and possession of drug paraphernalia. Police said they saw the needles in Michael Empson's lap and he admitted he used heroin. Also found were a dilutor under the seat and a rubber hose, police reported.

An Oppenheim Court, Wheatfield, woman told sheriff's deputies that her purse was stolen from her car at 2:15 a.m., after she left her car parked unlocked in the apartment lot. She said the purse contained a cell phone, a checkbook, debit card and $130 digital camera.

A Robin Drive, Lockport, woman told sheriff's deputies that someone entered her car overnight while parked in the driveway, ransacked it and stole her purse, which she had accidentally left in her trunk. The purse contained $280.

Julie L. McCoy, 34, of Majestic Terrace, Lackawanna, was charged by Lockport police with driving under the influence of alcohol and failure to wear a seat belt at 10:43 p.m. on Locust Street. Police said she failed field sobriety tests.

Renee S. Roberts, 33, of VanBuren Street, Lockport, was charged by city police with felony second-degree burglary at 2:36 p.m. on Grant Street. A family member said Roberts is not allowed in the house and climbed through a pet door to get inside. The family member said Roberts moved a camera and was found sitting on the back deck. Roberts said she was inside looking for her cell phone.

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June 12

George M. Craddock, 55, of Niagara Street, Lockport, was charged by city police with petit larceny at Wilson Farms on Transit Street. A clerk said Craddock came by at midnight and took a bundle of firewood, valued at $6, from the front of the store.

A 16-year-old Niagara Falls girl was charged by sheriff's deputies at 8:30 a.m. with criminal possession of a controlled substance. The Niagara-Wheatfield student called the bus garage to see if she left her purse on the bus, and the driver, who was checking for identification, found an unlabeled bottle with three pills, which were found to be Oxycodone. Confiscated by the school were a folding knife and cigarettes. The girl told deputies that she took the pills from her father.

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June 13

Margo D. Jervey, 43, of Waterman Street, was charged by Lockport police on a warrant for petit larceny. A clerk at Wilson Farms on Transit Street said Jervey placed several items in her purse without paying. The clerk said that when she stopped Jervey, Jervey dropped her purse and ran. Inside the purse were two packs of hot dogs and a bag of meatballs, as well as Jervey's house keys and cell phone, the clerk said.

Rene Garay, 24, of Tudor Lane, was charged by Lockport police with aggravated harassment, criminal contempt and fourth-degree criminal mischief just before midnight on Jackson Street. A Jackson Street woman said she called her cell phone 65 times during the day and then 40 times at her home, after 8 p.m. The victim said Garay also threw a necklace at her new car, causing $100 damage.

Kay Lynn Bostard, 19, of Whitney Avenue, Niagara Falls, was charged by sheriff's deputies with assault with injury just after 9 p.m. during the car show in The Summit mall. A Niagara Falls woman said Bostard accused her of talking about her behind her back and then punched her in the head several times.

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June 14

Envelopes containing $1,300 in cash earmarked for use at the Seneca Niagara Casino were stolen from an elderly guest of the casino hotel, Niagara Falls police reported. The victim, a Hornell resident who is legally blind, told police she counted the money before placing it into a safe in her room. Later in the day, she discovered some of it missing. She told police she may have inadvertently left some of the white envelopes behind on her white bedspread after counting out the money.

A 50-year-old woman told Niagara Falls police that she left her purse under a desk in an unlocked office in Christ Redeemer Tabernacle and the purse was stolen. The purse contained a cell phone and $180 asthma pump.

Ernest L. Ruffin, 29, of Ashland Avenue, was charged by Niagara Falls police just after 3 p.m. in the 400 block of 17th Street with felony second-degree burglary. The homeowner said she came home and found her side door unlocked, a broom holding the door open and a television missing from the living room. Police found Ruffin hiding in a basement.

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June 15

A Newfane woman told Niagara Falls police that her purse was stolen from beneath the desk in her office at the Trott ACCESS Center on 11th Street. The purse contained a checkbook, credit cards, various personal effects and $50 in cash. It was taken between 2:25 and 2:30 p.m.

An elderly Cedar Avenue woman told Niagara Falls police that someone entered her home between 2:30 and 3 p.m. and stole her purse. It contained $25 and personal belongings.

A Ninth Street woman was punched and slapped by a neighbor during an early evening dispute, causing a bloody nose and bruising. Niagara Falls police said they charged Arthurene Cruz, 47, of Ninth Street, with harassment.

Someone stole about 60 pounds worth of copper plumbing from the Colt Block Apartments on Main Street sometime on June 14 or today, Niagara Falls police said, causing a water pressure problem within the building.

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June 16

In a carryover of a fight that started in school, an 18-year-old South Avenue resident was jumped and beaten shortly after midnight at 24th Street and Independence Avenue, Niagara Falls police said. The victim was walking when he was approached by two men, one of whom began hitting him several times over the head with a stick. The victim was not seriously injured and was advised to seek arrest warrants in the case.

Two cars were broken into while parked along the Third Street bar strip, Niagara Falls police said. An Irving resident told police that shortly after 4 a.m. as he was walking back to his vehicle, parked in the 300 block of Third Street, he saw a man flee from the car. The burglar took several compact discs, some sneakers and $30 in cash. Two hours earlier, a Medina resident's car was entered while parked in the 200 block of Third Street. A pouch containing several credit cards, personal effects and prescription medications was taken.

The owner of the Shawnee Country Barn Co-op in Wheatfield told sheriff's deputies that $154 worth of antique jewelry was stolen. The owner said other dealers saw a heavyset man in the barn who is known to steal from dealers to support a drug habit.

Joseph L. Harris, 41, was charged with unlawful possession of marijuana and third- and fourth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, Niagara Falls police reported. The 21st Street resident was found to be in possession of pot and cocaine at the Highland Avenue Bar and Grill at 3 a.m., police said.

A man climbed a fire escape to enter a Niagara Avenue residence at about 4:30 a.m., taking clothing belonging to the female resident and violating an order of protection in the process, Niagara Falls police said. An investigation was continuing.

A man, identified by the victim as a former family friend, fled from a Pierce Avenue residence at about 5 a.m. after inappropriately touching a 14-year-old girl asleep on the couch there, Niagara Falls police said. The man entered the home through a front door and fled after the girl awoke.

Niagara Falls police said that a burglar may have used a key stolen in a previous break-in to enter a Fifth Street residence this afternoon. Some compact discs, videocassette tapes and a stereo unit were taken, at an estimated loss of $340.

Thaddeus M. Buchalski, 43, of C Street, Niagara Falls, was arrested at 9:19 p.m. on Lockport Road in Wheatfield. Sheriff's deputies said a female passenger in Buchalski's car phoned 911 to say that he was yelling at her for being drunk and loud. Buchalski was charged with driving while intoxicated.

About $2,500 worth of car stereo equipment was stolen out of a Spruce Avenue woman's car overnight while the vehicle was parked at her residence, Niagara Falls police said.

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June 17

Katrina N. Burton, 18, of Genesee Street, Lockport, was charged by sheriff's deputies with possession of marijuana and unlicensed operation at 11:39 p.m. on Dysinger Road. Deputies investigating suspicious drug activities saw a woman trying to hide her purse behind her back. Deputies said that as she opened her purse for identification they found a bag of marijuana. Burton also was driving with only a permit, deputies said.

John H. Rowland II, 32, of Porter Road, Niagara Falls, was charged by sheriff's deputies with driving while intoxicated, failure to keep right and failure to use headlights just before 1 a.m. on Porter Road. Patrol said they had to cross into the eastbound lane to avoid a collision with Rowland. A breath test showed a blood-alcohol content of 0.26 percent, more than three times the legal limit, deputies said.

Niagara Falls police investigated the theft of a Youngstown man's wallet, which included a bout of fraudulent purchases using the victim's credit cards. The man told police his wallet was apparently stolen at the Seneca Niagara Casino sometime on June 16. The thief proceeded to make several unauthorized purchases in the St. Catharines, Ont., area. The victim also reported losing $150 in cash.

Tara M. Maidment, 26, of Chilton Avenue, was charged with DWI and failure to keep right after being stopped at 3:25 a.m. in the 400 block of 15th Street, Niagara Falls police said. Police said Maidment registered a blood-alcohol level of 0.16, twice the legal limit.

A 30-year-old Haeberle Avenue man suffered cuts and two loose teeth after he was attacked early Sunday by a former girlfriend, Niagara Falls police said. The woman punched, kicked and slapped the man in the 1100 block of Pierce Avenue before hitting him with a two-by-four, police said.

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