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

June 18

Firefighters in Newfane said the Kegels family will be responsible for the cost to fight and clean up a fire in a field in the 3600 block of Ewings Road in the town. Wrights Corners and Miller Hose volunteers responded to a fire just before 10 p.m. Firefighters said they had trouble getting to the fire because it was so far off the road. Eric Kegel, 28, and his brother, Michael, 19, both of Ewings Road, said they had started the fire when their mother was not home. The Health Department also was called in.

A Packard Court boy, 16, was charged by Niagara Falls police with criminal mischief, harassment, endangering the welfare of a child and menacing. An 18-year-old girl said the boy is the father of her child and came over to a 12th Street home uninvited, just before 11 p.m., put his arms around her neck and then struck her while she was holding their infant. She said when she attempted to call the police, he broke her phone. Police said they found and arrested the boy several blocks away.

A 61st Street woman reported a burglary in progress to Niagara Falls police at 10:15 p.m. She said she returned from vacation and saw her front door open. Her cousin chased a boy who was seen leaving, but then lost the suspect on 60th Street. Police found a juvenile whom a homeowner said was hiding in his garage in the 500 block of 62nd Street and charged the boy.

Patrick L. Vincent, 25, no address given but of Niagara Falls; Philip M. Payne, 29, of Bedell Road, Grand Island; and Quadree F. Fields, 24, of Walnut Avenue, Niagara Falls, were charged with first-degree loitering and seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance after Niagara Falls police said officers observed a narcotics transaction at 11:30 p.m. at Seventh and Niagara streets. Officers said they found two clear baggies containing suspicious tablets.


June 19

The owner of an apartment in the 1400 block of Byrd Avenue called Niagara Falls police regarding the welfare of animals in the apartment. He said the tenant was in the Niagara Geriatrics Center. Police said they found feces throughout the house, no food or water and emaciated animals. The owner said no one had come to care for the animals in seven to 10 days. The SPCA took custody of two cats and a ferret.

A Ketchum Avenue, Newfane woman told sheriff's deputies that someone took five morphine and 30 Percocet pills that were hidden in an underwear drawer. She said that she had been prescribed the pills for a spinal injury. The woman, 46, said she suspects some friends of her children who had been visiting.

Kevin R. Sharpe, 22, of no permanent address, was charged by Niagara Falls police with second-degree burglary and third-degree grand larceny, both felonies, as well as misdemeanor fourth-degree criminal mischief.

A Cambria man, 55, who lives on Ridge Road told sheriff's deputies that a severe thunderstorm caused a tree to be damaged and fall on his roof just before 5 p.m. No injuries were reported.

Two North Tonawanda men were charged with trespassing by sheriff's deputies after their pickup truck was nearly hit by a train after it became stuck on the train tracks off Liberty Drive in Wheatfield just after 8:30 p.m. The driver, Rexford M. Howard, 17, of Wardell Avenue, and his passenger, Patrick S. Rees, 17, of Stenzil Street, said they were fishin and attempted to leave the road by driving on the tracks and got stuck. Both men were able to get out of the truck and the passenger train was able to make an emergency stop about 3 feet from the truck.

Joshua D. Ouelette, 18, of East Avenue, Lockport, was charged by Lockport police with felony burglary and felony grand larceny. He is accused of stealing a dirt bike on Wilson Parkway. The owner of the dirt bike reported it stolen on May 31 from his garage.

Two Lockport men were charged by Lockport police with attempting to steal $100 at gunpoint just before 5 p.m. on Park Avenue. Adam Lanzo, 20, of Woodmore Court, and Daniel J. Regan, 18, of Locust Street, were both charged with menacing and felony robbery. A William Street man stopped police to report the attempted theft and police pulled the men over. They found a pellet gun on the front seat and a red bandanna that had allegedly been used in the robbery. Regan was additionally charged with unlawful possession of marijuana, police reported.


June 20

A Fort Erie, Ont., woman told Niagara Falls police that someone took her purse, which contained a designer wallet and $153, from her car at 11:45 p.m. while she went to pay for gas at a station on Main Street.

A woman on Willow Avenue told Niagara Falls police that someone broke her back kitchen window while she was in a hospital and took three packs of cigarettes.

A Gasport couple reported a theft in their Rochester Road home while they were out for the day. They told sheriff's deputies that the house was in disarray, with clothing strewn about. They reported jewelry, personal papers, a $400 shotgun and wedding bands, as well as a jar of coins containing $200 was taken.

Annie L. Goldsmith, 46, of Welch Avenue, was charged by Niagara Falls police with felony assault at 6:45 p.m. at her home. The charges were related to a domestic violence case, police said.


June 21

David L. Henning Jr., 33, of Transit Road, Newfane, was charged with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. Henning turned himself in to Lockport police. Officers said they found two black film canisters with an off-white rock substance, blackened pieces of steel wool and a silver metal pipe after a stop last August. A warrant was issued after the rock tested positive for crack cocaine, police reported.

Rodriguez A. Bembo, 35, of Monroe Street, Niagara Falls, was charged by Lockport police with felony criminal mischief, criminal contempt and felony third-degree robbery. A Gabriel Drive woman said he was calling her cell phone all day and then came to her home at 9 p.m. She said that when she wouldn't let him in, he broke all the doors in her car with a large stick, smashed the side mirrors, and slashed the tires and side doors with a sharp object. She said that when she came outside, he grabbed her keys and walked away, according to reports. An order of protection was issued.


June 22

A Gasport man told sheriff's deputies he was logging behind his Mill Road property about 8:30 a.m. when he came upon an abandoned all-terrain vehicle that had been left in the woods. Sheriff's deputies identified the rightful owner as a Newfane woman, but were unsuccessful in locating her. The ATV was towed until it could be returned to the owner.

A Paul Drive woman told Niagara Falls police that she left her wallet inside a friend's unlocked car for about an hour earlier in the week. The vehicle was parked at 22nd Street and Linwood Avenue at the time. When she returned for the wallet, it was gone, along with her bank cards and other personal effects.

Someone, possibly a friend of the homeowner's son, burglarized a Monroe Avenue home between 2 and 5 p.m., Niagara Falls police said. Stolen was a rented XBox 360 game console and two controllers, valued at $900. An investigation was continuing.

Donald L. Ross, 30, of Welch Avenue was charged by Niagara Falls police with assault, harassment, endangering the welfare of a child and unlawful imprisonment. A woman said Ross came home highly intoxicated and, when she said she wanted to leave him, he grabbed her by the hair, threw her around and knocked over the refrigerator and microwave. She said he then punched her in the face, forced her onto the porch and attempted to throw her off the porch, according to reports. The woman, 29, told police her 5-year-old daughter tried to protect her and was shoved to the ground. Officers entered the apartment by kicking in a door. Ross was also charged with criminal impersonation, police said, because he gave a false first name during booking.


June 23

Police responded to the 1900 block of Niagara Street just before 2 a.m. on a report of a man with a knife slashing car tires. Nobody was charged in that case, but when answering the call, officers spotted Niagara Street resident Walter E. Ellis, 26, arguing with his girlfriend in front of a bar, according to reports. He was arrested on a charge of disorderly conduct.

Donald V. Kiecher, 23, of Alden, was arrested at 4 a.m. at the Rainbow Bridge after Niagara Falls police said he was found with 8.5 grams of cocaine in his possession. He was charged with third- and fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.

A Cayuga Island resident told Niagara Falls police he found his previously stolen motorboat floating in the Little River about 9 a.m. The boat was located, empty, behind a home in the 8400 block of West Rivershore Drive.

An Independence Avenue woman told Niagara Falls police that her sister's ex-boyfriend came into her home uninvited about 3:30 p.m., made threats against her sister and then threatened the victim, as well. Police said the man threatened to shoot both women before leaving.

Main Street resident Samuel Bowe, 45, was arrested at 4 p.m. in the 500 block of 19th Street, Niagara Falls police reported. He was charged with driving while intoxicated and passing a stop sign.

A 1990 Oldsmobile stolen from a Walnut Avenue man earlier this week was found running, but empty, in the parking lot of the Eagle Heights Apartments on Hyde Park Boulevard in the Town of Niagara, Niagara Falls police reported. The car had been stolen earlier in the week from the lot of Airport Auto, a short distance down Hyde Park Boulevard.


June 24

While investigating a loud party complaint, Niagara Falls police found a city man wanted in Medina County, Ohio, on a child neglect charge. Tavio R. Burton, 31, of Cleveland Avenue, was arrested at 1:32 a.m. in an alley off Willow Avenue as a fugitive from justice and is being held for extradition to Ohio.


June 25

The Aquarium of Niagara Falls on Whirlpool Street reported $100 in damages after someone spray-painted five exterior walls of the building. The manager told Niagara Falls police the walls were painted sometime overnight.

Niagara Falls police towed a suspicious vehicle left running in the 1300 block of Pierce Avenue at 3 a.m. The 1997 Ford Aspire was found to have gunshot damage, which had shattered a rear window, struck the back of a seat and hit the glove box. Police said they found the car had been struck at least six times. The car was believed to have been involved in a report of shots fired at 2:50 a.m. at 15th and South streets. Police said they were unable to contact the registered owner.

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