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From the blotter / Niagara County police calls, July 4 to July 10

>July 4

Two men were charged by Lewiston police with drag racing on Model City Road just after 2 a.m. Brian Brabec, 21, of Orchard Drive, Lewiston, was stopped at the scene by police and charged with speeding in a contest and speeding 99 mph in a 50-mph zone. Timothy R. Moberg, 27, of Seminary Street, Wilson, was found later in a ditch on Brayley Road in the Town of Porter by sheriff's deputies and identified as the second man Lewiston police were seeking. He was charged by deputies with driving while intoxicated and by Lewiston police with speeding 101 mph in a 50-mph zone, unauthorized speeding in a contest and reckless driving, according to reports.

A Slayton Settlement, Gasport, man said 80 hydrocodone pills were stolen from his kitchen sometime between 1:30 and 10:51 p.m., sheriff deputies said. Deputies said someone entered through a kitchen window and took the pills, which were near the window. The man said the suspect took 80 pills and left 80 behind.

Niagara Falls police said they charged Nicholas P. Levick, 24, of 29th Street, with felony possession of a weapon, resisting arrest and unlawful possession of marijuana just before 10 p.m. at 24th and Falls streets.


>July 5

A 41-year-old Meadow Drive, Youngstown, woman told sheriff's deputies that someone entered her bedroom on June 22 and took a pair of diamond stud earrings valued at $1,100. The woman told deputies that a family member who was visiting admitted taking the earrings and selling them for $50. The woman said she had refused to lend the person $180 and that's why she took the earrings. An investigation was continuing.


>July 6

A group of women assaulted a 16-year-old girl as she walked at 13th Street and Ashland Avenue at about 4:15 p.m., Niagara Falls police reported. The victim, a Willow Avenue resident, told police she was walking in the area when a van pulled up and as many as 10 women exited. One of the woman tackled her, and the rest began to punch and kick her repeatedly. The victim suffered facial injuries but was not seriously hurt, police said.

A Whitney Avenue, Niagara Falls, woman came home Friday evening to find that her residence had been burglarized, city police said. Someone forced open a front door to the building sometime between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m., according to reports. Items stolen included a computer and various pieces of studio audio equipment, including a mixing board. Loss was estimated in excess of $2,500.

An evicted tenant was under investigation after belongings worth more than $500 were stolen from a Community Missions apartment complex on Buffalo Avenue, Niagara Falls police said. Police said the man had been evicted July 1 for rules violations but later returned to retrieve some clothing. Around the same time, someone entered the apartment through a second-story window. The stolen items included a television set, a bed and a digital video disc player. A door also was damaged during the burglary, police said.

Sheriff's deputies said they arrested Sanborn resident Robert T. Lacomb, 20, after a 4:24 a.m. traffic stop on Lockport Road in Wheatfield. Deputies were investigating criminal mischief to mailboxes in the area when they discovered 19 prescription painkiller pills, three marijuana pipes, some pot and two small bottles of Jack Daniels whiskey inside Lacomb's car. He was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance, unlawful possession of marijuana and unlawful possession of alcohol by someone under age 21. A 17-year-old was being sought in connection with the vandalism, deputies said.

Sometime between 9 a.m. and noon, someone kicked in a door and entered an Orleans Avenue apartment, Niagara Falls police said. Five packs of cigarettes and some necklaces were stolen, an estimated loss of $100.

A Buffalo resident told sheriff's deputies he was threatened by a man wielding a handgun while cleaning up a job site on Dysinger Road in the Town of Lockport. Deputies said the victim was loading equipment onto a utility trailer after completing a blacktopping job when a man came up, pulled a small handgun from his waistband and muttered something. The victim fled upon seeing the gun, deputies said.

Nothing was taken after someone kicked in a door and entered the Pine Avenue offices of Willoughby Insurance, Niagara Falls police said. The break-in was discovered at 10:30 p.m. Damage to the door was listed at $250.

A 23rd Street man told Niagara Falls police that someone forged and cashed a $1,000 check from his account without his knowledge sometime between May and June.


>July 7

A 15-year-old 79th Street boy told Niagara Falls police he was choked by his mother's boyfriend after the two argued over his failure to clean the house. The boy said he was also "slammed" into some broken plates, causing him to suffer cuts to his feet.

A Maryland resident told Niagara Falls police that his global positioning system was stolen out of his hotel room overnight. The $400 device was taken from a dresser drawer at the Quality Inn on Rainbow Boulevard North, police said.

A felony assault charge was lodged against a Packard Court man accused of beating his wife. Niagara Falls police said that the victim, a Packard Court resident, argued over money with her husband at about 2:30 p.m. and he left but returned, kicking in a door and punching her repeatedly in the face. John T. Thibeault, 35, also was charged with third-degree menacing.


>July 8

A 24-year-old man told sheriff's deputies that a 2003 Kawasaki all-terrain vehicle, valued at $3,700, was stolen from his garage in the 2400 block of Washington street in Wheatfield.

A 52-year-old Parkwood Drive, Lockport, woman told sheriff's deputies that a concrete birdbath, valued at $100, was damaged and three solar lights, also valued at $100, were stolen overnight. She also told deputies that two weeks ago, an unknown person threw all her pool deck furniture into her above-ground pool. The woman has been having ongoing problems with neighbors, deputies said.

A garbage can fire behind a residence at 2488 Whitney Ave. was declared arson, Niagara Falls police reported. The 12:20 a.m. fire caused minor damage to the adjacent garage.

Lee H. Gansworth, 54, of Mount Hope Road, Sanborn, was charged with driving while intoxicated at 12:37 a.m., sheriff's deputies said. Gansworth was stopped at a sobriety checkpoint on Witmer Road in the Town of Niagara.

Niagara Falls police said that a man kicked in the front door to gain entry to a Pine Avenue residence just before 4 a.m. The man went upstairs, damaging a door en route but then fled. Damage was estimated at $300.


>July 9

An official at Riverside Presbyterian Church, in the 800 block of 84th Street, told Niagara Falls police that someone spray-painted red paint on a west wall.

A man in the 1500 block of Pine Avenue told Niagara Falls police that someone entered his apartment during the day by climbing up a small garage to a balcony and then cut the screen. He said $85 in cash and $80 in coins were taken from a desk drawer and a dresser.

A 28-year-old Walnut Avenue man told Niagara Falls police he was drinking alcohol and smoking crack with some men overnight and at some point he lost his keys. He said he suspected that one of the men had tried to take his television and injured himself and was hospitalized trying to get the TV back. He told police that when he returned, two televisions and a DVD player, valued at a total of $730, and a furniture set, valued at $1,000, were gone. A roommate of the man said his television and DVD, valued at a total of $550, were stolen. A vehicle that had been stolen was recovered by police a short time later.

Niagara Falls police heard an alarm at Mufflerman in the 2500 block of Military Road in the Town of Niagara just before 4 a.m. and found a broken rear window in a garage. The manager was called and found nothing missing. Police said it appeared that someone moved two wood pallets and a 55-gallon drum to gain access.

The manager of Hometown America mobile home park, in the 6200 block of South Transit Road, Town of Lockport, told sheriff's deputies that six entrance lights were damaged by an air gun overnight.

The office manager of Bob Weaver Motor Sport, in the 3400 block of Niagara Falls Boulevard in Wheatfield, told sheriff's deputies that a 2007 ATV, valued at $5,400, was stolen. The manager said the vehicle was packaged in a metal crate and had been removed sometime during the past month.

A 50-year-old man who had been living in a recreational vehicle in a backyard in the 3600 block of Ransomville Road, Ransomville, told sheriff's deputies that he found a man inside his home at 10:33 p.m. and chased him out. The man said his RV was a mess and an $80 sleeping bag and $300 worth of tools were stolen.

A Mapleton Road, Pendleton, man told sheriff's deputies that an $8,000 ATV was stolen from his garage between noon and 4:30 p.m. The man said his garage door had been left open.


>July 10

A security guard from the Rainbow Mall and Family Fun Center in Niagara Falls flagged down city police at 11:30 p.m. in the 300 block of Niagara Street after he had been chasing a man who had been spray-painting graffiti on the wall. The guard said he saw the man throw a black bag away and, when he recovered it, the man tried to push him. Police recovered the bag with two cans of spray paint, rappeling hooks and rope. Police charged Jon Michael Topolski, Jr., age unlisted, of Ransom Road, Grand Island, with making graffiti, possession of graffiti instruments and third-degree assault.

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