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From the blotter / Niagara County police calls, Sept. 22 to Oct. 2

>Sept. 22

Angela Berardi, 35, of South Transit Road, Lockport, was charged by Lockport police Detective Lt. John Yotter with the Sept. 14 felony burglary of a crystal chess set, a computer game system and four silver necklaces from a home on Garden Street in the city.

Sheriff's deputies said they noticed an abrupt lane change at 3:49 a.m. on Hyde Park Boulevard in the Town of Niagara and recognized a passenger, Carol Kraft, who was wanted on a warrant. When making a stop, deputies said they saw Kraft lean over and throw something white out the window, which was later identified as crack cocaine. Deputies said Craft was charged with with criminal possession of a controlled substance.

William G. Merza, 39, of Elmwood Avenue, Niagara Falls, was charged by Niagara Falls police with felony driving while intoxicated, failure to keep right and passing a red light, just before 9 p.m. in the 3100 block of Highland Avenue. Police said Merza almost crossed into oncoming traffic going southbound on 11th Street, passed a red light at 11th and Ontario streets and ran up and over a curb.

Lockport police said they charged four people, three of them with drug possession while investigating the report of a stolen 2008 Honda, valued at $21,000, on Lock Street. A 17-year-old Ashland Avenue, Niagara Falls boy was charged with unlawful possession of marijuana when police found the drug in his shoe. Also found in the car's center console was a bag with painkillers. The teen and other passengers, Coco Spencer, 25, and Lanika N. Reed, 26, both of Cottage Street, Lockport, were all charged with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, criminal possession of stolen property and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. Not in the car, but suspected of originally taking the car, was William C. Rooney, 40, of Elliott Street, Youngstown, police said. Rooney was charged with two counts of grand larceny, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and criminal possession of stolen property.


Sept. 23

A 16th Street man told Niagara Falls police that he heard a crack of a door opening at 9:30 a.m., saw a tall man's shadow, heard footsteps and then found that $80 in cash and three credit cards had been taken from his wife's purse. Police said there was no sign of force entry.

A 16th Street woman told Niagara Falls police that $400 in cash, a leather coat, two pairs of sneakers, a cell phone, shoes and a diamond necklace were taken while she and her mother were at work. Police said a screen was cut on the front porch in an open window.

Jaqueline M. Harbridge, 50, of Caravelle Drive, Niagara Falls, was charged with driving while intoxicated, felony aggravated unlicensed operation and operating under the influence of a narcotic (Xanex and hydrocodone) just after 8 p.m. in the 1500 block of Pine Avenue, Niagara Falls police said. Kristina Lynn Seneca, 31, of Irving, was charged on the Robert Moses Parkway with driving while intoxicated and leaving the scene of an accident by Niagara Falls police at 1:14 a.m., according to a


Sept. 24

A 55-year-old Niagara Street man told Niagara Falls police that 20-year-old man, about 6 feet tall and 170 pounds, approached him in an alley on 19th street at 9 a.m. and asked for money. He said when he refused a second man came up, knocked his cane away and then punched him in the head four or five times. He said he fell to the ground and was kicked seven to 10 times. The victim said the men took his medication and $9 from his wallet.

James E. Pazik, 58, of Murphy Road, Lockport, was charged by sheriff's deputies with driving while intoxicated, following too closely, refusing a breath test and speeding at 12:38 a.m. on Campbell Boulevard in Pendleton. Pazik told deputies after an accident that he had been "playing with controls on his truck" when he crashed into the back of a tractor-trailer.

Niagara Falls police said they stopped Mary Elizabeth Sanders, 56, of Armory Place just before 6 p.m. and charged her with felony driving while intoxicated, driving the wrong way on a one way street and driving and unregistered motor vehicle. Police said Sanders was laughing and driving the wrong way on Ferry Avenue at 19th Street when they spotted her.

A manager at Fichte Eye in the 2400 block of Pine Avenue told Niagara Falls police that just before 7 p.m. a woman came into the store and quickly left with five pairs of glasses, with a total value of $1,000.

A Ferry Avenue man is suspected of damaging a City of Niagara Falls Water Department relay box by pouring concrete into the box, in order to stop city workers from shutting off his water, police said. Water Department Supervisor Michael Kessler told officers that the house in question was behind in payments. Police said no one witnessed the pouring of cement, but a cement mixer was nearby on the porch. Workers were unable to remove a metal rod that had been placed in the concrete.

Three were charged at 8 p.m. on Park Drive after the sheriff's bike patrol in Cayuga Village in the Town of Niagara found the occupants of the car driving through the village yelling and drinking alcohol. When stopped, an open container of beer, an open quart of gin and an open bottle of Southern Comfort were found in the car. The driver, Michael V. Chateauneuf, 51, of D Street in Cayuga Village, was charged with driving while intoxicated and drinking alcohol in a motor vehicle. His passengers, Michael S. Armol, 36, of Nash Road, North Tonawanda, and James W. Witkopf, 36, of C Street in Cayuga Village, were both issued appearance tickets for having an open container of alcohol in a vehicle.


>Sept. 25

A 29-year-old 50th Street woman told Niagara Falls police that someone entered her apartment overnight through a south side window and took her wedding rings, which were valued at $3,600, from a jewelry box; a $50 mirror; a $5 picture frame and an alarm clock. A bedroom window screen was damaged, police said.

Jill Bartos, 55, of 100th Street, Niagara Falls, was charged by sheriff's deputies with driving while intoxicated, failure to stop for an emergency vehicle, illegal signal and speeding at 1:31 a.m. on Niagara Falls Boulevard. Bartos was observed barefoot at a convenience store at Williams Road and Niagara Falls Boulevard and appeared to be intoxicated, but told deputies she was not driving, then left and got into a parked car, according to deputies. A chase ensued at a high rate of speed, and ended at 100th Street with assistance from Niagara Falls police and other patrol cars, reports said. Bartos refused to take any sobriety tests, but had poor coordination and slurred her words, according to deputies.

Joseph A. Tagg, 19, of Orchard Street, Newfane, was charged by Lockport police with felony criminal possession of a stolen property. He and another may police are still seeking are accused of taking scaffolding from a city business, officers said.

Benjamin R. Miller, 28, of Hartland Road, Gasport, was charged by Lockport police with grand larceny and possession of stolen property. A Locust Street man said on Sept. 17 through 19, his roommate, Miller, had left without paying his rent and taken $1,400 worth of instruments, which included a trombone, a french horn, an electric guitar.


>Sept. 26

Sheriff's deputies said that two people were victimized by thieves using their stolen credit cards to run up hundreds of dollars in purchases. A Ward Road, North Tonawanda man reported that his wallet was stolen from his car about 5 p.m. while it was parked at the Country Cottage on Beach Ridge Road in Pendleton. His bank card was used on four occasions to steal a total of $579 before the card could be canceled. A Munson Avenue, Niagara Falls woman had her purse stolen from her workplace, Health System Services on Williams Road, Wheatfield, between 1 and 2:30 p.m. Her credit cards were used to make nearly $600 in purchases at two local stores, deputies said. Deputies believe the thief in that case may have been captured on security videotape at one of the stores and are hoping to make an identification from the tape.


>Sept. 27

A 19th Street woman was assaulted at 2:40 p.m. by the father of her young child, Niagara Falls police reported. The woman told police she was choked and pulled into her residence, where she was threatened and not allowed to leave. Timothy M. Santiago, 23, of 19th Street, was later charged with third-degree assault and harassment in connection with the incident, police said.

An intruder entered a Niagara Avenue apartment and stole a remote control for a television set, along with cups, glasses and other household items, Niagara Falls police said. Loss was set at $221.


>Sept. 28

A Ferry Avenue resident found a loaded .38-caliber handgun on the sidewalk next to her house while walking her dog shortly after midnight, Niagara Falls police said. Police believe the gun may have been thrown from a passing vehicle. It was confiscated by authorities.

A Newfane woman told sheriff's deputies that a transaction she completed on the online auction site eBay was fraudulent. The Tachi Drive resident said she purchased a cellular telephone from a man in Michigan, but when she tried to activate the phone she was told it had been reported stolen or lost and could not be activated.

A 25-year-old woman told Niagara Falls police she was assaulted by her live-in boyfriend inside her Frontier Avenue home just before 4 a.m. The man accused her of cheating on him, then punched her in the face and threw a telephone, causing an estimated $240 damage.

Jerquan M. Moragne, 18, of Fairfield Avenue, Niagara Falls was arrested at 3:55 a.m. after Niagara Falls police stopped his car in the 900 block of Niagara Avenue. Moragne was charged with driving while intoxicated and driving while impaired by drugs, as well as failure to signal a turn, police said.

A 27th Street couple were in bed just before 5 a.m. when they spotted a man leaving their home through a window, Niagara Falls police reported. A pair of PlayStation 3 video game systems had been stolen from the home, as well as about $150 in cash.

Daniel E. Rutherford, 20, of East Goundry Street, North Tonawanda, was charged just after 9 p.m. by sheriff's deputies with criminal mischief, driving while intoxicated, reckless driving and reckless endangerment. Deputies said the arrest was made in the 2800 block of Niagara Falls Boulevard in Wheatfield. A City of Tonawanda woman said he came to her wedding uninvited and damaged her wedding dress. Deputies who responded to the complaint said Rutherford appeared to be highly intoxicated. The bride said a fight broke out at her wedding, and she asked Rutherford to leave, then he grabbed onto her dress and tore it. Employees at the restaurant said Rutherford was driving recklessly in the parking lot and threatening to shoot people, but no gun was found, according to deputies.

Lockport police said they charged two Lockport men with possessing purses stolen at Gonzo's Bar on Main Street. Just after 2 a.m., police charged Brian C. Winslow, 24, of Ontario Street, with criminal possession of stolen property and, after a short foot chase, charged Scott A. French, 23, of Old Niagara Road, with criminal possession of stolen property and grand larceny, as well as three counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance, obstructing governmental administration and resisting arrest, according to reports.

Antonio M. Vasser, 32, of Harvey Avenue, Lockport, was charged by Lockport police with driving while intoxicated at 7 p.m. on Harvey Avenue.


>Sept. 29

A Modern Disposal worker told Niagara Falls police that someone assaulted him in the 600 block of Ashland Avenue as he was collecting trash at 9:35 a.m. The collector said the motorist complained that he was blocking the street, then the passenger got out and punched him in the face.


>Sept. 30

Kenneth W. Houghton Jr., 27, of High Street, was charged by Lockport police with criminal mischief following an investigation of Sept. 13 incident. A resident of Urban Park Towers said he heard a loud noise in the recreation room and found Houghton standing over the vending machine. Houghton reported that he was trying to pick it up, but later admitted he tipped it over, causing $200 in damage, according to a report.


>Oct. 1

A 50-year-old Wheatfield woman said her gold wedding ring and engagement bands, valued at $3,000 and engraved "I love you forever, Frank" were stolen from her Katie Drive residence, sheriff's deputies reported. She said she had left them by the kitchen sink when workers were installing floor tiles.

David L. Graves, 19, of Green Street, Lockport, was charged by Lockport police with felony grand larceny after an investigation of a reported theft on Aug. 20 at 183 Prospect St. A woman said someone entered her daughter's bedroom and took her Ipod, cell phone, $50 in cash, and jewelry. Graves was in the house playing with the woman's son, police reported.

A Dunkirk woman told sheriff's deputies that her gray 1998 Plymouth, valued at $2,000, was stolen from a driveway in the 4400 block of Central Avenue in the Town of Royalton sometime after 10 p.m. She said the car had blue and black flames on the doors and had a rifle in the trunk with no ammunition.


>Oct. 2

A 33-year-old man said his 1982 Harley Davidson sportster, worth $5,000, was stolen from a storage trailer parked next to his house on Saunders Settlement Road in Sanborn sometime between Sept. 27 and today, according to sheriff's deputies.

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