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From the blotter / Niagara County police calls, Jan. 18 to Feb. 2

>Jan. 18

Bernardo Martinez, 22, of Genesee Street, Lockport, was charged on a warrant with coercion, unlawful imprisonment and assault, according to a Lockport police report. A woman said that on Dec. 10, Martinez threatened to kill her. She said he grabbed her by the arm, threw her on the bed, closed the door, put a table in front of it and said he would break her face, police reported.

Vicki L. Gibby, 45, of 76th Street, Niagara Falls, was stopped at 12:30 a.m. following a reported hit and run at Honey's Restaurant on Military Road and charged by sheriff's deputies with aggravated unlicensed operation, felony driving while intoxicated (for a having a previous conviction), and driving at a speed not prudent. Deputies said they followed her into her driveway and said the damage on her vehicle matched the damage reported at Honey's by Town of Niagara Police.

A silent holdup alarm was reported at a gas station in the 4000 block of Lake Avenue in Lockport. A female clerk told sheriff's deputies that she went to the bathroom and returned to find the register emptied of cash and found that someone had pushed the no sale button at 8:40 p.m. Loss was reported as $891.62.


>Jan. 19

Christina A. Hayes, 20, of Church Street, Middleport, was charged by Lockport police with criminal mischief following an alleged incident Jan. 9 at a convenience store in the 200 block of Transit Street in the city. A clerk said she told Hayes and another female and male that it was too late to buy alcohol and Hayes allegedly went out and deflated the victim's tire with a sharp object and ripped off her windshield wiper, according to a police report. Damages were estimated at $185.


>Jan. 21

A woman told Niagara Falls police that as she was walking home from Wilson Farms just after 8:30 p.m. at 30th and Falls streets, a man in dark green puffy jacket and skull cap struck her in the face, pushed her to the ground, reached into her pocket and took $60. Police said a clerk told them the 32-year-old Falls Street woman had been seen in the store buying lottery tickets.

In the 400 block of Spruce Street in Applewalk subsidized housing, both locks to a rear door were broken and a washer, dryer, refrigerator and stove were reported stolen some time in the past few weeks. Total loss and damage was pegged at $550, Niagara Falls police said.


>Jan. 22

A man in the 500 block of Walnut Street told Lockport police that sometime overnight, someone entered his home through a window and took $510 worth of prescription drugs, including painkillers, and $40 cash.


>Jan. 23

Phyllis A. Paonessa, 49, of Niagara Street, Niagara Falls, was charged with third-degree assault and harassment at 5:11 p.m. after city police said she assaulted her 74-year-old mother. The victim told police that her daughter was intoxicated and they argued about her drinking prior to the assault.

A man flim-flammed a cashier at the Niagara Falls Boulevard Tim Hortons store between 6:45 and 7:15 p.m., Niagara Falls police said, repeatedly asking for change and ending up with about $50 more than he was owed.

A North Tonawanda man's car was entered sometime between 10 p.m. and midnight while parked at the Regal Cinema on Builder's Way, Niagara Falls police reported. A radar detector and a computer printer were stolen out of the unlocked vehicle, police said, resulting in a loss estimated at $455.

Donna M. Dale, 48, of Miller Road, Niagara Falls, was stopped just before 1 a.m. on Ransomville Road by sheriff's deputies for a muffler exhaust system violation and charged with driving while intoxicated, not wearing a seat belt and operating with a blood-alcohol level above .08 percent, according to reports.

A Wheatfield man told sheriff's deputies that $900 was taken from his girlfriend's safe. He said a man from Pennsylvania came to stay with them on Plaza Drive three weeks ago for a "fresh start," but then left without telling them; now the money is gone and he is back in Pennsylvania.


>Jan. 24

A Falls Street woman was arrested at 2:15 p.m. after Niagara Falls police reportedly spotted her drinking a 20-ounce beer while walking down Falls Street near 22nd Street. Stacy M. Lester, 20, was charged with restricted use of alcohol in a public place.


>Jan. 25

Kathleen Dusing, 26, of Helen Street, Cheektowaga, was charged at 3:30 a.m. on South Transit Road by sheriff's deputies with failure to keep right and driving while intoxicated. Deputies said Dusing was stopped after crossing the center line. Dusing refused to answer questions and advised patrol that "she was a paralegal and had lawyers she could contact at this hour." She failed three of four field sobriety tests and asked that a small bruise be documented because she felt that it been caused by the handcuffs, deputies said. She declined medical attention and refused to take a blood-alcohol test, deputies said.


>Jan. 26

Michael P. Upton, 22, of South Transit Road, was charged with petit larceny after a video showed him taking $40 from his job at Tops bakery in the Town of Lockport, sheriff's deputies said. Deputies said Upton twice took a $20 bill from a customer, folded the bill into his hand and put it alongside the register instead of in the register slot for $20 bills. He was charged after the video was reviewed and a warrant was signed.


>Jan. 27

James D. Moore Jr., 19, of no permanent address, was charged by Niagara Falls police with resisting arrest at midnight in the 500 block of Third Street. Officers said they received a report of a man with a gun and Moore told them he had a loaded clip. Police set up a perimeter around the building. They said Moore went out on the roof and was ordered inside. Police were able to go inside and there was no gun. Moore said he was trying to avoid failure-to-appear warrants, according to police.

Robert McGreevy, 40, of Chestnut Ridge Road, Lockport, was charged with harassment, menacing and unlawful imprisonment by Lockport police. A woman told police that on Jan. 21, McGreevy pointed a rifle at her and threatened to kill her and a male friend. She said she attempted to flee, but McGreevy blocked her exit. She told police that eventually he let her go to work, but she was unable to report the incident for a couple of days because he would not let her out of his sight. Police said they found McGreevy in van at his house and he was taken into custody without incident.


>Jan. 28

A 1800 block Jerauld Avenue woman told Niagara Falls police that she came home and found that two laptops, two game systems, and costume jewelry had been stolen overnight. She said all her CDs were left on the floor and a jar with $100 in cash was left behind. Total loss and damage was estimated at $1,800.

A witness at Viola's Restaurant, 1717 Elmwood Ave., told Niagara Falls police that a suspect with a shaggy haircut was seen pushing something at 6:30 a.m. and then drove away in a minivan. Police found a window smashed and a sledgehammer on the floor. The owner said a cash register that contained $200 was taken. Total loss and damage was estimated at $950.

Jammal Rice, 28, of Peckin Street, Buffalo, was charged with restricted use of alcohol in a motor vehicle, unlawful possession of marijuana, improper left turn, criminal impersonation, and aggravated unlicensed operation by Niagara Falls police at 9:16 p.m. at 22nd Street and Woodlawn Avenue. Officers Joseph Palermo and Nicholas Granto, in an unmarked patrol car, said they saw the driver reach behind the driver's seat and found an open bottle of gin in the car. They said Rice kept changing his name and later they found that his license had been suspended and that he had given them a false name.


>Jan. 29

Niagara Falls police responded at 4:15 p.m. to a Pine Avenue woman screaming from a window. She told officers that a man had been drinking and pinned her to the couch, grabbed her by the neck, and slapped her on both sides of the head. The man was gone when police arrived.


>Jan. 30

Lawrence G. Congi, 38, of Niagara Falls Boulevard, Niagara Falls was charged with menacing and criminal mischief just before 1 a.m., Niagara Falls police said. A woman told police that Congi planned to buy crack cocaine and when she told him not to bring drugs into the house he told her to shut up, got out a knife, put it up to her neck and then cut the phone wires so she could not call police. The woman said she hid in a bedroom and after Congi calmed down she went next door to a motel and called for police.

Charles Johnson, 48, of Locust Street, Lockport, was charged with harassment, obstructing government administration, resisting arrest, and felony burglary by Lockport police at 1 a.m. A woman went into a female neighbor's apartment following a domestic incident and Johnson allegedly started banging on the door, kicked the door in and then punched the female neighbor in the face several times. Johnson was combative and highly intoxicated, police said.

A 19th Street apartment was burglarized between 6:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Niagara Falls police said. The door was pried open and a digital camera and $30 in cash was stolen.


>Jan. 31

A bag of groceries, clothing and electronic items were stolen in a burglary at a Michigan Avenue home overnight, Niagara Falls police said. Police said a back door was kicked in during the break-in, between 8 p.m. Jan. 30 and 6 a.m. today. The loss was estimated at $400.

Niagara Falls police said they were investigating the theft of a laptop computer valued at $949 from a Niagara Street home. The theft, police said, occurred during a visit by acquaintances.


>Feb. 1

Red Cross was called to help a Wilson family at 3728 West Lake Road following a chimney fire which caused $15,000 in damages at the home of Barbara and Christopher Empson, according to sheriff's deputies. Wilson and South Wilson volunteer fire companies responded to the fire, which started just after 5 p.m. and spread from the chimney to a small portion of the roof. Christopher Empson said he was home watching television with his children and he noticed what looked like a hot ash fall from the ceiling near his wood burning stove, and then noticed that the ceiling was glowing red. He said when he tried to call 911, the phone was dead. A neighbor then told him that his chimney was smoking very badly from the outside. The housing inspector said the home is currently uninhabitable and the family is staying with relatives.


>Feb. 2

Rashell D. Washington, 20, of Gabriele Drive, was stopped by Lockport police just before midnight on North Transit Street. Although she refused testing, police said they found a strong odor of alcohol and charged her with driving while intoxicated, several equipment violations, aggravated unlicensed operation, driving with a suspended registration, driving with no insurance or inspection, refusing a prescreening and using someone else's license.

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