Robert S. Bauer, 18, of Raymond Road, Sanborn, was charged by sheriff's deputies with petit larceny and accused of stealing from his employer. The service manager of Bob Weaver Motorsports on Niagara Falls Boulevard in Wheatfield told deputies that the cash drawer was short $60 and that he observed Bauer opening the drawer without permission. The manager said he was alerted by a bell on the drawer. Bauer told the manager he had a drug habit, according to reports.
Twenty patrons and nine employees were evacuated safely as smoke filled a Tim Hortons doughnut shop on South Transit Road in the Town of Lockport just after 1:30 p.m., sheriff's deputies said. South Lockport volunteer firefighters said the fire appeared to have originated in a heating unit on the roof, but then burned itself out. No injuries were reported.
Sheriff's investigators are looking into a case involving a Newfane man. The Maple Road man told deputies that he received a phony $3,500 check from a man claiming to be a doctor and wanting to rent one of his properties in North Tonawanda. The man then wanted him to deposit some of the money and then withdraw it, to be used to pay another man.
A Town of Niagara man was arrested, accused of stealing more than $1,200 worth of DVDs from the Sam's Club on Porter Road in Niagara Falls. Police said they picked up David W. Clare, 24, of Woodland Avenue, as he fled the scene of the latest theft attempt just before 3 p.m. Police said Clare stole DVDs from the store on three occasions since Jan. 23, as documented by store surveillance video.
Beloved Pryor, 27, of Whitney Avenue, Niagara Falls, was arrested at 1:47 a.m. after driving her car into a snow bank in the 2400 block of Niagara Avenue, Niagara Falls police said. She was charged with driving while impaired by drugs and failure to keep right.
A 17-year-old Cayuga Village resident was found bloodied and intoxicated in the 1700 block of Pine Avenue at 2:45 a.m., Niagara Falls police said. Police said the man claimed to have been assaulted but could provide no details as to when or where the attack had occurred. He was taken to Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center for treatment.
A Pennsylvania man's car was broken into while he and his family were visiting the Aquarium of Niagara, Niagara Falls police reported. Someone broke out a driver's side window while the car was parked in the Aquarium's Whirlpool Street lot between 1:30 and 4:45 p.m. A pair of Gucci sunglasses valued at $75 was stolen.
A Seymour Avenue woman was assaulted by her boyfriend after he became irate while she was discussing her children, Niagara Falls police said. The woman was punched in the face until she blacked out, then was dragged by her hair into a hallway of the home. She suffered assorted cuts and bruises but was not seriously injured.
A Sabre Park woman told Niagara Falls police she discovered that two credit cards had been fraudulently opened in her name. Police were checking into the possibility that a city man may have been involved in the incident.
More than $1,000 worth of damage was done to a 2002 Ford in an unsuccessful attempt to steal it overnight, Niagara Falls police said. The car was parked outside a 21st Street home, and the steering column was damaged. The thief then tried to snatch the stereo from the vehicle but was unsuccessful, leaving the unit hanging from a heavily damaged dashboard.
A hand-painted family heirloom valued in excess of $1,500 was reported stolen from a Byrd Avenue home, Niagara Falls police said. A woman in the process of moving out of the home told officers that the artwork, which has been in her family for generations and depicted various African-American leaders, went missing from her home sometime overnight.
A car belonging to a 13th Street woman was burglarized overnight while parked in the woman's driveway, Niagara Falls police said. A passenger-side window was smashed out and a global positioning system valued at $220 was stolen.
A Niagara Falls woman found that she left her debit card at a gas station without realizing it five days ago and was hit with more than $900 in fraudulent purchases. The 53-year-old College Avenue woman told Niagara Falls police that she left her car at the Mobil Station, 1038 Pine Ave., Jan. 28 and said her bank told her someone had made several large purchases, mostly at shops in The Summit mall, including Laux, Rainbow and the Deb Shop.
Erika Williams, 38, of Sixth Street, Niagara Falls, was charged with disorderly conduct and menacing with a knife at 4:28 p.m. at Niagara Falls Boulevard and 56th Street. She is accused of shouting obscenities and waving a culinary knife on a Metro bus, Niagara Falls police said.
Sheriff's deputies stopped a vehicle in the wrong lane on Williams Road at River Road in Wheatfield just after 12:30 p.m. Gail L. Roehner, 54, of Shartle Place, North Tonawanda, said she had been at the casino and was charged by deputies with aggravated driving while intoxicated with a blood-alcohol level above 0.18 percent, driving while intoxicated and failure to keep right, reports said.
A 63-year-old man told sheriff's deputies that sometime in the past three days, someone had kicked open the front door of the Country Cafe restaurant, 2853 Niagara Falls Blvd., Wheatfield, and stolen approximately $300 from a utility drawer.
A Lewiston man told Niagara Falls police that a tenant he evicted from his apartment in the 1600 block of Eighth Street broke 10 windows, valued at a total of $2,250. He told police he has evicted more tenants and expects more problems.
A Niagara Falls man told city police that he was out for the afternoon and returned to his home in the 7100 block of Buffalo Avenue to find all of his medications, including his painkillers, were gone. Also stolen was a digital camera, voice recorder, binoculars and $90. Police said there was no sign of forced entry.