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From the blotter / Niagara County police calls, Aug. 29 to Sept. 7

>Aug. 29

A Lockport woman who lives in the 5600 block of Valley Way told sheriff's deputies that a diamond ring and engagement band, valued at $1,350, were missing from a nightstand in her bedroom. She said she was having carpet installed, and no other persons had access to the bedroom.

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>Aug. 30

Robert Tall, 32, of Ontario Avenue., Niagara Falls, was arrested on charges he shoplifted $300 worth of merchandise from Wegmans. He was arraigned and bail was set at $400, transported to Niagara County Jail and is due back to court Oct. 18.

Paul Scrivano, 32, of 31st Street, was arrested for shoplifting $74.11 in merchandise. He allegedly tried to walk out of the store after concealing the merchandise. Scrivano was transported to the Town of Niagara Police Department for booking, fingerprinted and issued an appearance ticket for Aug. 31.

Matthew Handley, 41, of Haberle Avenue, was arrested after police said he ran a red light northbound on Military Road at Factory Outlet Boulevard. Police subsequently learned he had a suspended class D permit, which had expired. Handley was transported to Niagara County Jail and held in lieu of $250 bail.

Two men were arrested on Webster and Tremont streets in North Tonawanda at about 12:30 a.m. after police said they were smoking marijuana. Richard A. Balling, 35, of Kohler Street, City of Tonawanda, and Thomas F. Ryan, 43, of Randall Road, Ransomville, were charged with criminal possession of marijuana and unlawful possession of marijuana.

After a report of a prowler was received by Niagara County sheriff's deputies, a man who was found running around the rear of residence was charged by deputies in the 3000 block of Lincoln Street in the Town of Niagara. Timothy J. Linkowski, 23, of Niagara Avenue, Niagara Falls, was charged just before 4 a.m. with obstructing governmental administration after he allegedly ignored deputies orders, ran from deputies and had to be ordered at gunpoint to come out from behind a shed with his hands up.

A lock was forced off a barn door in the 2000 block of Phillips Road in Newfane overnight and an all-terrain vehicle valued at $925 was reported stolen. The 30-year-old owner, a resident of Lockport-Olcott Road, told sheriff's deputies that it was the first night that he had stored the smaller child-sized Jet Moto in his grandmother's barn.

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>Aug. 31

Derek Renko, 37, of Greenview Road, Niagara Falls was charged with harassment, second-degree physical contact, after he allegedly struck a person in the face. The victim stated that he was entering a Tim Hortons through the exit door and cut off Renkot.

The owner of Main Street Automotive store told Niagara Falls police that his unregistered 1994 Eagle Talon was parked at the shop and someone had poured white paint on the hood and passenger door, sometime over the weekend.
A driver who rear-ended another vehicle on Payne Avenue was charged with two counts of driving while intoxicated by North Tonawanda police. Lillie E. Ambrusko, 60, of Ruie Road, was taken into custody at 11:03 a.m. near Payne and Fredericka Street, according to a city police report. Ambrusko also was ticketed for following too closely.

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>Sept. 1

A man in the 9900 block of Mountain Road in Middleport told sheriff's deputies that a generator, valued at $1,626, was stolen from his unlocked garage sometime after Aug. 23. He told deputies that nothing else was missing from the garage.

A resident of the 8400 block of Roosevelt Drive, Gasport, told sheriff's deputies that his vehicle was parked in the driveway and sometime overnight someone took a global positioning system, a box cutter, Blackberry accessories and his wallet, which contained his bank cards and credit cards.

A science teacher at Orleans-Niagara BOCES on Saunders Settlement Road in Sanborn reported an Ohaus triple beam balance taken from a storage cabinet in her classroom sometime during the summer recess, valued at $200. The balance is used to measure small amounts of matter and could be used for weighing drugs. The teacher said it was one of four in the classroom and three others remain.

A Kymco 50CC four-wheeler, valued at $1,000, was taken from a shed in the 2200 block of Fuller Road in Newfane sometime between Aug. 20 and Tuesday, the owner told sheriff's deputies. There was no sign of forced entry, deputies said.

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>Sept. 2

Boyd P. Coty, 55, of Niagara Falls Boulevard was charged by sheriff's deputies on Williams Road in Wheatfield with aggravated driving while intoxicated with a blood alcohol level above .18 percent after being stopped at 11:44 p.m. for a no tail light violation. Deputies said his BAC at the scene was .20 percent.

Michael D. Stainbrook, 30, of Royal Parkway South, Lockport, was charged by sheriff's deputies at 11:35 p.m. on Saunders Settlement Road in Cambria with speeding after he was stopped driving 66 in a 45 mph zone and then was additionally charged with driving while intoxicated with a blood alcohol level of .16 percent. He additionally was found with marijuana in his pocket and charged with unlawful possession of marijuana.

A man was injured on Pletcher Road, near Lower River Road when he flipped over the handlebar on his bicycle, according to Lewiston Police Sgt. Frank Previte. The accident Wednesday night involved a 56-year-old man who was flown to Mount St. Mary's Hospital with his injuries. His name and the extent of his injuries were not released.

Rodella Marie Watterson, 21, of Lockwood Drive, was charged by Lockport police with second-degree forgery after a pharmacist on Lincoln Avenue said a prescription had been altered.

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>Sept. 3

Christopher J. Bauer, 28, of Edison Street, Niagara Falls, was charged by sheriff's deputies with driving while intoxicated and speeding at 1:35 a.m. on Military Road in the Town of Niagara. He was stopped for speeding and admitted to drinking 10 beers throughout the day, "give or take a few," he said. Deputies found a blood alcohol level of .10 percent.

Darryl J. Hill, 30, of Niagara Avenue, Niagara Falls, was charged at 1:58 a.m. on Saunders Settlement Road in Lewiston by sheriff's deputies for driving 55 in a 45 zone and failure to keep right as he went around the curb. Deputies said he was found to be driving without a license and when asked if he had any drugs or weapons, produced three bags of marijuana and was further charged with unlawful possession of marijuana. He admitted to using marijuana in the last few hours and was also charged with driving while impaired. Deputies said he also had a positive screening for alcohol.

A 24th Street woman told Niagara Falls police that a 67-inch television that had been rented was stolen from her home by someone who was visiting her home. She said the television was valued at $1,400.

A robbery was reported on Elmwood Avenue and 13th Street, according to Niagara Falls police at 8:30 p.m. A 53-year-old man said two men pulled a knife on him and took $425 and 90 hydrocodone tablets from his pockets.

A glass entrance door was smashed and a small amount of change was stolen from the gum ball machine in the entrance to The Salvation Army at 9491 Niagara Falls Blvd., police reported.

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>Sept. 4

A 32-inch television valued at $420 was stolen from an unlocked car in the driveway of a Garden Avenue home, police reported. The theft occurred sometime Tuesday but was not reported until Friday.

Someone victimized a Pierce Avenue man while he was incarcerated, police said, using his personal information to open two fraudulent accounts. Nearly $800 in charges were run up on a Verizon account, and a credit card account was also opened in the man's name, police said. An investigation is continuing.

Also reporting a case of identity theft was a 26th Street man, who said that someone ran up $892 in charges in his name on a fraudulent credit card account. Police are seeking to question the victim's son in the case.

A North Tonawanda man who admitted he had been drinking at the Seneca Niagara Casino and was stopped for following another vehicle too closely was charged by sheriff's deputies at 1 a.m. on River Road in Wheatfield. Mark J. Augustine Sr., 50, of Payne Avenue registered a blood alcohol level of .09 percent, deputies said. Augustine was also charged for aggravated unlicensed operation.

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>Sept. 5

A man stole 11 bottles of body wash from a Pine Avenue drugstore in two separate thefts. The first occurred at about 2:45 p.m. when nine bottles were taken from the store at Pine and 17th Street, according to a Niagara Falls police report. The second incident happened at about 7:45 p.m. Employees told police the thief has become a repeated problem at the store and had previously been told not to return.

Joseph P. Donato, 21, of Sara Court, Lewiston, was charged with driving while intoxicated, first-degree aggravated unlicensed operation and unlawful possession of marijuana after being arrested at 2:20 a.m. in the 300 block of Second Street. Police said that Donato was found slumped over the steering wheel of a running car.

A 27-year-old woman was taken to Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center after being assaulted by a man twice within a short period of time, police said. The woman was first accosted at a Pine Avenue bar, where her head was slammed against a wall. She was assaulted again upon returning home, police said. An investigation is continuing.

Sometime overnight, a thief broke the passenger side window out of a Watertown resident's car while it was parked at the Super 8 Motel on Rainbow boulevard. A global positioning system was stolen.

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>Sept. 6

An Osborne Court resident told Niagara Falls police someone broke into her home between 10:30 p.m. Sept. 5 and 3:30 a.m. today. A flat-screen television, a Nintendo Wii console and a safe containing $2,000 in cash were taken, according to a city police report.

John B. Taylor, 38, of Main Street, Newfane, was arrested at 2:21 a.m. near his home, sheriff's deputies said. He was charged with driving while intoxicated and failure to keep right after deputies said he drove erratically.

Police are seeking to question a 69-year-old man in connection with an incident in which a 16-year-old girl was fondled in a sexual manner. Police said the man grabbed the girl after loaning her $10 for gasoline.

A Third Street woman told police that her boyfriend punched her in the face and pulled out a clump of her hair after the two argued about his drinking. The woman was not seriously injured.

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>Sept. 7

Sheriff's deputies stopped a Youngstown man just after 1 a.m. after clocking his car at 49 mph in a 30 mph zone of Upper Mountain Road in Lewiston. Ian W. Kinney, 24, of Main Street, was subsequently charged with driving while intoxicated, speeding and moving from a lane unsafely.

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