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From the blotter / Niagara County police calls, Sept. 12 to 18

>Sept. 12

A father who was checking his son for signs of narcotics called sheriff's deputies when he found his 87-year-old neighbor's watch and Social Security card. Sheriff's deputies charged a 17-year-old Wheatfield boy with burglary and petit larceny. The boy, who lives on Townline Road, told deputies that on Sept. 10, between 2 and 3 p.m., he had entered his neighbor's home and took the Timex watch, valued at $20, and later found the card between their yards. The neighbor told deputies he always kept the card in a pocket in his wallet and identified his missing watch, according to reports.

The ex-boyfriend of a North Avenue woman was accused of pulling a window air conditioner out of her window and then chasing her about the home just after 2:30 a.m., not leaving until the woman called the police, according to a Niagara Falls police report.

A PlayStation game console, some tools and some video game cartridges were stolen from a vehicle parked in front of a Riverside Drive residence between 3 and 3:30 a.m., Niagara Falls police said. Loss was set at $280.

Employees of a nursery on Porter Road in the Town of Niagara were warned after police said they discovered them tapping into city fire hydrants to fill the water tanks on their trucks, according to reports. The employees told police they were doing landscaping work for the Niagara Falls Board of Education at both the Harry F. Abate School (Lockport Street) and 60th Street School sites, and were using the water for those purposes.


>Sept. 13

A 38-year-old Lockport man told sheriff's deputies that a 1986 Moto 4 Yamaha 4 wheeler all-terrain vehicle, valued at $2,500, was stolen from the side yard of his property on Crow Drive overnight. He said the vehicle was red, with a yellow frame and had never been registered.


>Sept. 14

A British man was found in a field in the 6500 block of South Transit Road in Pendleton just before 10 a.m. by a witness. Asked if he had been sleeping in the field, he left and was found by sheriff's deputies. Further investigation revealed that he was from the United Kingdom and had been staying in a vacant shed. Border Patrol was contacted, but there were no warrants or criminal history and the property owner did not press charges, deputies said.

Gregory H. Davis, 46, of Spalding Street, Lockport, was charged by city police with criminal trespassing and criminal mischief at 1:45 a.m. on Church Street after police said they were investigating charges of a man throwing things in the street. Police found signs scattered in the street and cuts on Davis' hands. Witnesses identified him as the man knocking down street signs and throwing pipes in the street, police reported.

A 12-year-old Cataract Elementary School student who was reported as disruptive just after 1:30 p.m. was taken into custody, charged with disorderly conduct and obstructing governmental administration, after he refused to stay in school and then tried to kick a Niagara Falls police officer, according to reports.


>Sept. 15

Two 17-year-olds told Niagara Falls police they were given alcohol and assaulted in a Niagara Falls Boulevard motel Sept. 14. One of the teens said that after they started drinking, a man wanted to have sex with her, and when she refused, he hit her. After a struggle, she said, she was able to call a family member to pick her up. The teens said they waited until the next day to call police because they were drunk and the man had already left.

A Wilson man told sheriff's deputies that his pickup and his Camaro, parked outside his home in the 200 block of Haner Street, were broken into overnight. A radar detector, global positioning system and car stereo were stolen. Both vehicles were unlocked. Total loss was estimated at $575. A neighbor on Haner Street said her Jeep was broken into and $5 worth of change was taken.

Gordon K. Kemp, 35, of Rydalmount Road, Lockport, was stopped at 3:18 a.m. on East Avenue for two unspecified traffic violations and charged by Lockport police with felony driving while intoxicated and no license plate display, according to reports.

Two men were observed by Lockport police exchanging money at 5:25 p.m. on North Transit Street. Joshua Cooney, no age available, of Elmwood Avenue, threw a bag on the ground which contained three pink pills, which he later said were Ectasy pills, police said. The other man, Anthony J. Bennett Jr., 23, of Dysinger Road, Lockport, rode off on a bicycle and was stopped by police and charged with obstructing governmental administration. The investigation was continuing and more charges were possible after tests on the pills were concluded, police said.


>Sept. 16

Two people were charged after alcohol was found by Lockport police in a vehicle at 6:15 p.m. on Park Place. Nicole M. Elovaris, 25, of Root Road, Albion, the passenger, was charged with possession of an alcoholic beverage in a vehicle and the driver, Alesia N. Abramson, 23, of North Barre Road, Albion, was ticketed for an inadequate brake lamp and charged with aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and having no insurance. Abramson's license had been revoked for failure to submit to a chemical test, police reported.

A 76-year-old man in the 2900 block of Cleveland Avenue told Niagara Falls police that he woke up in the middle of the night and found a bedroom light on, and a woman in the hallway with a scarf over her face. He said the woman, who he described as small and thin, said someone was trying to break into the man's house, then tried to run off. He said he grabbed her as she tried to escape out a window, wrestled with her and punched her in the face. He was able to grab her scarf and a brown wig before she managed to get away. The man said his wife was asleep in the basement during the entire incident.

Niagara Falls narcotics detectives charged Raco N. Black, 42, of Buffalo, with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance at 2:30 p.m. at 19th and Niagara streets, after they said they observed a hand-to-hand transaction and found Black with a baggie of a substance which tested positive for cocaine.


>Sept. 17

A 32-year-old LaSalle Avenue woman told Niagara Falls police that her game system and eight games, valued at total of $600, were taken from her apartment while she was out. She said the game system was still in the box. She said her landlord was in the apartment doing repairs while she was out and was upset because he is also in the process of evicting her.

A 52-year-old Ransomville man told sheriff's deputies that between 3 and 5 a.m. he believes someone entered his house on Youngstown-Lockport Road and stole $200 worth of narcotic prescription medications.

Michael Guerra, 24, a Niagara County sheriff's work program inmate, was injured at 10:45 a.m. while working at Krull Park on Celtic Festival preparations, deputies said. Guerra cut his head while using a post pounder to install temporary fencing. He was evaluated by the jail's medical staff, deputies said.

A Horseheads couple who had parked a distance away from the Hockey Outlet on Niagara Falls Boulevard in Wheatfield because they were afraid their dog would bark at people instead ended up having their car burglarized, despite the dog. The couple told sheriff's deputies that they returned to their Toyota Highlander at 8:30 p.m. and found the window smashed out. They reported a purse that contained an iPod, wallet and credit cards was stolen. Loss and damages were estimated at $800.

Bonnie R. Gifford, a friend and business associate who shares a Youngstown home with Niagara County Industrial Development Association Chairman Henry M. Sloma, reported more than $11,000 in jewelry had been stolen from their home, according to sheriff's deputies. Gifford said that at 6 p.m. they were getting ready to go out, and when she opened her jewelry box she found that five diamond necklaces and three pairs of diamond earrings were missing. Also missing were a digital camera, camcorder and rolled collector coins. Total loss was nearly $12,000. Gifford said she hadn't noticed for several days because the jewels had been in boxes and the boxes were undisturbed. Deputies said there was no sign of forced entry.


>Sept. 18

The New York State Highway Department Supervisor Dave Ciliberto told sheriff's deputies that a road barricade with flashing lights, valued at $200, was stolen from Youngstown-Lockport Road in Ransomville.

Paul L. Frasier, 43, of Corinthia Street, Lockport, was charged by Lockport police with third-degree assault, endangering the welfare of a child, menacing and resisting arrest at 11:35 p.m. at his home. Police responding to a domestic violence call said they found him on a couch punching a woman while children were in the home. They said Frasier was highly intoxicated and refused to comply with orders, and then tried to damage the patrol car by striking his head against the cage in the car. Police said they used pepper spray to bring him under control. The woman requested an order of protection for herself and the children.

A disabled 51-year-old man told Niagara Falls police that someone stole a bag off his shoulder on Sept. 17 as he waited at a bus stop at 10th Street and Pine Avenue. The bag contained two different prescription medications. The thief fled on foot.

A man was spotted running from a loading dock area of the Seneca Niagara Casino on Fourth Street with two empty beer kegs shortly before 4 p.m., Niagara Falls police said. The stolen kegs were valued at $60.

Nathaniel R. Grant, 67, of South Avenue, Niagara Falls, was arrested near his home at 5:30 p.m. He was charged with fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon after Niagara Falls police said he flashed a folding knife in the midst of a large group of people who were fighting.

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