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From the blotter / Niagara County police calls, March 6 to 14

>March 6

Town of Niagara police charged Mark Leveille, 46, of St. Paul Street in the town, with driving while intoxicated on Porter Road.

Sometime overnight, a thief entered an unlocked pickup truck in the driveway of a Frontier Avenue home in Wheatfield and stole 10 hydrocodone tablets valued at $50, sheriff's deputies said.

An investigation into possible drug dealing in the 1300 block of Elmwood Avenue led to the 7 p.m. arrests of three men, Niagara Falls police said. According to reports, one of the men swallowed some crack cocaine during the incident, prompting him to be charged with tampering with physical evidence. Lusher B. Wallace Jr., 41, of Centre Court, also was charged with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. Two acquaintances were given appearance tickets on loitering charges. They were Stafford B. Mylton, 52, of Weston Avenue, and Chris A. Ridgeway, 48, of Zito Drive.

Sheriff's deputies said a vehicle pulled into Lincoln Place in the Town of Lockport while they were trying to find another suspect on domestic charges and there was a strong smell of marijuana. Deputies said they found three plastic bags containing suspected cocaine weighing more than one ounce, a scale and marijuana. The drug task force investigator was called to assist and charged Cedric Cobb, 24, of Buffalo, with two counts of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and fourth-degree possession of marijuana, according to reports.


>March 7

Peter M. Worbel, 37, of Falls Street, Niagara Falls, was charged by sheriff's deputies on Lake Road in Newfane with aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle. He is accused of driving with a suspended license, deputies said. His passengers, David M. Hoholek, 49, of Welch Avenue, and Robert T. Jenkins, of Penn Street, both in Niagara Falls, were charged with consuming alcohol in a motor vehicle, according to reports.

A 50-year-old man in the 4600 block of Baer Road in Ransomville told sheriff's deputies that sometime overnight, someone stole his $600 dirt bike from his unlocked garage. Someone also stole the keys out of the ignition of three of his snowmobiles in the garage. Deputies advised him to lock the garage.

Following a report of a reckless driver, Kristen V. McCutcheon, 25, of Freeville, was charged by Lockport police on Walnut Street at 7:15 p.m. with aggravated driving while intoxicated, improper lane use and several traffic infractions. McCutcheon told police she had two glasses of wine, but was found with a blood-alcohol level of 0.21 percent, more than twice the legal limit, police said.

Lockport officers on Corinthia Street, near the city skate park, said a Grand Am passed them at a high rate of speed just before 9 p.m. and passed several stop signs until the car stopped in a driveway on Lock Street. Police charged Alexander S. Hannon, 23, of Gabriel Drive, with driving while intoxicated, reckless driving, three counts of failure to stop for a stop sign, and speeding.


>March 8

Heroin dealer Daniel Ramos, 36, of 13th Street, Niagara Falls, pleaded guilty in Niagara County Court to fifth-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance. He was scheduled for sentencing May 11 by Judge Matthew J. Murphy III. Ramos was indicted on charges of selling heroin to a police informant in Niagara Falls Aug. 14 and 24.

Two teens were charged after a woman said she saw them smash out a rear porch window in her neighbor's home in the 1800 block of Niagara Avenue, Niagara Falls police reported. The woman told police at 9:30 a.m. that she yelled and the two fled on Ontario Avenue. Ladrae D. Walker, 18, of 75th Street, and a 16-year-old city boy were charged with attempted burglary and third-degree criminal mischief.

A Brookside Village man was charged with second-degree burglary and fourth-degree grand larceny after the victims of a High Street theft told Lockport police they believed he had been trying to sell their items. Jashua M. McGovern, 23, was charged in the theft of a portable DVD player, camera, three bottles of Mexican rum, wedding band and ring and antique revolver, reported stolen from a High Street home on Feb. 22, police said. Total loss was estimated at $1,150.


>March 9

A 28-year-old Porter woman told Niagara County sheriff's deputies that a man in his 40s, in a 10-year-old red four-door car drove up to her on Main Street in Youngstown while she was taking photos and tried to talk her into getting in the car. Deputies have been asked to check on the area.

Angela M. Newton, 24, of Church Street, Medina, was stopped just before 2 a.m. on Carmen Road for making a wide right turn in the Town of Hartland and after a check of her vehicle, found with a marijuana cigarette, sheriff's deputies said. She was charged with unlawful possession of marijuana.


>March 10

William A. Cruz, 38, of Lincoln Avenue, Lockport, was charged by police in that city with grand larceny, petit larceny and criminal possession of stolen property. A Main Street woman told police that she woke up and realized that someone had gone into her purse overnight and taken her benefits card, made a $100 purchase with that card and took her prescription. Cruz was charged in his home the following day, according to reports.

Following a fight in a Lockport home, two 21-year-old city men who were called "highly intoxicated" were charged with endangering the welfare of a child after they were wrestling and struck a juvenile, throwing the girl into a wall, Lockport police reported. Charged were Shane Storms of Washburn Street and Shawn P. Philipovich of Sweetwood Drive.

A 5-gallon plastic jug that contained approximately $500 in coins and bills was removed from a Quaker Road home in Gasport sometime between 4:45 and 7:15 p.m., a 29-year-old woman told sheriff's deputies. She said the jug was hidden and only a few people knew its whereabouts.


>March 11

A man told Niagara Falls police that a side window was smashed on his Ford Taurus in the 1100 block of North Avenue and three pairs of Nike sneakers, a pair of cleats, a back pack, a leather jacket and a bubble coat were stolen. Total loss and damage was estimated at $1,235.

A woman told sheriff's deputies that she left her apartment in the 9200 block of Ridge Road in the Town of Hartland and returned from work just before 9 p.m. to find her 32-inch television gone. Total loss was estimated at $600.

A Newfane man told sheriff's deputies that his Bowflex home gym, valued at $300, was stolen from his Meadowbrook Apartments flat.

A Lockport woman was charged when she allegedly attacked her "soon to be" son-in-law in the parking lot of Eastern Niagara Hospital on East Avenue, Lockport police reported. Nidia Lugo, 56, of Gabriel Drive, was charged with criminal mischief and harassment, according to reports.

Lockport police said they stopped Emily R. Rupert, 21, of High Street, for disobeying a stop sign just before 11 p.m. on Lincoln Avenue. Police said they observed in her purse a pill that Rupert admitted was the narcotic hydrocodone. Also found was a glass pipe, a bag of marijuana, two bags labeled blueberry purple haze and cherry maluwi, a children's vitamin container with suspected narcotics and six more suspected hydrocodone pills, police said. Her passenger, Brandyn D. Proulx, 20, of Royal Parkway North, Lockport, was charged with unlawful possession of marijuana and Rupert was charged with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, unlawful possession of marijuana and disobeying a stop sign.


>March 12

Sheriff's deputies were passed by a vehicle that radar confirmed was traveling 69 mph at 2 a.m. on Robinson Road in Pendleton and stopped Jan M. Jerge, 23, of Tonawanda Creek Road in the town, according to reports. Deputies charged Jerge with driving while intoxicated and drinking alcohol in a motor vehicle.

A Park Avenue man told Lockport police that a 47-inch television worth $1,511 was stolen from his home.

Fred Driver, 63, of East Avenue, Lockport, was charged just before 10 p.m. with menacing, coercion and criminal mischief after Lockport police said they found him highly intoxicated. A woman said Driver had been hitting her in the back of the head, making fun of her and smashing a flower pot on the ground.

Charles A. Koone, 28, of South Transit Street, Lockport, was stopped by Lockport police at 12:22 p.m. on Washburn Street and charged with failure to keep right, felony driving while intoxicated and operating with a restricted license.

A Barker woman told sheriff's deputies that while she was in the Niagara County jail visiting her incarcerated son, her driver's door window was smashed and her purse was taken. The purse contained a bank card, credit card, cell phone, auction pass and $200. The woman's other son, Robert Woodruf, later admitted to taking the purse. He was charged with criminal mischief, grand larceny and endangering the welfare of a child, deputies said.

Ronald J. Slade, 40, of Franklin Avenue, Lockport, was charged by Lockport police with third-degree assault and menacing. He is accused of attacking a female Rite Aid manager on South Transit and High streets after being told he could not cash a Western Union check.

A resident of the Portage Road Family YMCA told Niagara Falls police that he was bitten on the finger by another man during a morning altercation. The 59-year-old victim told police that the bite broke the skin of his finger and required stitches.

Niagara Falls police said a 24-year-old woman was assaulted about 5 p.m. in the area of 20th Street and Walnut Avenue, police said. The attack occurred after the victim quit her off-the-books job at a Pine Avenue submarine shop, then was reportedly shorted $70 in pay, police said.

Walter M. Edwards, 25, of Niagara Falls, was arrested at 10:30 p.m. in the 1900 block of Forest Avenue, Niagara Falls police said. The 19th Street man was charged with driving while intoxicated, aggravated unlicensed operation, no seat belt and failure to signal a turn after police reported spotting him driving without headlights on. He had a blood-alcohol content of 0.10, according to reports.


>March 13

A 47-year-old Jordan Gardens resident told Niagara Falls police that he was attacked by an acquaintance of his wife after coming home from a bar shortly after midnight. The victim said his wife and two other women were watching television when he came in, and that one of the woman became upset after he turned on his stereo system. She reportedly told him to turn the stereo off, and hit him in the back of the head with a bottle after he refused. He left the home after the incident and was advised to seek an arrest warrant.

Andrew J. Schaus, 23, of Dysinger Road, Town of Lockport, was charged with driving while intoxicated after being pulled over at 3:43 a.m. on Hamm Road in the Town of Lockport, sheriff's deputies said. Schaus reportedly told deputies he had been drinking whiskey shots at a birthday party prior to his arrest. He had a blood-alcohol content of 0.12, deputies said.
About $1,000 worth of copper plumbing was stolen from a Ferry Avenue building, Niagara Falls police said. A basement window was broken to gain entry to the building and the pipes were cut out of the basement.


>March 14

Michael R. McNamara, of St. John's Parkway, Niagara Falls, was charged by sheriff's deputies with third-degree assault after a limo driver from Online Limo told deputies that McNamara punched him in the head. The driver said he drove several people to the St. Patrick's Day parade in Buffalo and on the way back, the people began to fight. The driver said he then got out and tried to get the rest of the money owed to him while they were in the parking lot on Williams Road in Wheatfield, and then McNamara punched him, causing blood to come out of his ear, according to reports.

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