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From the blotter / Niagara County police calls and court cases, Dec. 8 to 15

Dec. 8

A 26th Street woman told Niagara Falls police that someone forced their way into her former home in the 300 block of 38th Street and stole clothing and jewelry. The woman said she had been moving and returned to find a side door window broken and the door open. Stolen were five jackets, valued at a total of $500, and a lockbox, which contained two rings valued at $800 and a $700 watch.

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Dec. 9

A 13th Street man told Niagara Falls police that his pickup was entered overnight and a 9 mm clip, which had 10 rounds in it, was stolen. The 26-year-old victim told police at 8 a.m. that someone had entered his truck through an unlocked door and then broke the lockbox to take the gun accessories. He said the 9 mm gun remained safely locked up inside his home. Also stolen was a duffel bag with $150 in clothing, police said.

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Dec. 10

Niagara Falls police said a property manager for an out-of-town landlord has made off with more than $3,500 worth of property and cash that had been earmarked for repairs and improvements at various properties. The landlord, an East Amherst resident, contacted police to report that he has been unable to reach the man after learning of the possible thefts. He said he had given the man a $1,500 check to purchase a used truck. The check was cashed, but he never received the vehicle or any repayment. He said that $2,000 worth of materials are also missing and that he incurred $1,000 in additional costs by replacing the locks on all his properties because the suspect still has keys to all of them. A warrant has been issued charging the suspect with two counts of grand larceny, but his current whereabouts are unknown, police said.

Sheriff's investigators are looking into a fraud case involving a Kohl's store credit card belonging to a Town of Niagara woman, sheriff's deputies reported. The woman reported that since early in the year, someone has used the card to make $1,800 worth of fraudulent purchases.

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Dec. 11

An electrical fire was reported in a Caledonia Street home in Newfane. Darlene J. Hales, 54, of 2741 Caledonia St., told sheriff's deputies that she was wiring a light in the dining room at 3:41 p.m. and when she turned the breaker back on, the wires caught fire. The fire was out by the time deputies arrived, and Miller Volunteer Hose arrived to check the area for any possible fire around the area. No injuries were reported. The amount of damage was unknown.

Niagara Falls police investigated two house break-ins. A Fifth Street woman was visiting a friend's residence overnight when someone forced open the side door to her home, police said. A rental large-screen TV and computer system were taken, along with four mp3 players meant as Christmas gifts. Loss was estimated at $4,110. Some prescription drugs were stolen when a Willow Avenue home was burglarized later in the day, between 2 and 8 p.m., police said.

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Dec. 12

A 21st Street man told Niagara Falls police that he was out shopping between 9 and 10:30 a.m. when someone broke the glass out of a side door and entered his home. A Wii video game system with 20 game cartridges was stolen, along with a 42-inch television set, a purse and a bank containing about $1,000 in cash. Total loss was set at $2,650.

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Dec. 13

A former Niagara Falls man was arraigned in County Court on a felony marijuana possession charge. Jamil L. Ashley, 19, now of Glenwood Avenue, Buffalo, pleaded not guilty to second-degree criminal possession of marijuana. Niagara Falls police raided his former home on Seventh Street on June 15 and said they seized five pounds of marijuana, along with a digital scale and $2,529 in cash. At the time, police also arrested Ashley's father and brother, but The Buffalo News learned charges against them were dropped. Assistant District Attorney Susan B. Bjornholm said in court that Ashley had admitted possession of the marijuana.

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Dec. 14

Supermarket gift cards purchased for a church were stolen from the glove compartment of a church member's vehicle in the 2300 block of Birch Road in Newfane, sheriff's deputies said. The 14 gift cards, valued at $350, were purchased on behalf of First Baptist Church in Newfane.

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Dec. 15

A pole barn used for a landscaping business in the 3700 block of Beebe Road in Newfane was burglarized, the owner told sheriff's deputies. Thomas L. Smith told deputies that he uses the pole barn for his landscaping business and found that two heavy-duty extension cords, as well as two truck and two Bobcat batteries, valued at a total of $530, were taken, sometime since Dec. 12.

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