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From the blotter / Niagara County police calls and court cases, Dec. 26 to Jan. 3

Dec. 26

Lockport police arrested Dereck Y. Ford, 33, of Gooding Street, and charged him with stealing the van of a DirecTV contractor while he was making a morning repair call at a Washburn Street home. The resident told police she saw a man get into the driver's seat of the van and back it out of her driveway. Ford was arrested a short time later on Coolidge Avenue and charged with third-degree grand larceny and third-degree unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.

Two break-ins were reported to Niagara County sheriff's deputies by residents of Riverview Drive in Youngstown. In the first case, a man said his garage was entered and a snowblower and floor jack were stolen. Two vehicles inside the garage also were entered. Among the items taken from the cars were a .38-caliber speed loader with five bullets, five fishing poles, an iPod, a case of liquor, prescription sunglasses and a debit card. The total loss was estimated at $2,534. Deputies followed the snowblower's tracks in the snow to a nearby snowmobile trail, where it was apparently loaded. A neighbor said he saw two men wearing ski masks in the victim's driveway at 12:47 a.m. and called the State Police, but the men were gone before troopers arrived. Another neighbor also reported his vehicle was entered overnight, but details of the incident were not disclosed.


Dec. 28

A Newfane man told sheriff's deputies that 25 hydrocodone pills, worth $100, were stolen from his Transit Road home Dec. 3.

A resident of Lake Road in Porter reported to sheriff's deputies that $3,750 worth of jewelry was stolen from his home. The theft was discovered Dec. 24, but the resident named a suspect who had been staying at his house between Nov. 23 and Dec. 2. The missing items included two diamond rings, three gold watches, an emerald ring and a gold necklace.


Dec. 29

State police arrested Takina Haslip, 31, of Ninth Street, Niagara Falls, on charges of fourth-degree grand larceny, second-degree forgery and violation of probation.

Sheriff's deputies investigated reports of the windows of three cars being smashed on Ruhlman Road in the Town of Lockport overnight. It appeared only one of the three was entered, and $455 worth of property was reported stolen, including a GPS unit, a radar unit, 10 compact discs and a GPS-cell phone charger.


Dec. 31

A woman's car was broken into while she shopped at the Hip Hop Shop on Pine Avenue, Niagara Falls police said. The 25-year-old victim told police she entered the store at about 8 p.m. and moments later was told by a clerk that a man had just stolen her purse from the vehicle. The bag had been hidden beneath a bag of ice inside the car, police said. The purse contained $80 in cash, a checkbook, bank card, benefit card and other personal belongings.

A Town of Lockport woman told sheriff's deputies that her car was broken into Christmas Day while parked in the Valley Way driveway of a family member. The woman told deputies that someone entered her unlocked car and removed a purse containing $150 in cash, another $150 in gift cards and various credit cards and other personal effects. Total loss was listed at $400.

A 40-inch television was stolen from a Marine Memorial Drive home, just two days after it had been delivered, Niagara Falls police said. The $2,218 set was taken sometime between 8:30 and 10:30 a.m., police said.

A 10-foot aluminum brake valued at $3,500 was stolen from a storage trailer at the Little River Townhouses complex, Niagara Falls police said. Someone removed a lock from the trailer at the Buffalo Avenue complex and removed the brake, which is a tool used to cut metal, according to the owner of the complex, a Youngstown man. Other items were left behind.

A 60-year-old Newfane man was charged with driving while intoxicated over the weekend after passing a stop sign at Cooper and Ontario streets in Olcott, sheriff's deputies said. Lewis K. Weaver, of West Lake Road, was stopped just before 9 p.m. and, in addition to DWI, was charged with failure to stop at a stop sign and failure to use a designated lane. After failing several sobriety tests, he refused a breath test and was taken into custody, deputies reported.


Jan. 1

A door was forced open while a Hartland woman was out for the day, and a flat-screen television was stolen, sheriff's deputies said. The victim in the 3700 block of Hartland Road said she came home just after 9 p.m. and found the 32-inch television gone.

A LaSalle man was arrested for allegedly taking his grandmother's car without her permission, Niagara Falls police reported. Nico V. Quarcini, 21, of 75th Street, was charged with unauthorized use of a motor vehicle at 10:43 p.m. His grandmother told police he has taken her car in the past without permission, and he was warned that another recurrence would result in his arrest.

A Whitney Avenue man told Niagara Falls police he was the victim of a gang assault and stabbing outside a Third Street bar. The 37-year-old victim told police that a Tenth Street man, who appeared intoxicated, approached him and then became angry. He said he was unable to calm the man down and then was punched in the right eye. The Tenth Street man told police that when the fight began outside the Tap Room bar at 3:30 a.m., three other men also began punching and kicking him, and one of the four men jabbed him in the side with a sharp instrument. He told police he was robbed of a $750 gold chain, a $65 hat and $450 in cash that had been in his pocket. The victim said his girlfriend witnessed the attack, and police said they found him to have severe bruising on his right eye and a cut on his ribs where he said he had been stabbed. The victim said he did not seek medical attention because he did not have insurance.


Jan. 2

Nearly $3,000 worth of jewelry was reported stolen over the Christmas break from a Wheatfield home, sheriff's deputies said. The homeowner in the 7000 block of Jennifer Drive told police that sometime between Dec. 15 and Christmas, a men's gold bracelet, an 18-carat gold ring with a cat's eye gem and a woman's gold band with three clusters each surrounded by seven small diamonds were taken. The couple told deputies that they hadn't noticed the items missing at first and then thought they had misplaced them. They told deputies that their 17-year-old son was home over the break and had several friends visiting while they were out of the house.


Jan. 3

A 23rd Street woman told Niagara Falls police that she returned to her apartment in the 400 block at 4:30 p.m. and found the rear-door window smashed, and dresser and desk drawers tossed, with papers strewn throughout her apartment. Reported stolen were a Wii game system, a Gameboy and a DVD player. Total loss and damage were estimated at $470.

A truck at a construction site on the Robert Moses Parkway was burglarized over the weekend, Niagara Falls police said. The foreman for Yarussi Construction of Niagara Falls told police that the white construction van was parked near the six-mile marker on the parkway and on Jan. 1 or Jan. 2 someone cut off the lock on the rear door to gain entry and took two turbo heaters, a chop saw and an 18-volt drill with a total value of $1,700.

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