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From the blotter / Niagara County police calls and court cases, March 5 to 14

March 5

Upset that his telephone calls had been ignored, a former boyfriend broke into a Whitney Avenue woman's home, apparently in search of another man, Niagara Falls police reported. The woman told police she was roused from sleep about 4:30 a.m. by someone trying to get in through a window in her home. Noticing it was an ex-boyfriend, she refused to let him in, at which time he kicked in a front door, causing considerable damage. Police said the man argued with the woman briefly before searching her apartment. He stole her cell phone, valued at $150, before fleeing from the home.

Niagara Falls police were investigating the apparent theft of more than $3,000 from the bank account of an elderly LaSalle-area man. The victim's daughter contacted police after learning that six electronic withdrawals had been made from the 94th Street man's account, dating back to late August. At first, the amounts taken were as small as $20, but later $1,000 was taken on two separate occasions.

An Ontario trucker hauling a load of empty glass bottles to Fulton had his trip cut short when an engine compartment fire heavily damaged his tractor-trailer. Sheriff's deputies said the man was driving his 2003 Freightliner on Shawnee Road in Wheatfield at 7:19 a.m., when the rig "stopped abruptly, then shut off" before smoke began pouring from the engine compartment. The driver exited safely and called 911. Members of the North Tonawanda Fire Deparment and Adams Volunteer Fire Company responded to the scene. The fire, the cause of which has not yet been determined, caused an estimated $20,000 damage to the cabin area of the truck.

State troopers looking for a car seen driving erratically on South Transit Road in the Town of Lockport found the vehicle in a driveway on Millersport Highway in Amherst shortly before midnight, and arrested the driver. Julie A. Yageric, 30, of Country Parkway, Amherst, was found passed out behind the wheel. A breath test resulted in a blood-alcohol reading of 0.22 percent, nearly three times the legal limit, troopers said. She was charged with driving while intoxicated.


March 6

Emanuel L. Wilkerson, 25, of Nicholls Street, Lockport, was arrested by Lockport police and charged with second-degree harassment after a domestic violence call. He allegedly shoved his live-in girlfriend against a dresser.


March 7

Karen C. DeGlopper, 60, of Scott Street, City of Tonawanda, turned herself in to Lockport police on a warrant charging her with second-degree harassment. She allegedly threatened to kill her son's ex-girlfriend Nov. 28 as she drove past the woman on Hawley Street in Lockport.


March 8

Boasha D. Bedell, 25, of Rochester, was arraigned in State Supreme Court on three counts each of third-degree criminal sale and possession of a controlled substance. He is accused of selling crack cocaine to police informants in the City of Lockport Aug. 2 and 4, and Sept. 20.

A 16-year-old Niagara Falls boy was charged with petit larceny. He was accused of stealing a chain and T-shirt, with a total value of $27, from Kmart on Military Road in the Town of Niagara, sheriff's deputies reported.


March 9

Edwin R. Cintron, 52, of Niagara Street, Lockport, was charged by Lockport police with second-degree assault in connection with a Feb. 19 fight outside a North Transit Street bar. Police picked up Vahnell P. Tankersley, 26, of John Street, and charged him with third-degree assault. Two others were arrested at the time of the fight. Marcus J. Huston, 29, of Michigan Street, was charged with obstructing governmental administration and resisting arrest, and Tasha N. Doxey, 25, of John Street, was charged with disorderly conduct, according to police reports.

Paul E. Baran, 31, of Crestwood Drive, Lockport, was arrested by Lockport police shortly after 6 a.m. and charged with third-degree criminal trespassing. A Park Place resident saw a man in his fenced backyard and the man told him he was "cutting through." Baran was apprehended at Maple Street and Millar Place. Police confiscated a white chalky substance in his pocket for drug testing, and a PSP game unit, which Baran said he bought two years ago but which had a date under the battery of 1/1 8/1 1.


March 10

Kenneth W. Houghton Jr., 29, of Clinton Street, Lockport, was arrested by Lockport police and charged with second-degree criminal contempt. A Pine Street woman who has an order of protection against him accused Houghton of knocking on her door and yelling at her from her driveway, police reported.


March 11

Lockport police charged Joel A. Nagel, 19, of Adam Street, with second-degree criminal contempt. He allegedly pounded on his ex-girlfriend's door in violation of a restraining order. Police said they arrested him a short time later at the Chestnut Street Laundromat.

Niagara Falls police said that a burglar climbed into a 13th Street home through an unlocked kitchen window while the family slept inside. Family members were awakened just before 6 a.m. by the sound of a chair falling, but by then the intruder had already taken $32, a pack of cigarettes and $27 worth of lottery tickets and fled the home.

Investigating complaints of a loud party and underage drinking, Niagara Falls police found a 19-year-old man consuming a vodka drink at a Pierce Avenue address. A man who confirmed that he had rented out the property to celebrate the opening of a new business was confronted with a flyer advertising a party at the location, police said. It offered $5 admittance ($10 for "VIP" section) and $2 drinks. The "party" was closed down, and although no charges were immediately filed, police said reports concerning the incident would be turned over to vice detectives for further investigation and possible charges.


March 12

Niagara Falls police investigated a burglar alarm at the Temple Beth El on Ashland Avenue. They found a side door open, but nothing was believed to have been disturbed or stolen from inside.


March 13

A Niagara Falls woman was stopped just after midnight on Porter-Packard Road in the Town of Niagara and charged after she was found driving while intoxicated and without a license, sheriff's deputies reported. Deputies said they also charged Teresa L. Mort, 44, of South Avenue, with obstructing traffic at the intersection with Military Road.

After admitting to hitting an unoccupied vehicle and mailbox, a Wheatfield man was charged with driving while intoxicated in the 6900 block of Walmore Road. Craig R. Smith, 43, of Rebecca Drive, was found in a Nissan Xterra with with heavy front-end damage at 3:30 a.m. near the intersection of Walmore and Jagow roads, and admitted to hitting an unoccupied vehicle and knocking over a mailbox, sheriff's deputies said.

Plywood was taken from a home under construction in the 4900 block of Cambria Road in Cambria, and later found piled up in nearby woods. The homeowner speculated thieves may have planned to come back and steal it. An access trail for all-terrain vehicles was near the woods, deputies said.


March 14

A North Tonawanda woman was charged with driving while intoxicated after a witness reported her car weaving in and out of traffic on Niagara Falls Boulevard, Niagara Falls police reported. Donna C. Everett, 62, of Forest Parkway, was found driving in the bike lane in the 8100 block of Niagara Falls Boulevard just after 9 p.m., police said, and was charged with improper lane use.

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