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From the blotter / Niagara County police calls and court cases, March 15 to 21

>March 15

Niagara County sheriff's deputies said they charged an Olcott man with driving while intoxicated after he passed a stop sign at West Creek and Ide roads and then crossed the center lines several times. Kevin C. Burkwit, 23, of Washington Street, was stopped at 2:13 a.m. on West Creek Road and was found with a blood-alcohol reading of 0.15 percent, nearly twice the legal limit. He admitted to deputies that he had consumed beer and "Irish car bombs," and also was charged with driving to the left of pavement markings and failure to stop, according to a sheriff's report.

A Town of Lockport woman told sheriff's deputies her car was broken into overnight while parked in her driveway on Forest Hill Drive. A rosary and a suncatcher that said "Praise God" were both removed from her rearview mirror.


>March 16

John L. Wanderlich, 52, of Robinson Road, Lockport, pleaded guilty in Niagara County Court to a misdemeanor count of driving while intoxicated. Judge Matthew J. Murphy III scheduled sentencing for May 25. Wanderlich was pulled over by a sheriff's deputy on Robinson Road in the early hours of July 30 because his car had one headlight out. Wanderlich admitted downing four beers that night at the Ski Lodge, a Lockport bar, but refused a breath test.

Two brothers whose Niagara Falls pizzeria was headquarters for a cocaine ring were discharged from probation by County Judge Sara Sheldon Sperrazza. In September, she had threatened them with prison if they didn't pay off their fines within six months. Sperrazza imposed the fines in 2005. Christopher J. Sepe, 38, who owed $5,160, and Paul A. Sepe, 45, who owed $5,000, paid up by the deadline. State investigators broke up the operation at Mister Sepe's Pizza in 2004; 49 people were convicted.

A vending machine company manager told Niagara Falls police that three machines were vandalized at the Rapids Bowling Center on Niagara Falls Boulevard. The manager told officers the machines were pried open, causing $1,500 in damage, and $500 worth of tokens were taken. She said the machines have been vandalized twice.


>March 17

A Wilson man was charged with driving while intoxicated shortly before midnight after a sheriff's deputy said he saw him driving his motorcycle erratically on Young Street in Wilson. Dean A. Lampman, 52, of Young Street, registered a blood-alcohol reading of 0.26 percent, more than three times the legal limit, deputies said.

Lockport police chased down Crystal M. Alexander, 31, of Clinton Street, Lockport, and charged her with third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation, running a stop sign, failure to keep right, failure to signal and driving on the shoulder. Her auto was spotted failing to stop at Ontario and Lock streets before striking a curb and heading north on Gooding Street. She was pulled over at Grand and Church streets. Twelve prescription pills were confiscated, but the pills were not listed among the state's registry of controlled substances, so no drug charges were filed.

Kevin D. Pohlmann, 34, of Dodge Road, Amherst, was charged by Lockport police with second-degree aggravated harassment. He allegedly annoyed his ex-girlfriend by repeatedly sending her text messages the day before the arrest.

A Newfane woman told sheriff's deputies about 7 p.m. that someone entered her South Main Street residence and stole an $800 Toshiba Notebook laptop computer.

Justin B. Dempsey, 18, of Willow Street, Lockport, was charged with underage possession of alcohol at 11:35 p.m. A patrolling sheriff's deputy said he saw Dempsey drinking from a can of beer as his car was stopped at a red light at Cold Springs and Chestnut Ridge roads.


>March 18

A motorist found slumped over the wheel of his vehicle shortly before 6 a.m. on Saunders Settlement Road in Cambria was charged with operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of drugs, possession of marijuana and failure to keep right, sheriff's deputies reported. Corey D.J. Butler, whose age and address were not listed, was not wearing shoes when he was charged, according to a deputy, who also reported that 10 small baggies filled with what appeared to be marijuana were found in Butler's vehicle.

Richard L. Cavagnaro, 27, of High Street, Lockport, was charged with third-degree criminal possession of marijuana and growing cannabis after the county Drug Task Force raided his apartment and allegedly found a hydroponic growing room with nine mature pot plants. Counting some loose marijuana also seized, officers said they weighed the haul at 11.23 ounces.

Michael J. Zuehlke, 36, of John Street, Lockport, was charged by Lockport police with third-degree assault. He was the fifth person arrested in connection with a Feb. 19 brawl outside a North Transit Street bar.

Edward A. Daigler, 23, of Sunset Drive, Lockport, was charged by city police with disorderly conduct for allegedly shouting obscenities after he became drunk and was thrown out of Finnan's, a Lincoln Avenue bar.

Chase A. Nagy, 24, of Brookhaven Drive, Wheatfield, was charged by sheriff's deputies with third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation and a suspended registration after a traffic stop on Ridge Road in Cambria at 4:46 p.m.

Branun D. Middleton, 20, of Walnut Street, Lockport, was charged by city police with third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation, suspended registration, driving without insurance and running a stop sign on Walnut Street.

State police reported the arrest of Stephen J. Ruhlmann, 26, of Niagara Falls, after an 8:55 p.m. traffic stop on Elmwood Avenue in Buffalo. He was charged with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, possession of a hypodermic needle and false personation. The needle allegedly contained heroin residue.


>March 19

An elderly Ninth Street woman told Niagara Falls police that someone entered her home and stole $3,000 in cash and a $1,000 marquis diamond ring. There was no sign of forced entry to the home, which was burglarized over the weekend, police said. The money was removed from an envelope stored inside a pillow sham on a bed in the home, and the ring was removed from a drawer on a nightstand. The woman told police that even her husband was unaware of the hiding spot for the money. The sham was returned to its rightful place after the money was removed, she told police. Nothing else inside the home had been disturbed.

Steven J. Barone, 21, of Elmwood Lane, Newfane, was charged about 3 a.m. on Lockport-Olcott Road in Newfane with driving while intoxicated, operating a motor vehicle while impaired by drugs and failure to use a designated lane, sheriff's deputies reported. Barone, who refused to take chemical tests to determine his level of intoxication, was pulled over after driving on the shoulder of the road, deputies said.

Corey E. Blazejewski, 28, of Macklem Avenue, Niagara Falls, was charged with unlawful possession of marijuana following a traffic stop on Walmore Road in Wheatfield. Sheriff's deputies stopped his car after it ran a red light, but let him go with a warning for that. He handed over a bag of marijuana and some more of the drug in a rolling paper.

Mary Ann Kane, 47, of Gooding Street, Lockport, was charged by city police with driving while intoxicated, running a stop sign and failure to signal a turn on Willow Street at 3:50 a.m. Her blood-alcohol content was measured at 0.14 percent, police said.

Otis L. Lyons, 22, of Richmond Avenue, Buffalo, was arrested by Lockport police at 1:25 a.m. at the Casa Montego nightclub on Heath Street and charged with third-degree assault for allegedly punching an Albion woman in the face.

The U.S. Border Patrol discovered some drinking at 3:45 a.m. near the boat launch at Golden Hill State Park in Somerset and called in sheriff's deputies to arrest three people on charges of underage possession of alcohol: Matthew W. Becker, 19, of Alfred, and two 17-year-old girls, one from Lyndonville and another from Barker, were charged. Numerous empty beer cans were found around a car.


>March 20

Donna M. Weckerle, 50, of Hill Street, City of Tonawanda, was arrested by Lockport police on South Transit Street at 1:15 p.m., after they saw her car allegedly going 60 mph northbound in the southbound lanes. She stopped at the Auto Zone store and ran inside to use the bathroom, and was seen trying to make a call on her key fob as if it were a phone, according to police reports. At police headquarters, she allegedly refused to enter a cell and kicked Officer Richard Provenzano in the groin and scratched his right arm. Weckerle was charged with second-degree assault, driving while intoxicated and a lane violation.

An Elmwood Avenue man told Lockport police that a $60 coat was stolen from his car as it was parked in his driveway overnight.

The owner of Spencer's Auto Repair on Mill Street in Lockport told city police that some antiques had been stolen sometime since June from a house next door to the shop.


>March 21

Three people were charged with third-degree assault for allegedly jumping a boy on John Street in Lockport. City police arrested a 16-year-old High Street boy; Nicco P. Pimentel, 19, of Erie Street; and a juvenile from Day Road. The 16-year-old picked up an extra charge of unlawful possession of marijuana after some of the drug was found in his shirt pocket.

Ashley T. Stowe, 28, of East Avenue, Lockport, was arrested by sheriff's deputies after an 8:28 a.m. traffic stop on Ellicott Road, Newfane. She was charged with second-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of an uninspected vehicle. Deputies said Stowe admitted taking the inspection sticker from another vehicle and driving despite "a lot of scoffs" -- 11 license suspensions.

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