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From the blotter / Niagara County police calls and court cases, April 10 to April 19

> April 10

A house in the 5600 block of Leete Road in the Town of Lockport was burglarized while the owners were in Florida, Niagara County sheriff's deputies said. A $400 diamond cross necklace and fish tank supplies were taken, deputies said.

A Town of Lockport supermarket employee told sheriff's deputies that he wanted to press charges against a co-worker who threw a "caution" sign at him, striking him in the back of the neck. The worker who made the report said he put up the sign near melting ice.

A man who left his car parked on the shoulder of Chestnut Ridge Road in the Town of Lockport returned a few hours later to find that someone had thrown a 16-inch log through the front windshield, causing $2,000 in damages, sheriff's deputies reported.

> April 11

In an unusual move, a North Tonawanda man pleaded guilty at his Niagara County Court arraignment Monday. Judge Matthew J. Murphy III pointed out that cases usually wait at least a couple of months before they are resolved, but John G. Rolando, 49, of Old Falls Boulevard, wanted to cut to the chase, so he pleaded guilty to a felony count of driving while intoxicated. Rolando's attorney, Keith D. Perla, said Rolando is scheduled to enter a 28-day inpatient alcohol treatment program this week. Rolando was arrested Nov. 4 at Sweeney Street and Payne Avenue in North Tonawanda. Murphy scheduled sentencing for July 12.

A Niagara Falls man who dealt cocaine in the Town of Lockport last year pleaded guilty in County Court. It's the second drug felony in four years for Travis D. Davis, 26, of Niagara Avenue, who admitted to a reduced charge of attempted third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance for the deal with a police informant May 12 at an apartment on Robinson Road in Lockport. Davis could be sent to prison for as long as eight years when he returns for sentencing June 13 before Judge Murphy.

In another drug case, John L. Gaddis Jr., 42, of Eighth Street, Niagara Falls, pleaded not guilty to third- and fourth-degree sale and third- and fifth-degree possession of a controlled substance. The indictment says Gaddis allegedly sold a fentanyl patch Sept. 27 and hydrocodone Sept. 28, both to a Niagara Falls police informant.

> April 13

State Supreme Court Justice Richard C. Kloch Sr. dismissed an indictment against Albert A. Kreps, 35, of Livingston Avenue, Niagara Falls, because of insufficient grand jury testimony. However, Kloch gave prosecutors a chance to present the case to another grand jury. Kreps was charged with fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, disorderly conduct, insufficient turn signal and driving with an obstructed view. Falls police said they found a gram of cocaine in Kreps' car Aug. 5.

Ryan S. Gillard, 33, of Mississauga, Ont., was placed on five years' probation by Judge Murphy for fourth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. Gillard was arrested Oct. 2, 2008, at the Lewiston-Queenston Bridge with a variety of drugs in his possession.

> April 17

Nathan Taylor, 24, of Campbell Boulevard, Pendleton, was charged shortly before 3 a.m. with driving while intoxicated and failure to keep right, after he was pulled over by sheriff's deputies on Campbell near Mapleton Road, according to sheriff's reports.

> April 18

Two unrelated copper thefts were reported to Niagara Falls police. In the 1700 block of Ashland Avenue just after 10 a.m., the owner of a rental property said someone had smashed a window to gain entry, sometime in the past week and stole $1,100 worth of copper pipe from the basement and a water meter. A property owner in the 2000 block of 13th Street told police that sometime overnight a door was forced open and approximately $1,100 worth of copper pipe and a water meter were stolen from the basement. The basement also was damaged by water following the theft of the pipes, he said.

A window was smashed by a cinder block and a cash register was stolen from a Lockport restaurant overnight, according to sheriff deputies. Richard DiMarco, the owner of Masterpiece Pizza on South Transit Road told deputies just after 9:30 a.m. that he found a glass entry door had been smashed in order to force open the door. He said the suspect had to climb over a metal push bar to gain entry and then took a cash register from the counter. He said there was at least $200 in the register. Total loss and damage was $629.

> April 19

A burglary was reported in the 300 block of Deveaux Street in Niagara Falls Tuesday morning. The homeowner told police that sometime in the past week someone entered a detached garage through an unlocked garage door and stole a carpet cleaner and chain saw. A Mercedes convertible top was also damaged. Total loss and damage was $500.

A woman reported her purse stolen while she was parked overnight in an apartment complex in the 9400 block of Niagara Falls Boulevard Tuesday. The 30-year-old victim told police she found her 1998 GMC Jimmy with the door ajar and her purse stolen from the console. She said she had not left any money in the purse, but was missing her Social Security card, driver's license, and benefit and unemployment debit cards and a $100 necklace.

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