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From the blotter / Niagara County police calls and court cases, June 6 to 13

> June 6

A plate glass window valued at more than $1,000 was smashed at the Health Association of Niagara in the 1300 block of Main Street, Niagara Falls police reported.

Jewelry valued at $1,500 and six narcotic patches were stolen Monday morning from a home in the 600 block of 36th Street, Niagara Falls police said. A relative is suspected in the burglary.

> June 7

A Lockport man was stopped on his bicycle at midnight on Akron Road and charged with illegally possessing alcohol, Niagara County sheriff's deputies said. Deputies said they stopped 18-year-old Joseph Scanlan-D'Angleo on his bike and charged him when he was found to be carrying a can of beer. He was issued an appearance ticket for unlawful possession of alcohol by a person under 21.

A woman from Burt, who sold cocaine on Franklin Avenue in the City of Lockport Dec. 22, 2009, pleaded guilty in County Court. Judge Matthew J. Murphy III assigned Karen Swogier, 46, of Charles Street, to the judicial diversion program of court-supervised drug treatment for two years. If she fails, Swogier faces a maximum sentence of 5 1/2 years in prison for her guilty plea to attempted third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance.

A woman who called police to say she was robbed was charged with drug possession, Niagara Falls police reported. Amanda L. Krantz, 20, of Cudaback Avenue, was charged with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. Krantz told police she was robbed of $550 on Niagara Street and punched in the head by a man. However, police said Krantz displayed no injuries. Police said that as they questioned her, she emptied her purse and removed a plastic bag with a white substance, cash and prescription narcotic pills.

A number of electronics were reported stolen from a home in the 500 block of 23rd Street, Niagara Falls police reported. Several game systems and games, as well as a laptop, with a total value of $1,300, were stolen sometime between 5:30 and 8 p.m.

More than $1,000 of copper pipe was reported stolen from a vacant rental property in the 2700 block of Welch Avenue, Niagara Falls police said. Additional damages from the pipes being ripped out was listed at more than $1,000.

> June 8

An auto supply store reported damages caused by someone trying to break in overnight, Niagara Falls police said. A manager at Auto Plus on Mooradian Drive told police that sometime between 7 p.m. and 7:15 a.m., an overhead garage door and an exterior door were damaged by some type of pry bar in an attempt to gain entry. Damage was estimated at $1,700.

A Niagara Falls man reported $3,000 worth of tools stolen from his van overnight while he was parked at a motel on Niagara Falls Boulevard, city police said. The victim told police $3,000 worth of heating and air conditioning tools, including several cordless drills, were stolen while he was parked at the Super 8 motel.

A break-in was reported at a Newfane restaurant, and the owner told sheriff's deputies that this is not the first time this has happened. The owner of Del Fuego Steakhouse in the 2900 block of Lockport-Olcott Road, told deputies that a back door leading to the banquet hall was forced open, damaging the door handle and frame, causing $200 in damage. Nothing was stolen. He told deputies that there were two prior break-ins, one on June 5, when the same back door was entered and $200 was taken from the cash register and again, at the same door, on Memorial Day weekend, when $100 was taken from a cash register.

> June 9

Jacob Ware III, 39, of 24th Street, Niagara Falls, was charged by police in that city with first-degree armed robbery and fourth-degree grand larceny. The victim told police that three men approached his vehicle at 17th and Niagara streets, pulled him out of his vehicle, then began punching him. He said they threatened to shoot him, so he allowed them to take $426 from his pocket.

More than $8,000 worth of jewelry and other items were stolen from a home in the 2700 block of Welch Avenue, Niagara Falls police said.

> June 10

Two out-of-town visitors had items stolen at different motels in the city, Niagara Falls police said. A Rochester man lost a global positioning system and his car stereo system after someone broke into his car while it was parked at the Sheraton Motel on Third Street, police said. Loss was listed at $320. A resident of China told police that someone stole his leather bag from the lobby of America's Best Hotel on Niagara Falls Boulevard between 9:30 and 10 p.m. The bag contained $100 in cash and a passport.

> June 11

More than $600 worth of goods and materials were stolen from the basement of a vacant home on Murphy Road in Newfane sometime during the past week, sheriff's deputies said. The building, currently for sale and vacant for the past eight months, is owned by a Medina man who discovered that a side door had been kicked in. Items taken included a 10-gallon air compressor, a 1,050-watt generator, some electrical wiring, a 16-foot section of copper piping and some wrenches.

A 40-inch flat-screen television was stolen from a Ninth Street home Saturday, Niagara Falls police said.

Sheriff's deputies are investigating a report of a Ransomville resident who was asked to hand over a number of his narcotic prescription pills in exchange for a cab ride. Staff at Heritage Manor said the nursing home resident returned from a visit to the Veterans Affairs Medical Center and had 23 Loritab pills, but should have had 30. The resident told staff that he gave seven pills to the taxi driver.

A 16-year-old boy needed 30 stitches in his face after he was assaulted by another teen carrying brass knuckles, Niagara Falls police said. The victim told police that he had been walking home from the St. John's Carnival just after 11:30 p.m. in the 8400 block of Buffalo Avenue, and the other teen pulled the brass knuckles out of his pocket and hit him once, striking him in the face and nose, and then fled.

> June 12

A masked man committed an armed robbery at a Wilson Farms store in the 400 block of Niagara Street just before 6:30 a.m., Niagara Falls police said. A witness said the man entered the store and pointed a gun in his face, yelling "Don't move." A store employee behind the counter said she saw the man enter, and ran to a security door, then a customer fled. The suspect then ran out without taking anything, police said, and then the store employee pushed a panic alarm, contacting police. Police located a pistol near the store and said they are seeking a black male in his late 20s, about 6-foot-2 and 180 pounds, who was wearing a brown mask, white hoodie with a zipper on top and a black shirt under the hoodie.

> June 13

Albert A. Kreps, 35, of Livingston Avenue, Niagara Falls, was granted a one-year conditional discharge by State Supreme Court Justice Richard C. Kloch Sr. for seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. Kreps had about a gram of cocaine when he was pulled over for a traffic violation Aug. 5 in Niagara Falls.

State Supreme Court Justice Richard C. Kloch Sr. reserved decision for at least two weeks in the nonjury trial of a Level 2 sex offender accused of failing to report his correct home address last year. Roger L. Hueber, 48, of Ferry Avenue, Niagara Falls, was accused of telling police between January and May 2010 that he was living on 12th Street in that city while he was allegedly living elsewhere. The 12th Street house, owned by another sex offender, had been condemned by city building inspectors; prosecutors argued that its condition was such that no one could have lived there. However, the owner testified he had agreed to lease the house to Hueber while they were in prison together.

Two men were charged in Niagara Falls by State Police with driving while intoxicated and leaving the scene of an accident with property damage. In the unrelated incidents, Thomas J. Cannavo, 42, of Starin Avenue, Buffalo, was stopped just before 1 a.m. on Interstate 190. He also was charged with making an unsafe lane change, resisting arrest and second-degree obstructing government administration. Brett P. Stewart, 33, of Mackenna Avenue, was followed from 443 Main St. and charged at city police headquarters. In addition to leaving the scene, he was also charged with driving while under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs, reckless driving, petit larceny and fourth-degree criminal mischief.

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