Niagara County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III said he wants to kick a North Tonawanda man out of the judicial diversion program of court-supervised drug treatment. Joshua M. Rochevot, 20, of Thompson Street, was ejected from an inpatient drug treatment facility for allegedly stealing from the doctors' lounge. Defense attorney Robert Viola said Rochevot took a soft drink and was unaware the area was off-limits. Murphy scheduled a hearing for July 7 and jailed Rochevot in lieu of $10,000 bail. He pleaded guilty in January to two counts of fifth-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance for selling oxycodone Jan. 14, 2010, and Suboxone July 1, 2010, both to police informants in North Tonawanda. If Rochevot is removed from the diversion program, he could be sentenced to as much as five years in prison.
About $1,000 worth of copper pipe was stolen from the basement of a home in the 1300 block of Ashland Avenue, Niagara Falls police said.
The theft of five stage weights from Starpoint Central School is being investigated by the Niagara County Sheriff's Office. A school official told deputies a witness saw someone loading the 20- to 30-pound weights, valued at $150, into his vehicle on May 26 and shared video of the suspect removing them from the auditorium.
Sheriff's deputies are investigating a report of a man who has been acting inappropriately with boys and girls in a playground at a Town of Lockport trailer park, showing them obscene pictures of himself on his cell phone. Two boys in the Woodlands Trailer Park told deputies that a man they know drives around in a black Jeep and has been on the playground "hanging out" with them at least nine times. A parent told deputies that the man has been driving by the park for weeks, calling the kids by name yelling "I love you." One mother told deputies that the man shared obscene pictures of himself on his cell phone with her daughter and wanted one of the boys to take nude pictures of the girl and share them.
A teen told Niagara Falls police that more than $600 worth of electronics and his bicycle were stolen while he was skateboarding at Cataract Elementary School in the 6400 block of Girard Avenue. The 16-year-old boy said he left his black book bag and new bike on the north end of the lot while he was skateboarding at 8 p.m., and returned half an hour later and they were gone. Stolen from the bag were an iPod, cell phone and digital camera. Loss was estimated at $720.
A Niagara Falls man told city police that $2,000 worth of electric wiring and two aluminum radiators valued at $200 were stolen from his yard on John Avenue.
More than $700 worth of power lawn equipment was stolen from a garage at a Lockport Road residence in Sanborn, sheriff's deputies said. A pair of weed whackers and a lawn edger were taken from the garage, which is located at the rear of the property.
More than $4,500 worth of damage was reported after a break-in at Snow Park Niagara on First Street, Niagara Falls police said. An operations manager told police that all three motion detectors were activated in the park's gift shop just before 3:30 a.m. Holes were found cut in the exterior wrap, a thin plastic wrap over steel frames, of a few buildings and holes were cut on the sled wrap, police said. A pair of sunglasses with the tag still attached were found just outside one of the holes, police said. No suspects were found at the scene, police said. Damages to the building and sled were listed at $4,503. A further inventory of a stolen items was incomplete at the time of the report.
A driveway sealer machine valued at more than $700 was stolen from a job site in the 5700 block of Ridge Road in the Town of Lockport, sheriff's deputies said. An employee of D&K Sealing had just used the machine on a driveway and placed it about 40 feet from the roadway as he worked elsewhere on the property, deputies said. The machine was stolen between 10 and 11:30 a.m.
A Lockport man was charged by state police with felony insurance fraud. Michael L. O'Connor Jr., 33, of Northview Drive, was charged by troopers and the state Insurance Department with fourth-degree grand larceny, fourth-degree insurance fraud and first-degree falsifying business records. State officials said O'Conner fraudulently filed paperwork with claims related to lost wages following an automobile accident.
A Newfane man, stopped in Lockport by state police for a seat belt violation, faced additional charges when troopers said they noticed the strong odor of marijuana in the car. Frederick C. Strong, 20, of Ridge Road, was stopped at 9 a.m. on Bowmiller Road. Troopers said they also saw a narcotic pill on the center console. Strong was given field sobriety tests and he was additionally charged with driving while ability impaired by drugs, seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and unlawful possession of marijuana, troopers reported.
A fight over a $10 bill in a mini-mart ended with the arrest of a Niagara Falls woman, Niagara Falls police said. Parthenia S. Longmire, 39, of Ashland Avenue, was charged with third-degree robbery and petit larceny. She was released after posting bail of $3,000. A city man told police that Longmire followed him into the mini-mart on 24th Street at 11:30 p.m. and asked him for $3, but he refused. He said she became angry when he took out $10 to pay for beer and grabbed the $10 bill, ripping it, then left the store with both pieces of the torn bill. The victim provided the address of the suspect, and Longmire was charged without incident, police said.