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Police say 'repo' agents greeted with a shotgun

NIAGARA FALLS -- A South Avenue man was charged with second-degree menacing Friday for pointing a shotgun at rental company workers trying to repossess furniture from his home, police said.

John F. Menkiena, 67, is accused of pointing a double-barrel shotgun at Rent-A-Center employees sent to the home to retrieve the furniture. Police said Menkiena answered the door carrying the gun and "daring" them to come inside.


Two enter guilty pleas in separate drug cases

LOCKPORT -- Two Niagara Falls residents pleaded guilty to drug felonies in separate cases Friday before Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon Sperrazza.

Willie J. Maye, 35, of LaSalle Avenue, admitted to fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and was scheduled for sentencing Oct. 19. Maye was charged with having more than four ounces of cocaine when he was arrested in an Aug. 4, 2010, traffic stop by Falls police.

Gina M. Frey, 25, of Augustus Place, pleaded guilty to third-degree sale of cocaine and was admitted to the judicial diversion program of drug treatment. If she succeeds, the case could be dismissed or she could be placed on probation; if she fails, she could face nine years in prison. Frey, a mother of two with a third on the way, sold cocaine Nov. 11 to a police informant.


Air dam from big rig stolen from business

NEWFANE -- A stainless steel air dam for a tractor-trailer weighing between 300 and 500 pounds was among items taken recently from a Transit Road business, Niagara County sheriff's deputies said.

Deputies said the theft occurred between July 9 and 19, when the owner of the business was on vacation. Also stolen were a trailer axle and four Grand Am tires and rims. The loss was estimated at $1,800.


Falls man pumping gas hit over head, robbed

LEWISTON -- A Niagara Falls man was struck over the head and robbed about 2:30 a.m. Saturday while pumping gas at the Smokin' Joe's outlet on Saunders Settlement Road, police said.

The victim, who required hospital treatment for a cut head, lost $50 and a debit card, police added.


Five bandits rob woman in a wheelchair

NIAGARA FALLS -- A woman who used a wheelchair was robbed of more than $1,000 worth of belongings after five men -- at least one armed with a handgun -- burst into her Ferry Avenue home about 4 a.m. Saturday, police said.

The victim answered a knock at the door and had a handgun shoved in her face, police said. The five men, who wore hoodies, spent about five minutes in the home before leaving through a rear door, taking more than $500 from beneath a mattress, as well as prescription drugs, a purse and a video game system with five game cartridges, police said.


Police question man, charge him with drugs

LEWISTON -- A man questioned in a high-traffic drug area faces felony drug charges after he was found to be carrying crack cocaine Thursday.

Police stopped two men in the 1800 block of Niagara Avenue just after 2 a.m. Thursday and questioned one who was shaking and appeared nervous. They said they removed the man's hat because it was covering his eyes and the suspect swatted it out of the officers hand, which caused the hat to fall and a chunk of crack cocaine to fall from the hat. The suspect then ran and was apprehended after a short chase. Police said the cocaine base was in excess of 0.50 milligrams.

Ahmed H. McCray, 33, of Niagara Avenue, was charged with felony fifth-degree loitering and resisting arrest.


Falls police probing 3 overnight break-ins

NIAGARA FALLS -- In one of three overnight house break-ins, two men -- one armed with a handgun -- were chased off after forcing their way into a Walnut Avenue home, police said.

The two bandits forced their way into the home about 12:45 a.m. and fled empty-handed, police added. During a struggle, a woman was struck in the face.

A 19th Street home was burglarized of a rental TV set, two speakers and a DVD player, police said. The loss was estimated at more than $1,000.

The front door of a 21st Street home was kicked in between 9:30 p.m. Friday and 1 a.m. Saturday, police said, and about $4,000 worth of property stolen, including video game systems, 61 game cartridges, a purse and a laptop computer.