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From the blotter / Niagara County police calls and court cases, Jan. 10 to 17

> Jan. 10

A barn on Ide Road in Wilson was damaged by a fire in a wood-burning stove before 6 p.m., sheriff's deputies reported. Richard A. Myers, 71, of 5204 Ide Road, told deputies a passer-by came to his house to notify him that his barn was on fire. Myers said he had a fire going in a wood-burning stove and thought he had extinguished it about an hour earlier. Wilson and South Wilson volunteer fire companies responded to the scene to extinguish the fire. No injuries were reported.

A lockbox containing two handguns, ammunition and a pistol permit was reported stolen between 3 and 9 p.m. from a closet in a home in the 2400 block of Grand Avenue, Niagara Falls police said. The victim told police that garbage was found knocked over on the floor, and a bedroom door, which is usually locked, was forced open. The value of the stolen items and the damages was put at $1,240. Police reported no sign of forced entry, and the victim said only a few people know where he keeps the guns.

A pair of car break-ins were reported in a housing development off Ward Road, sheriff's deputies said. The first occurred on Driftwood Drive Jan. 8, when an unlocked vehicle parked in a driveway was entered, and a global positioning system valued at $130 was stolen. Within two days of that theft, a Thornwoods Drive resident reported another break-in a short distance from the first. In that incident, a hockey bag full of equipment was stolen, at an estimated loss of $625. That theft also occurred while the vehicle was parked in the victim's driveway.

> Jan. 11

LOCKPORT -- A Niagara Falls man pleaded guilty to second-degree criminal contempt of court in Niagara County Court. William L. Putman III, 25, of Livingston Avenue, is to be sentenced March 14 by Judge Sara Sheldon Farkas. Putman had been charged with violating a restraining order in a July 21 confrontation with a Niagara Falls woman, which occurred in the presence of her children.

A Buffalo teen was charged with third-degree assault for allegedly punching a woman in the face just after 3 a.m. in the 1000 block of Cleveland Avenue, Niagara Falls police said. The 17-year-old Goemble Avenue girl was charged after a victim in the house said Dixon pulled her hair and punched her in the face during a fight. The victim received stitches for the cut on her lip at Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center, police said.

A maintenance man told officers a hot water tank and furnace were taken from a house in the 600 block of 20th Street, Niagara Falls police reported. The maintenance man told police that the tenants moved out and are suspected of taking the furnace and hot water tank, valued at $600, sometime between Jan. 4 and today.

A 22-year-old man was attacked at knifepoint just after 9 p.m., in an attempted armed robbery in the 1000 block of Cleveland Avenue, Niagara Falls police reported. The man said he was walking past a porch on Cleveland Avenue when two men came off the porch, one of the men displayed a pocket knife and then demanded he hand over his money. The victim said he ran and the two caught up to him, but he was able to pull away and run to his house. The victim was not injured, and nothing was stolen, police reported.

> Jan. 12

A Washburn Street teen pleaded guilty to third-degree burglary in Niagara County Court. The 17-year-old is to be sentenced March 8 by State Supreme Court Justice Richard C. Kloch Sr., who said he might place Russell on probation because he had no prior criminal record. Lockport police said the teen stole a PlayStation 3 unit from a home on Cleveland Place Sept. 23.

> Jan. 13

A North Avenue man told Niagara Falls police that someone smashed out his car window overnight and stole his cellphone. The missing phone was valued at $100.

> Jan. 14

A Pierce Avenue residence was burglarized during the week while the owner was away for a family emergency, Niagara Falls police said. The resident returned today to find a rear door ajar and items scattered about her living room. She said a flat-screen television and Xbox video game console, both rental units, had been stolen from the home, along with a DVD player. Loss was estimated at $920.

> Jan. 15

Knowing her neighbor is in a nursing home, a Welch Avenue resident contacted Niagara Falls police after noticing several lights on inside the uninhabited property. Police discovered that a side door to the home had been kicked in, shattering the door frame. A relative was contacted and could find no sign of anything having been taken from the home, police said. Damage to the residence was estimated at $100.

LOCKPORT -- A Stevens Street woman faced additional charges following a crash when city police found her to be driving without a license and also in possession of a small bag of powdered cocaine. Jacqueline Hussion, of Stevens Street was charged at 6:35 p.m. with aggravated unlicensed operation, failure to stop/yield at an intersection and seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.

> Jan. 16

NIAGARA FALLS -- A man was injured when he was punched in the face and robbed at 8 p.m. in the 400 block of 21st Street.

The victim said told police the suspect walked up to him, punched him in the face, took $20 from his front pants pocket and then fled towards Ferry Avenue.

He described the suspect as a man in his 30s or 40s with a "crack-head-looking jaw," 190 pounds, 5 foot 7-inches, wearing a black jacket and blue jeans.

LOCKPORT -- A Cottage Street man was arrested following a foot chase on Genesee Street just before 6:30 p.m.

Christopher A. Penwright, 18, was charged with resisting arrest, second-degree obstructing governmental administration and felony criminal contempt.

Police said Penwright was found in the middle of John Street yelling about a man he was angry with. Police told Penwright he was violating an order of protection and then Penwright fled down Genesee Street, police said.

After a chase into a backyard at 80 Genesee St., Penwright was forcibly taken into custody.

> Jan. 17

NIAGARA FALLS -- A man was charged with using a large hunting knife to threaten people in a fight just before 1 a.m. in the 400 block of 23rd Street.

Police arrived and found a 6-year-old at the scene who told them his uncle was upstairs and had a knife. Police then entered the apartment with guns drawn and ordered the suspect to the ground. He complied and was taken into custody.

Edward B. Mitchell, 34, of Walnut Avenue, was charged with second-degree menacing and endangering the welfare of a child.

Witnesses told police that when an argument escalated, Mitchell grabbed a knife and threatened a man. A woman said she was afraid someone would get cut and took the knife away. A man told police that he also helped to take the knife away.

Mitchell was also charged with criminal impersonation when he first gave police a false name due to an outstanding warrant for bail jumping.