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From the blotter / Niagara County police calls and court cases, Jan. 17 to 24

Jan. 17

A woman told Niagara Falls police she was attacked and grabbed by a woman who wanted to fight with her just before noon in front of Jordan Gardens apartments. The victim said the suspect, whom she knows, got out of a cab and grabbed her on the sidewalk. The victim said she dropped her keys as she ran back into her apartment and then the suspect took the keys and scratched the rear quarter panel on her vehicle. She said the suspect then got back into a cab and left the scene.

A Niagara Falls man was hit by a frying pan and then threatened with a plastic roadway marker as he was chased down the road following a weekend argument, city police said today. The 26-year-old victim told police that a night of drinking between Jan. 14 and early Jan. 15 led to an argument that escalated at 5 a.m. Jan. 15 on Point Avenue. He told police the suspect first hit him in the hand with a frying pan. When he ran from the house, the suspect gave chase and then picked up the plastic sign, swinging it at him. No arrest has been made.

A man and woman were assaulted by a neighbor when they refused to give him a cigarette, Niagara Falls police reported. An Ashland Avenue woman said the suspect asked her for a cigarette just before 7:30 p.m. and that when she refused, the suspect pushed her. She told police that she asked for help from another man. The man who came to her aid was punched by the suspect, causing him to be knocked down and suffer a cut lip.


Jan. 19

Someone broke into a car parked in a Dunnigan Road driveway in Pendleton overnight, stealing a computer bag and a laptop computer, sheriff's deputies said. Also stolen from the vehicle were some computer accessories. In all, more than $900 worth of property was stolen from the car, deputies said.

A Newfane man attending a class at the Miller Hose Company had his car broken into, and a jacket with several Erie County Sheriff's Office patches was stolen, sheriff's deputies said. The incident occurred between 6:30 and 9:30 p.m. at the McKee Road fire hall. A duffel bag containing an iPod was also stolen from the vehicle. Loss was estimated at $161.


Jan. 20

A Ninth Street man was arrested after Niagara Falls police said he was panhandling money from tourists in the area around Niagara Reservation State Park. Joseph B. Pierce, 54, had just been given $10 by a couple from Kansas City, Mo., who were in town to see the falls and visit the nearby casino, police reported. They said Pierce smelled of alcohol and followed them after being given cash, causing them further concern. Police said that Pierce fought with officers while being taken into custody. He was charged with loitering and resisting arrest.

Niagara Falls police probed a pair of car break-ins, including one in the 2700 block of Pierce Avenue. In that incident, a Forest Avenue woman told police that her front passenger side window was smashed out between 6:50 and 7 p.m., allowing a thief to steal her purse and personal belongings. The purse contained $600 in cash as well as some credit cards, police said. Earlier in the day, a Terrace Drive man reported that someone entered his car while it was parked in his driveway overnight, stealing a house key and some electronic accessories. Loss in that case was estimated at $55.

A Wheatfield man who was supposed to be collecting stored property from a Niagara Falls Boulevard address instead stole nearly $4,000 worth of tools, sheriff's deputies said. The victim told deputies he allowed a man to store some belongings at his property, and that the suspect arrived to collect his belongings. After the man left, the victim checked the area and discovered the suspect's property still there, but all of his tools gone. An investigation was continuing.


Jan. 21

A recent break-in at a Youngstown-Lockport Road home in Cambria resulted in the theft of a couple dozen pieces of crystal, sheriff's deputies said. A woman told deputies she went to the home and discovered footprints on a carpet near a rear bedroom, then noticed that the bedroom had been entered. She called deputies after discovering the crystal missing from a china cabinet in the dining room. A garage door opener also was missing from the home. Loss was estimated at about $100.

A 22-year-old Niagara Falls woman was advised to seek an arrest warrant against her neighbor after the neighbor allegedly smashed her in the face with a shovel, police said. The victim, a Weston Avenue resident, told police she was fighting with another woman outside her home about 3 p.m. when the neighbor attempted to intervene and break up the altercation. Instead, an argument ensued, and the victim told police she was struck in the face with a shovel, causing a cut to her face and scratches to her neck and chest. After investigating, police refused to make any arrests, saying the victim's injuries did not appear consistent with the story she was telling. She was advised to apply for a warrant if she wanted to pursue charges against the neighbor.


Jan. 22

Sheriff's deputies charged a 17-year-old Lockport youth with underage possession of alcohol after they said he admitted to having five bottles of beer inside the Allie Brandt bowling center on Lincoln Avenue. The teen aroused suspicion about 12:30 a.m. when asking for a cup of ice from the refreshment stand at the lanes, deputies said. The teen had been with a group of boys, but reportedly told deputies that he was responsible for bringing in the alcohol.


Jan. 23

The passenger window in a Ford Explorer was smashed by a brick, and a pack of cigarettes was stolen, Niagara Falls police said. The owner told police that someone smashed the window between midnight and noon while the vehicle was parked under a streetlight in the 500 block of 25th Street. He said the pack of Newport 100 cigarettes, valued at $9, was the only thing stolen. Damage to the window estimated at $200.


Jan. 24

NIAGARA FALLS -- A shed door was kicked in and a snowblower was stolen from a home in the 1000 block of 15th Street.

The homeowner told police that sometime between midnight and 7:30 a.m. the glass was broken on the shed door to gain access to the deadbolt. When the thief or thieves realized there was a key entrance on both sides, the door as pried open. Damage is listed at $500.

Inside the shed a snowblower, valued at nearly $650, was stolen.

Police are investigating footprints found at the scene.

NIAGARA FALLS -- Snowboard boots and fittings were stolen from a home in the 400 block of 21st Street.

Police said that sometime between 7:30 a.m. and 3:45 p.m. a door was forced open and the black Burton snowboard boots, valued at $300, and black and blue camouflage snowboard bindings, valued at $250, were stolen. Damage to the door $150.

The resident of the home said he suspects an acquaintance whom he found with drug paraphernalia.