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

Feb. 6

A Gabriel Drive man was accused of throwing a chair at a woman following an argument in his home, Lockport police said. Joel S. Zsebehazy, 28, was charged just before 2 a.m. with third-degree menacing and fourth-degree criminal mischief. No injuries were reported.

The Sheriff's Office is investigating a fraudulent call made from the County Jail. Deputies said a Lockport woman called to see if her son, who was in the jail, was all right. She said she received a collect call from an inmate in the jail telling her that her son was in trouble and needed to have money put in his account. The inmate told the woman that she should put the money in another inmate's account and they would transfer it for him, since her son was on restrictions and unable to access the money. The woman did not send the money, but instead contacted the Sheriff's Office and found that her son was fine. An investigation was opened to determine who made the fraudulent call and charges are possible.


Feb. 7

A property manager told Niagara Falls police that $800 worth of copper was stolen from a vacant house in the 400 block of 24th Street. The manager said that sometime between Nov. 8 and Jan. 31, someone kicked in a door and removed about 150 feet of copper from the basement. The manager said the house, which is now owned by Chase Bank, has been vacant for the past three years. Loss and damage was put at $1,200.

Christopher C. Lewis, 33, of Orleans Avenue, Niagara Falls, pleaded guilty to third-degree sale of a controlled substance -- oxymorphone on Sept. 14 and 22 in the Falls -- and was admitted by County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III into a court-supervised treatment program.


Feb. 8

A Ransomville man was arraigned in Niagara County Court on drunken driving charges. Shawn G. Reid, 38, of Ransomville Road, pleaded not guilty to driving while intoxicated as a Class D felony, along with first-degree aggravated unlicensed operation, refusing the breath test and failure to use an ignition interlock device ordered after a previous DWI conviction. Reid was arrested Dec. 8 in Lewiston.


Feb. 9

A traffic stop on Rochester Road led to driving while intoxicated charges for a Lockport man, sheriff's deputies said. Robert W. Hughes, 26, of Cottage Road, was charged with DWI and speeding after he was stopped by deputies just after 12:30 a.m. Deputies said Hughes was traveling 55 mph in a 40-mph zone on Chestnut Ridge Road, just east of Rochester Road, and was found to have a blood-alcohol content of 0.13 percent.


Feb. 10

WHEATFIELD -- A woman's 2001 Chevrolet was stolen from the parking lot of her Williams Road apartment complex, sheriff's deputies said. The theft occurred between noon and 8:30 p.m. The vehicle was valued at $8,000.

A Main Street man faces a long list of charges in a domestic incident at his home. Jermaine M. Davis, 23, was charged just after 9:30 a.m. with second-degree assault with an unspecified weapon, second-degree menacing, obstruction of breathing, resisting arrest, and harassment.

A man reportedly interrupted a copper theft in progress on the first floor of a vacant apartment in the 1500 block of Pierce Avenue just after 7 p.m. The witness told police that he was moving into the upstairs apartment and noticed the first floor apartment door wide open. He said when he went to investigate, he found a man in the apartment who said he came in because he the apartment was supposed to be vacant.

The thief, who had a blue recycle bin filled with copper, pushed his way past the witness, jumped off the porch and fled on a bicycle. Copper, valued at $300, was stolen and a sink and toilet were damaged.

No damages were reported to the upstairs apartment, which had PVC pipe, police reported.


Feb. 11

About $1,000 worth of gym equipment is missing from a Chilton Avenue apartment house, and the landlord told police he believes a tenant is responsible. The woman recently asked that the equipment be moved from alongside her apartment, according to police reports. But a witness told the landlord that he saw two men load the equipment into a van early last week, despite his requests that it be left in place. An investigation is continuing.


Feb. 12

An Independence Avenue man told police that someone stole the battery out of his Chevrolet sport utility vehicle. The vehicle was parked near the man's home when it was entered by damaging a driver's side door lock, police said. The incident took place between midnight and 3 a.m. Total damage and loss was listed at $187.

LOCKPORT -- Approximately $8,000 worth of jewelry was stolen from a home in the 5700 block of Locust Street Extension, Niagara County sheriff's deputies reported.

The homeowner told deputies on Monday that she went to an antiques show just after 9 a.m. Sunday, and when she returned at 4 p.m. found that a wooden jewelry box was gone. A chain was ripped out of the door jamb and the door appeared to have been forced open to gain entry, according to patrol.

The woman said two gold coins, four jeweled rings, a cameo pin, a gold necklace with cameo, a gold bracelet, a gold chain and pearl beads were stolen. Also taken was $140 in cash from a shelf in the bathroom, she told police.


Feb. 13

Thieves stole electronic equipment from two city homes. More than $10,000 worth of electronics, including a collection of DVDs valued at $4,000, was stolen from an apartment on 20th Street. The owner told police that sometime between 9:15 a.m. and 6 p.m., someone broke in and stole two televisions, an Xbox, 20 games, a digital camera and approximately 300 DVDs. Total loss was estimated at $10,250.

Another burglary was reported in the 500 block of 28th Street Monday afternoon. A neighbor, who was watching the house while the owners were out of town, told police that he found a sliding glass door smashed. Police said they found a block of concrete near the smashed door and inside there was a closet door off its hinges.

The owner's son told police that a 46-inch television and $100 in change were stolen. Total loss and damage was pegged at $1,200. The victim and his son suspect a family member.

A gas tank, valued at $500, was reported stolen from a delivery truck in the parking lot of a Pine Avenue business.

The owner of Aaron's in the 2400 block of Pine Avenue told police that the gas tank was stolen from a truck parked in an alley on the west side of the store. A manager said store security video shows someone cutting the metal straps to remove the tank, between 11 and 11:45 p.m. Saturday. The security video was turned over to police.

LEWISTON -- A traffic stop led to drug charges on Indian Hill Road, according to Niagara County sheriff's deputies.

Darryl E. Tomlin, 30, of Creek Road, was stopped by deputies just before 2 p.m. as his pickup turned right into Smokin' Joe's without a turn signal.

Tomlin admitted to deputies that his license had expired and was then found to be in possession of a bowl commonly used for smoking marijuana, as well as a bag of marijuana.

Tomlin was charged with failure to signal, operating without a license and unlawful possession of marijuana.

A number of car break-ins were reported overnight.

A $1,200 stereo was reported stolen from a van parked at 27th Street and Cudaback Avenue just after 8:30 a.m. The owner said he found the passenger door open and a Pioneer touch screen stereo was taken from the dashboard, causing an additional $1,000 in damages. Police found no sign of forced entry.

A front passenger window was found broken at 7:30 a.m. in a car parked in the 2400 block of Pierce Avenue and two cartons of cigarettes were taken from a front seat.

A passenger window was smashed overnight in a pickup parked in an alley in the 2800 block of Falls Street, causing $200 in damages. The owner said about a dollar in change was stolen from the truck.