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From the blotter / Niagara County police calls and court cases, April 3 to 9

>April 3

David I. Price, 39, of Lock Street, Lockport, pleaded guilty to his second drug felony in State Supreme Court. Price, who sold crack cocaine to police informants Nov. 22 and Dec. 1, 2010, in Lockport, admitted to fifth-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance and was scheduled for sentencing May 30. Price, who also had a drug conviction in 2004, said he has changed his lifestyle since the drug deals. Justice Richard C. Kloch Sr. said he will strongly consider placing Price on probation.

A Niagara Falls woman was charged with introducing contraband at the County Jail, sheriff's officials said. Kaci L. Carr, 24, of Main Street, was charged just before 1 p.m. after a corrections officer allegedly saw her passing a tissue containing tobacco and marijuana to an inmate.

Tenants who were evicted from an apartment in the 500 block of Memorial Parkway took clothes dryers and washing machines from a common area in the basement and damaged an electric meter, the landlord told Niagara Falls police. The landlord told officers a part was damaged on the electric meter and two washing machines and three clothes dryers were taken from the basement. Damage and loss was more than $1,000, police reported.


>April 4

Three people were arrested by the Roving Anti-Crime Unit just before 8 p.m. in the 1700 block of 18th Street in an area where Niagara Falls police have received numerous reports of drug activity. Motorist Suzanne M. Cruz-Perez, 34, of 12th Street, allegedly sped up when she saw police and was stopped when she came to a rolling stop and then pulled into a parking lot without signaling. Cruz-Perez was found to have a suspended license and was allegedly carrying several small while pills in a vial which were believed to be the anti-anxiety drug Ativan, as well as crack cocaine, police said. She was charged with aggravated unlicensed operation, two counts of seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and possession of a prescription outside an original container. Her passengers were also charged. Jenirio M. Chapman, 18, of Jordan Gardens, was charged with unlawful possession of marijuana and Demetrious J. Gray, 19, of St. John Parkway, was charged with giving police a false name.

A number of other unrelated stolen bicycle reports were received by Niagara Falls police. In the 2500 block of Welch Avenue, a woman said someone came into her locked garage sometime in the past four days and stole a $120 orange bicycle that her nephew uses when he visits. In the 1900 block of Cudaback Avenue, a man told police that sometime overnight someone took a $300 Schwinn Jaguar cruiser-style bicycle that he had put in the basement of the apartment building.


>April 5

A weed whacker valued at $150 was stolen recently from a Locust Street Extension site in the Town of Lockport, sheriff's deputies said. The trimmer was removed from a storage bin behind the apartment building.


>April 6

Niagara Falls Police were unable to identify an owner or resident of a Ninth Street residence that was broken into early Friday afternoon. According to reports, someone kicked in the back door to the building sometime between noon and 12:15 p.m., then ransacked the interior, upsetting furniture. It was unknown whether anything was missing from the residence, which had no water service, according to police.

A Hyde Park Boulevard woman told Niagara Falls police that she discovered her purse missing after hosting a party at her home Friday night. The victim told police that someone took the purse sometime between 10 p.m. and midnight. The purse contained $400 in cash, some personal belongings and two bottles of prescription pain medication.


>April 7

A 60th Street woman told Niagara Falls police that someone went into her unlocked car between 5 and 5:30 p.m. while it was parked in the Niagara Falls Boulevard lot of the Dollar Tree store. A purse containing $60 in cash, some medications and personal belongings was stolen from the vehicle.

An employee of the DeVeaux Mini Mart on Main Street told Niagara Falls police that his car was broken into while parked at the business between 8 and 10:30 p.m. A window was smashed and a leather jacket valued at $200 was stolen.

A Ferry Avenue man reported to Niagara Falls police that his car was broken into by smashing a window. A portable DVD player and various personal belongings were stolen, at an estimated loss of $400.

An out-of-control trash pile fire spread quickly in a yard on Old Saunders Settlement Road in the Town of Lockport and melted a small portion of siding, sheriff's deputies said. Christopher Laubacker of Lockport told deputies that he and Robert J. Snell, also of Lockport, had started the fire to rid the condemned property of garbage at 5425 Old Saunders Settlement Road. He said the fire quickly spread, igniting other piles of debris. The fire then melted a portion of siding on the residence. Laubacker said he did not mean for the fire to be as large as it was and called police and firefighters when the fire got out of control. No injuries were reported.

Niagara Falls police said they rolled up on a suspected car burglar as he was piling the fruits of his latest theft on a Sixth Street lawn. Officers responding to a possible burglary-in-progress call immediately recognized Joshua Torres from previous car break-ins, according to reports. They then located a car stereo, amplifier, speaker boxes, compact discs and other items taken from a nearby resident's vehicle, which had been piled neatly nearby. Torres, 29, of 20th Street, was charged with fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property and will be arraigned in city court.


April 8

Sometime between 5:30 and 11:30 a.m., a Niagara Avenue man's car was broken into while parked outside his home, Niagara Falls police reported. A window was smashed and a stereo system was stolen from the vehicle. Loss was placed at $400.

More than $8,000 in jewelry and electronics were stolen from a home on 80th Street in Niagara Falls overnight.

A window was found smashed when the victim and her roommate returned home at 11 a.m. Stolen were two televisions, two laptop computers, a jewelry box with $1,100 in jewelry and a jewelry stand with jewelry valued at $3,500; also taken were a Wii system and games. Loss and damages were put at $8,360.

A witness told police she saw a white vehicle with a loud muffler parked outside the door just before 3 a.m. and two men loading things into the vehicle.


>April 9

A lawn tractor was called a total loss after it was destroyed in a fire at 2345 Hartland Road in Gasport, according to sheriff's deputies. The owner, Carlton D. Greene, told police that he was working on the tractor at 7 p.m., getting it ready to mow the lawn, when it started on fire. Members of the Hartland Volunteer Fire Company responded. No injuries were reported. Loss was estimated $1,500.

A Gasport man is suspected of leaving the scene of an accident last week and then lying to police was charged by Lockport police.

Armand R. Roger Jr., 23, of Ridge Road, also was charged with passing a red light and making false statements.

Roger was allegedly in a two-vehicle property damage crash at 10:18 p.m. April 2 at Washburn and Walnut streets and then fled the scene.

Police said they also found documents in the vehicle identifying Armand Roger, but said when they tried to call him on his cellphone he hung up on them.