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From the blotter / Niagara County police calls and court cases, April 9 to 16

April 9

A Niagara Falls man was found after a city police search at 8 p.m. and charged with stealing copper from a house on 17th Street. Otis F. Evans, 51, of Centre Avenue, was charged with third-degree burglary, criminal possession of stolen property and possession of burglary tools. A neighbor in the 1700 block of 17th Street called police when he heard a noise and saw someone climbing in and out of a basement window with copper, then saw him leave on a bicycle. Police said they located Evans in the 1700 block of Pierce Avenue. Police said they found the bicycle under a truck and ordered Evans, at gunpoint, to come out with his hands up. He complied and was found in possession of copper, according to a police report.


April 10

Demario D. Crittendon, 32, of 16th Street, Niagara Falls, was arrested by city police and charged with first-degree robbery, first-degree burglary and second-degree harassment in connection with a domestic incident at 18th Street and Cleveland Avenue April 6, according to a police report.

A television and $1,000 in cash were stolen and furniture was slashed in a break-in overnight in the 500 block of Tenth Street, Niagara Falls police said. The victim said that between 11 p.m. April 9 and 1:40 a.m. today he believes that someone he knows, who had a key to his apartment, took a 42-inch television from the bedroom and cash hidden under the rug. He also found the couch and a love seat slashed by some type of knife. Loss and damage was estimated at $6,300. He told police that someone let his dog out of his crate, but he found no signs of an attack, which would have been likely if the suspect was unknown to his dog.


April 11

A Niagara Falls woman told city police a man grabbed her car keys and took her purse, which contained nearly $2,000 worth of gold jewelry, $428 in cash and a $65 money order. She said she was pushed by the man after she refused to talk to him at 4:30 p.m. in the 1100 block of Linwood Avenue. The 48-year-old victim said the man who robbed her then used her keys to flee in her car, which had a laptop and digital camera in the trunk. Loss was estimated at more than $3,700, as well as the value of the car, a 2004 Pontiac Grand Prix valued at $1,000.

An overloaded outlet strip is being blamed for a small fire at the Nice 'N Easy Grocery Store on Quaker Road in Barker. Barker Volunteer Fire Department and First Assistant Chief Brandon Sandolfini were able to respond quickly to a report of flames coming from behind an ice cream cooler just after 5:30 p.m. The fire was confined to an outlet strip and ATM cord machine.


April 12

A Niagara Falls man was charged with trespassing after they found him on the roof of a city school, city police said. Michael D. Jakubczyk, 40, of Pasadena Avenue, was observed on the roof of the 39th Street School at 8:30 a.m., police said. He was charged with felony criminal mischief and trespassing. Damage of $1,500 was reported to copper materials in the school, according to police.

A 92-year-old man told Niagara Falls police he was assaulted and robbed of $700 while in his home in the 1900 block of Cudaback Avenue at 10 p.m. The victim was found by police complaining of "pain all over." He said he had been having beer with a guest and then the man excused himself. He said he believes the guest was the same man who returned, dressed in black wearing a mask. He said the masked man threw him to the ground, choked him and took $700 from his front pocket. The victim was taken by ambulance to Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center to be examined, police said.


April 14

A 25-year-old Lockport woman told Niagara Falls police she was assaulted by a friend and her male companion after she made disparaging comments about the City of Niagara Falls. The victim told police she was at a Niagara Falls Boulevard motel with a female friend when the woman became upset over comments the victim made about leaving Niagara Falls "for good." The victim was punched in the face, but followed her assailant into an adjoining room because she believed the woman had stolen several of her Xanax pills. In that room, the woman was again punched in the face, this time by a male friend of the original suspect.

Niagara Falls police said they arrested a pair of Jamestown-area men after spotting their car operating very slowly and erratically in the 4700 block of Niagara Falls Boulevard. According to reports, the driver failed several field sobriety tests and admitted to having consumed four Vicodin tablets earlier in the evening. Jonathan M. Aldrich, 21, of Jamestown, was charged with driving while intoxicated and driving under the influence of drugs. Police said a passenger in the vehicle became unruly and uncooperative during the 2:45 a.m. incident and was charged with obstructing governmental administration. He was identified as 20-year-old Jonathan R. Ray of Falconer. Two other passengers in the vehicle were released after questioning, police said.

About $1,600 worth of stereo equipment was stolen from an Ashland Avenue woman's car, Niagara Falls police reported. The woman's vehicle was broken into between 1 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. while parked outside her home, police said. Taken from the vehicle was the stereo system, a pair of subwoofers and an amplifier.

A John Street man was charged with harassment in connection with a domestic incident April 13, Lockport police said. Adrion L. Dobbs, 23, was charged with second-degree harassment and petit larceny. A woman said she and Dobbs got into an argument at her Monroe Street home and he poked her in the cheek, told her not to talk to him that way, then pushed her down. She told police she was able to get away and run out, and Dobbs then left. She said she came back, escorted by two males and she found that her car and house keys were gone, according to a police report.


April 15

A Niagara Falls man suspected in a burglary was caught by city police following a foot chase. Morris D. Brown, 21, of Centre Avenue, was charged with second-degree burglary, resisting arrest, petit larceny and criminal possession of stolen property at 4 p.m. in the 300 block of 13th Street. A victim identified Brown, and police and ordered him to stop. They said he refused and took off before he was later located at an address on Ninth Street. A plastic bag containing costume jewelry was found in the yard outside the 13th Street residence, police said. The 13th Street resident said she had been out of town and when she arrived home she found Brown in her house without permission. She said a TV/VCR combo was taken from her living room and a 13-inch television was taken from her bedroom.

Someone forced their way into a Wheatfield home on Lena Drive and stole a small television overnight, according to the sheriff's deputies. A back door window was smashed to gain entry. Loss and damage was estimated at $750.


April 16

Nearly $10,000 worth of copper wire and other related property were reported stolen from a Town of Lockport business on Old Niagara Road. The owner of Custom Crews told sheriff's deputies that sometime between 6 p.m. April 14 and 6 a.m. today, someone entered the yard of the property in the 6100 block of Old Niagara Road by cutting a hole in the fence. Reported stolen was $2,500 worth of scrap cable which was in a dumpster, deputies said. The thief also entered six different construction vehicles and took $4,000 worth of brass fittings and a number of reels of copper tracer wire, according to the owner. Also stolen was a $1,200 water meter which belonged to the Erie County Water Department. Damage was estimated at $400 and loss at approximately $10,000. Surveillance video was given to the Criminal Investigation Bureau.