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

> April 17

* A large garage on Hinman Road in the Town of Lockport was burglarized, and a gun and ammunition stolen. The victim told sheriff's deputies the items were stolen April 15. Sometime overnight, someone cut the padlock on the garage and took a Marlin rifle with a scope and wooden stock, as well as the gun case. Also stolen were two cases of ammunition. The victim said two unsecured trailers were entered, but nothing was taken. Total loss and damage was estimated at $515.

* More than $6,600 worth of jewelry and electronics were stolen from a house in Newfane, according to sheriff's deputies. The owners of the house in the 6100 block of Prospect Street told deputies someone entered the house while they were out of town during the past week and took a $5,000 antique ring, a $500 gold ring and a $900 oval cocktail ring from the bedroom. Also taken was a metallic pink iPod, which was in a locked room, and a five-gallon can of gasoline from the garage. They also said beer and liquor were missing or moved. A relative of the couple told deputies he had a party in the house while they were gone and suspects someone who was at the party may have come back to commit the burglary.

* An inmate at the County Jail was injured after being punched in the face following an argument about the television at 6 p.m. Anthony J. Ark, 36, was taken to Eastern Niagara Hospital in Newfane and was returned to the jail after being treated for multiple facial fractures to his left eye and nose, deputies said. Another inmate and Ark argued over control of the television in the jail's Pod 2, both flipping the channel back and forth for control. Ark said a fight ensued and the other inmate landed a "lucky punch." Ark declined to press charges, however the case was forwarded to the sheriff's Criminal Investigation Bureau.

> April 18

* A cash register containing $200 was stolen overnight at Becker Farms/Vizcarra Vineyards in the 3700 block of Quaker Road near Gasport. Owner Oscar E. Vizcarra told sheriff's deputies that when he came into work at 8:30 a.m. he noticed that the $300 cash register, containing cash, had been taken. He said he had locked the building the previous night at 6:30 p.m. There was no sign of forced entry, but a window on the north side of the market was found slightly cracked open, deputies said. Vizcarra said a new outdoor Pepsi machine was moved and damaged by someone who had apparently been trying to pry open the machine.

> April 20

* A 17-year-old was pushed down and robbed of his money by someone he had considered a friend, Niagara Falls police said. The victim, a Niagara Street resident, told police he was accosted about 4:30 p.m. at 24th Street and Ferry Avenue. After stealing $80 from the victim's wallet, the youth fled, laughing. Police have turned the case over to juvenile investigators.

> April 21

* A Beach Street landlord told Niagara Falls police he believes a former tenant is responsible for a break-in at his property. Someone forced open a door to the residence, causing an estimated $250 damage. The landlord told police that he believes the suspect was looking for electronics that had previously been moved from the location.

* Niagara Falls police said a Lafayette Avenue man threw a packet of cocaine out his car window in an apparent effort to avoid arrest. Joseph B. Jones Jr., 48, was stopped on Portage Road about 5:45 p.m. following a brief chase, police reported. He was charged with two counts of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, unlicensed operation, second-degree aggravated unlicensed operation and driving without a seat belt.

> April 22

* More than $4,000 worth of jewelry was stolen from a North Avenue home, Niagara Falls police said. Police said that a rear door, possibly left unlocked, may have provided entry for the burglar, who stole about 40 pieces of jewelry, in addition to a desktop computer. The theft occurred between 10 p.m. April 21 and 2 a.m. today. Loss was estimated at $5,200.

* A generator, mower and weed whacker were stolen from a shed in the backyard of a 12th Street home overnight, Niagara Falls police said. Loss was put at nearly $900.

* As if the traffic violations committed while being followed by a sheriff's deputy weren't enough, a Niagara Falls man sealed his fate when he pulled his car to the side of the roadway and ran over a mailbox in Newfane, according to reports. Deputies said they had been called to the Lockport-Olcott Road area shortly after 2 a.m., to investigate a reckless driver, and quickly spotted 21-year-old Jason D. Braun driving erratically. When they pulled over his vehicle over, deputies said, Braun drove over a nearby resident's mailbox. Braun, who told deputies he had consumed six "rums and cokes" prior to driving, had no knowledge of hitting the mailbox, according to a sheriff's report. He was charged with driving while intoxicated, moving from a lane unsafely and holding more than one license.