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From the blotter / Niagara County police calls and court cases, April 22 to 30

> April 22

* A 22nd Street woman in Niagara Falls reported her apartment was broken into between 9 p.m. April 21 and 3:30 a.m. today, while she was attending a wedding. The burglar stole large-screen televisions from the living room and bedroom of the home, and also made off with a Wii video game console and a laptop computer. The missing items were valued at $2,700.

* Niagara Falls police investigated a rash of car break-ins, which have been increasing during the past month, including nine thefts from parked cars April 21 and today. Police Superintendent John R. Chella said the increased activity is on police radar. "It has been a point of concern for us for about a month. They have been consistent and then all of a sudden it started happening on every shift and they are becoming more brazen, breaking the windows out instead of just looking for open doors," Chella said. Car break-ins and damaged windows were reported to vehicles parked on Ontario Avenue, Hyde Park Boulevard, University Court, 86th Street, First Street and Niagara Falls Boulevard. On several streets more than one vehicle was hit. In most cases, car radios, iPods, global positioning systems and/or change was stolen. In a few cases, only broken windows were reported. In the 4800 block of Hyde Park Boulevard, a laptop, 50 CDs, a backpack and books, valued at a total of more than $3,000, were stolen after someone smashed a vehicle window overnight.

> April 23

* A Wheatfield man, found passed out behind the wheel of his car at the Six Corners intersection of Cayuga Drive Extension and Niagara Falls Boulevard in the town, was charged with aggravated driving while intoxicated, sheriff's deputies said. Aaron M. Wizner, 32, was found passed out at the wheel of his Audi, while the car was still in drive and his foot on the brake, just after 1 a.m. Deputies said they found him slumped over the wheel and had to knock on the door of the locked vehicle for two minutes to wake him. A bottle of beer was found half full in the center console, deputies reported. Wizner was charged with aggravated DWI for having a blood-alcohol content above 0.18 percent and drinking alcohol in a motor vehicle, deputies said.

* A thief may have left a bag of evidence behind in a burglary, including a flashlight police found on a kitchen table still turned on. An 83-year-old man told Niagara Falls police that someone broke into his apartment in the 1300 block of Ontario Avenue, breaking a door down to gain entry, sometime between 7:30 and 9 p.m. Once inside, the burglar took a 32-inch television, a gold watch and two gold necklaces. Total loss and damage was put at $820. The victim found a black book bag on a recliner, which contained a gold watch and socks, which the victim said did not belong to him. The victim said the flashlight found in the kitchen was his, but he had not left it on the table.

> April 24

* A North Tonawanda man was charged with unlawful possession of marijuana following a traffic stop at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday on West Avenue in Lockport, city police said. Police charged Nicholas J. Gaglia, 35, of Eddy Drive, with speeding and aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle. Police making a traffic stop said they noticed an odor of marijuana and found a glass jar containing marijuana under the passenger seat.

* A Lock Street man was arraigned in State Supreme Court on a charge of forging a prescription to obtain painkillers from the Walmart pharmacy in Lockport. Joshua R. Miller, 30, pleaded not guilty to second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument. He allegedly succeeded in obtaining the pills Oct. 18 and was arrested Nov. 1, Assistant District Attorney Peter M. Wydysh said.

* Emma F. Slocum, 23, of Coomer Road, Newfane, who was charged with selling Suboxone Sept. 26 in the City of Lockport and Oct. 12 in Newfane, pleaded guilty to two counts of seventh-degree possession. Justice Richard C. Kloch Sr. promised to place her on three years' probation when she is sentenced June 26.

* A burglary was reported overnight at a Kentucky Fried Chicken in the 6800 block of Niagara Falls Boulevard, Niagara Falls police said. The manager told police she was unsure how the suspect entered, but arrived at 8 a.m. to find a cash register forced open and an undetermined amount of money stolen.

> April 25

* A Seventh Street man told Niagara Falls police he was assaulted by three men who may have attacked him because they he caught them burglarizing his house at 4:30 a.m. He said he had pain in his ribs but refused medical treatment. The victim said the men took off running as he was lying on the grass. Once inside, he found his PlayStation 3 and cellphone missing.