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From the blotter / Niagara County police calls and court cases, April 28 to May 7

April 28

A man who was being transported from Lockport for hospitalization faces charges of obstructing medical services, assault and resisting arrest after he fought with ambulance staff and several sheriff's deputies at 6:30 p.m. on Saunders Settlement Road, deputies reported. Marlo G. Jackson, no age or address given, who is 6-foot, 4-inches and 385 pounds, punched a female ambulance technician and threw a bench seat, deputies said. Deputies said they needed to Taser Jackson twice to bring him under control.


April 29

A 2002 Chevrolet was stolen from a bank parking lot on Third Street, Niagara Falls police said. The lot is a popular parking spot for those visiting the Third Street bar strip, and a Buffalo Avenue man told police he was doing just that. When he returned, the vehicle was gone.


April 30

Copper plumbing was stripped from a vacant and foreclosed bar in the 4000 block of Lake Avenue in the Town of Lockport, sheriff's deputies reported. The owner of the former DeeJays at 4010 Lake Ave. told deputies that sometime overnight someone kicked open a northwest basement door and removed the plumbing from the basement and the hot water registers from the first floor. A pile of copper pipe was found on the second floor, so it is believed that someone planned to return for it, sheriff's deputies reported. A full pack of cigarettes was found on the floor in the basement.

A woman was charged with assault for hitting a man in the head with a personal-sized oxygen tank in the 1500 block of Pierce Avenue, Niagara Falls police reported. Sharon L. Florence, 33, of Weston Avenue, was charged with felony second-degree assault.

Two unrelated overnight car break-ins were reported by Niagara Falls police. A woman in the 400 block of Cedar Avenue told police that the rear left window was smashed on her 2005 Toyota Prius, which was parked on the street and locked. Stolen was a diaper bag, and three baby books. Total loss and damage was put at $220. A man in the 600 block of Chilton Avenue said both rear windows in his 2001 Dodge Durango were smashed while it was parked in his driveway. An amplifier was stolen from the rear cargo area, police reported. Total loss and damage was estimated at $400.


May 2

The Niagara Falls police plainclothes Roving Anti-Crime Unit stopped a city man for drinking alcohol on the street, but soon found he had stolen mail and marijuana, according to a police report. James L. Christian, 47, of 22nd Street, was arrested at 7 p.m. in the 2000 block of Niagara Street on charges of criminal possession of stolen property, unlawful possession of marijuana and a restricted use of alcohol. Christian told police he had simply found the mail, but officers went to the home of the addressee and found that he had taken it without permission.


May 3

A man was charged with attempting to choke a juvenile female in his Gabriel Drive home just after 9 p.m., Lockport police said. William J. Parker, 38, was charged with endangering the welfare of a child and criminal obstruction of breathing. The juvenile told city police that Parker stepped in to stop an argument and pushed her into a closet, then held her against the wall, choking her with his forearm. The girl said she was then pushed onto a bed and choked by him and was unable to scream due to the pressure. The struggle continued and she fell onto the ground and hit her elbow. The girl said she was allowed to leave and police reported a scratch on her cheek and red marks on her throat. A domestic intervention team and child protective workers both were notified.

A Wheatfield teen is accused of taking a number of $100 graphing calculators from a math class at Niagara Wheatfield High School, sheriff's deputies said. Jamie L. Cook McClain, 18, of Grauer Road, was charged with petit larceny. A math teacher told school administrators that she had been noticing calculators missing since the beginning of February and said at last count a total of 12 were missing, each valued at $100. The thefts were traced to McClain, deputies said.


May 4

Two men pleaded guilty to felony driving while intoxicated in separate County Court cases. Scott D. Boci, 46, of East Avenue, Lockport, was arrested Dec. 13 near his home, and police measured his blood-alcohol content at 0.27 percent. Judge Matthew J. Murphy III scheduled sentencing for June 28. John A. Jacobs Sr., 50, of Sy Road, Wheatfield, was arrested April 7 on Burch Road in Wilson, where sheriff's deputies measured his blood alcohol at 0.20 percent. Judge Sara Sheldon Farkas set sentencing for Aug. 9, after Jacobs undergoes some scheduled back surgery.

Six months in jail, 4 1/2 years on probation and $1,520 in fines and surcharges was the sentence for a drunken driver from the Town of Niagara. William R. Hacker, 49, of Creekside Parkway, had pleaded guilty to felony DWI to settle charges stemming from arrests Sept. 29, 2010, in Cambria and April 18, 2011, in Lewiston. Farkas said the "two-for-one" plea deal ruled out a straight probation sentence, and so did the report that Hacker showed up drunk for a presentencing interview with a probation officer.

Five years' probation was the sentence from Farkas for a North Tonawanda man who pleaded guilty to a felony gun possession charge. Max D. Thompson, 26, was sitting in his Mead Street home Feb. 18, 2011, when a passing motorist struck the door of Thompson's parked car, which had been blown open by a strong wind. Police officers who entered Thompson's home to talk about the accident arrested him when they found a weapon resembling an AR-15 assault rifle.

Video game systems were stolen about 11:30 a.m. from a woman's Fifth Street apartment, Niagara Falls police said.

A fight involving at least 10 people, three of whom were said to be armed with knives, was interrupted when an onlooker called Niagara Falls police. Officers responded to the 1700 block of Niagara Street at 4:25 p.m. for a report of a large fight, but most of the combatants had scattered by the time they arrived. A 24-year-old woman told police that a man had been trying to fight with a male resident at the address, punching him once in the face before fleeing. The suspect came back moments later, however, with about nine others, three of whom were said to be brandishing knives. The female resident was threatened, but the combatants then scattered when an onlooker announced that the police had been called. No one was seriously injured, police said.

A 20-year-old North Tonawanda man told Niagara Falls police he suffered an eye injury in a fight in the city's LaSalle section. The victim, a Ward Road resident, told police he had a confrontation with a man earlier in the day, and that the two met up again around midnight and a fight ensued. During the scuffle, the suspect grabbed a baseball bat from a third party and struck the victim in the face. The victim was interviewed while being treated at DeGraff Memorial Hospital in North Tonawanda, police said.


May 5

A Niagara Falls woman was injured when she was dragged a short distance by a vehicle she had been trying to enter, police in the city said. The incident occurred about 12:30 a.m. in the Jordan Gardens housing complex. The Ninth Street woman had been expecting her boyfriend to pick her up, but another man pulled up, driving the boyfriend's vehicle, and told her to get in. The woman told police she had her arm inside the vehicle when the man suddenly accelerated the vehicle, dragging her a few feet by the arm until she fell to the side of the roadway. The man then drove off, police said. Anthony F. Howard, 46, of Garden Avenue, was arrested a short time later and charged with harassment and second-degree reckless endangerment. The woman was not seriously hurt in the incident, police said.

A Niagara Falls woman told city police she was assaulted repeatedly over a 19-hour period by a male "drinking buddy." The Sixth Street woman told police she was at the man's 10th Street home about 3 a.m. when he began punching and kicking her, pulling her hair and throwing her against the wall. The attacks resumed whenever she attempted to leave the residence, she said. She was able to call police and leave the home about 10:30 p.m. She was treated at Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center for numerous cuts and bruises, police said. She was advised to obtain a warrant for the man's arrest.

An ATV was reported stolen from a garage in the 2800 block of Carmen Road in Hartland. The owner told sheriff's deputies someone damaged the overhead door in the garage to gain entry to the attached garage and house. Also broken was a screen door and deadbolt on a door to the house. The only thing that appeared to be missing was a 2005 Yamaha Banshee ATV, according to deputies. Loss and damages were listed at $3,261.

Twenty feet of copper gutter and 12 feet of downspouts, valued at a total of $400, were stolen from a detached garage on Lake Street in Wilson, according to sheriff's deputies. The 64-year-old owner in the 100 block of Lake Street told deputies that sometime between 1 and 6 a.m., someone forcibly pulled the gutters and downspouts off, damaging the roof tiles and fascia board.


May 6

Anthony J. Spina had a BAC of 0.22 percent when he was arrested at 2:14 a.m. in the 6800 block of Buffalo Avenue, Niagara Falls police said. The 23-year-old Porter Avenue resident also was charged with aggravated DWI.

Christopher G. Pakosigan, 31, of 80th Street, Niagara Falls, was charged by police in that city with driving while intoxicated after being arrested at 4:05 a.m. in the 400 block of 16th Street, according to a police report.