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From the blotter / Niagara County police calls and court cases, May 28 to June 4

May 28

A hotel employee told Niagara Falls police that another employee threatened him with a knife in an argument over towels and linens Monday.

The 19-year-old victim told police that he came to work on Monday morning in the Third Street hotel and found that someone had taken some of his linens and towels from his cart. He said he confronted another employee who admitted to taking his linens and towels, and told police that the suspect then pulled out a pocket knife, threatening and chasing him.

The man with the knife was fired when the manager was informed, police reported.

The victim said Monday evening the suspect confronted him again as he was walking down Weston Avenue, chasing him into Gluck Park with a baseball bat. The victim said he was hit in the hand with a baseball bat, but not injured.


May 29

A Cleveland Avenue man was arrested after Niagara Falls police said he forced his way into a house and threatened a woman with a butcher knife.

Laness C. Santana, 55, was charged with second-degree burglary, second-degree menacing, petit larceny and resisting arrest.

The victim told police that Santana went into his house in the 800 block of Pierce Avenue without permission and took a butcher knife. Santana then took the knife outside and threatened someone he was having an argument with outside the Pierce Avenue apartment. He then fled on his bicycle when the victim threatened to call police.

Police went to Santana's house, and he reportedly tried to flee, but was taken to the ground by officers and charged.


May 30

In a drug case before Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon Farkas, Laura B. Yeates, 36, of Clinton Street, Lockport, pleaded not guilty to two counts each of third-degree sale and possession of cocaine. She is accused of selling that drug to a police informant on Genesee Street in Lockport Dec. 27 and Jan. 3.


May 31

A Wrobel Towers resident told police that her motorcycle was vandalized overnight in a parking lot of the facility, Niagara Falls police said. Damage was estimated at $320.


June 1

Richard A. Segovia, 26, of Oliver Street, North Tonawanda, pleaded guilty to first-degree unlawful imprisonment and was scheduled for sentencing July 26. Assistant District Attorney Cheryl L. Nichols said Segovia was charged with choking his ex-girlfriend in her North Tonawanda home Feb. 18.

Randy A. Sharp, 23, of 73rd Street, Niagara Falls, pleaded guilty to third-degree burglary and fifth-degree criminal possession of stolen property for the April 12 theft of an all-terrain vehicle from a garage on Ward Road in North Tonawanda. Sharp faces seven years in prison if he doesn't succeed in the judicial diversion program of court-supervised drug treatment, to which he was admitted by County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III.

Michael B. Mosher, 29, of Ohio Avenue, North Tonawanda, who pleaded guilty to felony counts of driving while intoxicated in Niagara and Chautauqua counties, will serve one to three years in state prison. Murphy imposed a one-year sentence for a June 7, 2011, DWI charge in North Tonawanda, but that sentence will run concurrently with the 1-to-3-year term imposed on Mosher in April in Mayville.

A 33-year-old Youngstown man was robbed of his cellphone and money early Friday while drinking at a friend's house on Lockport Road in the Town of Niagara, Niagara County sheriff's deputies said.

Two men charged into the house about 2 a.m., claiming they had been chased by police and asked to use a telephone. The victim offered his iPhone but never got it back and a fight ensued, deputies said.

The victim fled, leaving behind his wallet and $100 in cash. The loss was placed at $350.

A car reported stolen to Niagara Falls police on May 22 was found overturned and abandoned in a field off Mount Hope Road in Lewiston, Niagara County sheriff's deputies said.

The 1999 Oldsmobile was stripped of several parts, including the catalytic converter, before being dumped in the field, deputies said. The ignition of the vehicle had been damaged when it was stolen. The car was valued at $4,000.


June 2

While they were booking a man on a domestic violence charge Saturday night, Niagara Falls police discovered he had a counterfeit $50 bill. Lamont E. Yancey, 49, of Niagara Street, reportedly told police he got the bogus bill from a man in the 18th Street area. In addition to the domestic counts against him, Yancey was charged with third-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument and the Secret Service was contacted to continue the investigation.

A house in Niagara Falls that had been destroyed by fire may have been victimized again by copper thieves.

A woman told police Saturday that she had not been back to her house in the 2900 block of Whirlpool Street since it was destroyed by fire Dec. 24. She said that sometime since then, someone cut and removed the copper pipes in the basement. The pipes were valued at $200.

Police said there was no sign of forced entry, but a rear window was open due to the fire.


June 3

More than $2,500 worth of belongings were stolen in a recent burglary of an A Street home, one of two reported by Niagara Falls police on Sunday.

Investigators believe that an intruder entered the A Street residence via an unlocked window sometime Thursday night, removing two televisions, a mattress, a cable converter box and a substantial amount of food. Some toys and clothing were also taken from the garage. The victim told police that her granddaughter, who lived at the address until recently, may have been involved. The perpetrator left dirty dishes in the victim's sink, police said.


June 4

A cash register was forced open in an overnight break-in at a Niagara Falls Boulevard hair salon, Niagara Falls police said.

A manager at Regis Salon, 7316 Niagara Falls Boulevard, told police Monday morning that someone forced open a rear door, then pried open the cash register and took $250. A crow bar was found in the trash can, according to police.

Loss and damages were listed at $600.