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From the blotter / Niagara County police calls and court cases, June 12 to 16

June 12

*Marcel M. Walker, 23, of Pierce Avenue, Niagara Falls, pleaded not guilty in State Supreme Court to two counts each of first-degree robbery and first-degree burglary and single counts of third-degree grand larceny and third-degree criminal mischief in connection with a Jan. 23 home invasion on Willow Avenue in the Falls. Co-defendant Deonte J. Brinson, 21, of Mackenna Avenue, pleaded not guilty to the same charges April 5.

Walker also pleaded not guilty to a second indictment charging him with criminal possession of a controlled substance, driving while intoxicated and lesser charges stemming from a Sept. 21 traffic stop on 10th Street in the Falls.

*Michael D. Ramos, 19, of Pine Avenue, Niagara Falls, arrested Aug. 31 when police recovered nine allegedly stolen long guns in his home, pleaded not guilty in Niagara County Court to second-degree burglary, third- and fourth-degree grand larceny and third- and fourth-degree possession of stolen property.

Assistant District Attorney Heather A. DeCastro said Ramos was living on 19th Street when he allegedly stole the guns from another home on that street on the weekend of Aug. 27-28. The victim said a total of 12 guns were stolen, plus some jewelry and electronic items.

*Nigel C. Isom, 25, of Willow Avenue, Niagara Falls, was sentenced by County Judge Sara Sheldon Farkas to five years' probation for his guilty plea to a reduced charge of attempted third-degree burglary. Isom entered Irene's Mini Mart on 24th Street in the Falls on Aug. 6. A surveillance video camera captured the entry.

Farkas ordered that Mark J. Swogier, 49, of Sweeney Street, North Tonawanda, must perform 40 hours of community service and pay fines and surcharges totaling $1,520 in addition to his five years of probation for felony driving while intoxicated. Swogier was arrested Sept. 17 in North Tonawanda.

*Aaron L. Wagner, 27, of Oriole Drive in the Suburban Acres mobile home park on Minnick Road, Lockport, pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of attempted fifth-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance. The plea came the day after his fiancee, Victoria R. Russell, 28, of the same address, admitted to fourth-degree sale. Both were charged with making two sales each of the drug Suboxone to police informants: Russell on July 22 and Aug. 9, Wagner on Sept. 20 and 21.

Wagner was scheduled for sentencing by Farkas on Sept. 25, while Russell was admitted to the judicial diversion program of court-supervised drug treatment.


June 13

*Daniel F. Hunt, 36, of 79th Street, Niagara Falls, admitted to attempted third-degree robbery and was scheduled for sentencing Aug. 29 by Farkas.

Hunt didn't steal anything, but he did knife his intended victim, a Town of Niagara man, in the hand, elbow and torso Dec. 14, Deputy District Attorney Doreen M. Hoffmann said.

Hunt, who has two previous felony convictions, is being held in lieu of $20,000 bail to await sentencing.

Farkas imposed one-year jail terms on a pair of Lockport men in drug cases.

"I just want to die. I don't want to go," sobbed Richard L. Doxey, 44, of High Street, a kidney transplant patient who had pleaded guilty to fifth-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance. He was charged with selling his prescription painkillers three times to police informants.

"This has become the new national problem, and you participated in it," Farkas said.

*Joseph R. Kress, 27, of Waterman Street, had violated the terms of his probation on a 2009 conviction for fifth-degree possession of a controlled substance -- crack cocaine. He stopped reporting to his probation officer and to a drug counseling program, and was no longer paying child support.

*Shannon L. Lightfoot, 24, of South Avenue, Niagara Falls, was sentenced by County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III to three years' probation for gashing another man's head in an Aug. 4 street fight. Lightfoot had pleaded guilty to third-degree assault.

A former employee of Opportunities Unlimited of Niagara received a conditional discharge from Farkas, who required her to complete restitution of money she was paid for hours she didn't really work as a home care aide in 2008 and 2009.

*Tami Kennedy, 32, of Sabre Park, Town of Niagara, had pleaded guilty to second-degree falsifying business records and petit larceny. She has paid $1,000 toward her debt, which totals $1,951.88 to Opportunities Unlimited and $308 to the county Social Services Department.


June 14

*James E. Szczerbacki, 61, of Zito Drive, Niagara Falls, pleaded guilty to first-degree aggravated unlicensed operation and misdemeanor DWI. He was scheduled for sentencing by Murphy Aug. 9. Szczerbacki was arrested March 5 on 93rd Street in the Falls.


June 15

*A 6-year-old Town of Lockport boy enjoyed his new bicycle for a grand total of one day before someone stole it off the front porch of his home on Oxford Lane, sheriff's deputies said.

The boy's mother had just purchased the $75 bike Friday for his birthday. A brother of the victim told police he thought he saw another youth riding the bicycle in the area after the theft.

*A Tronolone Avenue woman told Niagara Falls police Friday that she thinks someone entered her third-floor apartment and stole her telephone answering machine and a digital camera.

The woman said that the apartment is messy due to a recent move and that she may have simply misplaced the items, so a search for the $350 worth of goods continues.

*A Newfane resident told police that two tires and rims were stolen off his car sometime during the day Friday.

The vehicle was unlocked when someone stole the ignition key out of it, as well as the two tires and rims, sheriff's deputies said. Loss was estimated at $102.

The victim told police that he has had an ongoing disagreement with another man and suspects he may have been involved in the incident. He also found two dents in the passenger side of the vehicle that were not there prior to the theft, which occurred between 8 a.m. and 6:30 p.m.

*A thief got less than he bargained for after breaking into two cars Friday at a Lockport-Olcott Road residence in Newfane, one of three such break-ins investigated by sheriff's deputies.

Among the items taken from a woman's car was a Tim Hortons gift card, which had recently been used and had a zero balance on it, according to the victim. Her son's vehicle had a global positioning system stolen from it, along with about $15 in coin. Both vehicles were left in a state of disarray, deputies said.

Also reporting the theft of a GPS was a Birchwood Drive, Town of Lockport, woman. She said she found a plastic bag containing dog feces outside the vehicle before discovering the theft.

Another town resident, this one living on Michelle Drive, told deputies that two cars were entered overnight while unlocked in her driveway. Over $600 worth of property was taken from the two vehicles, including a back-up camera, sunglasses, tools, $30 in coin and a GPS unit.


June 16

*A "hybrid" bicycle valued at $800 was stolen Saturday afternoon from the parking lot of the Regal Cinema on Builder's Way in Niagara Falls, police said.

A North Tonawanda man told police he rode the bike to the theater but was unable to lock it up, so he left it against a light pole at about 12:40 p.m. before entering the movie theater. Upon returning at about 3:30 p.m., the bike was gone.

*A Niagara Falls woman told police that someone stole the wallet from her purse as she shopped at the Portage Road Tops Market on Saturday afternoon.

The victim, 89, told police that the wallet held $1,500 worth of money orders, along with various personal effects and her bank card. She said her purse was in her shopping cart as she shopped between 1:20 and 2 p.m.

*Niagara Falls police investigating a report of shots fired found "multiple" shell casings in an alley in the 1800 block of Niagara Avenue early Saturday.

A resident in the area reported hearing about 10 shots fired just after midnight, police said, but saw no people or vehicles in the area when he investigated the noises. Police later found the expended shell casings in an alley behind a home, but no other evidence. The shells were collected for further study.

*A tablet computer, prescription painkillers and $100 in cash were stolen during a recent burglary from a Dyson Road apartment in the Town of Lockport, Niagara County sheriff's deputies said.

The items were stolen sometime since the first of the month, the residents told deputies. They said that they sometimes leave the door to their apartment unlocked, because a neighbor baby-sits their children and were unsure exactly when the theft may have occurred.