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CAMBRIA – A window was smashed to gain entry into an unattached garage in the 3700 block of Ridge Road sometime between 10 p.m. Sunday and 6 p.m. Monday, according to Niagara County sheriff’s deputies.

The suspect took a $900 welder that was in the garage and a $400 iPhone that was sitting on a bench in the garage. Someone also kicked and damaged the hood of a 2006 Ford Mustang.

The homeowner told deputies that a family member who has been asking for money is suspected.

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LOCKPORT – A man accused of burglarzing a garage Dec. 5 on Eighth Avenue in North Tonawanda pleaded not guilty to a three-count indictment Tuesday in Niagara County Court.

Assistant District Attorney Heather A. DeCastro said Leandro Bruno Jr., 27, of Eighth Avenue, was seen by the homeowner leaving the garage at another home on that street. DeCastro said the resident chased Bruno, who dropped stolen property along the way through some backyards onto Seventh Avenue, where the homeowner tackled him and fought with him as the owner shouted for someone to call police.

Bruno, charged with third-degree burglary, fifth-degree criminal possession of stolen property and third-degree grand larceny, is free on $1,000 bail.

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LOCKPORT – Rodriguez A. Bembo, who was to have been released Thursday from Niagara County Jail after completing a sentence in a drug case, was charged Tuesday with breaking a fellow inmate’s orbital bone with a punch on March 24.

Bembo, 42, of Washington Street, Lockport, formerly of Amherst, pleaded not guilty in State Supreme Court to second-degree assault. Deputy District Attorney Doreen M. Hoffmann said Bembo punched Antiwon J. Dunmeyer in the eye, ostensibly because Dunmeyer was being too loud while Bembo was trying to speak to his girlfriend on the telephone.

Bembo was sent to jail for violating probation on his guilty plea to a felony charge of selling cocaine in the City of Lockport twice in 2011. Dunmeyer, 33, of Buffalo, has been sent to state prison to serve 2 1/3 to seven years in a domestic violence case.

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LOCKPORT – A City of Tonawanda man who took part in a North Tonawanda burglary last year was assigned Tuesday to the judicial diversion program for drug treatment by State Supreme Court Justice Richard C. Kloch Sr.

James K. Bender, 42, of Longs Avenue, pleaded guilty to attempted third-degree burglary. If he succeeds in diversion, his charge will be reduced to a misdemeanor with a probation sentence at worst. But if he fails, Bender faces up to four years in prison.

He and Robert B. Patrick, 30, of Vandervoort Street, North Tonawanda, entered a garage on Maple Terrace in North Tonawanda Feb. 21, 2013. Patrick pleaded guilty to the same charge as Bender, but was kicked out of diversion after being arrested for another burglary, and is now serving two to six years in state prison.

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A motorcyclist involved in a disturbance in Orchard Park was charged with driving while intoxicated, police said Tuesday.

Officers responding to the disturbance Monday night on Vistula Avenue in the town learned an intoxicated man left the scene on a motorcycle, heading east on Lake Avenue. The motorcycle was pulled over a short distance away.

Police said the operartor, Timothy Bonnas, 51, of Elma, failed field sobriety tests and refused to submit to a breath test. Bonnas was charged with a felony count of DWI because of a previous felony DWI conviction in 2005, police said. He also was charged with driving out of class because he isn’t properly licensed to drive a motorcycle.

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JAMESTOWN – A woman will undergo a mental health evaluation after falsely claiming that she was attacked from behind and robbed at knifepoint early Tuesday while she was jogging behind a West Harrison Street business, city police said,

Police said the woman, who concocted the story as the result of an emotional issue, said she was attacked from behind at about 4:40 a.m. by someone who hit her in the head with a rock, and that her engagement ring and an iPod were stolen by a man who threatened her with a knife.

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Jacquelyn Witman, 31, a former Buffalo resident lately living in Atlanta, Ga., pleaded guilty Monday to charges of conspiracy to possess marijuana with intent to distribute it, and to distributing marijuana in an interstate trafficking operation.

She is the third suspect to plead guilty, among six suspects in the case. She faces a prison term of up to five years and a $250,000 fine when she is sentenced by Chief U.S. District Judge William M. Skretny in Buffalo. Her sentencing date has yet to be scheduled.

In the multi-agency case that led to the seizure of about $1 million in cash, an Alden man and two Buffalo men still face trial. A Phoenix, Ariz., man and a Tempe, Ariz., man have been convicted here of marijuana trafficking and still face sentencing.

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LOCKPORT – A 32-year-old Buffalo man was arrested Monday afternoon by State Police for allegedly collecting more than $6,700 in state unemployment checks illegally while he was working full time for various Niagara County employers between September 2010 and last October.

John J. Campfield Jr. was charged with grand larceny, falsifying business records and offering a false instrument for filing. The investigation by the Bureau of Criminal Investigation was launched at the request of the State Department of Labor. Campfield faces further proceedings May 7 in Lockport City Court.

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A 23-year-old West Seneca man was arrested on drug charges when the rental car he was driving was pulled over at Comstock and Dart streets about 1 p.m. Monday.

Jerome G. Grant was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance when he was seen throwing a baggie of cocaine out of the car. He was also charged with unlawful possession of marijuana and unlawful use of a motor vehicle for not wearing a seat belt. After it was confirmed he was driving a car that had been rented by his girlfriend and that he had not been authorized to use it, he was remanded to the Erie County Holding Center.

Grant was arrested by State Police assigned to the Buffalo Strike Force.

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A search continued Monday by State Police trying to track down the driver who struck a pedestrian walking on the east shoulder of Grand Island Boulevard near Bedell Road on Grand Island about 10:30 p.m. Saturday.

The 58-year-old victim was aided at the scene by the Grand Island Fire Department and taken by ambulance to Erie County Medical Center for treatment of head injuries. The victim’s identity was not released.

Anyone with information on the accident is asked to contact State Police at 773-9651 or 759-6831.

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LEWISTON – A burning vehicle was found fully engulfed between Rainbow Lake and Meyers Lake, off Blacknose Spring Road on the Tuscarora Indian Reservation just after 1 a.m. Monday.

Niagara County sheriff’s deputies found the burning vehicle with the door to the gasoline tank open, and arson is suspected.

A license plate was found near the vehicle, identified as a 1998 Pontiac Bonneville, which was reported stolen on April 17 by a 41-year-old man in the 1100 block of Linwood Avenue.

Pekin Volunteer Fire Department put out the fire.

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LOCKPORT – Three Lockport teenagers who entered a Lock Street home March 29 and robbed the occupant pleaded guilty Monday in State Supreme Court to charges of attempted second-degree robbery.

Each could be sent to prison for as long as seven years when they are sentenced by Justice Richard C. Kloch Sr. Sentencing is June 23 for Kyliek J. Bembo, 16, of Lock Street; June 24 for Maria Parete, 18, of Hawley Street; and June 25 for Lewis M. Williams III, 16, of Erie Street.

Police said the trio stole several PlayStations and a laptop computer. Assistant District Attorney Peter M. Wydysh said Monday that a marijuana smoking device called a bong also was stolen. Assistant Public Defender Michael E. Benedict said one of the robbers was armed with a BB gun.

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A 23-year-old Chaffee man was arrested by Erie County Sheriff’s deputies on charges of driving illegally and drunken driving when he was stopped on Route 39 in the Town of Sardinia for alleged traffic violations about 10:45 p.m. Sunday.

Dylan J. Draper was charged with driving while intoxicated after it was found he had a blood alcohol reading of 0.17 per cent, more than twice the state’s legal limit, deputies said. Draper was also charged with aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle in the first-degree after it was found his driver’s license was suspended because of pending alcohol charges, the deputies added.

His car was impounded and towed away. He faces proceedings in Sardinia Town Court.

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NIAGARA FALLS – A 19-year-old woman told police that a man grabbed her by the hair and struck her in the face shortly after 5 p.m. Sunday in a parking lot in the 1500 block of Military Road.

She added that she was kicked in the face by a woman who had been with the man, and her purse was stolen.

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NIAGARA FALLS -- Police arrested a Sanborn man for a parole violation Sunday while investigating a burglary at a Cayuga Island residence.

Lucas R. Mitten, 26, of Mt. Hope Road, Sanborn, was arrested around 11:30 a.m. while walking near the scene of the burglary, police said. The victim of the break-in told police that a $1,400 generator had been stolen out of his Hennepin Avenue garage during the night. He told police that his daughter, who he said has a child with Mitten, may have been involved in the theft. An investigation is continuing.

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NIAGARA FALLS – An estimated $500 worth of belongings was stolen from a Virginia woman’s car early Saturday while it was parked in the driveway of her parents’ home on Cayuga Island, police said.

The vehicle was parked, unlocked, in the 9300 block of Rivershore Drive when it was entered, probably between 1 and 6 a.m., according to reports. An iPod and a pair of sunglasses were stolen from the vehicle.

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A woman arrested for driving while intoxicated saw her charges escalate Saturday night when Orchard Park police discovered her 14-year-old daughter in the car.

Kathleen G. Nurt, 48, of Orchard Park, was charged with a felony Leandra’s Law violation and endangering the welfare of a child in addition to DWI as a result of a traffic stop on North Buffalo Street.

Nurt had a DWI conviction last year.

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NIAGARA FALLS – State Police arrested a Niagara Falls woman Friday and charged her with fraudulently obtaining more than $8,500 worth of unemployment benefits.

Tieshia V. Thomas, 24, was charged with three felonies: third-degree grand larceny, first-degree falsifying business records and first-degree offering a false instrument for filing.

Thomas allegedly had a job in Niagara Falls when she filed for jobless benefits between January 2012 and September 2013, troopers said. The case was investigated by the State Labor Department.

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TOWN OF LOCKPORT – More than $5,000 worth of property was stolen in a pair of recent break-ins, two doors apart, on Cambria Road.

A detached garage used for a side business was broken into between 7:30 p.m. Thursday and 9:30 a.m. Friday in the 5000 block of Cambria Road, sheriff’s deputies said. Entry was gained through a window, and the burglar stole a heavy torch set, a 40-inch television that had been mounted to a wall, and a rechargeable flashlight. Loss in that case was estimated at $1,675.

Deputies said that several shelves and tool drawers were rummaged through, and a child’s wagon was used to move the 75-pound torch set. The wagon was left behind. The burglar also entered a detached shed on the property and stole a 1971 Honda motorbike, and a wheelbarrow that had been left nearby.

Two houses down, a similar break-in was reported. A shed and a drag racing trailer on that property were entered, with two mountain bikes, a generator and various performance car parts being stolen. Loss in that case was listed at $3,410.

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LOCKPORT – The Niagara County District Attorney’s office filed a notice of appeal last week in connection with the dismissal of felony marijuana charges against two men, which was ordered because County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III believed they were victims of racial profiling.

Murphy said March 21 that he believed Niagara Falls police were unjustified in pulling over and searching the vehicle occupied by the defendants, even though the driver pleaded guilty to running a stop sign after the marijuana felonies were thrown out. Murphy said he thought it was a case of “driving while black.”

Murphy’s ruling nullified an indictment against the driver, Shateek L. Payne, 36, of Fillmore Avenue, Buffalo, and his passenger, Joachim S. Sylvester, 38, of Ontario Avenue, Niagara Falls, which was lodged after police found seven pounds of marijuana in the back seat, as well as 27 oxymorphone pills and a stack of counterfeit money in Sylvester’s pockets.

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A Cheektowaga man was arrested last week in connection with an attack on a man April 17 on Marion Street.

James Woelfle, 45, of Claudette Court, is accused of the midafternoon attack, in which the victim was clubbed with a wrench by Woelfle and an accomplice, police said. The victim was treated for severe head injuries in Kenmore Mercy Hospital.

Woelfle was charged with second-degree assault and criminal possession of marijuana. Police said the second attacker is still being sought.

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LOCKPORT – Sean M. Vickers, who has turned down three plea offers in a triple-child molestation case, had his trial postponed for three months during an appearance last week in Niagara County Court.

Vickers, 45, of Geneva, a Level 3 sex offender, is charged with sexually abusing three children in the Barker and Middleport area between August 2012 and March 2013. He faces similar charges in Genesee County involving five children, some of them being the same ones as in the Niagara County case.

County Judge Sara Sheldon Farkas agreed to a request from Assistant Public Defender A. Joseph Catalano to put the trial off from May 12 to Aug. 18. Catalano said he needs more time to prepare for a trial that was put off from its original April 7 date. Vickers faces a maximum sentence of life in prison if he is convicted. The most recent plea offer would have limited his prison term to 20 years, concurrent with anything he receives in Genesee County.

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LOCKPORT – A North Tonawanda man faces a maximum of two years in the Niagara County Jail under terms of a plea deal for drunken driving accepted last week.

State Supreme Court Justice Richard C. Kloch Sr. will pass sentence June 16 on Daniel S. Couturiaux, 42, of Deerfield Drive, North Tonawanda, who admitted to felony driving while intoxicated and resisting arrest. The traffic stop occurred Nov. 17 in Wheatfield.

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LOCKPORT – Lawrence E. Smith of Niagara Falls, a repeat drug felon, pleaded guilty again last week and was admitted by Niagara County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III to the judicial diversion program of court-supervised drug treatment.

Smith, 25, of Linwood Avenue, risks 12 years in state prison if he doesn’t get clean this time. He pleaded guilty to third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell for exiting a car and throwing a baggie of crack cocaine under the vehicle when police pulled up in the parking lot of the Caravan Motel on Niagara Falls Boulevard in the Falls Sept. 13.

The plea deal also wrapped up two subsequent drug arrests in Lewiston and the Falls.

Smith’s brother, James S. Smith, 23, of Dudley Avenue, and Robert L. Hilson, 22, of Chilton Avenue, remain under indictment in the motel case.

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