A Caterpillar rubber tire backhoe, valued a $40,000, was reported stolen from a construction site’s vehicle storage area at the intersection of Lockport and Mapleton roads in Pendleton. The victim told Niagara County sheriff’s deputies that when he arrived at work on Tuesday morning he discovered the vehicle was missing and contacted the owner of Catco Construction of Alden to confirm that the equipment was not moved to another work site.
• The owner of a crane game vending machine in Lockport told Niagara County sheriff’s deputies that someone broke into the machine and stole the bill collector, but left the coins behind. The machine located in the Tops Market, 5827 South Transit Road, was broken into sometime between Oct. 5 and Tuesday, according to the owner. Approximately $55 was reported stolen, but damage to the machine was more than $300, according to deputies.
A Niagara Falls man was charged with pulling a knife on a man in a fight. Keith R. White, 41, of 78th Street, was charged with second-degree menacing at 9 p.m. on Zito Drive, city police reported.
The victim said he was in a fight with another man in a Zito Drive apartment and said White, who he didn’t know, became angry about something and punched him in the nose. He said he then asked White to step outside. Once the two men were outside the victim said White said “I’m gonna fight you. I’m gonna cut you” and pulled a large folding knife out of his front pocket. The victim said he was able to flee to safety and called police.
About $2,000 in belongings were stolen during a break-in overnight at a mobile home on River Road, Niagara County sheriff’s deputies said. Missing are two flat-screen televisions, a safe containing prescription drugs and $500 in cash, authorities added.
A 2002 Jeep was stolen from a Tronolone Place address overnight Friday, Niagara Falls police said. The vehicle was valued at $2,000.
• A TV and a laptop computer were stolen from a Niagara Avenue home, said Niagara Falls police, who noted a side window was believed to be entered during the break-in. The loss was estimated at $849.
• Game systems, diamond jewelry, televisions, laptops and motorized scooters were among the items reported stolen last week in a burglary in the 2800 block of Ferry Avenue in Niagara Falls. The victim told police that someone broke in, smashing a side window to gain entry, between 6:20 a.m. and 2:20 p.m.
The thief took four televisions, two laptops, two motorized scooters, three game systems, iPods, a diamond necklace and bracelet, two cameras, a GPS, $200 sunglasses, a fire safe, and $1,250 worth of games. Total loss was listed at $14,550.
Niagara Falls police investigated a pair of burglaries a block apart on Ninth Street.
The first occurred in a vacant residence in the 500 block. A rear door was forced open, causing about $200 worth of damage, and a pair of light fixtures were stolen. The lights were valued at $30.
A resident in the 400 block of Ninth Street told police that someone shoved aside a washing machine blocking a disabled door, and entered her apartment about 9 p.m. Two televisions were stolen from the home, along with some bedding and a laptop computer. Loss was listed at $2,220.
• An elderly woman’s purse was stolen in the afternoon while she worked at a gift table at the downtown Oktoberfest celebration, police reported.
The 86-year-old Alden resident told police she left the purse on a chair behind her while she worked the booth. About 5:50 p.m. she discovered the purse missing. The purse contained a credit card, personal effects and about $120 in cash, police said.
A $200 pair of Oakley sunglasses were among the items stolen from a LaSalle woman’s car, police said. The victim told police that someone entered her unlocked car in her driveway sometime between 2 and 11:30 a.m.
A Niagara Falls man was sentenced by Niagara County Court Judge Sara Sheldon Farkas to serve one year in County Jail for selling drugs. Dylan P. Phillips, 21, of Lindbergh Avenue pleaded guilty on May 25 to fifth-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance for selling cocaine Dec. 1 and oxymorphone Dec. 7, both to Niagara Falls police informants.
Niagara Falls police said they stopped two vehicles in unrelated cases for driving without headlights and in both cases the drivers were found to be driving drunk.
James L. “Pete” Kemp, 30, of Hyde Park Boulevard was stopped by police just after midnight on Willow Avenue and 24th Street for a headlight violation and was additionally charged with aggravated unlicensed operation, operating an unregistered vehicle and driving while intoxicated.
Another vehicle was stopped for a headlight violation at 3:30 a.m. in the 2400 block of Cleveland Avenue.
John C. Woodley, 51, of Cleveland Avenue was charged with driving while intoxicated, headlight violation, two counts of failure to stop for a stop sign, failure to signal a turn, and unreasonable speed.