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Jan. 2

A Lewiston-Porter school bus aide said she was threatened by a female student from Niagara Academy.

Niagara County sheriff’s deputies said a case has been filed in Cambria Town Court against the unidentified female student and an order of protection will be sought. No arrest was reported.

The bus aide told deputies that in the incident, which occurred Dec. 18, the girl was disciplined on the bus and was told by the principal to move to the front of the bus. The girl then swore at the bus aide, refusing to sit near her and then as she left the bus she threatened the bus aide and her children.

The bus aide told deputies that she was fearful because the girl had verbally attacked her son last year, to the point that another person had to intervene.

Jan. 3

A woman who admitted intending to sell cocaine in Niagara Falls March 5 was admitted to the judicial diversion program of court-supervised drug treatment by Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon Farkas.

Shemika L. Woods, 31, of Eighth Street, said she didn’t start using drugs until age 29.

“I was stressed out after my last baby,” the mother of two explained.

She pleaded guilty to third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. She faces up to nine years in state prison if she fails in the treatment program, but if she succeeds, Woods could be placed on three years’ probation with her charges being reduced to a misdemeanor.

Jan. 6

A Lockport man is accused of grabbing an unattended envelope containing $143 in cash from a Robinson Road store over the weekend.

Timothy S. Reinard, 44, of Dysinger Road was charged Monday with petit larceny. He was caught when he returned to the store a few days after the theft, police said.

A manager at Kenyon’s Store, 6550 Robinson Road, told deputies that an unknown man came in and grabbed an unattended red envelope containing cash, then left the store at 9 p.m. Saturday. After reviewing security tape the manager spotted the suspect returning to the store on Monday and contacted deputies. Patrol located the suspect, identified as Reinard, and told him there was security tape of the theft.

Reinard admitted to the theft and led police to where he threw the envelope, according to patrol.

• A catalytic convertor was cut off a van owned by M&M Electric while it was parked in the 4800 block of Henry Avenue in Niagara Falls sometime between 12:30 a.m. Sunday and 7 a.m. Monday.

The catalytic convertor was valued at $600 and the exhaust pipe $350, police reported.

Jan. 7

More than $14,000 worth of construction supplies, tools, furniture and appliances were reported stolen from a storage room and detached garage in the 2200 block of LaSalle Avenue, Niagara Falls.

The home’s landlord said that sometime in the previous week, someone entered the basement and kicked open a locked storage room and also entered a detached garage. He said $3,500 worth of hand and power tools, a dryer, and a mattress and two box springs were taken from the storage room.

Taken from the garage were construction supplies, including an electrical panel, a shower enclosure, hand rails and two furnaces, as well as a stove, refrigerator and a snowblower, police reported. Total loss and damage $14,200.

A first floor tenant said she gave a man a key to the garage to so he could get a shovel to clear the sidewalk, but couldn’t remember if he returned it. She also said she often leaves the house unlocked.

• A Rochester property owner reported extensive damage to his vacant property in the 6700 block of Bear Ridge Road, Pendleton, after a water meter and copper and steel pipes were stolen from the basement.

The 68-year-old owner told Niagara County sheriff’s deputies that he first noticed an increase in the gas bill and when he went to investigate found that a south door had been forced open and there was water running from the basement. He said the entry happened sometime since Nov. 1.

Town Water Superintendent James Argo told deputies that a $300 water meter was taken, causing extensive damage to dry wall in the basement.

• Eight guns, including shotguns, rifles and a muzzle loader, that had been left unsecured in a bedroom closet at a home in the 2000 block of 72nd Street, Niagara Falls, were reported stolen.

The 53-year-old victim said that sometime in the past week a brown/camouflage, 12 gauge Remington shotgun, two black 20 gauge Remington shotguns, an Electra camouflage muzzle loader, two Marlin 22 caliber rifles and a Remington 22 caliber rifle and one unknown make 10 gauge camouflage shotgun were stolen.

He said one shotgun belonged to his niece who was storing it at his house for safekeeping because it had been stolen in the past. He told police there was no sign of forced entry and said a suspect must have known where the guns were hidden and also put the empty gun cases back in the closet.

Jan. 9

Men from Lockport and Niagara Falls pleaded guilty to cocaine possession charges in separate cases in County Court.

Gary Kelly, 42, of John Street, Lockport, admitted to a reduced charge of attempted third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. Kelly was arrested March 6 when police raided his home and seized a reported 2.05 ounces of cocaine and $1,731 in cash, which Kelly agreed to forfeit.

Cordaro T. Walker, 21, of Hyde Park Boulevard, Niagara Falls, pleaded guilty to fourth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance for having ,46 ounces of cocaine when he was arrested April 11 in a traffic stop on West Avenue in Lockport. He forfeited $50.

County Judge Sara Sheldon Farkas scheduled sentencing in both cases for March 27. She agreed to cap Kelly’s prison time at three years but made no promises to Walker, who could receive up to 5½ years behind bars.