A Niagara Falls man was arraigned in Niagara County Court on charges that he nearly struck a police car and did crash into another vehicle about 5:30 a.m. Sept. 1 on 10th Street in that city.
Lysander C. Scott, 27, of LaSalle Avenue, pleaded not guilty to felony driving while intoxicated, first-degree aggravated unlicensed operation, failure to keep right, running a stop sign and leaving the scene of a personal injury accident.
A woman had just finished moving into her new apartment when someone broke in and stole more than $2,300 worth of property, Niagara Falls police said.
The victim told police she finished moving all her belongings into the 20th Street building just before 7 p.m., then locked up and left for about three hours. Upon returning, she found that someone had entered the residence. Items stolen included a 42-inch television, a pair of portable TV’s, a computer tower and monitor and a pair of Air Jordan sneakers.
James W. Kohl, 32, and Kimberly Ann Leonard, 51, both of Orangeport Street in Gasport, were arrested on resisting arrest and other charges after being stopped for speeding about 6:15 p.m. in the 1700 block of Niagara Street in Niagara Falls.
Kohl is charged with resisting arrest, escape, falsely reporting an incident and obstructing governmental administration.
Kohl was paroled in April 2011 from the state’s Franklin Correctional Facility after serving a term for a Buffalo-area car theft and attempted burglary. He was captured because of the state Division of Parole ankle monitor he was wearing Sunday, according to a police report.
Leonard faces possible charges for a burnt marijuana “blunt” allegedly found below her front passenger seat and the 15 hydrocodone tablets found in an unmarked container in her purse. Police reported Kohl was accused of driving 40 mph in a 30 mph zone.
• The owner of a Main Street business in Newfane reported an attempted break-in overnight.
Niagara County sheriff’s deputies reported someone pried open a sliding service window at Tammy Joe’s Cafe at 2911 Main St. A piece of wood was inside the window, preventing it from opening, according to deputies. Damage was listed at $300.
• A woman caught on security tape snatching a wallet in a convenience store last weekend is being sought by Niagara County sheriff’s deputies – and the search may be a little easier since the woman used a store loyalty card with her name on it before she left.
A clerk at a convenience store in the 2200 block of Saunders Settlement Road on the Tuscarora Reservation told deputies that she sat down at a table to have some ice cream and set her wallet down on the table at 6:30 p.m. She said when she spilled some ice cream on her arm, she left the table briefly to get a napkin and when she returned, her wallet was gone. The wallet contained $110 in cash.
Store security told deputies that the incident was captured on tape, which shows an unknown white woman wearing a brown jacket and blue jeans walk up to the table and take the wallet. Before leaving, the woman went to the register and paid for some items using a store loyalty card.
Store security officers said they would contact patrol with the name on the loyalty card.
Patrol reported that the investigation remains open.
• Someone forced their way into a closed motel and took 20 feet of copper from the hot water tank room some time overnight.
A rear door in the Niagara Falls Motel at 8710 Niagara Falls Blvd., Niagara Falls, which had been screwed closed, was found forced open, police said. Once inside, the suspects pushed their way inside another partially secured door and then entered the hot water tank room where they removed the copper pipe, valued at $250.
Vandals caused hundreds of dollars in damage to a car and home, spray-painting both the home and car and puncturing a tire in the 200 block of 83rd Street, Niagara Falls.
The victim told police that sometime between midnight and 9 a.m., someone came onto his driveway and punctured the passenger side front tire and used white spray paint to damage the hood of the vehicle, the passenger side door, and the fender and then vandalized the house, by spray-painting the siding on the house, a door and a north side window. Damage was estimated at $625.
• Niagara County sheriff deputies responded to an alarm at Amphibious Outfitters in Gasport just before 12:30 a.m.
No one was found in the store at 4433 Main St., but a north side door, which had been covered with plywood, was completely ripped off, according to deputies. Deputies also found an interior door, which led into a storage room, kicked in.
A Niagara Falls man, who pleaded guilty to a felony violation of Leandra’s Law for driving drunk with children in his vehicle, was placed on five years’ probation by State Supreme Court Justice Richard C. Kloch Sr.
Marlowe J. Smith, 31, of 23rd Street, also must serve 60 days in the county work program and pay $605 in fees and surcharges.
His blood alcohol content was measured at 0.24 percent, three times the legal threshold for intoxication, when he was pulled over June 25 in the Falls while driving his girlfriend’s car with her children, ages 1 and 6, in the back seat. Smith said the woman is now his former girlfriend.
• A Buffalo man admitted in Niagara County Court that he sold cocaine to a police informant in North Tonawanda June 21.
Eugene J. Davis, 53, of Shirley Avenue, pleaded guilty to third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance and was admitted to the judicial diversion program of court-supervised drug treatment by County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III.
If Davis succeeds in the program, his charge will be reduced to a misdemeanor and he will be placed on probation. If he fails, the repeat felon faces a maximum of 12 years in prison.