CITY OF LOCKPORT
Three arrested on drug charges
A traffic stop on Park Avenue Friday morning led to three arrests.
Stopped for traveling too slowly, Lockport police said a license check showed the registered owner of the car — Mary Beth Frain, 42, 1101 90th St., Niagara Falls — had been suspended due to an insurance lapse. She was arrested for third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle.
After finding various drug paraphernalia in the car, police also charged Frain and two passengers in the car: Scott F. Dunkleberger, 44, 241 Ohio St., and Joseph L. Ficarra, 52, 1101 90th St., Apt. C12, Niagara Falls, with seventh- and fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.
• THEFT: Police are investigating a theft from a car in the parking lot of a mini-mart at 19th Street and Walnut Avenue. A 27-year-old woman told officers she was inside the store at 11:30 a.m. Friday when an someone took her purse from her vehicle. The purse contained cash and credit cards.
• SHOPLIFTING: A Falls woman was arrested after a shoplifting incident. Gina R. Miller, 42, 424 Cedar Ave., was charged with petit larceny. Miller is accused of taking a 22 ounce bottle of Labatt Blue beer and a 22 ounce bottle of Smirnoff Ice from the Tops supermarket in the 1000 block of Portage Avenue at 3:45 p.m. Friday without paying for the items.
• ARREST: A Falls man was arrested on a weapons possession charge. Ian M. Stewart, 17, 209 22nd St., Apt. 2, was charged with fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon. Stewart was stopped at 2:16 p.m. Friday in the 1700 block of Ashland Avenue for driving without a seat belt and not having a front license plate on his vehicle. After being stopped, cops found a gravity knife on the front seat of the car.
• THEFT: Officers are looking into an SUV break-in in the 300 block of Spruce Avenue. A 47-year-old man told police that sometime between 4 p.m. Thursday and noon Friday someone broke into his Jeep Cherokee by smashing a passenger-side front window. The victim said a blue coat was taken from the vehicle.
• LARCENY: A Shenk Road man reported Monday that someone stole 40 diazepam pills from a bottle on his kitchen table. The pills are worth $200.
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• BURGLARY: David J. Mace, 29, 6728 Akron Road, was charged Thursday afternoon with second-degree burglary, petit larceny and fifth-degree criminal possession of stolen property. Mace broke into a South Transit Street apartment Jan. 8 and stole a large plastic Corona bottle containing about $215 in charge, a portable DVD player, a DVD box set of “Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace,” a “Scarface” DVD and two bottles of vodka, the report said. The victim told police he also thought some blank checks had also been taken. Mace is believed to have gained entry to the apartment through a second-story window by using a step ladder. He was held without bail.
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• BURGLARY: A Glendale Drive man reported Thursday night that he fell asleep about 10 p.m. and woke up half an hour later to find his DVD player was missing. The man said his apartment door had been unlocked. The DVD player is worth $40.
• LARCENY: A Fuller Road woman told deputies Thursday afternoon that sometime since Jan. 10 someone stole a blue sapphire and diamond ring from her dresser drawer. The woman said she believed the ring was stolen by a home health care aide. The ring is worth $300.
• VANDALISM: A Ketchum Avenue man reported Thursday morning that someone broke the driver’s side front and rear windows on his 1988 BMW, causing $1,500 in damage.
• BURGLARY: An employee at Shur Fine Foods on North Main Street reported Thursday that someone broke a window on the skylight on the top of the building. It appears no entry was made into the building because there are steel bars below the skylight, the report said. Damage to the window is estimated at $350.
• BURGLARY: A Quaker Road man reported Thursday evening that sometime since Jan. 1, someone entered his unlocked garage and stole several items, including a pneumatic gun, a paint gun, a chain saw and batteries. The items are worth $610, the report said.
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