Attempted break-in at church, liquor store investigated
Niagara County Sheriff's deputies were called to Main Street early Saturday morning after receiving a report of man trying to break into a church and liquor store.
A woman working at a nearby store called police about 3:30 a.m. to report she saw a man trying to open several windows at the church before moving on to the liquor store where he was attempting to open a north side door.
Deputies responded to the area and found a man matching the suspect's description in the parking lot of Eastern Niagara Hospital Newfane. He was brought back to the Main Street store where the worker positively identified him.
The man was eventually released after deputies could find no indications of attempted entry at the church and liquor store.
• CHARGED: Nina L. Allen, 31, 819 Sunnyside Drive, was charged with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance about 12:15 a.m. Thursday, according to the Niagara County Sheriff's Office. Deputies were called to a D Street home shortly after midnight on Thursday for a report of an unwanted woman in the home who was locked inside a bedroom smoking crack. When they entered the home, deputies said they found Allen high on crack with a small amount of crack cocaine rocks next to her on a bedside table. While searching her purse, deputies said they found two more pieces of crack.
• VANDALISM: Niagara County Sheriff's deputies were called to Water Street for a report of a damaged mooring ball near a yacht business. Deputies said the $600 mooring ball had been punctured by a knife sometime between Nov. 25 and Thursday. Youths in the area are thought to the culprits and more mooring balls could be damaged.
• ATTEMPTED BURGLARY: A Lutts Road resident told sheriff's deputies that he found the doors open to two 40-foot shipping containers in his front yard. Inside the containers were all of the resident's household items. Locks on both containers were damaged to allow the containers to be opened. The resident said nothing appeared missing. Deputies advised the resident to park heavy equipment on the property in front of the shipping containers.