• ARREST: A St. Catharines, Ont., woman was arrested following a shoplifting incident at 5:25 p.m. Friday at a liquor store in the 8400 block of Niagara Falls Boulevard. Lori-Ann Bowman, 47, 725 Welland St., St. Catharines, was charged with petit larceny after a store employee told police she took bottle of liquor from store shelves, placed them in a bag under her wheelchair and left the store without paying. Officers at the scene asked her about the merchandise and she reportedly turned over six bottles of alcohol, totaling $62.86.
• THEFT: Police are investigating a reported theft from inside a residence which occurred between 7:15 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 20 and 7:15 p.m. Friday in the 400 block of Eighth Street. The victim, a 36-year-old woman, told officers someone had taken $200 cash from a wallet she kept stashed away in a purse in a closet for safe keeping. She said only one other person knew it was there, her boyfriend, who told police he had no knowledge of what happened to the money. She said there was no recent activation of the burglary alarm at the residence.
• ARREST: A Falls man was arrested during an alleged burglary in progress which occurred at 9:04 a.m. Friday in the 1900 block of Whitney Avenue. Dominique Harrell, 20, 625 20th Street, was charged with third-degree burglary, third-degree criminal mischief, attempted petit larceny and possession of burglary tools after responding to a reported request for a premise check of a vacant property. Upon arrival, officers report Harrell was seen leaving the building in possession of a crowbar, a flashlight and a backpack, revealed to contain pliers, tin snips, wire cutters, a pipe cutter and another flashlight. After he was subdued by officers at the scene and when asked why he was there, Harrell responded, “You know what I’m doing. I’m scrapping.” Damage estimates are reported at $1,070 to the vacant property’s door and window. He was reportedly transported to headquarters without incident.
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• CHARGED: Dwayne T. Wright, 49, 750 Revere Ave., North Tonawanda, was charged with DWI and failure to use a designated lane about 4 a.m. Friday, according to Niagara County Sheriff’s deputies. Another driver called police to report that Wright was driving erratically on Williams Road. A deputy caught up to him in a parking lot off of Porter Road, near Niagara Falls International Airport, but Wright tried to flee when the deputy turned on his domed lights. Wright exited the parking lot and drove at a very slow rate of speed along the shoulder of Porter Road before stopping after about 150 feet. The deputy said he could smell alcohol when he approached the car and Wright was unable to stand up and walk without assistance. When asked if he would submit to a chemical blood test, the deputy said Wright responded, “Why would I do that?” He was charged and brought to Niagara County Jail on $250 police bail.