Man charged with stealing checks

A city man is facing several felony charges after he forged several checks from a co-worker’s bank account.

Jason Glen Sears, 20, 6403 Buell Drive, was charged Wednesday with two counts each of second-degree forgery and second-degree possession of a forged instrument.

A Waterman Street man reported Tuesday that he opened his First Niagara Bank statement and noticed two checks that were made out to Sears.

The first was made out April 2, in the amount of $150, and the second was made out April 8, in the amount of $50.

He told police he’d worked with Sears at D.R. Chamberlain on Simons Street for about six months.


Country club reports third recent larceny

The Niagara-Orleans Country Club on Telegraph Road has reportedly been hit by thieves for the third time in two weeks.

Deputies responded to the club Wednesday morning for an alarm activation and found a broken window. An employee responded to the scene and discovered six bottles of alcohol, worth $120, had been taken.

On April 29, about 10 bottles of liquor, worth $130, were missing from inside the business, the report said.

A golf cart worth about $3,000 was also reported stolen. Three other golf carts were reported stolen April 28.

Niagara Falls

• STUDENT WITH DRUGS: A teenage student at Gaskill Preparatory School was found in possession of two small bags of marijuana on Thursday. An employee at the school reported the finding to an on-duty police security guard, but asked the officer not to take the student into custody. The student, whose name was not released because he is an juvenile, was picked up by his parents.

• ARSON: Police are investigating a fire in the 500 block of 24th Street that may have been started by two youths. Firefighters responded to the vacant home at 555 24th Street shortly after 2 p.m. Thursday to find flames coming out of a second-floor window. Witnesses told officers that two boys had been seen at the back of the house minutes earlier. The cause is believed to be arson.

City of Lockport

• DISORDERLY: Michael A. Hallows, 45, 2351 Hess Road, Appleton, was charged Wednesday afternoon with disorderly conduct after a traffic stop on East Avenue. Hallows allegedly became upset and yelled profanities as officers were issuing him a ticket and towing his car. He was held in lieu of $100 bail and is due Monday in Lockport City Court.

• DRUGS: Andrew J. Faling, 16, 289 Church St., Apt. 2, was charged Wednesday evening with unlawful possession of marijuana. Officers responded to Clinton and North Adam streets for a report of three teens possibly smoking marijuana. Officers located Faling and two other teens, and the smell of marijuana was in the air, the report said. The three teens were reportedly acting nervous and standing in a circle. On the ground between them, officers reportedly found a small plastic bag containing marijuana. Faling was released on his own recognizance. The other teens, who are juveniles, were released to their parents. Faling is due Tuesday in Lockport City Court.

• LARCENY: Michael J. Smith, 16, 247 Price St., was charged Tuesday with petit larceny. Smith allegedly tried to steal a mountain bike from outside a Grant Street home. The residents reportedly saw Smith and stopped him, keeping him on the scene until police arrived. Smith was held in lieu of $200 bail.

• DISORDERLY: Hilary E. Falls, 22, 98 Washington St., Apt. 2, was charged Tuesday with disorderly conduct. Officers responded to Lockport Memorial Hospital for a report that Falls was sitting in the emergency room and refused to leave. When officers told Falls she had to leave, she allegedly used profanity. She was released on an appearance ticket.

n HARASSMENT: Christopher M. Howard, 20, 6367 Robinson Toad, Apt. 11, was charged Tuesday with fourth-degree criminal mischief and second-degree harassment. Howard allegedly fought with a Waterman Street woman at her home. Another man told police he tried to pull Howard off the woman, and Howard allegedly smacked the man in the face. The man's glasses were knocked to the ground and broken.

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