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January 12, 2012

Police blotter items published Jan. 12, 2012

City of Lockport

Stalking: Donald P. Mullen, 45, 6523 Applewood Lane, was charged with fourth-degree stalking, second-degree aggravated harassment, first- and second-degree criminal contempt Wednesday at police headquarters. Mullen is accused of contacting a woman twice, on Dec. 31 and again Jan. 10, in violation of a court order of protection. Mullen turned himself in on the charges and was arraigned Wednesday in City Court.

Contempt: Mark J. Staufenberger, 51, of Route 20A, Varysburg, was charged with second-degree aggravated harassment and second-degree criminal contempt Wednesday at police headquarters. Staufenberger is accused of leaving a vulgar voice message on a High Street woman’s phone Dec. 10, and in doing so, violating an order of protection issued by Niagara County Family Court, according to the police report. Staufenberger turned himself in and was arraigned in City Court.

Contempt: Jason M. Hiczewski, 35, 88 Dirkson Ave., West Seneca, was charged with second-degree criminal contempt Wednesday at police headquarters. Hiczewski is accused of contacting a Passaic Avenue woman through Facebook postings, and attempting contact through the woman’s roommate, on Nov. 28 and Dec. 13, in violation of a court-issued stay-away order, according to the police report. Hiczewski turned himself in and was arraigned in City Court.

Mischief: Michael T. Gutschow, 21, 47 Prentice St., and Cody J. Hetherly, 20, 4632 Sunset Drive, both were charged with making graffiti Wednesday. According to police, the men admitted to spray-painting “CURB STOMP” on the underside of the north side of the Matt Murphy Way bridge. Police pursued a tip about two males spray-painting the bridge, and located Gutschow and Hetherly in a wooded area of the Odd Fellows campus, Old Niagara Road, the report said. The men were held on $250 bail each ahead of arraignment in City Court.

Town of Lockport

Possession: Derek S. Corwin, 25, 6485 Dysinger Road, was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance and two vehicle-and-traffic violations Tuesday. A sheriff’s deputy stopped Corwin’s vehicle on Upper Mountain Road after determining the registration was suspended. The deputy searched the vehicle and, in the center console, found a silver case containing a $1 bill and a straw, both tainted with a white, powdery residue believed to be hydrocodone, the sheriff’s report said. Corwin was held on $250 bail and is due Jan. 17 in Town Court.

Newfane

Fire: A barn in the 5200 block of Ide Road caught fire Tuesday evening. The owner said a passerby alerted him to the fire shortly before 6 p.m. A fire was going in a wood-burning stove in the barn earlier in the day, but the owner said he believed the fire was nearly extinguished before 5 p.m. The Wilson and South Wilson volunteer fire companies responded to fight the blaze and provide traffic control in the area, according to the sheriff’s report. The exact cause of the fire and extent of the damage to the barn were not known Wednesday.

Somerset

Fire: Barker volunteer firefighters responded to a dryer fire about 6:35 p.m. Tuesday in the 1100 block of Quaker Road. Five people left the house safely and the fire was put out before causing any structural damage to the house, according to the sheriff’s report.

Medina

Larceny: James D. Farewell Jr., 23, 7999 Ridge Road, Gasport, and Jim D. Farewell, 48, 11924 Fletcher Chapel Road, Medina, both were charged with fourth-degree grand larceny and third-degree criminal trespass Tuesday. According to state police, the men are accused of taking vehicles and parts — five automobiles, one motorcycle, two vehicle doors, a front fender, a transmission and an air conditioning unit — from a Middleport man’s property on North Gravel Road in November 2011. Both men received tickets to appear Feb. 1 in Ridgeway Town Court.

North Tonawanda

Arson: Andrew J. Williams, 17, of Northcreek Run, and Ryan P. Koehler, 17, of Culpepper Drive, both were charged with fourth-degree arson and third-degree criminal mischief Tuesday. The boys are accused of starting a fire at Zach’s Lazer Wash, Niagara Falls Boulevard, Wheatfield, on Jan. 2 while the two-business building was open and occupied, according to state police. Two males are seen on surveillance video starting the fire and then fleeing the scene, the agency said; the building damage estimate is $40,000. Williams and Koehler both received tickets to appear Jan. 24 in Wheatfield Town Court.

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