Lockport Police reports for the week of July 2
Deandre M. Mathews, 21, 21 Jordan Gardens, Apt. B, Niagara Falls was charged with unlawful possession of marijuana and criminal possession of a controlled substance June 28.
Police observed Mathews walking in the roadway. Patrol interviewed him and he stated he was heading to Cottage Street. According to police, he was unable to provide an address or who resided at the address. Mathews also allegedly continued to change his account of his evening activities.
Patrol advised him that it was common for people who break into vehicles to walk around with pull string backpacks and asked to search his backpack.
He consented and patrol located many different electronics. Patrol also located a Newport pack of cigarettes with a green, leafy vegetable matter inside.
Patrol placed him under arrest and a search found an off-white rocky substance inside of a piece of clear plastic in his right front pocket. He was also in possession of $574.
The green, leafy vegetable matter field-tested positive for the presence of marijuana. The off-white rocky substance also field-tested positive for the presence of crack cocaine.
Jacob S. Ruhl, 21, 115 South St., Apt. 3, Lockport was charged with second-degree harassment June 29.
The victim stated that she has told the defendant several times to not come into her work or have any contact with her. Ruhl entered the store and walked over to the victim as she was waiting on a customer. He allegedly leaned over the counter and demanded money from the victim. He did this in front of the customer, causing a call to police for an unwanted person.
While interviewing the victim, police reported she was visibly upset and crying. She stated she was scared of him and wanted an order of protection.
Jeffrey J. Farrell, 23, 279 Washburn St., Apt. 3, Lockport was charged with petit larceny June 30.
The victim stated to police that she was in the Niagara Hotel when the suspect came up to her and stole her phone. The phone was a gray flip phone, valued at approximately $100. The victim tried to call the phone several times, but got no answer.
Franklon L. Rice, 48, 17 Bacon St., Lockport was charged with criminal possession of stolen property and fourth-degree grand larceny June 30.
On June 17, police found Rice walking down the road pushing a lawnmower. Rice stated that he found the property on the northwest corner of Minard and Ransom Streets.
Rice told police the mower was in the grass and appeared to be out for garbage. He said he was taking the item because he believed it was in the garbage.
Patrol spoke with the parties at the residence on the corner of Minard and Ransom Streets. They said they never had the mower on their property and stated they saw Rice pushing the mover east.
Patrol also spoke with two other witnesses who stated they saw him pushing the mower on Amelia Street. There witnesses said they saw the party pushing the mower with his car and trying to pull it as well.
Patrol could see visible damage on the vehicle and paint marks on the mower.
Kevin M. Schojan, 48, 17 Blum Ave., Buffalo was charged with third-degree menacing, second-degree trespass and unlawful possession of marijuana June 30.
Police responded for an unwanted person. Upon arrival, patrol interviewed the victim, who stated an unknown white male was following her around. When she went up to her apartment to check on her kids, the male followed. She told him repeatedly to stop but he continued. She opened her apartment door and he reportedly followed her inside. She said she yelled at him to leave multiple times but her just stared at her.
A witness came over from his apartment and told him to leave several times and he eventually left. Patrol later located Schojan in a different apartment and was allegedly highly intoxicated. He was unable to tell patrol the sequence of the events that he happened consistently.
He was placed under arrest, and while he was being searched a green, leafy vegetable matter was located in a clear, plastic bag in his right front pocket.
Brian D. Rupple, 27, 4570 Royalton Center Road, Gasport was charged with petit larceny, second-degree criminal trespass and second-degree harassment July 1.
One June 25, patrol responded to 100 Transit St. for a burglary report. The victim stated she was inside a Pine Street apartment when Rupple allegedly entered and demanded to have the phone he sold her back.
The victim said she refused and Rupple reportedly reached for the phone and she pulled away. Rupple then put the victim in a headlock and she bit his arm, causing him to allegedly punch her in the face.
The victim threatened to call 911 and Rupple ran out of the apartment without the phone.