Tonawanda News — N. Tonawanda
Business owner arrested for forgery
Niagara County Sheriff James Voutour said the owner of a North Tonawanda business has been arrested on charges forgery and grand larceny.
Robert L. Blume, 33, of Wheatfield, owner of WNY Emergency Lighting Co., 178 Ward Road, was charged with three counts of possessing a forged instrument and one count of third-degree grand larceny, all felonies.
Sheriff’s Investigator Jeffrey Pytlik said Blume created the company to defraud investors, one of whom lost a substantial but unspecified amount of money in the venture. Blume forged documents to convince investors he’d obtained contracts to do work for the sheriff’s department, the Town of Wheatfield and multiple local fire companies. The contracts were all fake, Pytlik said.
Blume met with investigators at North Tonawana police headquarters, where he was arrested. He is being held in lieu of $5,000 bail.
Town of Tonawanda
LARCENY: David J. Camalleri Jr. was arrested Tuesday for petit larceny, second-degree forgery, operating a motor vehicle impaired by drugs, operating a motor vehicle by an unlicensed driver and third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a vehicle. He was allegedly stealing bulk food from a store and then attempted to drive away in a vehicle.
City of Tonawanda
DRUGS: Michael R. Patenaude, 21, of Filmore Avenue, was arrested Tuesday on a warrant for unlawful possession of marijuana, criminal possession of a controlled substance and possession of fireworks. The incident occurred Sept. 20. He was held for court.
LARCENY: Kathleen J. Chettleburg, 69, of Erie Avenue, North Tonawanda, was arrested Wednesday for petit larceny. She allegedly was shoplifting at the Tops at Niagara Street. She was released on an appearance ticket.
MISCHIEF: Palvona Y. Panasyuk, 31, of Sisson Drive, surrendered Wednesday on a warrant for third-degree criminal mischief and second-degree harassment. Palvona was released on her own recognizance.