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Police Reports

Strange man on the porch at 2:20 a.m.: 'The ghosts sent me'

Joseph F. Kalkstein was charged with felony possession of a controlled substance and disorderly conduct
Joseph F. Kalkstein was charged with felony possession of a controlled substance and disorderly conduct

GENEVA – It was 2:20 a.m. on Nov. 15 when a 14-year-old boy heard a sound near the front door of his house in the 700 block of Stevens Street in Geneva, according to police and court records.

The boy observed the silhouette of a man through the drawn blind on the front door window, saw the door handle turn and ran upstairs to wake his father, reports stated.

The father came downstairs, drew up the blind and saw a man holding some mail. The resident asked what the man was doing and he replied, “The ghosts sent me.” The resident told the man to leave, he repeated that the ghosts had sent him.

When the resident told him to leave a second time, he put down the mail, said he would return the next day, stumbled off the porch and walked east on Stevens Street, reports stated.

The resident and his son called police and were visibly shaken as they were worried the man would return, reports stated.

The man, later identified as Joseph F. Kalkstein, 48, of the 0-99 block of Daniels Street, Batavia, was charged with disorderly conduct and felony possession of a controlled substance – a Vicodin pill – a prescription painkiller for which Kalkstein had no prescription, police and court records show.

Kalkstein was also cited on a local ordinance for public intoxication, according to police reports.

When Geneva officers located Kalkstein walking on the 600 block of Stevens Street, he also had a roll of duct tape in his possession, but he was unable to explain why he had it, reports stated.

The resident who reported the disturbance identified Kalkstein as the man who was on his porch who said ghosts had sent him, reports stated.

Kalkstein told police he had been drinking alcoholic beverages in several bars throughout the night and does not know how he traveled to Stevens Street and did not remember anything until his contact with Geneva officers, reports stated.

Kalkstein posted $970 bail to meet the $10,000 bond that was set for him. He is scheduled to appear in court Jan. 9.

Possession of a controlled substance is punishable by one to three years in prison and a fine of up to $25,000 if convicted.

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