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November 9, 2013

COPS NOTEBOOK: Top Falls officer remembered

Some sad news this week about the passing of a longtime Falls Police detective who left a mark on everyone he met.

Paul Pierini, who was a young man still at 77, passed away at home on Oct. 28. A Canadian by birth, he settled in the Falls and served as a U.S. Marine. 

That foreshadowed what would become a more than three-decade career as a Cataract City cop. 

Paul was an up-through-the-ranks guy who received the department’s top honor, the Medal of Honor, not once, but twice during his distinguished career. 

He was a friendly guy, a real pro to interact with. A good cop and an even better man.

He will be missed.

Pill Problems

The depth of prescription pill addiction in this town and the dangers that presents can be disturbing.

Sometimes, when you review the police reports on what can happen to those who need to score their opiates every day, it just makes you want to shake your head and ask why they put themselves in such a dangerous dilemma.

Case in point, a 22-year-old woman that cops encountered in the 400 block of Sixth Street in August. The woman was clutching her stomach and appeared to be in pain, but was uncooperative with police who were trying to determine who assaulted her. 

Finally, she confessed that she had gone to a home in the 400 block of Sixth Street looking to buy some prescription pills. Unfortunately for her, she also went to the house without any cash.

After getting some pills, and going to the bath to use them, the woman was confronted by the drug dealer. The dealer wanted to get paid.

When the victim told the dealer she didn’t have any money, he threw her to the ground. Then he unloaded a whooping on her, kneeing her repeatedly in the stomach.

But that’s all the woman would tell police. In fact, at that point, she decided that, whatever her injuries, she didn’t want medical treatment and she didn’t want anyone tracking down and arresting her attacker.

My guess is, she thought she might need to see him again to get her fix.

How incredibly sad is that?

Contact reporter Rick Pfeiffer at 282-2311, ext. 2252.

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