Niagara Gazette

August 11, 2013

BLOTTER: Police reports published Aug. 12

Staff Reports
Niagara Gazette


Man helped from gorge

A 70-year-old Niagara Falls, Ont., man was helped from the gorge by members of the Niagara Parks Police Service High Angle River Team Sunday afternoon after fracturing his ankle while hiking.

The man was stabilized and lifted out of the gorge shortly after 2 p.m. He was taken to a local hospital for treatment.



Youth injured in fall from tractor

A youth was transported to Children's Hospital via Mercy Flight Saturday with a head injury after falling from a trailer being pulled by a tractor.

The youth's father was driving the tractor in the area of Seaman and Drum roads about 11:15 a.m. when his son fell out. The fall left a laceration on the youth's head. The father told Niagara County Sheriff's deputies he was unsure what he had struck after falling from the trailer.



Homeowners hit gas lines in separate incidents

Niagara County Sheriff's officials reported two incidents of leaking gas lines this weekend.

About 9:40 a.m Sunday, a man working at his Tonawanda Creek Road home in Lockport hit a gas line while excavating to put in a drainage line. NYSEG officials and Rapids Volunteer Fire Co. members responded to assist.

About 2 p.m. on Saturday, deputies were called to Woodland Court after a man hit a gas supply line while digging next to the foundation of his home.

A few homes on either side of the house were evacuated as a safety precaution. National Fuel officials and Adam's Fire Co. personnel responded to assist.



Antique rifles, pistols taken in burglary

Niagara County Sheriff's deputies were called Saturday to a Youngstown-Lockport Road address, unoccupied since February for a reported burglary.

Deputies were contacted by the granddaughter of the former resident, who recently died. 

Family members discovered an open sliding glass door on Thursday and found damage to the drywall ceilings and walls of the residence.

Among the missing items are a Hover-Round scooter, collectible German beer mugs, two inoperable antique pistols, two inoperable antique rifles and various tools. In addition, several electrical wires were cut from several appliances throughout the home.

The burglary is believed to have happened between July 25 and Thursday. The estimated loss is about $4,700.



• THEFT: A Maple Road resident reported that sometime overnight Friday, someone took a laptop computer, an iPod, three digital cameras and a wallet containing credit cards, debit cards and a driver's license from an unlocked pickup truck in front of the residence. The estimated loss is $2,350.