Niagara Gazette

January 7, 2014

BLOTTER: Police reports published Jan. 7

Staff Reports
Niagara Gazette


Fugitive from Florida caught at bridge

A 26-year-old Canadian man wanted in Florida on a 2011 felony battery charge was taken into custody by U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents at the Lewiston-Queenston Bridge on Sunday.

Richard Hanes, a resident of Petersborough, Ont., was caught while trying to enter the U.S. The felony battery warrant was issued in 2011 after Hanes failed to return there after posting a $10,000 bond.

Once Customs agents verified the warrant and confirmed extradition, Hanes was taken into custody and turned over to the New York State Police.



Heroin turned over after traffic stop

A Falls man was arrested after he turned over a quantity of heroin during a traffic stop on Plaza Drive Saturday night.

A Niagara County Sheriff's deputy keeping watch on a Plaza Drive convenience store due to a recent rash of robberies watched a black Pontiac pull into the business' parking lot and park out of sight of the front window at which point a man walked to the entry door, momentarily peer inside, then remove items from a cigarette disposal tray.

The deputy stopped the man, Kenneth S. Edwards, 31, 6381 Walmore Road, upper, Niagara Falls, a short distance away. He appeared very nervous and the deputy eventually found several small wax paper folds containing heroin. A search of the car didn't turn up anything further.

Edwards was charged with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.


Niagara Falls

• THEFT: Officers are looking into a theft at a rooming house in the 1100 block of Main Street. A 52-year-old man told police that sometime between 9:30 a.m. and 4:46 p.m. Sunday someone broke into his room by damaging the lock on the door. The victim said some cassette tapes and CDs were taken.

• THEFT: Police are investigating a car break-in the 700 block of Whirlpool Street. A 60-year-old man told officers that sometime between 11:05 and 11:09 a.m. Monday someone broke into his 2000 Dodge Stratus by smashing a window with a rock. The victim said a fire radio was taken from the vehicle. Police said the theft was captured on video by surveillance cameras.


• DWI: Thomas B. Maselli, 41, 43 Rainbow Park, Ransomville, was charged about 8:30 p.m. Friday with a felony count of first-degree aggravated unlicensed operation, DWI, disorderly conduct and traffic infractions. A Niagara County Sheriff's deputy stopped Maselli on Pettit Street for failing to use a turn signal. When asked for his driver's license, Maselli responded, " I lost it." The deputy asked if he had physically lost it or had it taken away and Maselli responded, "I lost it because of drunk driving." He appeared intoxicated and the deputy said he became belligerent when told why he had been stopped. He also yelled profanities at a second deputy who responded to the scene. Deputies said they had trouble getting Maselli to comply with field sobriety tests prior to his arrest. A chemical test determined his blood alcohol content to be 0.08 percent. The deputy confirmed Maselli's driver's license had been revoked due to an alcohol-related charge.