Niagara Gazette

August 4, 2013

BLOTTER: Police reports published Aug. 4

Staff Reports
Niagara Gazette


Woman who sped away from traffic stop caught

It took a few weeks but Lockport police have a arrested a woman who they said sped away from a traffic stop in June, driving nearly 100 mph on South Transit Road and nearly hitting several cars.

Jeanine L. Burton, 6558 Lincoln Ave., Apt. 5, was charged with speeding, failure to obey a traffic control device, reckless driving, two counts of passing a red light, two counts of failure to signal, failure to keep right, unsafe lane change, failure to yield to emergency vehicle, aggravated unlicensed operation, reckless endangerment, unlawful fleeing police and obstructing governmental administration.

According to the report, Officer Steve Tarnoski was running radar on Summit Street on June 26 when an SUV went by traveling 50 mph in a 30 mph zone. Tarnoski activated his emergency light and attempted to make a stop.

Burton went right on a red light at South Transit and continued at a high rate of speed, reaching near 100 mph, while committing other traffic infractions. She then went through a light at Strauss Road, almost striking several vehicles, and another red light at Robinson Road, almost hitting other vehicles before Tarnoski gave up the chase.

A witness called the police station, reporting a black SUV sped down his street and he saw a man fleeing from the vehicle. Police responded to Village Home Mobile Park and located the SUV at the end of Meadow Lane Drive. The SUV was not occupied, but a pair of ladies flip-flops were found outside the driver’s door.

The Buffalo man who fled the SUV was located outside Mike Smith Buick and taken back to Meadow Lane where he was identified. The SUV had been rented to a Lancaster man.

Burton was arrested by Officer Anthony Pittman on at 8 p.m. Friday at a traffic stop on High Street on an active arrest package.


Niagara Falls

• PREMISE CHECK: Police were called to a vacant residence for a check at 10:15 a.m. Saturday in the 400 block of Memorial Parkway. Upon arrival, police were met by members of the block club, which informed officers the north side door of the property was ajar. Police report grass waist-high and, upon approaching the open door, strong odors of feces and mold were noticeable. The city’s code enforcement office was notified and, once on scene, entered the building. A finished basement was found with dog feces, mold, food trash and other garbage thrown about the floor. Code enforcement reportedly secured the building and condemned the house. The owner was not able to be contacted.

• ARREST: A Falls man was arrested after an alleged open container violation at 2:58 a.m. Saturday in the 1700 block of Pine Avenue. John Bloom, 38, 1705 Walnut Ave., was charged with restricted use of alcohol after police say they spotted him drinking what appeared to be an alcoholic beverage in public. He was reportedly arrested without incident.

• THEFT: Police are investigating a reported theft from a residence between 9 p.m. Thursday, July 25 and 9 p.m. Friday in the 200 block of 62nd Street. The victim, a 52-year-old woman, told police she was out of town and when she returned, two necklaces, a ring and some Zanax were missing from her bedroom. She said while she was away, her daughter had a party but restricted the use of the bedroom to only her cousin and her cousin’s boyfriend to sleep. Total value of the property was listed at $1,110.

• BURGLARY: Police are investigating a reported burglary between 10 p.m. and 11:15 p.m. Friday from a residence in the 600 block of Ashland Avenue. The victim, a 53-year-old man, told police he returned home and found someone had forcefully broken the lock on his rear door. Missing from his home was approximately $15,450 of audio recording materials, including amplifiers, a keyboard and drum cymbals, as well as a gold watch.