Military deserter caught by state police
A 19-year-old soldier stationed at Fort Drum who had been declared AWOL was found hiding in a home on June 10.
State police say they were notified Andrew E. Cox, 19, address not provided, was wanted for the federal felony crime of military desertion after he was declared Absent without Leave (AWOL) by the U.S. Army.
Cox was found hiding in a residence in Pike and taken into custody. Police also found a small amount of marijuana on him.
He held at the Wyoming County Jail while awaiting extradition to Fort Drum.
• MISCHIEF: A Blackman Road man reported to the Niagara County Sheriff's Office that an unknown person caused $300 damage to his lawn on Sunday. The victim said he heard loud revving of an engine about 2 a.m., possibly by a turbo diesel truck and found about 60 feet of his well-maintained lawn destroyed. The resident measured the tire size and took photos of the damage, including a tire tread, for police. The resident said there have been many similar incidents in the area and he said it is believed a group of high school students are behind it.
• FIRE CALL: Niagara County Sheriff's deputies were called to a parking lot at 641 Lake St. about 1:15 p.m. Sunday for a vehicle fire. When they arrived, the fire in the engine compartment of a 1990 Jeep Wrangler was being put out with an extinguisher.
• THEFT: A Daniels Road man told sheriff's deputies that sometime between 9 p.m. Sunday and 1 p.m. Monday someone took the tailgate from his 2013 Chevy Silverado pickup truck. The estimated loss is $1,500.
• DWAI: Matthew M. Kearns, 29, 5615 West Bluff, Olcott, was charged Saturday night with driving while ability impaired by alcohol and operating a motor vehicle with 0.08 percent or more blood alcohol content. Kearns was found by the Niagara County Sheriff's Office in a ditch near the Seaman and Quaker roads intersection about 11:20 p.m. Kearns' blood alcohol content was measured at 0.16 percent, according to a breath test.
• REFUSAL: Patrick E. Carson, 39, of Parkdale Avenue, Buffalo, was charged at 12:16 a.m. Sunday on Niagara Falls Boulevard with first- and second-degree aggravated unauthorized operation of a motor vehicle and DWI. He refused a Breathalyzer test and was held for court.