Niagara Gazette


June 23, 2014

BLOTTER: Police reports published June 23


Four fires in two days on 5th Avenue

A rash of four fires on the same North Tonawanda Street, in less than 48 hours, have caught the attention of police and fire marshals.

Sources say that “the fires are under investigation as possibly being suspicious.”

Firefighters responded to the first call, at 7 5th Avenue, at about 5:50 a.m. Friday. That was followed by three more fires, all at 19 5th Avenue, at 3:30 p.m. Friday, 12:30 a.m. Saturday and 4:30 p.m. Saturday.

Neither the people who live in the homes, nor any firefighters, were injured during any of the fires. But the last one, investigators estimate, caused about $20,000 in damage.

Part of the investigation includes looking into whether all four fires may be related.

Anyone with information may contact the North Tonawanda Police Detective Bureau at 692-4312.

— Channel 4 News



• CHARGED: Jordan R. Webb, 28, 135 Elliot St., Youngstown, was charged with drinking alcohol in a motor vehicle, unlawful possession of marijuana and a pair of vehicle infractions about 1 a.m. Sunday, according to sheriff's deputies. While on patrol on Ononadaga Street, a deputy said he spotted Webb driving a vehicle with a broken drivers side taillight and dried mud partially covering most windows/mirrors. After stopping Webb, the deputy said he could smell the odor of marijuana and an alcoholic beverage coming from the vehicle. Patrol looked and saw an open can of Twisted Tea on the floor of the passenger side floor. The deputy asked about it and Webb said he had just opened it and was drinking it while driving. The deputy also found an amount of marijuana.


• DWI: Aricca L. Grosskopf, 29, 3306 Colleen Terrace, Sanborn, was charged with DWI and moving from a lane unsafely about 12:15 a.m. Friday, according to the Niagara County Sheriff's Office. A deputy on patrol spotted Grosskopf driving on the shoulder of Shawnee Road. Grosskopf appeared intoxicated and failed some field sobriety tests. After being charged, Grosskopf was taken to the sheriff's office where her blood alcohol content was measured at 0.13 percent.

• BURGLARY: Sheriff's deputies were called to a Cayuga Street home on Saturday for a report of a garage that had been entered. Pry marks were found around a door but nothing appeared to be missing. A neighbor had told the resident that he saw people in the yard dressed all in black early in the morning but did not call police.

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