Niagara Gazette

November 24, 2013

BLOTTER: Police reports published Nov. 25

Staff Reports
Niagara Gazette


Hunter rescued from Iroquois Wildlife Refuge

Emergency personnel from four counties helped a hunter who became trapped in waist-deep water while roaming the backwoods of the Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge on Sunday.

Rescuers were able to free him at about 6 p.m. after he had spent several hours in the water. He was treated for symptoms of hypothermia.

Crews from Erie, Niagara and Orleans counties joined rescue personnel from Genesee County in the rescue effort, which included a cold water rescue unit from Wolcottsville and a hovercraft from Clarence. A helicopter lifted the hunter and rescuers from the woods.



Woman, 19, dies in wrong-way crash 

Police say a young woman has died and a man faces drunken driving and manslaughter charges after a wrong-way crash on Interstate 490 in Rochester.

Troopers say 19-year-old Khadijah McKenzie of Gates was heading west on the highway shortly before 3 a.m. Saturday when her SUV was struck by a pickup truck heading east in the westbound lanes without headlights on.

Police say 30-year-old Robert Rector of Fairport was treated for minor injuries and taken into custody. McKenzie was pronounced dead at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester.


Niagara Falls

• FIRE: Falls firefighters were called to a fire at 1157 Pierce Ave. about 4:30 a.m. Sunday. There were no reported injuries and the vacant home is scheduled to be demolished.

• THEFT: Police are investigating a reported theft from a vehicle between 12:30 and 2:30 p.m. Saturday from a parking lot in the 6600 block of Niagara Falls Boulevard. The victim, a 46-year-old man, said he returned to his vehicle after working out at a gym to find the rear passenger side window smashed and a purse taken from the back seat. The value of the purse, its contents and the window was estimated at $358.

• THEFT: Police are investigating a reported theft at 11:42 a.m. Saturday from a store in the 1500 block of Military Road. The store's asset protection told police a man with previous shoplifting incidents in the store just put a baby doll in a shopping cart and left without paying. The store employee was unable to locate the man after he left the store, according to reports. The doll is valued at $28.97.

• THEFT: Police are investigating a pair of reported thefts from vehicles occurring between 11:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. Saturday in the first block of Buffalo Avenue. The first victim, an 18-year-old Falls woman, said between 11:30 a.m. and 2:55 p.m. Saturday, her passenger side rear window was smashed and the culprit took a purse in the back seat. She said it contained $150 cash, a watch, her license and a set of personal keys. Total value, including damages, was reported to be $590. The second victim, a 51-year-old West Schelocta, Penn. woman, said someone smashed her vehicle's passenger window between 2 and 3 p.m. and took her luggage from the back seat. She said medication and $300 Canadian was inside the stolen bag. She reported the total value including damages to the vehicle to be $1,300.

• ARRESTS: Police arrested a pair of Falls men following a patrol stop at 5:42 a.m. Friday in the 400 block of Sixth Street. Johnny Hilson, 21, 546 20th St., Apt. 2, and Deon Dennis, 19, 444 12th St., Apt. 1, were both charged with second-degree criminal possession of stolen property and third-degree unauthorized use of a motor vehicle after police say they were in a stolen vehicle parked on Sixth Street. Police said they ran the plates on the vehicle after seeing the two men possibly asleep inside the vehicle, which came back as stolen. They approached the vehicle and secured the individuals outside without incident. When told why they were under arrest, Dennis allegedly said "It's a rent a rock, I didn't know it was stolen." But police said neither he now Hilson could provide proof of ownership. The vehicle was towed from the scene after not being able to contact the registered owner, police said.

• BURGLARY: Police are investigating a reported burglary between 9 a.m. Friday and 12:15 a.m. Saturday from a residence in the 1700 block of Ashland Avenue. The victim, a 47-year-old man, said a former living mate was in his residence without permission. He said he returned home from work to find his door damaged and open. He said a laptop, an external hard drive, a digital camera, 10 pills of suboxone and $400 cash was missing from inside. He said the suspect had been with him before he'd forced her to leave following a drug addiction. He said the total value of the property was about $1,720.

• ROBBERY: Police are investigating a reported robbery between 10:45 and 10:55 p.m. Friday in the vicinity of Tronolone and Walnut avenues. The victim, a 24-year-old woman, told police she was approached by two unknown women looking for a cigarette. She said she reached into her pocket for a pack and could feel her wallet being pulled from her back pocket where she keeps it. She said she tried to keep possession of it, but the woman taking it used force to succeed. The other woman then hit the victim in the face and the pair fled, she said. She said it contained $300 and her identification.