Niagara Gazette

December 25, 2012

BLOTTER: Police reports published Dec. 26

Staff Reports
Niagara Gazette


Police called to Memorial ER for violent man

Falls police were called to Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center about 5 p.m. Monday after a patient there went on a rampage in the ER. 

Hospital staff said the man had threatened to harm residents and staff at a North Tonawanda residential home. Once at Memorial, the man said he was going to “act out” and began throwing chairs, a table and hospital equipment, including a blood pressure machine. Police said he threw a chair at someone in the ER, narrowly missing them. The man also damaged the drywall of the ER. 

Hospital security was able to get control of the man before police arrived and had him secured in a bed and medicated. Staff were planning to admit the man to the hospital's psych unit.

No charges were filed.


Presents stolen from car

A resident on the 2200 block of Welch Avenue told police that sometime Sunday night someone took about $2,500 in presents from his ’97 Crown Victoria while it was parked in front of his house.

The victim said he didn't have an itemized list but electronics, clothing, toys and gold jewelry were among the gifts.


Niagara Falls

• BURGLARY: A resident on the 1800 block of Whitney Avenue told police he caught a man in his basement about 10:30 a.m. Monday. The resident said the man ran off but left his cell phone, a bag and a pair of gloves behind. He had gained entry to the home by kicking in a kitchen door. The resident said he thought the man had been in the house earlier in the day when $600 in tools was taken. While on the scene, officers discovered the resident was wanted on a warrant and he was taken into custody.

• THEFT: A resident on the 600 block of 59th Street reported to police that sometime between Wednesday and Monday morning someone forced open a shed door on his property and took a 2005 Suzuki motorcycle worth $800.

 THEFT: A shopper at a store on the 1500 block of Military Road told police that someone entered his unlocked car and took a $544 money order that had been in his wallet.

 THEFT: Two vans on the 600 block of 61st Street were broken into overnight Sunday. In one instance a window was smashed but nothing was taken. In the other break-in, a door lock was removed and $3,100 in tools were taken.

• INCIDENT: Falls police were called to a Greenview Terrace residence where a resident reported their car was damaged overnight. The resident said he got into an argument with someone at their house Saturday night and made them leave. A neighbor informed him one of the people had beat on his car with a snow plow marker, causing about $225.


 DWI: Jeffrey M. Plache, 42, 866 Swann Road, Youngstown, was charged at 3:48 a.m. Saturday with driving while intoxicated after a deputy saw a car crossing the center line and into the lane of oncoming traffic multiple times on Braley Road. Plache, the driver, said he was heading to Newfane. The deputy noticed signs of intoxication and Plache admitted to drinking two beers along with taking medications such as hydrocodone, the report said. He refused alcosensor and chemical trests to determine his lood alcohol content.   

Town of Lockport

 DWI: Joe W. Clay, 54, 417 Ninth St., Niagara Falls, was charged at 10:20 p.m. Friday with driving while intoxicated after he was pulled over on Robinson Road for a light violation on his vehicle. While speaking with Clay, the deputy noticed signs of intoxication. Clay failed field sobriety tests and a chemical test revelaed his blood alcohol content to be 0.09 percent.