Niagara Gazette


July 6, 2014

BLOTTER: Police reports published July 6


Woman injured by exploding target

A Williamsville woman was transported to the Erie County Medical Center about 4:30 p.m. Friday after being struck by debris from an exploding target at a residence on the 8400 block of Seaman Road, sheriff's deputies said.

Anthony J. Nappa, 29, 735 South Main St., Medina, was charged with second-degree reckless endangerment in the incident. 

The incident occurred after Nappa said he placed approximately one half pound of tannerite on a target set on wooden logs and shot it with a rifle. The victim, who was standing 60 feet away from the target, was struck by part of a log that had exploded when the target was hit, knocking her to the ground. The woman suffered injuries to her right arm, chest and head, the report said.



Man arrested after shattering van's windshield

An intoxicated man on Lockport-Olcott Road shattered the windshield of a passing van with a can of beer when it didn't stop to allow a family to cross the road near Bye's Popcorn Thursday evening, sheriff's deputies said.

The man was later found walking in his front yard with a can of beer in his hand by deputies. The man, described as "irate," was placed in handcuffs. A Lockport man said that the intoxicated man was assisting his family with crossing the street by stopping traffic when the confrontation with the van driver occurred. 

The intoxicated man said the van swerved around him, and he and the driver exchanged curse words. Several witnesses said that the intoxicated man threw a can of beer at the van, shattering the windshield. 

Deputies were unable to locate the operator of the van to press charges against the intoxicated man.



• FIREWORKS: Ray C. Watterson, 70, 1110 Lockwood Drive, Lockport, was charged with unlawful dealing with fireworks and inadequate/no child seat belts and restraints about 8:45 p.m. Thursday, according to sheriff's deputies. Sheriff's deputies were called to a convenience store on Lockport Road for a report of a man lighting fireworks in the parking lot and pulled over Watterson's pickup. He initially denied lighting the fireworks but eventually told deputies he had fired off "only a couple." In the bed of the truck were numerous bags with Phantom Fireworks on them. Two large boxes of fireworks were also found under a blanket.It was determined Watterson had set off M-80 fireworks in the parking lot. In addition, deputies said he had a 3-year-old and 6-year-old in the truck without appropriate child restraints. The value of the fireworks was estimated at $350.

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