Niagara Gazette

February 23, 2014

BLOTTER: Police reports published Feb. 24

Staff Reports
Niagara Gazette


Stabbing outside store investigated

Niagara County Sheriff's deputies were called to the Big-Lots at 5897 S. Transit Road about 2:30 p.m. Sunday for a fight outside the store.

Store staff said that two men were in the store arguing with a man and woman and the four people walked out of the store, at which point the argument escalated into a fight and the man that had been with the woman was stabbed in the upper left portion of his torso. 

All four people had fled the area prior to deputies arriving. The two men fled on foot while the man, a 38-year-old Spring Street resident, and woman drove to Eastern Niagara Hospital for treatment. 

Sheriff's investigators are looking into the matter.


Alone with $200, 5-year-old found in store

Niagara County Sheriff's deputies were called to Tops at 5827 S. Transit Road about 9 a.m. Saturday for a report of a small child alone in the store.

The child was carrying a wallet, later determined to belong to his father, with $200 in it. He told store employees he was there to buy a toy for his sister. The boy's mother arrived at the store just prior to a deputy's arrival. She said they live directly across the street from Tops and she had fallen asleep on the couch. When she awoke, another child in the home told her the 5-year-old had gone to the store.

The child was returned to his mother but a deputy said Child Protective Services was contacted about the incident.


Niagara Falls

• CHARGED: Reuben Byrd Jr., 69, 2937 Hyde Park Blvd., was charged with DWI, third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation, drinking alcohol in a motor vehicle, moving from a lane unsafely and speeding about 1:30 p.m. Saturday, according to sheriff's deputies. Byrd was stopped after passing by a sheriff's deputy at an estimated speed of 70 mph in a 40 mph zone on Hyde Park Boulevard, at the Lockport Road intersection. Byrd appeared intoxicated and failed field sobriety tests. A bottle of Ensure containing vodka and a Poland Spring water bottle containing beer were found in the center console. Byrd agreed to take a breath test and it determined his blood alcohol content to be 0.15 percent. It was also noted that Byrd's license had been suspended on Feb. 1, 2012, for failure to pay a traffic fine.

• THEFT: Police are investigating a theft from the 1000 block of Ontario Avenue. A 42-year-old man told officers he was showing an ATV to a prospective buyer at 4 p.m. Sunday. When the victim went into his home for a moment, the man looking to buy the ATV hopped on it and drove it away without paying for it. The suspect was last seen riding the ATV north in the 1100 block of North Avenue.