Niagara Gazette

June 18, 2013

BLOTTER: Police reports published June 18

Staff Reports
Niagara Gazette


Cause of border officers' illness a mystery

Authorities say they still haven't determined what caused six U.S. border agents to require decontamination and medical attention after inspecting a vehicle at a crossing in northern New York.

Customs and Border Protection officials say two officers were examining a 2002 BMW around 6 a.m. Saturday at the Champlain crossing when they began to feel ill. Four other officers who went to help them didn't become sick.

State and local hazardous materials teams responded. Officials say all six officers were decontaminated on site and taken to the hospital in Plattsburgh. They were later released.

Clinton County emergency services officials say Monday they still don't know what caused the two officers to become ill. State police say a New Hampshire man who was driving the car faces minor marijuana and methamphetamine possession charges.



Large tree falls; causes $10K in damage

Soggy ground and strong winds helped knock over a large tree in the 2700 block of Caledonia Street, causing damage to three different Town of Lockport properties, Niagara County Sheriff’s deputies said.

Deputies reported over the weekend, water buildup and high winds uprooted the tree over sometime on Friday.

The falling tree damaged pools, fences and decks at various properties, resulting in nearly $10,000 damage, according to reports.


Niagara Falls

• ARREST: A Falls man was arrested after starting a brawl in a Ferry Avenue tavern. Robert J. Ferguson, 30, 2495 Mackenna Ave., was charged with second-degree assault, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. Police said they saw Ferguson fighting with another man in the front doorway of a bar in the 200 block of Ferry Avenue at 3 a.m. Sunday. When officers attempted to break up the fight, Ferguson fought with them before he was taken into custody. Ferguson is also accused of hitting a man inside the bar with a beer bottle.

• ARREST: A Falls man was arrested on weapons and other charges after a foot chase with police early Sunday morning. Lester "Manny" Florence Jr., 25, 1513 Center Ave., was charged with second-degree criminal possession of a weapon, fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. Police said they responded to a call of a "man with a gun" in the 3700 block of Highland Avenue at 3:27 a.m, Sunday and spotted Florence, who matched the description of the suspect. Florence began running west on College Avenue and was pursued by officers. As he ran, police saw Florence throw an object on some nearby railroad tracks. Florence was ordered finally ordered to the ground at gunpoint and officers found that he had thrown a semi-automatic pistol and magazine, with six .25 caliber rounds in it, on the railroad tracks. Police said the handgun was reported stolen by New York State Police based in Amity.

• ARREST: A Falls man was arrested after police broke up an attack in front of a convenience store in the 1500 block of Pine Avenue at 12:54 a.m. Sunday. Jamone Marquise London, 24, 1005 17th St., was charged with third-degree assault. Police said they saw London and several other male suspects stomping and punching a 57-year-old man on the ground in front of the store, The victim said he had gone into the store to get something to eat and when he came out, he was attacked.

• THEFT: Officers are looking into a theft from the 1000 block of South Avenue. A 50-year-old man told police that sometime between 9 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday someone took a lawnmower out of the bed of his pickup truck.

• THEFT: Police are investigating a theft from the 2000 block of 80th Street. A 36-year-old man told officers that sometime between 12:01 and 9 a.m. Sunday someone cut a cable on a trailer behind his home and took an ATV.

North Tonawanda

• DWI: Barry A. Incorvia, 48, 160 Homestead Drive, was charged at 12:13 a.m. Monday at Oliver and Stenzil streets with DWI, consuming alcohol in a motor vehicle and refusing a blood test. He was held for court.

• ENDANGERMENT: Christopher L. Lacroix, 59, 384 Ward Road, was charged at 5:29 p.m. Sunday with second-degree reckless endangerment and fourth-degree criminal mischief. He was held for court.