Niagara Gazette


March 25, 2013

BLOTTER: Police reports published March 25


The Niagara County Sheriff’s Criminal Investigation Bureau is planning its own investigation.
Niagara Falls

• ARREST: A reported homeless man was arrested after causing a disturbance at a local homeless shelter at 9:40 p.m. Friday in the 1500 block of Buffalo Avenue. James Hayes, 41, of no known permanent address, was charged with disorderly conduct and obstruction of justice after he was allegedly intoxicated and yelling and cursing at employees and other clients at the shelter. After several minutes of aggressive behavior, he was reportedly taken into custody. Once at the station, he allegedly became combative during the booking process and attempted to fight police officers. He was reportedly subjected to a Taser and taken to the hospital for injuries. But he reportedly refused treatment and was again transported back to the police station.

• ARREST: A Falls woman was arrested following a shoplifting incident at 4:28 a.m. Saturday from a store in the 7200 block of Niagara Falls Boulevard. Nicole Franquie, 42, 421 20th Street, was charged with petit larceny after a store employee told police she took $51.18 of unspecified merchandise from store shelves and tried to conceal it in her jacket and leave without paying. When confronted by police, she reportedly told officers she didn’t know why she attempted to take the merchandise.  

Town of Niagara

• THEFT: Niagara County Sheriff’s deputies were called to the Fashion Outlet of Niagara Falls Saturday night for the theft of a purse. A Canadian woman said the purse was sitting on a table in the food court about 6:30 p.m. when it was taken. It contained $20 and her driver’s license and passport. A deputy issued the woman a form as proof her driver’s license had been taken.


• RECOVERED PROPERTY: Niagara County Sheriff’s deputies were called to a Lake Street home Friday by a woman who said she found a pistol while going through her deceased parents’ belongings. A deputy examined the pistol and could not identify it but deemed it to be unserviceable and nonfunctioning. The gun was taken by the deputy who informed the woman she could retrieve it when she obtained a pistol permit.


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