Niagara Gazette

January 20, 2013

BLOTTER: Police reports published Jan. 20

Staff Reports
Niagara Gazette

— Niagara Falls

• THEFT: Police are investigating a theft from a vehicle reported to have occurred between 11:30 p.m. Friday and 1:30 p.m. Saturday in the 2200 block of Michigan Avenue. The victim, a 27-year-old man, said an iPod classic, valued at approximately $450, was taken from the vehicle by an unknown party after a rear passenger window was pried open.

• COUNTERFEITING: Police were called to a fast food restaurant in the 8300 block of Niagara Falls Boulevard at 2:05 p.m. Saturday when the manager reported a woman attempting to use a possibly counterfeit $50 bill. The manager said the woman was asked to pull to the next window to wait for change but left without getting any food before police arrived. Officers checked the area for the vehicle but were unsuccessful.

• THEFT: Police are investigating a reported theft from a vehicle which occurred between 2:30 and 9:30 a.m. Saturday in the 300 block of 70th Street. The victim, a 34-year-old woman, told officers someone stole her purse and its contents from inside her vehicle. She said the doors were locked but whoever did steal the purse may have gotten to it by climbing through the trunk, which has a broken lock.

• ARREST: A Falls woman was arrested following a traffic stop at 4:05 a.m. Saturday in the 2000 block of 18th Street. Nina Bish, 28, 323 71st St., was charged with driving while intoxicated and traffic violations after patrol reported observing her driving without a seat belt. In questioning, it was reported Bish had red and glassy eyes and failed several field sobriety tests. The report also said Bish, in a cell phone conversation with her father, asked if she should refuse the chemical testing at the scene because “it’ll probably show the cocaine I took.”

• ARREST: Police were called to the Rainbow Bridge customs house after a reported narcotics stop of two American men attempted to reenter the country at 10:45 p.m. Friday. Raymond Pitt, 27, 1433 Route 208, Washingtonville, N.Y., was charged with three separate counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance, while Robert Badstein, 28, 10 Pavek Circle, Monroe, N.Y. was charged with unlawful possession of marijuana. Customs officers told police Pitt possessed one pill of clonazepam, three pills of alprazolam and three containers of liquid methadone. Badstein reportedly possessed 4 grams of marijuana.