Niagara Gazette

October 7, 2013

BLOTTER: Police reports published Oct. 8

Staff Reports
Niagara Gazette

Niagara Falls

BURGLARY: Police are investigating a burglary in the 2200 block of LaSalle Avenue. A 35-year-old man told officers that sometime between 5:06 p.m. Friday and 4:45 p.m. Sunday someone broke into his home through an unlocked bedroom window. The victim said a TV and a laptop computer were taken.

ARREST: A Falls woman was arrested after a shoplifting incident at 6 p.m. Sunday at a store in the 1500 block of Military Road. The 30-year-old Falls woman was charged with petit larceny and endangering the welfare of a child. She is accused of letting her 12-year-old daughter put more than $26 worth of items into bags at a self-checkout with out scanning or paying for them. Child Protection Services were notified of the incident. The woman's name is being withheld to protect the identity of her daughter.

ARREST: A Falls woman was arrested after a shoplifting incident at the Seneca Niagara Casino at 4 p.m. Sunday. Donna Marie Paonessa, 48, 442 Seventh St., Apt. 150, was charged with petit larceny. Paonessa is accused of taking more than $300 worth of products from the casino spa.

ROBBERY: Police are investigating a robbery in the area of 17th Street and Pierce Avenue. A 42-year-old man told officers he was riding his bike north on 17th Street at 3:05 a.m. Monday when he was approached by two men. One of the men asked for a cigarette and when the victim handed him one, the man pulled out a black handgun and said, "Give me your money." The victim said he gave the suspect a small amount of cash and then rode away when the other suspect told him, "Now get the hell out of here before I bust a cap in your (expletive)."

Town of Lockport

LARCENY: Niagara County Sheriff's deputies were called to Rapids Road, where a property owner told them an unknown person had taken $500 worth of scrap metal. The larceny occurred sometime last week. 

POSSESSION: Stacey A. Culverwell, 31, 1053 Dorwood Park, Ransomville, was charged with possession of a hypodermic instrument about 10 p.m. Saturday in the 5900 block of Beattie Avenue. After stopping a speeding car in which Culverwell was a passenger, a deputy was trying to determine the source of a strong smell of alcohol and discovered a metal spoon resting in Culverwell's open purse that was tainted with a white substance and appeared to be used for drug-cooking. She consented to a search of her purse and the deputy found three syringes and two more spoons with burned bottoms. It was also determined that Culverwell, and not the driver, was the source of the smell of alcohol. The driver told the deputy he had driven to Barker to pick her up and drive her to Lockport because she told him she was too intoxicated to drive. The deputy added that further charges may be placed once the residue on the spoons is analyzed.


POSSESSION: Amanda L. Krantz, 22, 3401 Randall Road, Ransomville, was charged with possession of a hypodermic instrument and second-degree obstructing government administration Sunday evening at the Dorwood housing park. A sheriff's deputy investigated an incident in the park was led to Krantz, a guest of a park resident. The deputy reported finding Krantz hiding "underneath objects" in a bedroom, questioned her and searched her backpack, where 10 hypodermic instruments were found for which Krantz did not have a prescription. The deputy noted that Krantz became highly agitated on the way to the sheriff's office and kicked the doors and slammed her head against the glass several times. 


TRESPASSING: A homeowner in the 5200 block of Randolph Street reported an unknown person entered the attached garage and wrote a vulgar threat in chalk on the garage floor sometime between 10 and 11 a.m. Sunday. The homeowner called the sheriff's office last week to report other recent instances of vulgar words being painted or chalked on the house, driveway and mailbox. The homeowner told the sheriff's office that the home was burglarized twice in the past two years, and also that he and he and his wife were subjected to a series of threatening text messages from an unknown person about eight months ago. The scene of the Sunday incident was photographed by the sheriff's crime scene unit, the office said.

City of Tonawanda

• DWI: John S. Long, 34, of Cayuga Drive, Niagara Falls, was charged Sunday with DWI, criminal possession of a weapon, third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a vehicle, possession of a loaded firearm in his vehicle, unlawful possession of marijuana, drinking alcohol in a motor vehicle and three equipment violations. He refused a breath test and was held for court.