Niagara Gazette

March 16, 2014

BLOTTER: Police reports published March 16

Staff Reports
Niagara Gazette


Man charged after crash at country club

A city resident faces a drunk driving charge after being involved in a one-vehicle accident on the grounds of Lockport Town & Country Club.

Christopher A. Sidote, 22, 63 Harrison Ave., was charged with driving while intoxicated, unsafe lane change, improper lane use and unreasonable speed around 11:30 p.m. Friday.

According to Lockport Police Department, the vehicle that Sidote was driving on East Avenue left the road, went down the hill at the country club and struck a tree. Paramedics from Lockport Fire Department removed Sidote from the vehicle and took him to the Erie County Medical Center. While there, Sidote was interviewed by police, who said there was a strong smell of alcohol on his breath. 

Sidote submitted to a blood test at the medical center and was issued an appearance ticket, police said. He is due in Lockport City Court on Monday. The car he was driving was towed by Adams Towing.


Niagara Falls

• ARRESTS: A pair of Falls men were arrested following a reported fight at 8:30 p.m. Friday in the 400 block of Niagara Street. Richard Anderson, 28, 728 Monteagle St., and Michael Printup, 32, 710 Ashland Ave., were both charged with disorderly conduct after officers were alerted to a fistfight in the street at the intersection of Fifth and Niagara streets. When police arrived, the pair separated and were ordered to desist. They were taken into custody and transported to police headquarters separately. Both parties reportedly sustained injuries in the altercation.

• THEFT: Police are investigating a reported theft from a vehicle between 10:30 p.m. Friday and 7:30 a.m. Saturday in the 1600 block of Niagara Avenue. The victim, a 31-year-old woman, said someone smashed the small, rear, passenger window of her vehicle and took an old iPod, radar detector and $100 cash from the center console. She told police the incident cost $301 total in damages and property lost.

• ARREST: A Falls man was arrested following a traffic stop at 3:08 a.m. Saturday in the 400 block of Main Street. Weston Hilts, 22, 2942 McKoon Ave., was charged with driving while intoxicated, aggravated DWI and two counts of failure to signal after police report observing a vehicle pull into a gas station, wait two to three minutes without exiting the vehicle, then pull back out onto the road. Officers said the driver, later identified as Hilts, pulled into another gas station that was closed. Officers said Hilts displayed indicators of being intoxicated and asked him to perform four field sobriety tests, failing two. An alcohol sensor test was reportedly used, detecting its presence. A later test taken after he was taken into custody reportedly showed his blood alcohol content to be 0.18 percent.

• ASSAULT: Police are investigating a reported assault at 2:15 a.m. Saturday in the 2600 block of Niagara Avenue. The victim, a 22-year-old man, said he was at a house party with some friends when, while walking to a vehicle to leave, was stopped by a group of men. He said he was struck, causing a laceration above his left eye. Police said they documented the injury during treatment at a nearby emergency room.

• ASSAULT: Police are investigating a reported assault at 1:15 a.m. Saturday in the 3200 block of Highland Avenue. The victim, a 41-year-old man, said he was at a drinking establishment and left the building when four men attacked him, causing scratches to his head and a laceration above his left eye. He told police he had no conflicts with anyone at the establishment and was not robbed during the incident. Police report the victim was highly intoxicated during the interview and reportedly had trouble remaining awake during the conversation.