Niagara Gazette

February 9, 2014

BLOTTER: Police reports published Feb. 9

Staff Reports
Niagara Gazette

Niagara Falls

• VEHICLE THEFT: Police are investigating a reported theft of a vehicle between 2:40 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. from the 200 block of Ferry Avenue. Officers located a 1994 Ford Escort parked in a business parking lot in the 100 bock of Portage Road and contacted the owner, who reported the vehicle stolen. The victim, a 24-year-old 56th Street resident, told police he left the vehicle on Ferry Avenue overnight and received a ride home. He then returned to find the vehicle gone. He said he didn’t report it stolen at first because he thought police had the vehicle towed. The vehicle had suffered substantial damage to the front end, which the owner said happened after it was taken.

• ARREST: A Falls man was arrested following a vehicle accident at 2:45 a.m. Saturday at the intersection of 80th Street and Frontier Avenue. Jonathan Smith, 33, 407 81st St., was charged with felony driving while intoxicated, first-degree aggravated unlicensed operation and failure to stop at a stop sign after patrol located a vehicle stuck in a snow bank. The driver, later identified as Smith, told police he went out to buy tacos and was returning home when his vehicle slid through a stop sign and he lost control. Police reported a strong odor of alcohol, but when asked how much he’d been drinking, Smith responded, “None. I didn’t drink at all. I live right down the street.” Officers asked him to complete five field sobriety tests. He failed all tests and was placed under arrest after refusing to take a breath test, police said. During the booking process, officers said, it was discovered Smith’s license had been revoked for previous DWI convictions.

• ARREST: A Falls man was arrested following a harassment complaint at 10:25 p.m. Friday at a gas station in the 8800 block of Niagara Falls Boulevard. Jerry Sweatman, 40, 2729 Orleans Ave., was charged with trespass after police were called to the scene for a second complaint against the same person. Officers said they returned to the gas station and spoke to an employee, who told them he wished to file charges on behalf of the business after Sweatman had harassed him after previously being told to leave the premises. Sweatman was reportedly located in the vicinity of the gas station and placed under arrest.


• INJURY: The sheriff’s office responded to a call from Bucolo Cold Storage, 5796 Wilson Burt Road, regarding an injured employee about 1 p.m. Saturday. The employee fell while using a squeegee on a wet floor and suffered a shoulder injury. The 37-year-old woman was taken to Eastern Niagara Hospital by Miller Hose emergency volunteers for treatment.