Niagara Gazette

June 16, 2013

BLOTTER: Police reports published June 16

Staff Reports
Niagara Gazette

Maid of Mist dock repaired
Crews worked for hours to repair the Maid of the Mist dock on the American side Saturday.
According to a Maid of the Mist spokesman, two floating dock connections gave way this morning. The incident happened around 11:30 a.m. as one of the Maid of the Mist boats was approaching the dock.
Passengers safely left the boat without incident.
Crews worked to install replacement connections. The attraction started running it’s normal operation schedule around 3 p.m.
Rescuer pulls man from creek
Authorities say an unidentified good Samaritan plunged into a creek to assist a man spotted floating in the water.
The rescue happened around 9 a.m. Friday. Batavia Fire Capt. Craig Williams said the episode started when a resident heard someone moaning in the Tonawanda Creek.
She told her husband, who flagged down a passing motorist, who went into the water to pull the floating man out.
Authorities weren’t sure what was wrong with the man in the creek or how he got in the water, but said he appeared groggy.
He was treated at an area hospital.
Williams says that after performing the rescue, the motorist drove off without telling anyone his name.  

Niagara Falls
• THEFT: Police are investigating a reported theft that occurred between 9 a.m. Monday, April 1 and 9 a.m. Saturday in the 1100 block of Ferry Avenue. The victim, a 56-year-old woman, told police more than 90 fraudulent charges had been placed on her credit card account in the timeframe. She said she’s canceled her card and started new accounts multiple times and charges continue to accrue. She said her granddaughter confessed to being involved and offered to make restitution but when she provided the credit card for her to mail a payment, no payment was received and new charges occurred. She said she was required to file the police report by her bank.

• ARREST: A Falls man was arrested during patrol of Military Road at 8:30 a.m. Saturday. Raymond Wolbert, 57, 569 Third St., was charged with fifth-degree criminal possession of stolen property and trespass after a patrol officer recognized him sitting and waiting for a bus. With prior knowledge of Wolbert, the officer said he turned around after seeing him with three grocery bags from nearby stores next to him. The officer reported Wolbert tried to distance himself from the bags and attempted to cover his face when he turned his vehicle around. Inside the bags, police report finding several steaks, shrimp, ribs and lobster tails. Wolbert reportedly denied the bags were his.

• ARREST: A Falls man was arrested following a suspicious person report at 11 a.m. Saturday in the 1500 block of Military Road. Ephelius Bennett Jr., 17, 1728 LaSalle Ave., was charged with third-degree bail jumping after officers were alerted to his presence in a parking lot. An outstanding warrant for disorderly conduct from Nov. 7, 2011 was executed.

• BURGLARY: Police report a burglary occurred between 3 and 6:45 a.m. Saturday in the 3100 block of Ninth Street. A 61-year-old woman said water started flooding into her apartment from above through the ceiling and light fixtures. She said she went into her hallway when she noticed a man carrying a bag. The owner of the apartment reportedly told police he’d be at the apartment later to determine the damage and determine what was taken. The third floor apartment is reportedly vacant.

• SHOTS FIRED: Police report shots fired at 1:46 a.m. Saturday in an alleyway in the 400 block between 12th and 13th streets. Upon arrival, they were told a possible victim was moved to a residence in the 400 block of 13th Street. Following a trail of blood, they located a 21-year-old man who identified himself as a Buffalo resident who was wearing boxer shorts and had a towel wrapped around his foot while laying on a bed. When asked who shot him, he said he didn’t know. He said he was walking in the alley when a man stopped him and said “You think you’re tough, hold this,” and shot him in the foot.