Niagara Gazette

June 26, 2013

BLOTTER: Police reports published June 27

Staff Reports
Niagara Gazette


Same suspect, same home, new meth lab

Niagara County Sheriff’s deputies raided a suspected meth house in a home on Hope Lane in the Town of Newfane that is no stranger to authorities, who have raided it before.

In January, deputies say they found a meth lab inside the home and arrested two men, charging them with felonies. Tuesday night, it was déjà vu.

“It’s troubling. This whole meth phenomenon is troubling to say the least. Being at the same house in couple month’s time is certainly not something we hoped to see,” Chief Dept. Steven Preisch said.

Sean Smith, 39, was first arrested in January on charges of selling and possessing methamphetamine. His bail was set at $25,000. Niagara County authorities took him into custody at the home on Hope Lane in the Town of Newfane again Tuesday night.

“The gentleman we took into custody is certainly someone who is known to us. And unfortunately, sometimes people who struggle with addictions, the addiction changes who they were or who people thought they were and makes desperate people do desperate things,” Preisch said.

He believes the suspect mainly used the meth lab to feed his own addiction. But Preisch also says Smith sold the drug to make money.

According to authorities, Smith’s girlfriend was taken to the hospital Tuesday and charges are pending for her. Her three children were taken from the home and are in the custody of Child Protective Services.

Smith is now being held on $15,000 bail and deputies say he could face more charges.

— Channel 4 News



Two in rowboat rescued

Two people were rescued Tuesday afternoon while boating in Lake Ontario, near the Town of Somerset.

Paddling in a rowboat, the pair called for help using a cell phone. Niagara County Undersheriff Michael J. Filicetti said the boat was located between the Thirty Mile Point Lighthouse and the Upstate New York Power Producers plant in Somerset.

Olcott Fire Co. responded and helped the pair to safety. No injuries were reported.


Niagara Falls

• BURGLARY: Police are investigating a burglary in the 1800 block of Linwood Avenue. A 29-year-old man told officers that sometime between 4:30 and 6:30 p.m. Monday someone took more than $1,300 worth of tools and equipment that he had left on the first landing and in the basement of his home. Officers said there was no sign of forced entry into the home.

• ARREST: Park Police arrested a tourist in the state park at 3:55 a.m. Tuesday. Jeremiah D. Green, 24, Vail, Colo., was charged with second-degree criminal possession of a weapon and unlawful possession of marijuana.

• THEFT: Officers are looking into an SUV break-in in the 100 block of Main Street. A 42-year-old man told police that sometime between 4:30 and 5:15 p.m. Tuesday someone broke into his 2014 Toyota RAV4 by smashing a passenger-side window. The victim said an iPad mini, an HD Kindle, a Nintendo DS and a purse were taken.

• ARREST: A Lockport woman was arrested after a shoplifting incident at a store in the 1800 block of Pine Avenue at 6:40 p.m. Tuesday. Sherina Renee Harper, 38, 159 Genessee St., was charged with petit larceny and fifth-degree criminal possession of stolen property. Harper is accused of taking $24 worth of candles without paying for them.

• VANDALISM: Police are investigating an act of vandalism in the 3200 block of Michigan Avenue. A 45-year-old man told officers that sometime between 11:30 p.m. Monday and 7:40 p.m. Tuesday someone cut all the connector cables to the exterior cameras of his home security surveillance system.

• THEFT: Officers are looking into a car break-in in the 6500 block of Niagara Falls Boulevard. A 25-year-old woman told police that sometime between 9:30 p.m. Tuesday and 12:20 a.m. Wednesday someone broke into her 2007 Chevy Cobolt by smashing a passenger-side window. The victim said a laptop computer, an external hard drive and a purse were taken.