Town recycling shed burns down
A Town of Lockport shed containing electronics that would be recycled has burned down, less than three weeks after officials talked about using the structure for another purpose.
And as the investigation into the fire continues, there is some suspicion about how the fire started.
Just before 5 p.m. firefighters from Rapids Volunteer Fire Co. were called to Lockport Town Hall, 6560 Dysinger Road where a pillar of dark smoke could be seen. The 10-by-16 shed is located to the south of the hall.
Town Supervisor Marc R. Smith said he was told the shed was a total loss. The structure did contain some televisions and other electronics to be recycled, which more than likely were all destroyed.
The items were left by residents to be recycled and the town no longer receives money for recycling, so the town isn’t affected financially, other than the shed itself, Smith said.
• DWI: Mark E. Jagodzinski, 45, 22 Xavier Road, Clarence, was charged with driving while intoxicated, consuming alcohol in a motor vehicle on a highway, operating a motor vehicle while using a mobile telephone, speeding and driving with no front license plate Friday afternoon in the 6500 block of South Transit Road. Jagodzinski was held on $250 bail ahead of arraignment May 21 in Pendleton Town Court.
• DRIVING OFFENSES: Martin H. Reyes Jr., 2772 Main St., was cited with driving an unregistered, uninsured vehicle and driving without a license after a 7:50 a.m. Friday traffic stop in the 6500 block of Charlotteville Road. Reyes was held on $250 bail ahead of arraignment Tuesday in Newfane Town Court.
• DRIVING OFFENSES: Kyle T. Stewart, 27, 2127 River Road, Niagara Falls, was cited with driving with a suspended license and driving a vehicle without a front license plate after a 7:50 a.m. Friday traffic stop in the 6500 block of Charlotteville Road. Stewart's vehicle was following Martin Reyes' vehicle (see above entry) and pulled into a driveway after Reyes' vehicle was stopped, according to the sheriff's office; the front license plate that was supposed to be on Stewart's vehicle was on Reyes' vehicle instead. Stewart received tickets for the driving offenses, then was turned over to the custody of Lockport Police Department, after a records check showed he's the subject of a City Court warrant.
Town of Lockport
• FORGERY: An unknown male wearing a hooded sweatshirt attempted to use a counterfeit $20 bill for his order at McDonald's on South Transit Road around 11:45 p.m. Tuesday, the Niagara County Sheriff's Office said. The cashier who took the $20 bill took it to her manager, as she felt it wasn't a real $20 bill, the Sheriff's Office said. While doing this, the male drove away. The manager at the time did not have access to video security footage, but said he would leave a not for the day shift on Wednesday to see if the man or the car could be identified.
• LARCENY: A Chestnut Ridge Road man told the Niagara County Sheriff's Office someone had taken his 2007 Yamaha Raptor all-terrain vehicle, which was worth $3,000. The man said he last saw the ATV on May 5 and noticed it was missing on Saturday. It had been sitting in front of his garage while renovations were being done on the inside of the structure.
• CONTEMPT: Brandon G. Mante, 20, of Porter Road, Niagara Falls, was picked up on a warrant and charged at 2:29 a.m. Wednesday on River Road with second-degree criminal contempt. Mante was released for court.
• POSSESSION: James R. Plau, 27, homeless, was charged at 2:33 p.m. Tuesday with petit larceny and seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. Plau was hed for court.
City of Tonawanda
• TRESPASSING: Jeffrey S. High, 59, of Main Street, North Tonawanda, was charged Wednesday with trespassing and unlawful possession of marijuana. He was allegedly on the CSX railroad tracks. He was released on an appearance ticket.