Niagara Gazette

Crime

March 14, 2013

BLOTTER: Police reports published March 12

— ONTARIO

Kosovo citizen tries to illegally enter U.S.

 
U.S. border agents arrested a Kosovo citizen as he attempted to enter the United States illegally using the Whirlpool Rapids Bridge, a report states.
At approximately 4 a.m., Monday, a U.S. Customs and Border Protection agent patrolling the railroad portion of the bridge spotted a man wearing dark clothing attempting to conceal himself as he crossed illegally into the U.S., the report states. Agents arrested the male before he could enter New York.
Agents searched the man and found him to be in possession of marijuana. The man was taken to Niagara Falls Border Patrol Station for processing.
U.S. Customs say record checks indicate the man has numerous criminal convictions and an active warrant in Canada.
He will face federal criminal charges for illegal entry into the U.S. The allegations and charges have not been proven in court.
— Niagara Falls, Ont., Review
  
Niagara Falls

 
• ARREST: A Falls man was arrested after a witness watched him break into a home in the 100 block of 59th Street. Donald Taft, 57, no permanent address, was charged with second-degree burglary and fourth-degree criminal mischief. A witness told police they watched Taft break into the home, at 7 p.m. Sunday, by smashing a pair of red shears into a window, shattering it. The witness yelled at Taft, who ran away and was later apprehended by police in the 5800 block of Buffalo Avenue. Taft told detectives he broke into the home because he was looking for beer.

 
• ARREST: A Falls man was arrested on arson and other charges after witnesses saw him running from the scene of a car fire. Phillip Munroe Payne, 35, 2423 Whitney Ave., Apt. B, was charged with third-degree arson, second-degree criminal mischief and third-degree auto stripping. Witnesses reported seeing a man that matched Payne’s description running from a burning car in the 500 block alley between Ninth and 10th streets at 7:46 a.m. Sunday. Payne was caught a short time later and had the vehicle registration and other paperwork from the burning car in his possession. The fire also caused damage to the siding of two nearby houses.
 

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