Niagara Gazette

August 3, 2013

BLOTTER: Police reports published Aug. 1

Staff Reports
Niagara Gazette

Dirt bike stolen from Falls located
Niagara County Sheriff’s deputies located a Kawasaki 450cc dirt bike stolen out of Niagara Falls in the garage of a Lake Road address on Saturday.
The resident told deputies he bought the bike about two weeks ago from a man he only knew as Goat. The resident said he gave Goat $500 for the bike, which sheriff’s deputies said was worth $8,500.
Two arrested after Lewiston police break up burglary
Two Lewiston teens were charged after Lewiston police spotted them rummaging through dresser drawers in a Oak Hill Drive home about 10:15 a.m. Tuesday.
The Niagara County Sheriff’s Office reported that the two suspects — a 19-year-old Lewiston man and a 16-year-old Lewiston girl — both initially resisted arrest but were eventually handcuffed.
Both the Lewiston Police Department and the sheriff’s office are continuing to investigate the incident.
Stolen vehicles found by deputies
A pair of vehicles reported stolen were found by sheriff’s deputies on Monday in the town.
About 6 p.m., deputies were called to a 2007 Chevy Silverado found stripped in the woods behind a Black Nose Spring Road address. When a deputy arrived, he found the burned-out and stripped vehicle up against a tree in a mud puddle, The deputy also found that two men were putting chains around the burnt-out frame. The vehicle’s cab and body were removed from the frame and other parts had been stripped off as well. The two men said they were moving the frame so they could go “mudding.”
Only the cab was recovered Monday. Deputies said the rest of the truck, reported stolen out of Niagara Falls, would be removed later.
A couple hours later, deputies recovered a ‘93 Ford reported stolen out of the Falls, in a field behind a Chew Road address.
The vehicle was about a half mile back in the field, on its side and burned out. The vehicle was towed from the scene.
Niagara Falls police were notified of the recovery of both vehicles.
County probation vehicle gets “tagged”
Niagara County Sheriff’s deputies were called to a Ridge Road address on Tuesday where a Niagara County probation officer reported that someone spray-painted “LG2” in black paint on the hood of her assigned Niagara County Probation vehicle.
The officer was unsure if the damage occurred overnight at the parking lot of the probation department in the City of Lockport or at the Ridge Road address Tuesday morning where she was interviewing someone since she did not approach the vehicle from the front when she entered it Tuesday morning.
Damage was estimated at $500.
Felony DWI charges after reckless driver call
A Wilson man whose blood alcohol content was measured at 0.22 percent was charged with felony DWI Sunday following the investigation of a reckless driver.
Called to the area of Wilson-Cambria Road for a report of a reckless driver who had driven into a tractor about 6:45 p.m. Sunday, a Niagara County Sheriff’s deputy said he was stopped by another witness who said they were almost hit head on as the reckless driver turned onto Ide Road at a high rate of speed. The witnesses added that the reckless driver had blown out a rear tire while making the turn and that he recognized the driver as James Wasik, as the two attended Wilson High School together.
The witness said he watched Wasik drive into a ditch on Ide Road and then head to his house at Cambria-Wilson Road, where he drove all over the front yard and ran over a small tree before getting out of the car and heading inside.
When the deputy knocked at the door, Wasik answered and appeared intoxicated. At first he denied he’d been driving but eventually admitted he had been driving his father’s truck.
After failing field sobriety tests, Wasik was charged and brought to the sheriff’s office where it was discovered his driver’s license was revoked for a previous DWI conviction in 2011.
A chemical test determined Wasik’s blood alcohol content to be 0.22 percent.
James R. Wasik, 23, 2592 Cambria-Wilson Road, was charged with felony driving while intoxicated, first-degree aggravated unlicensed operation, aggravated DWI (BAC over 0.18 percent), DWI, operating a motor vehicle without an interlock and unlicensed operation of a vehicle.
Niagara Falls
• THEFT: Staff at Hyde Park Golf Course again reported the theft of a golf cart on Tuesday. The $5,800 cart was taken overnight Monday. The windshield of the golf cart was found on the service road near hole 7 on the North 18 Course. This has been an ongoing issue over the past several weeks.
• VANDALISM: A City man told Falls police that sometime early Wednesday morning someone smashed out the driver’s-side window of his car as it was parked on the 2200 block of Pine Avenue. The estimated damage os $150.
• CHARGED: Arlene J. Nye, 54, 4614 Meadowbrook Drive, Niagara Falls, was charged with DWI, seventh-degree possession of a controlled substance, speeding and a vehicle infraction about 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, according to the Niagara County Sheriff’s Office. Stopped for speeding on Saunders Settlement Road, Nye appeared intoxicated and failed field sobriety tests, according to the report. After being taken into custody, the deputy said a bottle of prescription pills was found in the car with a different kind of medication inside — three acetaminophen and codeine pills. The label said the bottle should have contained tramadol. Nye refused to take a chemical test to determine her blood alcohol content.
• CHARGED: Dawn M. Burrows, 44, 173 Vandervoort St., North Tonawanda, was charged with DWI about 2:15 a.m. Wednesday, according to the sheriff’s office. While on patrol, a deputy came upon Burrows parked on the side of River Road with the car’s four-way lights on. Burrows told the deputy she was just texting but appeared intoxicated. She failed field sobriety tests and was taken into custody. A chemical test determined her blood alcohol content to be 0.16 percent.
• CHARGED: Cynthia L. Hamman, 48, 6875 Minnick Road, Lockport, was charged with DWI about 9:40 p.m. Monday, according to the sheriff’s office. A deputy pulled Hamman over on Niagara Falls Boulevard after watching her drive over the center line. She appeared intoxicated and failed field sobriety tests. A breath test determined her blood alcohol content to be 0.11 percent, the report said.