Niagara Gazette


March 22, 2013

BLOTTER: Police reports published March 20


Troopers give out 567 tickets over weekend

New York State Police handed out more than 500 tickets over the St. Patrick’s Day weekend, the agency reported.
Troopers set up checkpoints at various spots, looking for reckless driving, primarily drivers who were speeding or driving while intoxicated.
Troopers from Troop A, the section that covers Western New York, issued 567 total tickets. Those included 166 for speeding, 15 DWIs, 15 for cellular phone use or texting and 45 for unlicensed operation.



Observant deputy nabs would-be 7-Eleven robber

A Lockport woman faces numerous charges including attempted robbery after a sheriff’s patrol spotted her driving a stolen vehicle Monday in Wheatfield.
Katherine A. Figueroa, 21, 87 Corinthia St., was charged Tuesday with third-degree attempted robbery, second-degree aggravated unlicensed operation and theft of services, stemming from two criminal complaints against her in the city.
In addition, the Niagara County Sheriff’s Office charged Figueroa with criminal possession of stolen property, unauthorized use of a vehicle and aggravated unlicensed operation, after a deputy initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle Figureoa was driving Monday afternoon on Niagara Falls Boulevard. The vehicle matched the description of one reported stolen from a Norwood Drive residence earlier in the day, according to police reports.
A 7-Eleven cashier reported to police that Figueroa tried robbing the store at 95 S. Transit St. shortly before 7 a.m. Monday. The cashier said a woman twice demanded he turn over all of the money in his cash register, then when the cashier refused and started to call police, the woman left the store and drove away in a white Ford Expedition.
The cashier got the license plate number on the vehicle and later identified Figueroa from a photo array. Police reports indicate the vehicle belongs to a neighbor of Figueroa’s relative. Figueroa’s driver’s license is revoked due to three suspensions related to alcohol and drugs, police said.

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