Niagara Gazette

March 12, 2014

BLOTTER: Police reports published March 13

Staff Reports
Niagara Gazette


Shooting investigated on 22nd Street

Falls police investigating a report of shots fired located an apparent shooting scene at a 22nd Street home early Tuesday morning.

Falls cops were originally called to the area of 20th Street and Woodlawn Avenue about 3 a.m. Tuesday for a report of shots fired. A responding officer immediately checked the 1000 block of 22nd Street because they had been out there earlier in the night to deal with a house party.

The officer was met by two residents of the home who said they had heard 5 to 6 gunshots and saw a man running east on Woodlawn but denied knowing anything else. An officer, though, noticed a bullet hole in the front window of the home. Checking inside, officers found where the bullet had entered a wall, right above a couch.

The occupants of the home provided little information to police but did give the name of person who might be responsible.

Officers then checked the home across the street to see if there had been return gun fire and found a hole in a window there, but could not find the projectile. The matter is being investigated.

Niagara Falls

• THEFT: A Woodlawn Avenue resident reported that someone took several items from a motor home parked in the alley behind their home sometime Monday night. A portion of the windshield was removed to gain entry. A DVD/VCR, stereo booster box and $50 in Buffalo Bills jewelry was taken. 

City of Tonawanda 

• road rage: Brandon A. Jeeves, 18, Mason Court, Niagara Falls, was charged Wednesday with reckless driving, unlawful possession of marijuana and leaving the scene of property damage accident. Police said Jeeves was the aggressor in a road rage incident on Niagara Street and attempted to veer around another driver who he believed was driving too slowly before crashing into a pile of boulders in front of a 7-Eleven store at the intersection of Hinds Street. When police arrived they discovered a 12-gram bag of marijuana. Witnessed told officers that Jeeves was driving erratically. 

North Tonawanda 

• HARASSMENT: John E. Bell, 22, 191 1/2 Vandervoort St., right side, was charged Wednesday with third-degree criminal mischief and second-degree harassment. He was held for court. 

• DWI: Joseph M. Tomkiel, 35, 2730 Independence Ave., Niagara Falls, was charged at 2:51 a.m. Wednesday on Oliver Street with DWI, failure to yield, speeding and improper right turn. Tomkiel refused a Breathalyzer test and was held for court. 

Town of Royalton

• CRIMINAL MISCHIEF: Someone broke the window in a Porter Parkway man’s bedroom around 4:30 a.m.Wednesday, the Niagara County Sheriff’s Office said. The man, who was sleeping when the window was shattered, said he heard footsteps running away from the house and saw the taillights of a car leaving the area. The man told deputies that he believes it may have been his former roommate, as he owes her $90. The cost of the window was estimated at $150. The case is closed pending new information. 

Town of Lockport

• BAIL JUMPING: Donald Rodgers, 21, Niagara Falls, was charged with third-degree bail jumping around 5:15 p.m. Tuesday, the New York State Police said. Rodgers is being held on $2,500 cash bail.

• ACCIDENT: A one-car accident resulting in property damage occurred on Old Beattie Road just before 10:30 p.m. Tuesday, the New York State Police said. No injuries were reported.

• ACCIDENT: The New York State Police reported a two-car accident at the intersection of Old Beattie and Rapids roads at about 1:45 p.m. Tuesday. No injuries were reported.

• FRAUD: A Tonawanda Creek Road woman reported her Citizens Bank Mastercard was either lost or stolen Wednesday, the Niagara County Sheriff’s Office said. The card was used illicitly at two locations in Niagara County. The incident was referred to the Criminal Investigation Bureau.

Town of Cambria

• STOLEN PROPERTY: Jedidiah J. Aikin, 28, 7106 Ellicott Road, Lockport, was arrested and charged with fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property just before 6 p.m. Tuesday over an incident involving a stolen all-terrain vehicle, the Niagara County Sheriff’s Office said. Aikin was taken to Niagara County Jail in lieu of $750 cash bail. He is due to appear in Cambria Town Court on March 19.