Niagara Gazette

Crime

August 18, 2013

BLOTTER: Police reports published Aug. 18

Niagara Falls

 
• ARREST: A Falls man was arrested following a reported shoplifting incident at 3:35 p.m. Friday at a grocery store in the 1000 block of Portage Road. Jeffrey Degolier Jr., 25, 442 Memorial Parkway, was charged with petit larceny after he allegedly stole approximately $100 of merchandise from the store. Police say he was inside the store at 2 p.m. and put the merchandise in a plastic bag but left without it. He then later returned, according to reports, to retrieve the bag and its contents, leaving the store without paying. Police apprehended him as he was fleeing east in the 700 block of Seventh Street. While in custody, police said, he spontaneously stated, “I stole from (the store) then walked blocks and blocks away then the cops showed up.”

 
• MENACING: Police are investigating a reported menacing incident at 4 p.m. Friday in the 1600 block of Pine Avenue. The victim, a 54-year-old Falls man, said he was hired last week to perform a magic act but was not paid the full fee he charged. Attempting to receive proper compensation, he said, he went to his employer’s business, a barber shop in the 1600 block of Pine Avenue, to receive his money. There, he said, he was threatened by the owner, who said, “if you ever come back here again, I’ll kick your (butt) just like I’ll do now if you say another word.” He told police he left the business and phoned them. At the business, police were met by the shop’s co-owner, who refused to answer questions about the incident and would not face police at the door. The victim was given further instructions, according to the report.

 
• ARREST: A Falls woman was arrested following a motor vehicle accident at 5:35 p.m. Friday in the 3200 block of Hyde Park Boulevard. Starr Martin, 32, 11A Jordan Gardens, was charged with driving while intoxicated, unlicensed operation, expired or no insurance and other vehicle infractions after she told police she struck a vehicle while backing hers out of her building’s driveway. Police said in interviewing Martin, a smell of alcohol was on her breath and she swayed while standing. She told them she backed her vehicle into another one parked in the area, but officers were unable to find her vehicle. Asked where it was, she said, “I don’t know, officers, someone got in it and left.” When asked if she’d been drinking, she said she had two “red plastic cups of wine from a box.” Police reports stated she refused field sobriety tests and when attempting to provide a breath test, she was unable to register a usable sample. She was reportedly taken into custody based on her admission of having driven and having drank wine. In custody, after booking, she tested a 0.17 percent blood alcohol content, according to reports.
 

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