Niagara Gazette

September 9, 2013

BLOTTER: Police reports published Sept. 9

Staff Reports
Niagara Gazette


Man rescued from Niagara River

A middle-aged man was treated for back and shoulder injuries after he fell about 9 feet in the Niagara gorge and ended up in the lower Niagara River near the Rainbow Bridge.

Niagara Parks Police Insp. Paul Forcier said police were called at around 3 p.m. Sunday after someone reported seeing a man in the river near the falls.

A police officer was on board a 16-foot boat provided by the Maid of the Mist to respond to the call.

When the officer arrived, Forcier said the man was waist-deep in the water.

"They were able to get him out there and walked back to the Maid of the Mist dock. The boat was used as a precaution," he said.

Paramedics and firefighters responded to the Maid of the Mist dock where he was examined.

Forcier said the man climbed down the gorge at a spot not used by the public. At one point, Forcier said the man fell about 10 feet before making his way to the river's edge.

"We're not sure why he went into the water, but it seems the man has some mental health issues which can be attributed to some of his actions," he said.

Paramedics took the man to Greater Niagara General Hospital where he was treated.



• THEFT: Niagara County Sheriff's deputies were called to a River Road address on Saturday where a resident reported that sometime between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. someone took a motorcycle he had placed for sale at the end of his driveway. The resident had been asking $7,000 for the motorcycle and it had been at the end of the driveway for the past two months. There had been a wheel lock placed on the motorcycle.

• DWI: Michael D. Zwetsch, 22, 254 72nd St., Niagara Falls, was charged with DWI and speeding about 2:30 a.m. Friday, according to Niagara County Sheriff's deputies. The '02 Mazda Zwetsch was driving was clocked driving 61 mph in a 45 mph zone on River Road. After being pulled over, deputies said he appeared intoxicated and failed field sobriety tests. At one point he told the deputy, "It's my birthday and I drank more than I wanted to." A chemical test determined his blood alcohol content to be 0.12 percent.