Niagara Gazette

August 21, 2007

BLOTTER: Police reports published Aug. 22


Crash injures cop captain

Falls Police Traffic Division officers are investigating a three-car crash that left a veteran police captain and two other drivers injured.

Captain Frank Tedesco was on his way to back up an officer on a call at 8:05 a.m. Tuesday when his patrol car was broad-sided at the intersection of 19th Street and Walnut Avenue.

Tedesco was traveling north on 19th Street, when he was hit by a Chevy Tahoe, heading west on Walnut Avenue and driven by an 85th Street woman. The Tahoe, with the woman and her two children, ages 1 and 5 inside, was then hit by a Buick driven by a Munson Avenue woman.

The collision caused the Tahoe and Tedesco’s patrol car to both jump the curb and sent the Tahoe crashing into a closed florist shop.

Tedesco suffered facial injuries and was treated and released from Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center. The driver of the Buick was also treated for minor injuries and released from NFMMC.

The Tahoe driver and her children were taken to Mt. St. Mary’s Hospital for examinations, but did not appear to be injured, police said.


Marijuana plants found in cornfield

A New York State Police helicopter led state troopers to several marijuana plants growing in a Royalton cornfield Thursday.

Troopers responded to a cornfield on Peet Road, just south of Route 31.

Eight marijuana plants, each between 4 and 6 feet tall, were found growing among the corn. The plants were located in two plots about 100 feet apart within the cornfield.

A second location was found on Peet Road, this one about 0.4 miles north of Route 31. Troopers on the ground were again directed to the plants by troopers in the helicopter.

Niagara Falls

• CHARGED: Falls police took two men into custody Tuesday on charges of first-degree robbery, second-degree assault and second-degree criminal mischief Tuesday morning. The two men were among six people that attacked and robbed a 22-year-old city man of $360 on the 1900 block of Ferry Avenue about 7 a.m. The six men later attacked a woman and threatened a dog on Grand Avenue, according to reports.

• CHARGED: Jennifer T. Gillespie, 27, 819 Armory Place, was charged with petit larceny about 10 a.m. Tuesday, according to Falls police. Staff at Tops, 1000 Portage Road, called police after watching her stuff a sandwich and a hair scrunchie into her fur coat.

• THEFT: Falls police were called to Wilson Farms, 1504 Pine Ave. after a burglary about 5 a.m. Tuesday. Officers said a suspect threw a piece of concrete into a front window, pushing it back. Once inside the store, the suspect took about 100 packs of Newport cigarettes.

• THEFT: A Buffalo man reported to police Tuesday that someone had stolen $450 from his room at Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center, 621 10th St. The man said the money was taken from a bag in a closet.

• THEFT: A Vermont woman reported Tuesday that on Monday someone stole a laptop computer and other electronic equipment valued at $3,600 from her room at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, 300 Third St. The matter was being investigated by both police and hotel staff.


• VANDALISM: A McChesney Street woman told deputies Sunday night that she went into her kitchen around 11:20 p.m. and saw someone on her back porch. The woman turned on the kitchen light, and the person ran from the porch. The woman discovered a lock and trim on one of the windows to a garage had been damaged.


• VANDALISM: A Lake Road man reported Saturday night that he was sitting in his home at 10:35 p.m. when he heard a loud bang, a window break and a car drive away rapidly. The man found a window broken on the front of his home. The damage may have been caused by a “spud gun” or potato launcher, the report said. The damage is estimated at $249.

City of Lockport

• DRUG POSSESSION: Jeremy A. Lake, 29, 76 Park Ave., upper, was charged Monday night with unlawful possession of marijuana, driving without a valid license and equipment violations after a traffic stop on Main Street. Lake was pulled over for having an unsafe tire and was allegedly found to be in possession of suspected marijuana concealed in a white napkin. He was released on an appearance ticket and is due today in Lockport City Court.

• TOUCHING: Daniel R. Tilton, 51, 185 West Ave., was charged Monday morning with forcible touching and unlawful possession of marijuana. A Vine Street woman said Tilton, an acquaintance, grabbed her while they were outside a store on Park Avenue. The woman said Tilton made a sexually suggestive comment and proceeded to "dry hump" her. She was able to get free, and Tilton allegedly grabbed her buttock as she ran back to the store. Tilton was arrested Monday. After he was taken out of the patrol car, the back seat was searched and marijuana was found on the seat. A silver pipe was found on the seat where Tilton had been sitting. Tilton was held without bail. He was arraigned Monday in Lockport City Court.


• DRUG POSSESSION: Mark C. Rohring, 20, 2720 Main St., Apt. 2, was charged Tuesday morning with criminal possession of a controlled substance. Deputies responded to a noise complaint at Rohring's home. When Rohring answered the door, deputies reportedly saw two lines of white powdery substance on the living room table. Rohring said he didn't know what the substance was, but admitted it was his, the report said. The substance field-tested positive for cocaine. Rohring was released on an appearance ticket.


• DRUG POSSESSION: Aaron M. Wisnewski, 24, 9782 Ridge Road, Middleport, was charged Friday evening with unlawful possession of marijuana after a traffic stop on Gasport Road. Wisnewski was reportedly stopped for having inadequate headlights, and state troopers smelled marijuana inside the car. A search of the car yielded two grams of marijuana and two pipes, the report said. Wisnewski was released on an appearance ticket and is due Aug. 30 in Hartland Town Court.