Niagara Gazette

December 29, 2013

BLOTTER: Police reports published Dec. 29

Staff Reports
Niagara Gazette

Niagara Falls

• ASSAULT: Police are investigating a reported assault at 1 p.m. Saturday in the 1800 block of Pierce Avenue. The victim, a 21-year-old woman, was at a hospital on 10th Street when she told officers she was attacked by four individuals she'd never seen before for no reason she could recall. She said these four individuals came out of nowhere and punched her in the face until she fell to the ground. Then they began punching and kicking her before running away laughing. She said the first suspect was a black male in his late teens, about 5-foot-7 wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and dark pants. The second suspect, she said, was a black woman in her late teens wearing a maroon coat and a piercing above her right eye. The third suspect, also a black female in her late teens, was wearing a green coat and had a tongue piercing. The final suspect was wearing a brown coat and appeared to be pregnant, she said. Police said visible wounds were evidenced on the victim's face and right arm at the time of the report.


• DWI: Christopher Nielsen, 45, 456 College Ave., Niagara Falls, was charged with aggravated DWI (BAC more than 0.18 percent), DWI, drinking alcohol in a vehicle, driving on the shoulder of the road and speeding about 8 p.m. Friday, according to the Niagara County Sheriff's Office. Nielsen was stopped on Lockport Road for speeding and crossing the fog line and appeared intoxicated. A deputy said there were multiple cans and a bottle of beer strewn about in the back seat and floor of the vehicle and a 12-pack of Labatt Blue Light opened with some cans missing. Nielsen failed four field sobriety tests and was charged. A Datamaster test determined his blood alcohol content to be 0.19 percent.


• DWI: Joseph Kress, 28, 308 Meadowbrooke Lane, Newfane, was charged with first-degree aggravated unlicensed operation, DWI, drinking alcohol in a vehicle, DWI: Two previous convictions, failure to notify change of home, refusal to take a breath test and no seat belt about 12:45 a.m. Saturday, according to the Niagara County Sheriff's Office. A deputy said he noticed Kress leave a Prospect Street apartment complex and he wasn't wearing a seat belt. When the deputy attempted to pull Kress over, the deputy said Kress drove off at a high rate of speed. The deputy caught up with him several blocks away and saw Kress pull into a Ketchum Avenue driveway. The deputy said Kress then got out of the vehicle quickly and crouch down behind a parked car at the residence. After the he called him out from his hiding place, the deputy said Kress appeared intoxicated but refused to take any field sobriety tests. He also refused a breath test. A check of his record showed previous DWI convictions, the deputy said.