Niagara Gazette

June 8, 2014

BLOTTER: Police reports published June 9

Staff Reports
Niagara Gazette


Body recovered from Niagara Falls

A body was recovered Friday morning from the lower Niagara River near the base of the Horseshoe Falls.

Niagara Parks Polic said police were assisted by Hornblower Niagara Cruises in retrieving the body at about 11 a.m. Friday.

No other details were available.



Good deed backfires for Buffalo woman

A Buffalo woman who drove to Lockport to pick up a friend who needed a ride home was charged with DWI early Sunday morning.

Responding to a report of a reckless driver in the area of South Transit and Robinson roads about 3 a.m. Sunday, deputies pulled over Bridget A. Skinner, 201 Mariemont Ave., Buffalo, after watching her weave in and out of the lane on South Transit.

Once stopped, Skinner said she was driving a friend home to Buffalo after the friend called her for a ride. Skinner told the deputy she had already been in Lockport Saturday night to attend a sporting event and had driven home, only to return to pick up the friend.

Deputies noted that the friend refused to supply them with any information.

After failing field sobriety tests, she was charged with DWI. Unable to complete a breath test due to a medical condition, Skinner was brought to a hospital where blood cold be drawn to determine her blood alcohol content.

Deputies noted that Skinner's "uncooperative passenger" was dropped off at a local restaurant to await another ride home.


Niagara Falls

• THEFT: Police are investigating a reported theft from a vehicle between 1 and 3:30 a.m. Saturday parked in a city lot at the intersection of 31st Street and Ferry Avenue. The owner, a 24-year-old Mississauga, Ont., man, told police the front driver's side window was smashed and $3 in loose change was missing from inside.

• VEHICLE FIRE: Police responded to a reported vehicle on fire at 3:30 a.m. Saturday in the 1800 block of Whitney Avenue. Upon arrival, police said a van in a driveway was fully engulfed in flames, while the owner and her grandchild were evacuated from a nearby residence. The owner told police she didn't know why her van would be on fire. Fire officials report the cause of the fire to be electrical.



• THEFT: A River Road man told sheriff's deputies on Friday that sometime between April 7 and April 9 someone took a Sears credit card from his bedroom. The card was then used on April 8 and April 9 at the Sears on Williams Road and the K-Mart on Military Road for purchases totaling $863.98. The victim offered deputies a potential suspect.



• RECOVERED GOLF CART: Sheriff's deputies were called to a farmer's field behind 7077 Wheeler Road on Saturday where a Yamaha golf cart stolen from Oak Run Golf Course on Lake Avenue was recovered. The cart was partially spray-painted black with obscenities written on the seat. The roof was missing and there was damage all around the relatively new cart. A member of the sheriff's office's crime scene unit responded and gathered evidence from the scene. A witness said he thought he saw the golf cart driving by his home recently with two to three juveniles riding on it.

• BURGLARY: Sheriff's deputies were called to Tread City Tire, 6563 South Transit Road, about 1:15 a.m. Sunday for a report of a burglary. A glass window next to the front door was smashed and deputies found several drops of blood on the floor throughout the business' showroom. The cash drawer behind the service desk had noticeable pry marks as well as more drops of blood. About $50 was taken from the cash drawer along with a check for $75. More blood and partial fingerprints were discovered on a second desk where an undetermined amount of money was taken. A K-9 unit was called out to search for the suspect but came up empty. Crime scene investigators were then called in to gather evidence.