Niagara Gazette

July 21, 2011

BLOTTER: Police reports published July 22, 2011

Niagara Gazette

NIAGARA FALLS — Falls police were called to Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center to talk to the victim of an assault.

Officers met up with a 50-year-old Weston Avenue woman who told them that about 5:30 a.m. Wednesday she awoke in her bedroom and noticed a black man wearing red shorts, a black T-shirt and white baseball hat sitting outside her window in a lawn chair a few feet from her window masturbating.

The woman said she yelled out at the man and ran to a bathroom. While looking out the bathroom window the woman said the man appeared “out of nowhere” and she was face-to-face with him.

There are no screens on the windows, the woman said, just security bars running top to bottom. She said the man reached through the bars and grabbed her arms. She pulled away and the man ran off.

Police said the woman had bruising to her upper arm. Officers also noted that the woman was visibly upset and has reported suspicious activity outside of her home in the recent past.

The woman said she has awoke to a shadow being cast in her bedroom and when police arrived previously, a lawn chair was found near the window.

The man is described as a 5-foot-9 black man with a thin, muscular build.


Photo problem at Oppenheim Park

Niagara County Sheriff’s deputies were called to Oppenheim Park about 11:45 a.m. Wednesday for a report of a man taking pictures of a small child.

As they were arriving, deputies said they spotted the suspect’s vehicle leaving and stopped him on Ward Road. The man told deputies he was not taking pictures of the child but had his camera pointed at the lake. The man, who said he was a photographer for a local volunteer fire company, showed deputies his camera, which they said did not contain any pictures on the memory card.

The man said he was just sitting in his vehicle “messing with his camera” in the park when a man approached him, accused him of snapping photos of his girlfriend’s son and threatened to pull him out of the vehicle. The cameraman said he quickly left the parking lot.

Deputies said they gave him a warning and let him drive off.

When officers found the complainant inside the park, she said the man had been taking pictures of her shirtless 8-year-old son. She said she approached the man and asked him what he was doing and said she saw pictures of her son on the camera’s screen. She said the man told her he was just looking through the camera at the water.

The woman said she went back to what she was doing but noticed the man watching her as if he was still trying to take photos when her attention was turned away from him. It was at that point she had her boyfriend approach the man.

The woman told deputies she was “creeped out” by the man and she was certain he was snapping pictures of her son.

The matter is being investigated.


Fleeing moped driver hit with charges

A Wilson man faces 10 charges after leading Niagara County Sheriff’s deputies on a slow chase in the village this past Sunday.

According to the sheriff’s report, released to the media on Thursday, Matthew P. Mojeski, 20, of 200 Chestnut St., refused to pull his moped over when a deputy initiated a traffic stop on Haner Street about 8:15 p.m. Sunday.

Instead, Mojeski, with an underage female passenger, slowed his speed but kept driving the moped around corners, through stop signs, into a backyard on Haner Street again and into a field off Bay Street.

From the roadway, the deputy watched Mojeski try to stop the moped ahead of a ditch but he lost control and he and the passenger fell off the moped. An ambulance was called but Mojeski and the girl both said they were not injured.

Mojeski explained he fled from the deputy because he feared his female passenger would be “deported back to Canada,” the report said. The passenger’s residence is listed as St. Catharines, Ont.

Among Mojeski’s charges are unlawfully fleeing a police officer in a motor vehicle, reckless driving, driving a motor vehicle without a proper license, failure to stop at a stop sign, failure to use a designated lane and driving with two on a one-person motorcycle seat.


• STOLEN CAR: A completely burned-out ’05 Chevy Cobalt was found in a field off of the 1400 block of College Avenue about 11:15 am. Wednesday. A license plate was found nearby and it was determined the car had been stolen from a city address earlier Wednesday. Niagara Falls Fire Department arson investigators responded to process the crime scene, the report said.

• AUTO BREAK-INS: Three car break-ins were reported to Falls police in the 300 block of Ninth Street Wednesday morning. The owner of a ’01 Volkswagon Jetta told officers that someone smashed out a window, ransacked the car and took a wallet. In addition, the owner said they found a bloody band aid that didn’t belong to them on the passenger-side front seat. The owner of a ’06 Toyota Corolla told a similar story of a broken window and items thrown about inside the car. Nothing appeared to have been taken but a blood stain was left on the passenger front seat. The owner of a ’04 Ford Escape also found a broken window and items strewn about. A bloody napkin was found in this vehicle. The owners all said the break-ins happened between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Wednesday.

• AUTO BREAK-INS: Falls police were called to a parking lot on the 400 block of Third Street about 11 p.m. Wednesday where the owner of a ’07 Toyota Camry reported their car was broken into. They said sometime between 6 and 11 p.m. someone broke a passenger-side window and rummaged through the car. It was unclear if anything was taken. While taking the report, the officer said a second car owner approached and reported a break-in. A ’11 Toyota Camry was broken into under similar circumstances and left in disarray. An iPod auxiliary cable was taken. Officers noted a nearby bank has security cameras pointing in the direction of the break-ins.

• ASSAULT: Falls police responded to a home on the 1000 block of Cleveland Avenue where a 54-year-old woman told them a friend she had let stay in her apartment had slashed the tires on her bicycle and pushed her down the stairs of her front porch. The woman declined medical attention. A warrant was advised.

• BURGLARY: A resident on the 1900 block of Ferry Avenue told police their home was burglarized sometime between 10 p.m. Tuesday and 2 p.m. Wednesday. The resident said when they returned home Wednesday, the home’s alarm was going off and they saw a broken front window. Two TVs — 53-inch and 50-inch — a Playstation gaming system, Xbox gaming system, an Nintendo Wii and 20 games were gone. The estimated loss is $650.


• ASSAULT: Keith E. Blose, 27, 3309 Creek Road, Youngstown, was charged with third-degree assault early July 16 on Youngstown-Lockport Road. Blose is accused of punching a man in the face, according to a sheriff’s office report. The man who was punched suffered a cut on his face and a knocked-out tooth and was treated at Mount St. Mary’s Hospital.


• DOG BITE: Deputies were called to an Aiken Road address Tuesday night where a resident reported his daughter was bitten by a neighbor’s dog while riding her bike. The owner of the dog, described as a pit bull, told deputies they were aware the dog had bitten the girl and were able to provide the dog’s shot record. A report was forwarded to the county health department.


• THEFT: The Niagara County Highway Department reported two, 20-foot-long plastic pipes were stolen from a work site on Akron Road west of Dysinger Road sometime between 9 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Wednesday. Highway workers dropped off three plastic pipes and upon their return to the site found two were missing, the sheriff’s report said.


• INCIDENT: Deputies were called to a West Bluff Road address Thursday morning where a man told them he was clearing out items from his late sister’s home and found a large box of Uncle Sam’s Fireworks. The fireworks were turned over to deputies.


• DISORDERLY: Paul J. Eberhard, 25, of Harvey Road, Grand Island, was arrested Wednesday for disorderly conduct. He was released on an appearance ticket.

• HARASSMENT: Fred C. Korchummel, 22, of Whitehaven Road, Grand Island, was arrested Wednesday for second-degree harassment after police said he threatened a woman at Canal Fest.

• LEWDNESS: Jamie D. Phillips, 19, of Mill Street, Little Valley, was arrested Wednesday evening for exposing himself to four young girls while at Canal Fest. Phillips was charged with four counts of endangering the welfare of a child and one count of public lewdness. He was held for court.