Niagara Gazette

November 12, 2012

BLOTTER: Police reports published Nov. 11

Staff Reports
Niagara Gazette

— Niagara Falls

Deputy extinguishes garage fire

A Niagara County Sheriff's deputy called to the scene of a garage fire at 6827 Sy Road used his patrol car's extinguisher to put out the blaze Friday morning.

When the deputy arrived he said he saw black smoke rising from the garage of the home. Prior to his arrival, a woman and her infant child were able to evacuate the home.

The deputy found the source of the fire — a stove inside the garage — used his extinguisher to put it out as well as stop the flames that had spread to an inside garage wall. Bergholz and St. Johnsburg fire company officials arrived and checked for any further issues.

The woman told the deputy she was heating up oil to cook chicken fingers, left the garage and forgot the oven was on. She later smelled smoke, say the flames in the garage and fled the home with her 1-year-old son while calling 911. 

The estimated damage was $1,500.



Stolen car recovered off of Mount Hope Road

A 2000 Chevy Blazer reported stolen from the Falls was found off of Mount Hope Road Friday morning, according to the Niagara County Sheriff's Office.

The truck's engine block was found east of a Mount Hope Road home Friday morning and the property owner gave deputies to search the area and they were able to locate the rest of the Blazer nearby.

The truck's body had been removed from the frame and left overturned. The catalytic converter was gone and the vehicle's steering column was also damaged. 

The truck had been reported stolen on Thursday by an Ontario Avenue resident.



Lockport man fatally shot

Buffalo Police Homicide Detectives continue to investigate an overnight shooting killing one person.

Police responded to the call just before 1 a.m. Saturday morning in the 500 block of Ontario Street.

Detectives say a 24-year-old male from Lockport was struck by gun fire and died a short time later.



• CHARGED: Nicholas P. Alfieri, 19, 104 Carmen Road, Amherst, was charged with possession of a controlled substance and moving from a lane unsafely about 6:45 p.m. Friday, according to sheriff's deputies. A deputy said while Alfieri was turning onto Chew Road from Saunders Settlement Road, he almost struck the deputy's patrol car. After being pulled over, Alfieri said he missed the road because it was dark out. The deputy said he could smell marijuana and had Alfieri exit the car at which point he turned over a pill marked “M 100” which turned out to be morphine. A “bowl,” commonly used to smoke marijuana was also found in the car’s center console.



• DWI: Mark J. Berube, 50, 6998 Shawnee Road, North Tonawanda, was charged with DWI, moving from a lane unsafely and speeding about 1:30 a.m. Saturday, according to sheriff's deputies. Berube was stopped on Ward Road after being spotted driving 72 mph in a 45 mph zone. When the deputy approached Berube, he had blood on his hands and face. When asked what happened, Berube replied, “My friend hit me.” He appeared intoxicated and failed field sobriety tests. Berube refused a chemical test and medical attention and was charged.

• THEFTS: Several residents on the 7100 and 7200 blocks of Schultz Road reported Saturday morning that their cars were broken into overnight Friday.

Among the items taken:

• $1 in change — but a pair of white latex gloves were left behind on the front driver's seat.

• A starter pistol, a GPS unit and $200 from a car

• Four Mikita drills in a case and a Peak monitor for a reverse camera