Niagara Gazette

April 22, 2014

BLOTTER: Police reports published April 22

Staff Reports
Niagara Gazette


Falls youth caught after fleeing high school

A Niagara Falls youth was charged with trespassing at Lockport High School on Monday.

Principal Frank Movalli called Lockport police to the school to speak with Lawnique Johnson, 16, who he had escorted to his office from the school cafeteria. A teacher became concerned after spotting Johnson in the cafeteria and realizing he didn't look familiar, according to police.

Johnson ran from the principal's office when an officer approached and did not stop when ordered to do so. He fled through the Lincoln Avenue exit and was seen running through yards. An officer caught up with him on Pine Street, police said.

Johnson was arraigned in City Court on three charges: third-degree criminal trespassing, obstruction of a government official and resisting arrest.



Child struck by pickup

An 8-year-old boy was struck by a pickup truck at 4:30 p.m. Monday near the intersection of 16th Avenue and Gilmore. 

Fire officials said the child was sent to Women and Children's Hospital of Buffalo with injuries to his left elbow and leg, along with contusions. He was in stable condition. The driver was not charged in the incident. 


Elderly woman helped from burning home

Emergency workers responded to an early morning fire Monday when a 93-year-old woman used her panic button to contact the authorities. 

The woman, whose named was not released, met police officers at the front door of her home at 799 Lee Ave., North Tonawanda Fire Chief John Lapham said.

"The officers noticed all the smoke and called the fire department," he said.  

The fire was believed to have started at 7:50 a.m. in a front bedroom, though an official cause of the blaze has yet to be identified. The fire was estimated to cause about $30,000 damage to the home, $10,000 of which was to the woman's belongings. 

The woman was evaluated by first responders at the scene and found to be uninjured. A relative from Niagara Falls met her at the scene and took her to his home, where she will be staying. Firefighters fought the fire for nearly an hour. 


Niagara Falls

• SHOOTING: Detectives are looking for a suspect and a victim in a shooting that took place in the 2700 block of Highland Avenue. Witnesses told officers that they saw a man shooting from a silver SUV at the corner of Highland and Garden avenues at 2:25 p.m. Thursday. The suspect initially fired from inside the vehicle and then got out of the SUV and continued to fire at man wearing an orange shirt and white hat. The shooter then got back into the SUV and drove away, east bound, on Garden Avenue. Video capture by a nearby surveillance camera shows the shooting taking place. It also shows the victim running across Highland Avenue and getting into a silver Chevy Tahoe. The victim, who was still being shot at, then hits the rear end of a parked car as he attempts to pull forward in the pickup truck. When the shooting stops, the victim flees the area, in the pickup truck, driving north on Highland Avenue. The pick-up truck was later found in the Monteagle Ridge Estates.

• BURGLARY: Police are investigating a burglary in the 400 block of College Avenue. A 56-year-old man told officers that sometime between 7 p.m. Wednesday and 5 p.m. Sunday someone broke into his home by shattering a glass window on a rear door. The victim said two flat-screen TVs, two gym bags, a silver service set, a large quantity of jewelry were taken from the house. The electric meter to home was removed and a 2011 brown Mini Cooper was taken from the garage on the property.

North Tonawanda 

• OBSTRUCTION: Daniel F. Cipollone, 23, of Fairmont Avenue, was charged at 9:16 p.m. Saturday on Ruie Road with obstruction of government administration and resisting arrest. He was released on his own recognizance. 

• DWI: Stephen D. Abadurko, of Krueger Road, was charged at 10:32 p.m. Sunday on Wheatfield Street with DWI and driving while under the influence of drugs. He was pulled over for inadequate headlights and refused a breath test. He was held for court. 

• DWI: Erica T. Fleming, 18, of Jule Court, was charged at 1:35 a.m. Sunday on Payne Avenue with DWI and speeding. Her blood alcohol content was 0.12 percent and she was held for court.