A Falls man was charged and his NEXUS pass revoked after being caught with marijuana at the Whirlpool Bridge.
On Wednesday, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers encountered Peter Lelievre, a 58-year-old Canadian citizen living in Niagara Falls, N.Y., as an applicant for admission into the U.S. at the Whirlpool Bridge border crossing.
Lelievre is a participant in the NEXUS alternative inspection program and utilized the NEXUS dedicated bridge to facilitate his crossing. A Customs canine officer was working at the bridge at the time of Lelievre’s crossing and alerted to his vehicle.
During the course of the inspection, CBP officers searched Lelievre shoes and a small bag of green leafy substance was discovered. When questioned if he had any more substance on his person, Lelievre voluntarily removed a bag containing three small plastic containers from his groin area. All together, 25.6 grams of green leafy substance was discovered that later field-tested positive for marijuana.
Lelievre was arrested for possession of a controlled substance and turned over to the Niagara Falls Police Department and charged with criminal possession of marijuana. Additionally, Lelievre’s NEXUS membership was immediately revoked.
• ARRESTS: Two Falls teens were arrested after they were caught in the act of burglarizing a home in the 8300 block of Laughlin Drive at 12:14 a.m. Wednesday. Darren Jeremiah Holland, 17, 914 87th St., and Aaron Matthew Adamec, 19, 342 70th St., were each charged with second-degree burglary, fourth-degree criminal mischief, fourth-degree grand larceny and fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property.
• ASSAULT: Police are investigating an assault in the 2400 block of Mackenna Avenue. A 51-year-old woman told officers that at 9:30 p.m. Monday, she saw her son having an argument with a neighbor. The victim said she tried to intervene in the argument, and when she did, the neighbor hit her in the arm and wrist with a stick.
• ARREST: A Falls man was arrested on assault and related charges after reportedly holding a woman hostage in a home in the 400 block of 23rd Street. Johnathan Fitzgerald Moody, 44, 2112 Seneca Ave., was charged with second-degree assault, second-degree harassment, second-degree menacing and first-degree unlawful imprisonment. A 40-year-old woman told police that she and Moody went to her apartment early Wednesday morning and began arguing. The victim said Moody then beat her around the head and continued to beat her through the a period of almost 10 hours. The victim said she was able to call police after Moody fell asleep.
• BURGLARY: Officers are looking into a burglary in the 700 block of Pine Avenue. A 56-year-old man told police that sometime between 9 and 11:45 a.m. Wednesday, someone broke into his home by kicking in the back door. The victim said a 40-inch flat screen TV, a safe and some cash was taken.