Niagara Gazette

January 20, 2014

BLOTTER: Police reports published Jan. 20

Staff Reports
Niagara Gazette


Driver calls 911 to report he's drunk

City of Tonawanda police arrested a Buffalo man after he called 911 to report he was driving drunk and had a flat tire on Twin Cities Memorial Highway early Saturday.

Eugene W. Hicks, 34, of Berkshire Avenue, was charged with DWI and multiple traffic infractions at 3:13 a.m. Saturday. 

Hicks allegedly admitted to a 911 dispatcher he was intoxicated and his car had blown a tire, leaving him stranded. When officers arrived at the man's location they found he had actually veered off the highway and struck several road signs, including a caution sign warning of a curve ahead — a turn he failed to negotiate.

One of the vehicle's tires had been pulled off during the crash.

Hicks' blood-alcohol content was measured at 0.17 percent. He was held for court.


Niagara Falls

• TRESPASS: Officers are investigating a reported unwanted visitor at 5 p.m. Friday at a residence in the 800 block of Pierce Avenue. The victim, a 48-year-old man, told police he approached his home and heard a commotion in his basement. He told police he entered and announced whoever was in the house needed to come upstairs. Two men, a 17-year-old and a 38-year-old, known to the victim as relatives of his domestic partner, came up from the basement. A physical altercation ensued, the victim said, which resulted in him striking the 17-year-old with a wooden stick or sword and chasing the pair from the residence. He told police he was unsure if any property was missing.

• INCIDENT: Police are investigating an incident that took place at 5 p.m. Friday at a gas station in the 8800 block of Niagara Falls Boulevard. An employee of the full-service station said a woman driving a four-door white sedan left the property while the hand pump was still inside her vehicle’s gas tank. He said the woman paid but he asked her to wait before driving off as he was assisting other customers at the same time. He said the hand pump forcefully came out of the vehicle as it left and was not damaged, though the entire front of the gas pump it connects to was pulled off by the strain. The employee said she likely didn’t hear him ask her to wait.



• CHARGED: Claudia J. Herbold, 61, 3253 Lower Mountain Road, Sanborn, was charged with operating a vehicle while impaired by drugs, leaving the scene of a property damage accident, moving from a lane unsafely and failure to keep right about 2:15 a.m. Sunday, according to the Niagara County Sheriff's Office. Investigating a reckless driver complaint, deputies found Herbold's car crashed against a guardrail in the westbound lane while facing an eastbound direction at Ridge and Beebe roads. A witness said they saw Herbold driving east in the westbound lane of Ridge Road. The witness sad the car was swerving all over the road and hit the business sign of a winery on Ridge Road. The car continued on, until it hit the guardrail. When deputies asked for Herbold's license, she tried to give them two different credit cards and appeared intoxicated. She told deputies the last thing she remembered was being at a bar on Ridge Road on Friday. She failed field sobriety tests and was taken into custody. A breath test showed her blood alcohol content to be 0.0 percent. A blood sample was taken at a local hospital.



• DWI: Nick E. Turvey Jr., 23, 5332 Chestnut Road, was charged with DWI and speeding about 1 a.m. Sunday, according to Niagara County Sheriff's Office. Turvey was spotted by a deputy traveling 57 mph in a 45 mph zone on Lockport Olcott Road. He appeared intoxicated and failed field sobriety tests. A breath test determined his blood alcohol content to be 0.10 percent. 



DWI: John A. Rudes, 18, of Lockport, was charged with driving while intoxicated and unlawful possession of marijuana early Saturday on Lewiston Road. Rudes was released into the custody of a third party, according to New York State Police.


Town of Lockport

FALSE REPORT: William D. Kosztowniak, 29, 6732 Akron Road, was charged Tuesday with falsely reporting to law enforcement. He was taken to Niagara County Jail on $500 bail.



MISCHIEF: April L. Bradley, 31, of Wilson, was charged Tuesday with fourth-degree criminal mischief. New York State Police said Bradley was released to a third party.



LARCENY: Hartland Cemetery reported someone took two 5-foot and two 10-foot copper downspouts from the chapel, which is next to Ridge Road. The copper was valued at $500. Gutters on the building were also damaged in an effort to remove them.