Niagara Gazette

February 3, 2014

BLOTTER: Police reports published Feb. 4

Staff Reports
Niagara Gazette

Niagara Falls

• ARREST: A North Tonawanda man was arrested after a shoplifting incident at a store in the 1500 block of Military Road at 6:19 p.m. Sunday. Ryan W. Thompson, 27, 322 Robert Drive, Apt. 5, was charged with third-degree criminal tampering. Thompson is accused of opening up more than $130 worth of DVDs and taking codes for free movie and music downloads.

• DWI: A Falls woman was arrested on drunken driving charges after a traffic stop in the 8800 block of Niagara Falls Boulevard at 7:50 p.m. Sunday. Jennifer L. Prater, 34, 1748 100th St., was charged with driving while intoxicated.

• ARREST: A Buffalo woman was arrested after a shoplifting incident at a store in the 1500 block of Military Road at 9:15 p.m. Sunday. Icsis J. Worthy, 17, 115 Young St., was charged with petit larceny. Worthy is accused of taking more than $750 worth of merchandise without paying for it.

• BURGLARY: Police are investigating a burglary in the 600 block of 19th Street. A 72-year-old man told officers that sometime between 8 a.m. and 10 p.m. Sunday someone broke into his home by breaking through the front door. The victim said four decorative knives and an iPad were taken.



• CHARGED: George E. Maney, 27, 7469 Townline Road, Pendleton, was charged with second-degree aggravated unlicensed operation, circumventing an interlock device and an equipment violation about 8 p.m. Thursday, according to Niagara County Sheriff's deputies. Maney was stopped on Wheatfield Pendleton Townline Road for a headlight violation and it was determined his driver's license had been revoked for refusal to submit to a chemical test. Deputies also discovered Maney is restricted to operating vehicles with an interlock installed.



• COUNTERFEIT BILL: Sheriff's deputies were called to a Youngstown-Lockport Road convenience store on Wednesday for a report of a fake $5 bill. Store staff turned over the bill, which an employee said didn't seem authentic. A deputy said the bill was indeed missing water marks and the security thread typical of 2009 series $5 bills. Store surveillance of the transaction is being turned over to the sheriff's office. 


Town of Lockport

• THEFT: Deputies were called to a Whispering Pines Drive address on Monday afternoon for a report of items taken from an unlocked vehicle. The resident said that sometime during the night someone entered the vehicle parked in his driveway and took a GPS, cell phone charger and two boxes of shotgun ammunition. An empty box of shotgun ammo was taken to deputies to be checked for fingerprints. The estimated loss is $130.

• PRISON CONTRABAND: Elizabeth Z. Shufelt, 33, 37 Niagara St., was charged with second-degree promoting prison contraband on Friday. Brought to Niagara County Jail by Niagara Falls police, deputies said five Klonipin, a large pill, a burnt spoon, 10 baggies of with white powder residue, a straw with white powder and a possible piece of crack cocaine were found in her purse. The items were sent to the Niagara County forensics lab and additional charges may be pending.


City of Tonawanda

• DWI: Francis M. Christman, 34, of Cottage Street, North Tonawanda, was charged Saturday with DWI, two counts of passing a stop sign, driving the wrong way on a one-way street and criminal possession of a weapon. He had a loaded revolver in his vehicle and he refused to take a breath test.