Niagara Gazette

August 12, 2013

BLOTTER: Police reports published Aug. 13

Staff Reports
Niagara Gazette


Man flown to ECMC after falling down stairs

Niagara County Sheriff's deputies responded to a Graham Drive home about 3:30 p.m. Saturday after a 79-year-old man fell down 10 to 12 basement stairs.

When deputies arrived, the man was lying on the ground in the basement bleeding from his head and complaining of hip and back pain. Deputies said he was in and out of consciousness as well.

Members of the Wilson Fire Department took the man to a Mercy Flight landing zone. He was then taken to Erie County Medical Center for further treatment.



Taser used on Lockport man during traffic stop

A Niagara County Sheriff's deputy said he was forced to use his Taser during the arrest of a Lockport man on Monday morning.

The deputy said he was on Saunders Settlement Road about 9 a.m. he noticed Brandon M. Howard pass by with the driver's-side view obstructed and holding a cell phone. A check of the vehicle's registration showed it had been stopped within the past week and an arrest was made.

Upon stopping the car, the deputy said Howard gave him the name James Howard and said he did not have his driver's license. A passenger in the car, Becca R. Bliemeister confirmed it but the deputy said when separated, she said his name was James Douglas Howard while he claimed it was James Edward Howard. 

Howard eventually told the deputy he goes by Brandon Howard in Lockport. A computer check showed his driver's license was suspended.

While taking Howard into custody, the deputy said Howard, whose left hand was cuffed, began to pull away from him and refused orders to put his hand behind his back. The deputy said in the course of trying to get Howard's hands cuffed, he kneed him in the hip, struck him in he face and eventually used his Taser, which finally allowed the deputy to handcuff Howard's hands.

Brandon M. Howard, 26, 430 East Union St., Lockport was charged with criminal impersonation, aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, resisting arrest, operating a motor vehicle with obstructed vision and operating a motor vehicle while using a portable electronic device.

Becca R. Bliemeister, 20, 195 Fowler St., Kenmore was charged with obstruction of governmental administration.


Niagara Falls

ARREST: A Niagara Falls woman was arrested on drunken driving and other charges after a traffic stop in the 400 block of 17th Street at 10:20 p.m. Sunday. Janet D. Tisdale, 48, 445 17th St., was charged with driving while intoxicated and fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.

THEFT: Police are investigating an SUV break-in in the 6600 block of Niagara Falls Boulevard. A tourist told officers that sometime between 6:20 and 7:10 p.m. Sunday someone broke into his Saturn Suburban by smashing the front passenger-side window. The victim said a purse and an iPhone were taken.

• THEFT: Officers are looking into a car break-in in the 100 block of Buffalo Avenue. A 50-year-old tourist told police that sometime between 11:30 a.m. and 1:50 p.m. Sunday someone broke into his 2010 Chrysler Town & Country by prying open a passenger-side window. The victim said an Apple iMac computer and a digital camera were taken.


• ILLEGAL DUMPING: The owner of a business set to open on the 4800 block of IDA Park Drive reported to Niagara County Sheriff's deputies on Sunday that he has had an ongoing issue with illegal dumping in his dumpster. Over the past five weeks, he said a man has been dumping boxes full of cat litter and feces into the dumpster outside the building. The business owner provided the deputy security camera footage of a man in a Chevy Trail Blazer pull up to the dumpster and throw several goes of cat litter in.