Niagara Gazette

October 3, 2013

BLOTTER: Police reports published Oct. 3

Staff Reports
Niagara Gazette


Shooting suspect surrenders

The suspect in a Sept. 7 shooting outside the Niagara Hotel surrendered to Lockport police Wednesday.

James L. Griggs, 30, 77 Main St., was arraigned Wednesday morning on charges of first-degree assault, second-degree possession of a weapon, criminal use of a firearm and first-degree reckless endangerment. Judge William J. Watson ordered Griggs held at Niagara County Jail on $50,000 cash or $100,000 property bail.

Griggs was accompanied by his attorney, James Faso Jr., when he turned himself in at police headquarters. An arrest warrant for Griggs had been issued in mid-September.

Griggs is charged in connection with the Sept. 7 shooting of a 20-year-old man from Rochester.

Police believed the victim was not a target and was struck accidentally. The victim suffered a non-life threatening single gunshot wound to his shoulder.

The shooting followed a reported early morning melee inside the Niagara Hotel during which multiple shots were fired outside the bar. The incident is still under investigation, Podgers said Wednesday.


Niagara Falls

• VANDALISM: Police were called to the 2200 block of Forest Avenue on Tuesday for a report of items stolen from a car. A resident said four tires and rims were missing from a '08 Dodge Ram 1500 that had been parked in the driveway. The estimated loss is $1,300.

• VANDALISM: A 21-year-old Falls man told police the father of his girlfriend slashed two tires on his van because he's mad the two are dating. The two had been arguing prior to the tires being slashed. The estimated loss is $400.