Niagara Gazette

February 25, 2013

BLOTTER: Police reports published Feb. 24

Staff Reports
Niagara Gazette

— NIAGARA COUNTY

Fugitive caught in Arizona

 
A man who skipped town on the verge of his sex abuse trial in January has been caught.

 
Paul Turley and his wife were arrested by U.S. Marshalls Friday at a mobile home in Tuscon, Ariz.

 
He was arraigned on charges of fleeing from police. Additional charges are pending. Diane Turley was charged with hindering prosecution.

 
Authorities say Turley had also spent some time in Wisconsin, Michigan, and New Mexico, before he met up with a former acquaintance in Arizona.

 
That person is originally from Western New York. Police do not know if that person was aware that Turley was a fugitive.

 
A jury in Niagara County recently convicted the Dunkirk man for crimes police say happened in North Tonawanda in the mid- to late-1990s.

 
Turley had been on the run since he left the courtroom during a lunch break, before the trial jury was picked.
The Niagara County Sheriff’s Department, Department of Homeland Security, and local authorities in Arizona helped with the case, according to a release.

 

Niagara Falls

 
• BURGLARY: Police are investigating a reported burglary which took place between 5 p.m. Friday and 12:41 a.m. Saturday in the 500 block of 19th Street. The victim, a 19-year-old woman, said someone entered her house through a window and stole two cell phones and $480 cash. Officers at the scene report finding a partial finger print on the window in question, as well as footprints in the snow.

 
• THEFT: Police are looking into a reported theft which occurred between 12:33 and 1:20 a.m. Saturday from a bar in the 200 block of First Street. The victim, a 43-year-old Ohio woman, said was at the bar with her husband during the time in question and had two $50 bills in her purse. She said she had her purse with her at all times except for a moment when she got up to check a lottery ticket. Later that night, she noticed the missing money and questioned the bartender. The bartender said there is video surveillance available at a later time.

 
• ARREST: A Falls man was arrested following multiple traffic incidents at 8:40 a.m. Saturday in the 1800 block of Niagara Avenue. David Grimaldi, 45, 1837 Niagara Ave., was charged with disorderly conduct after officers report observing him approach moving vehicles on the street, causing the drivers to stop to avoid hitting him. Grimaldi allegedly approached the drivers of the stopped vehicles and asked for money. Officers asked him to stop, but observed him repeat the action five minutes later. He was taken into custody and transported to headquarters.

 
• BURGLARY: Police are investigating a reported burglary which occurred between 7 and 10:05 p.m. Friday. The victim, a 28-year-old woman, said someone entered her house through the front door and took her 60-inch television from her living room. Officers at the scene report finding footprints in the snow leading to and from the back door but that no evidence was found relating the the theft at the front door.