Niagara Gazette

December 2, 2013

BLOTTER: Police reports published Dec. 3

Staff Reports
Niagara Gazette


DWI charges after Lockport Road accident

A Sanborn man was arrested for DWI following an accident on Lockport Road on Friday night.

Deputies were called to Lockport Road about 7 p.m. Friday for a report of an accident with an injury and found a pickup in the front yard of 3828 Lockport Road, up against a chain-link fence damaged by the truck.

The driver, Stanley E. Aldrow, was still behind the wheel of the truck. He told an arriving deputy, "Get your (expletive) light off of me."

Deputies said he appeared intoxicated and had to tell Aldrow four times to exit the truck before he would comply. He failed field sobriety tests and was taken into custody. He refused to submit to a breath test, according to the report.

Aldrow, 43, 5818 Townline Road, Sanborn, was charged with DWI and refusal to take a breath test.



Discarded ashes cause of garage fire

A detached garage at 430 Michigan St. went up in flames Monday afternoon when discarded ashes from a wood-burning stove ignited several containers of gasoline, causing an explosion.

Lockport Fire Department responded to the fire at 1:33 p.m. The blaze took about 30 minutes to subdue.

The ashes had been placed in a cardboard box in the garage. They were still hot enough to ignite the cardboard box, which ignited some nearby wood, causing the gasoline containers to explode, according to Assistant Fire Chief Matt Streckewald.

The garage is a total loss, Streckewald said. A nearby shed and fence were also badly burned. A large pine tree between the garage and the house stalled the flames from reaching the home.

“If we had arrived five minutes later, the house would have burned,” Streckewald said. The fire was controlled before reaching neighboring homes. 

Damage is estimated at $20,000 to the structure and an additional $20,000 for the loss of content, including a vintage car that the owner was restoring. There were no injuries reported.



13 DWIs, 1,346 tickets issued during Thanksgiving initiative

Over the five-day period of a Thanksgiving Holiday traffic initiative, New York State Police in Troop A  made 13 arrests for driving while intoxicated and issued 1,346 tickets including 402 for speeding and 114 for distracted driving. 

Numerous traffic enforcement details were conducted. Troop A covers the eight western counties of the state had extra troopers patrolling from Nov. 27 to Sunday.

“The primary goal of the traffic safety initiative is to deter unsafe driving behaviors and to raise the public awareness of the importance of traffic safety during one of the peak travel weekends of the year” said Troop A Traffic Supervisor Sergeant Joseph Wilkinson.

The details consisted of sobriety checkpoints to target impaired drivers, underage drinking details, distracted driver details as well as speed enforcement. 


Niagara Falls

• THEFT: Officers are looking into an SUV break-in in the 2400 block of South Avenue. A 21-year-old man told police that sometime between 9 p.m. Saturday and 9:58 a.m. Sunday someone broke into his 2003 Saturn Vue by unknown means. The victim said assorted clothing, a portable DVD player and five DVDs were taken.

• THEFT: Police are investigating an SUV break-in in the 8600 block of Niagara Falls Boulevard. A 53-year-old man told officers he went into a restaurant at 3 p.m. Sunday and came out, three minutes later, to check and make sure his vehicle was locked. He discovered that someone had smashed the driver's-side front window on his 2004 GMC Envoy. The victim said a suitcase, containing a camera, a DVD player and clothing was taken. A witness saw a man getting out of the vehicle, with the alarm going off. The suspect then fled in a white Mercury Mountaineer being driven by a woman.


• DWI: Ryan C. Wentz, 23, of Tonawanda, was charged Sunday with driving while intoxicated. New York State Police said Wentz was charged after being stopped on Bear Ridge Road.