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Police Reports

March 14, 2013

BLOTTER: Police reports published March 12

— ONTARIO

Kosovo citizen tries to illegally enter U.S.

 
U.S. border agents arrested a Kosovo citizen as he attempted to enter the United States illegally using the Whirlpool Rapids Bridge, a report states.
At approximately 4 a.m., Monday, a U.S. Customs and Border Protection agent patrolling the railroad portion of the bridge spotted a man wearing dark clothing attempting to conceal himself as he crossed illegally into the U.S., the report states. Agents arrested the male before he could enter New York.
Agents searched the man and found him to be in possession of marijuana. The man was taken to Niagara Falls Border Patrol Station for processing.
U.S. Customs say record checks indicate the man has numerous criminal convictions and an active warrant in Canada.
He will face federal criminal charges for illegal entry into the U.S. The allegations and charges have not been proven in court.
— Niagara Falls, Ont., Review
  
Niagara Falls

 
• ARREST: A Falls man was arrested after a witness watched him break into a home in the 100 block of 59th Street. Donald Taft, 57, no permanent address, was charged with second-degree burglary and fourth-degree criminal mischief. A witness told police they watched Taft break into the home, at 7 p.m. Sunday, by smashing a pair of red shears into a window, shattering it. The witness yelled at Taft, who ran away and was later apprehended by police in the 5800 block of Buffalo Avenue. Taft told detectives he broke into the home because he was looking for beer.

 
• ARREST: A Falls man was arrested on arson and other charges after witnesses saw him running from the scene of a car fire. Phillip Munroe Payne, 35, 2423 Whitney Ave., Apt. B, was charged with third-degree arson, second-degree criminal mischief and third-degree auto stripping. Witnesses reported seeing a man that matched Payne’s description running from a burning car in the 500 block alley between Ninth and 10th streets at 7:46 a.m. Sunday. Payne was caught a short time later and had the vehicle registration and other paperwork from the burning car in his possession. The fire also caused damage to the siding of two nearby houses.
 

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  • • Cops sig BLOTTER: Police reports published April 19

    Police are investigating an armed robbery in the alley of the 1700 block of 24th Street. 

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  • • Cops sig BLOTTER: Police reports published April 18

    Police are investigating a theft from a convenience store in the 2600 block of Niagara Street. A clerk told officers that four suspects, two males and two females, entered the store at 5:32 a.m. Wednesday and one of the women brought several items to the counter and paid for them with a New York state benefit card. 

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  • • Cops sig BLOTTER: Police reports published April 17

    A Ransomville man with alcohol-related convictions was charged with felony driving while intoxicated Sunday night, the Niagara County Sheriff's Office said. 

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  • • Cops sig BLOTTER: Police reports published April 16

    A Niagara Falls man told police that he was attacked by two men while walking by himself Monday evening in the 600 block alleyway between 19th and 20th streets. 

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  • • Cops sig BLOTTER: Police reports published April 15

    Lockport police quickly caught up with two teens charged with breaking into a Main Street restaurant early Sunday morning.

     

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  • • Cops sig BLOTTER: Police reports published April 14

    A 54-year-old motorcyclist was flown to Erie County Medical Center by Mercy Flight after he collided with another motorcycle on Hartland Road Saturday afternoon.

     

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  • • Cops sig BLOTTER: Police reports published April 13

    A Lockport man was flown by Mercy Flight to Erie County Medical Center after a car-motorcycle collision on Fisk Road Friday afternoon.

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  • • Cops sig BLOTTER: Police reports published April 12

    Police are investigating a burglary in the 2500 block of 29th Street. An agent with the CSX Railroad Security Department told officers that sometime between April 4 and noon Monday, someone forced open the door to a storage shed on his company’s property.

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  • • Cops sig BLOTTER: Police reports published April 11

    A North Tonawanda couple is accused of stealing textbooks from Niagara County Community College, according to the Sheriff's Office.

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