Niagara Gazette

Police Reports

February 21, 2008

BLOTTER: Police reports published Feb. 22

Niagara Falls

- ARREST: A Falls teen was arrested on drug and traffic charges. Michael J. Paonessa III, 17, 5698 Lindbergh Ave., was charged with third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, speeding and unlawful possession of marijuana. Paonessa was stopped in the area of 19th and Niagara streets at 5:56 p.m. Thursday by Roving Anti-Crime Unit officers. After being stopped, Paonessa was found to be in possession of a baggie containing marijuana.

- BURGLARY: Police are investigating a burglary in the 500 block of 19th Street. A building caretaker told officers that sometime between Feb. 14 and 4:24 p.m. Thursday, someone broke into his property by kicking in a door. The man said 140 copper pipe were taken.


- HARASSMENT: George F. Niles, 46, no reported address, was charged with second-degree harassment Wednesday. A Niagara Falls Boulevard man told deputies he and Niles were arguing about money in a parking lot on the boulevard when Niles grabbed him by the neck and pushed him up against a vehicle. The victim refused medical treatment on the scene. Niles later turned himself in at Wheatfield Town Court. He was released on his own recognizance.

City of Lockport

- ALCOHOL: Michael J. Sutton, 39, 272 Green St., was charged with criminal nuisance, and Timothy M. Sootheran, 19, 4 Walnut St., lower, was charged with three counts of first-degree unlawful dealing with a child early Thursday. Officers saw three juvenile girls stumbling in the road on Green Street just before midnight. The girls said they had been drinking at Sutton’s house, where Sutton and Sootheran allegedly served them Bacardi rum with orange juice and 7-Up. The girls’ parents were contacted and Sutton and Sootheran were taken into custody. Sutton was held in lieu of $100 bail and Sootheran was held in lieu of $500 bail. Both are due Monday in Lockport City Court.

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