Niagara Gazette

March 22, 2013

BLOTTER: Police reports published March 20

Staff Reports
Niagara Gazette


Troopers give out 567 tickets over weekend

New York State Police handed out more than 500 tickets over the St. Patrick’s Day weekend, the agency reported.
Troopers set up checkpoints at various spots, looking for reckless driving, primarily drivers who were speeding or driving while intoxicated.
Troopers from Troop A, the section that covers Western New York, issued 567 total tickets. Those included 166 for speeding, 15 DWIs, 15 for cellular phone use or texting and 45 for unlicensed operation.



Observant deputy nabs would-be 7-Eleven robber

A Lockport woman faces numerous charges including attempted robbery after a sheriff’s patrol spotted her driving a stolen vehicle Monday in Wheatfield.
Katherine A. Figueroa, 21, 87 Corinthia St., was charged Tuesday with third-degree attempted robbery, second-degree aggravated unlicensed operation and theft of services, stemming from two criminal complaints against her in the city.
In addition, the Niagara County Sheriff’s Office charged Figueroa with criminal possession of stolen property, unauthorized use of a vehicle and aggravated unlicensed operation, after a deputy initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle Figureoa was driving Monday afternoon on Niagara Falls Boulevard. The vehicle matched the description of one reported stolen from a Norwood Drive residence earlier in the day, according to police reports.
A 7-Eleven cashier reported to police that Figueroa tried robbing the store at 95 S. Transit St. shortly before 7 a.m. Monday. The cashier said a woman twice demanded he turn over all of the money in his cash register, then when the cashier refused and started to call police, the woman left the store and drove away in a white Ford Expedition.
The cashier got the license plate number on the vehicle and later identified Figueroa from a photo array. Police reports indicate the vehicle belongs to a neighbor of Figueroa’s relative. Figueroa’s driver’s license is revoked due to three suspensions related to alcohol and drugs, police said.


Niagara Falls

• ARREST: A Falls man was arrested after police caught him in the act of burglarizing a home in the 1900 block of Whitney Avenue. Officers responded to that area for a call of a burglary in progress at 2:49 p.m. Monday. When they arrived, they spotted a blue pick-up truck speeding away from the scene. Police chased the truck down the 1500 block alley south of Pierce Avenue until the driver of the pickup “threw the vehicle into park and fled on foot.” Officers chased the suspect and apprehended him in the 1500 block of LaSalle Avenue. Police said two washing machines, a dryer and stove were located in the bed of the pick-up truck. Calvin Vincent Gandy, 30, 1753 LaSalle Ave., was charged with second-degree burglary, fifth-degree criminal possession of stolen property, failure to yield to an emergency vehicle. unreasonable speed, aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, operating an unregistered vehicle, using an altered or stolen license/registration, no inspection, no insurance and operating a vehicle with the driver’s view obstructed. Gandy was also charged on an outstanding arrest warrant for violation of a conditional discharge. One Falls officer was injured during the chase.

• INVESTIGATION: Officers are looking into the discovery of a handgun and ammunition in the 700 block of Eighth Street. A man told police he found the semi-automatic gun in his backyard at 1:30 p.m. Monday. Police found that the gun was loaded. The weapon had previously been reported as stolen.

• ARREST: A Falls woman was arrested after a domestic incident in the 2200 block of Cudaback Avenue at 4:31 a.m. Monday. Tracy Danielle Perry, 42, 2228 Cudaback Ave., was charged with second-degree assault, second-degree menacing and second-degree harassment.