Niagara Gazette

March 22, 2013

BLOTTER: Police reports published March 22

Staff Reports
Niagara Gazette

— Niagara Falls

• ARREST: A Falls woman was arrested after a domestic incident in the 200 block of 69th Street at 12:50 p.m. Wednesday. Melissa Lopez, 30, 227 69th St., was arrested on charges of first-degree robbery, second-degree menacing and fourth-degree grand larceny.

• ARREST: A Falls woman was arrested on drunken driving and other charges after a traffic stop on Pine Avenue at 11:11 a.m. Wednesday. Elizabeth A. Foshee, 43, 9012 Demunda Ave., was arrested on charges of driving while intoxicated, turning right on a red light, improper right turn and unsafe backing.

• BURGLARY: Officers are looking into a burglary in the 1800 block of 16th Street. A property manager told police that sometime between 10:30 p.m. Tuesday and 2:30 p.m. Wednesday someone broke into a duplex residence he manages by unknown means. The manager said about 70 feet of copper pipe were taken from the basement of the duplex.

• ARREST: A Falls woman was arrested on drug driving charges after an accident in the 8400 block of Niagara Falls Boulevard around 11 p.m. Wednesday. Alicia Patricko, 31, 329 75th St., was charged with driving while under the influence of drugs and unreasonable speed.

• BURGLARY: Police are investigating a burglary in the 2000 block of LaSalle Avenue. A 27-year-old man told officers that sometime between March 13 and 7 p.m. Wednesday someone broke into his vacant, two-family home by breaking a window on a rear door. The victim said about 16 feet of copper pipe was stolen from the basement of the home.

• BURGLARY: Officers are looking into a burglary in the 2400 block of Michigan Avenue. A 23-year-old woman told police that sometime between 6 and 11:50 p.m. Wednesday someone broke into her apartment by forcing open the front door. The victim said a laptop computer and a 36-inch flatscreen TV were taken.

• ROBBERY: Police are investigating a robbery in the 1700 block of Walnut Avenue. A 20-year-old man told officers he was walking in the area at 1:37 a.m. Thursday when he was attacked by two men who had hidden between houses there. The victim said the suspects began punching him and when he fought back, one of the suspects pulled out a folding knife and slashed him on the right bicep and wrist. The suspects took some cash and a lottery ticket from the victim’s pants pocket.


• MISSING CERTIFICATES: A representative of West Herr Honda, South Transit Road, reported to the sheriff’s office on Thursday that 21 New York State inspection safety certificates for the year 2014 are missing from the shop. The certificates are numbered 1039340 through 10394360, according to the sheriff’s report; the serial numbers were entered into eJustice, through which police agencies statewide share information about stolen property and other police matters.

• LARCENY: Tyler M. Schmidt, 18, 79 Treehaven Road, West Seneca, was charged with fourth-degree grand larceny Wednesday after a sheriff’s investigation of thefts from the Shawnee Country Barn Antique Co-Op. A Newfane resident who sells wares at the co-op reported the theft of 37 sterling silver rings, several silver spoons and antiques, valued together at $1,200, on March 15. The vendor said she had an eerie feeling about a young, male browser in the shop that day and obtained the license plate number on his vehicle when he left. The vendor discovered items were missing shortly afterward and called police. Schmidt admitted to taking “a bunch” of silver rings and selling them for $200 at a Cheektowaga flea market, the sheriff’s report said. 


• STRANGE FIND: The sheriff’s office took a report Monday from a resident who said he found two shotguns cut into pieces and wrapped in a pair of navy blue sweat pants, laying roadside in the 3600 block of Braley Road. The bundle had been laying on the north side of the road for several weeks, the resident said, adding he didn’t know what was in it until he picked the pants up off the ground Monday. A deputy identified the guns as a High Standard and a Mohawk 48, according to the incident report; a check of the serial numbers showed neither had been reported stolen.