Niagara Gazette

August 17, 2013

BLOTTER: Police reports published Aug. 17

Staff Reports
Niagara Gazette


Nurse charged with grand larceny

A former nurse at Eastern Niagara Hospital-Lockport, has been charged in the theft of $1,350 on June 18 from a purse in the hospital's emergency room.

Kristina M. Brodfuehrer, 28, 391 Wheatfield St., lower, North Tonawanda, was charged with fourth-degree grand larceny and petit larceny. Brodfuehrer, who was charged on Aug. 8 and appeared in Lockport City Court on Monday, now works at Mount St. Mary's in Lewiston, according to police.

According to the report, an elderly woman took her husband to ENH-Lockport around 2:30 a.m. on June 18 for a medical emergency. While she was in the emergency room, she placed her purse just above her husband's bed. At some point during the night, someone had gone through the victim's purse and removed cash.

The only time the purse was out of sight was when the nurse "Kristina" was in the room with the curtains drawn. The case was turned over to detectives and Brodfuehrer was charged and released on her own recognizance.


Neighbor takes cable and electricity

Police say a man with a Spruce Street address hooked up cable TV and electricity to a Locust Street apartment.

Michael P. Salhany, 35, 10  Spruce St., upper, was charged with identity theft and theft of services on Monday and charged with petit larceny on Wednesday. 

According to the report, on Nov. 26 an Illinois man checked his credit report and discovered an outstanding debt from Time Warner. He was advised that his information had been used to open an account in Lockport.

The allegations were investigated in December and police say Salhany admitted to having a cable TV and NYSEG account in the victim's name. He agreed to appear at the Lockport police station on Dec. 5 but never appeared. An arrest package was filed.

Salhany turned himself in to the Lockport Police Department on Monday and was held on $1,000 bail.

On Tuesday, a Locust Street tenant who lives in a lower apartment reported that as of January she believes that Salhany, who lives at the upper apartment which has a Spruce Street address, has been stealing her cable by splicing into her cable wires which are in the shared basement. She contacted Time Warner which discovered the illegal hook up.

According to the report, Salhany's power has been shut off for some time, but the downstair's neighbor noticed that some lights have been turned on at night and she could hear the TV. The police discovered an extension cord running from Sahlany's door to an electric outlet belonging to the victim.



Man with ankle injury rescued from gorge

Members of the Niagara Parks Police Service High Angle River Team along with the Niagara Falls Fire Department and Niagara Emergency Medical Services responded to the Whirlpool gorge about 5:45 p.m. Wednesday for a report of a 54-year-old man with a suspected ankle fracture.

The man was located in a remote area, well off the marked trail system, given first aid at the scene and flown by helicopter out of the gorge with the assistance of Niagara Helicopters to a waiting ambulance. He was transported to hospital for further assessment.   



• TIRES SLASHED: Eight tires on two vehicles were reported slashed Thursday while parked on Diller Road driveway. The owner estimated the damage at$800. The vehicles were a 1998 Chevrolet S10 and a 2000 Ford Explorer.


• CRIMINAL MISCHIEF: Stedman's Nursery and a Main Street neighbor reported problems with trespassers Thursday.  Stedman's Nursery employees said they have been experiencing ongoing problems with trespassers. Several fire extinguishers were found on the property, which were removed from Stedman's vehicles that require extinguishers inside of the vehicles. The fire extinguishers were used inside one of the greenhouses, causing an unknown amount of damage to the plants. The sprinklers were turned on and several other plants were kicked over and damaged on the property. A neighbor reported, solar lights were stolen and damaged. 


City of Tonawanda

• WARRANT: Dallas W. Mort, 38, Grand Avenue, Niagara Falls, was arrested Thursday on a 1999 bench warrant for aggravated unlicensed operation of a vehicle. He was held for court. 

North Tonawanda

• ROBBERY: Three 16-year-old juveniles and one 17-year-old were arrested at 11:19 p.m. Thursday at the intersection of Payne Avenue and Spalding Street with a rash of charges related to the theft of a cell phone from another minor, police said. All four of the teenagers face second-degree robbery and endangering the welfare of a child charges. Two of them were additionally charged with assault and harassment. The juveniles are being held on $5,000 bail each.