Niagara Gazette

August 26, 2013

BLOTTER: Police reports published Aug. 26

Staff Reports
Niagara Gazette


Wanted man flees traffic stop

A man wanted on a Falls warrant fled deputies Wednesday after they stopped him for driving without a seat belt on Calumet Avenue.

The deputies were on their way to a warrant execution when they noticed the man driving without the seat belt. They pulled behind him and he quickly pulled into a parking lot at Calumet and Highland avenues.

The driver exited the vehicle and was told he was being stopped for driving without a seat belt, he responded, "Man, you just saw me take it off." He then took off running through a nearby yard. Deputies lost sight of him near Centre Avenue.

Falls police, state troopers and Town of Niagara police assisted in a search of the area but could not locate the man, who was identified by police.

Police impounded the vehicle and found a small amount of suspected marijuana.

Falls police said the man currently has an outstanding warrant issued Feb. 20 for failure to pay a fine on a second-degree harassment charge.

The incident was reported by the sheriff's office on Saturday.



Woman charged after "order rage" at Tim Hortons

A Tim Hortons customer has been arrested and charged with uttering threats after she was unhappy with her order.

Niagara Regional Police say a woman confronted staff at the Tim Hortons restaurant on Queenston St. in St. Catharines just before noon on Saturday.

She left the store and came back a short time later, enraged. She threatened the staff with physical harm and death.

Police were called and arrested and charged 40-year-old Jennifer Sacco.


Niagara Falls

• ASSAULT: Police are investigating a reported assault at 9:56 p.m. Friday at a residence in the 400 block of Third Street. The victim, a 32-year-old Laura Chalmet, La. man, said he was staying with a friend in his apartment when one to three people entered unannounced and struck him. He said he was knocked to the ground and punched in the head several times, causing disorientation and a blackout. He told officers he went to a neighboring business after they'd left the scene to notify police. He was taken to hospital for treatment, according to reports.

• THEFT: Police are investigating a reported theft between 2 and 3:20 p.m. Friday from a truck parked outside a nursing home in the 2600 block of Main Street. The victim, a 28-year-old Youngstown man, said someone took two weed whackers, two hedge trimmers and a leaf blower from his pickup while he was away from his vehicle. He said his landscaping equipment was secured by a cable, which was cut. The property is valued at $1,700.


• BURGLARY: A Curtis Avenue man told Niagara County Sheriff's deputies Saturday morning that sometime since Wednesday someone had entered his home and taken several items. The resident had been out of town for several days. Deputies could find no signs of forced entry. Among the items missing are two flat screen TVs, an XBox 360 game system, a gold watch and jewelry.


• DWI: Nathan P. Hurley, 31, 328 Warner Ave., North Tonawanda, was charged with DWI and a traffic violation about 4:30 a.m. Saturday, according to Niagara County Sheriff's deputies. Hurley was stopped on Ward Road after deputies said he left the roadway and drove onto the grass near St. John Lutheran Church while attempting to turn from Niagara Falls Boulevard. He appeared intoxicated and failed field sobriety tests. A chemical test determined his blood alcohol content to be 0.12 percent. 


• ARSON: A Somerset Road man reported Thursday that there was over $4,000 fire damage on his property. According to the arrest report, the victim unhitched a trailer loaded with 11 bales of hay in the field on his property approximately 300 yards south of his residence at 7 p.m. on Wednesday. When he returned to his trailer at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, he discovered his trailer along with the eleven bales of hay to be burned, apparently set on fire by an unknown person. Loss to the trailor and tires was estimated at $3,600. The hay was valued at $40 per bale, amounting to a collective loss of $440.