Niagara Gazette

September 15, 2013

BLOTTER: Police reports published Sept. 15

Staff Reports
Niagara Gazette

Niagara Falls

• ARREST: A Falls man was arrested following a reported shoplifting incident at 4:55 p.m. Friday at a grocery store in the 1000 block of Portage Road. John Welch Jr., 53, 1610 Eighth St., was charged with petit larceny after store security reported observing him take a beer can from a shelf, stick it in his pants and walk out without paying. Upon investigation, police said, Welch was found to have an outstanding warrant for petit larceny from an incident at another local business.

• ARREST: A Falls man was taken into custody following a reported welfare check of a driver at 4:50 a.m. Saturday in the 4800 block of Niagara Falls Boulevard. Terry Crittenden, 53, 619 25th St., was charged with misdemeanor driving while intoxicated after police were asked to check on a vehicle parked in the roadway of Packard Road near Niagara Falls Boulevard. upon arrival, officers report finding the vehicle and attempting to knock several times to rouse the driver, who was reportedly leaning back in his seat and asleep. After two minutes, according to police, he was awake and asked to perform field sobriety tests. Police said he failed three of four and was taken into custody. When asked if he would submit to a breath test for alcohol, police said he agreed and a test revealed his blood alcohol content to be 0.14 percent.


 Town of Porter

• ARREST: A Falls man was arrested following a reported vehicle in a ditch at 10:20 p.m. Friday in the in the area of 2300 Youngstown-Lockport Road, Porter. Robert Maye Jr., 39, of an unspecified Falls address, was charged with felony driving while intoxicated under Leandra’s Law, endangering the welfare of a child, aggravated unlicensed operation and other vehicle and traffic charges after Niagara County sheriff’s deputies allege he was behind the wheel when his vehicle left the roadway for an unknown reason and crashed. Deputies report Maye exhibited signs of intoxication and was driving with his 8-month-old child in the vehicle. He was reportedly taken to Mount St. Mary’s hospital and submitted to a  blood draw to test his blood alcohol content, the result of which is not specified in reports. A family member secured the child, who was uninjured. Ransomville Fire Co. and Rural Metro ambulance also responded to the scene, according to the report.