NIAGARA FALLS

Urn dispute leads to complaint by PABA

The Pine Avenue Business Association has filed a police complaint charging that a former member of its board of directors gave away flower urns purchased with federal funds.

Association Executive Director Mary Jo Zacher told police that former board member Dr. Mark Del Monte had given away some of the 40 urns that had been stored in a warehouse he owns in the 1400 block of Pine Avenue. Zacher said nine missing urns had been recovered and six were still unaccounted for.

Del Monte reportedly told Zacher he wanted the urns removed form the warehouse in December and when the association failed to move them promptly, police said he deemed them abandoned and began giving them away.



Niagara Falls

• ARREST: A Falls woman was arrested on drug and traffic charges. Nicole M. Franquie, 38, 628 Fourth St., Apt. 1, was charged with fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and multiple traffic violations. Officers said they spotted Franquie in a van in the 400 block alley of Seventh Street at 6:04 p.m. Wednesday and saw her commit several traffic infractions. After stopping her, officers said they found a crack pipe in her possession and a small quantity of crack cocaine on the front seat of the van.

• ARRESTS: Two Lewiston men were arrested after creating a disturbance on Pine Avenue Wednesday. Raymond L. Hill, 32, 2731 Upper Mountain Road, and Ronald C. Hill, 35, 1569 Upper Mountain Road, were each charged with disorderly conduct. Police said both men were intoxicated and standing outside a bar at 16th Street and Pine Avenue yelling obscenities.

• BURGLARY: Police are investigating a burglary in the 1700 block of Welch Avenue. A 26-year-old woman told officers that sometime between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Wednesday someone broke into her home by kicking in a basement window. The victim said earrings, a diamond bracelet, a gold bracelet, a stereo system, a PlayStation3 games system and an X-box game system were taken.

Youngstown

• FIRE: A Balmer Road woman told sheriff’s deputies that she woke up about 1:40 a.m. Wednesday to the smell of smoke. She got up and found smoke coming from under a carpet. The Youngstown Volunteer Fire Department responded to the scene and extinguished a fire that had been burning underneath the trailer. Damage was estimated at $500, and the cause of the fire is under investigation.

Town of Lockport

• DWI: Jeffrey P. Burbee, 37, 750 Walnut St., was charged early Wednesday with driving while intoxicated and driving in violation of a license restriction after a 1:38 a.m. traffic stop on Robinson Road. Burbee allegedly told deputies he’d had a “couple of beers” at a local bar before driving. He allegedly failed several field sobriety tests and was taken into custody. Burbee was allegedly uncooperative at the scene and during transport, yelling obscenities at the deputies. He allegedly refused to submit to a breath test, telling deputies he wanted to have a lawyer present. He was held in lieu of $250 bail and is due April 7 in Lockport Town Court.

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