Scam involves Water Board

Falls police were contacted by a Niagara Falls Water Board Wednesday who said a New York City woman had called the authority recently about a $3,540 check she received from America’s Research Group.

The accompanying letter said the Water Board was a financial sponsor.

The scam involved cashing the check and wiring a portion of the money somewhere.

The Water Board employee said its bank notified and official there said 22 people had cashed checks for a total of $85,450. The bank covered the loss, the report said, and the account was closed.

The state Attorney General’s Office was contacted.

Niagara Falls

• ASSAULT: A 27-year-old city man told police Wednesday that a man he knows as “Kenny Cracks” pulled a gun on him about 4:15 p.m. outside of a store on Cleveland Avenue. The man said there have been ongoing problems between the two. Police searched the area but didn’t turn anything up.

• THEFT: A 46-year-old Center Court woman told police that someone kicked in a door to her apartment Wednesday morning and took an X-Box 360 game system and various medications. Two hundred hydrocodones, 96 Xanax, 30 Valium, 90 Lexapro and 60 Lyrica were taken.


• BURGLARY: A Subbera Road man reported Tuesday that between 7:30 a.m. and 3:42 p.m., someone broke into his home and stole several items. The garage door had reportedly been kicked in, causing $250 in damage. The man said a garnet ring, two sets of earrings, a Gateway laptop computer, a gold necklace, a pearl necklace and men’s watches were stolen, together worth about $1,723.

City of Lockport

• DRUGS: Dewayne G. West, 29, 27 Erie St., was charged Tuesday with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. Officers responded to Erie Street to attempt to locate West, who was reportedly wanted on felony charges from the Lewiston Police Department. They reportedly saw him sitting in his car behind the home. West allegedly refused to comply with officers orders to take his hands out of his pockets, and he was taken into custody. He was held without bail.

• DRUGS: Richard A. Ortiz, 36, 6035 S. Transit St., Apt. 21, and Danielle A. LaSpada, 26, 190 Erie St., Apt. 1, were each charged Tuesday with two counts of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. The Niagara County Drug Task Force executed a warrant on LaSpada’s home and reportedly seized a large quantity of cocaine. Ortiz reportedly possessed $2,825 in cash. Ortiz and LaSpada were each held without bail.

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