Firefighters respond to pair of house fires

Niagara Falls firefighters were called to two home fires in the city Monday.

Firefighters were called to a small blaze at a duplex at 1107 Ontario Ave. at 10:49 p.m. Monday. A woman and her three children were able to escape the fire which appeared to have started in a bedroom.

One child suffered a minor burn to his hand. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

A second fire, in the afternoon, in the 1300 block of Ashland Avenue was confined to a kitchen area of a home there. No injuries were reported.

Niagara Falls

• THEFT: Police are investigating a car break-in in the 1600 block of Lockport Street. A 37-year-old woman told officers that sometime between 9 a.m. and noon Monday someone broke into her 2006 Mazda 5 by smashing a front passenger-side window. The victim said a GPS system, laptop computer and pair of leather gloves were taken.

• ASSAULT: A Falls man was arrested on assault- related charges. William G. Catland, 44, 559 Ninth St., was charged with third-degree assault and second-degree harassment. Catland is accused of throwing a 39-year-old woman to the ground and punching her in the eye during an argument in the 500 block of Ninth Street at 3:45 p.m. Monday.

City of Lockport

• DRUGS: Lisa M. Kessler, 18, 25 Harvey Ave., was charged Monday morning with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, driving without a valid license and equipment violations after a 12:05 a.m. traffic stop on Genesee Street. Kessler reportedly gave officers permission to search her car, and in the driver’s side door compartment they found a purple plastic tube containing suspected cocaine. The tube was sent to the county lab for testing. Kessler was released on her own recognizance and is due March 4 in Lockport City Court.

• CONTEMPT: Thomas L. Maida, 56, 139 Green St., Apt. 3, was charged Monday morning with second-degree criminal contempt. Officers responded to Maida’s apartment about 4:10 a.m. for a report of an unwanted party and found clothes thrown about in the front yard. Maida and a female resident said they had thrown each other’s clothes in the yard. They cleaned up the clothes and promised officers there would be no more incidents. Upon further investigation, officers found there was an order of protection in place against Maida on behalf of the woman. Maida was held without bail.

Town of Lockport

• DWI: John D. Caleb, 38, of Lockport, was charged Sunday morning with aggravated driving while intoxicated, making an improper left turn, first-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and driving without a valid license. State troopers pulled Caleb over on South Transit Road near Robinson Road about 3:26 a.m. Caleb was released to a third party.

• HARASSMENT: Timothy D. Brown, 26, of Lockport, was charged Saturday afternoon with second-degree aggravated harassment. Brown allegedly harassed someone over the telephone on Jan. 19. He was released on an appearance ticket.

• LARCENY: A Strauss Road man told deputies Sunday that while he was at Noco on South Transit Road, someone pumped $8 worth of gasoline that he had paid for while he was putting air in his tires.

• VANDALISM: A Dysinger Road man reported Sunday afternoon that someone punctured all four tires on his 2001 Ford Explorer. Damage to the tires was estimated at $600.


• VANDALISM: Nathanial J. Johnson, 18, 28 S. Vernon St., Middleport, was charged Thursday with fourth-degree criminal mischief. A Griswold Street woman told police Johnson drove his pickup truck over her lawn about 1:28 a.m., leaving tire tracks in the lawn. Damage to the lawn is estimated at $100. The woman said she has had an ongoing problem with Johnson. The tire pattern in the lawn was similar to the tire pattern on Johnson’s truck, the report said. Johnson was released on his own recognizance and is due Feb. 21 in Royalton Town Court.