Falls cops ticket 76 during seat belt blitz

Falls Police Traffic Division officers handed out 76 tickets for drivers and passengers not wearing seat belts during a blitz Wednesday on Hyde Park Boulevard.

Fifteen officers, operating in the area near Sal Maglie Stadium, checked vehicle traffic in both directions for seat belt use by both drivers and front seat passengers, cell phone use, window tint, vehicle inspections and registrations and child safety restraints.

Traffic Division Commander Capt. Salvatore Pino said about 2,500 vehicles were checked. In addition to the seat belt tickets, police issued 17 citations for unregistered vehicles, 12 tickets for using a cell phone while driving, nine citations for driving without a license and 28 miscellaneous tickets for other assorted vehicle and traffic law violations.

The blitz is funded by a grant from the state. Pino said more traffic safety checkpoints and blitzes will be held during the upcoming holiday season.

“The aim is to keep motorists as safe as possible,” Pino said.

Niagara Falls

n BURGLARY: Police are investigating a burglary in the 300 block of Rainbow Boulevard South. A restaurant owner told officers that sometime between 9:30 p.m. Tuesday and 10:05 a.m. Wednesday, someone broke into his business by prying open a side door. The victim said a safe and cash register inside the business were also pried open and $500 was taken from an office.

Cambria

n FRAUD: An Upper Mountain Road man reported Tuesday someone opened an account with Dell in his name and made purchases on Monday.

City of Lockport

n HARASSMENT: Austin R. Wagner, 46, no permanent address, was charged Tuesday with second-degree harassment. A Pine Street woman reported Wagner was upset about a bike in her hallway and threatened to kill her and her child while they slept, the report said. Wagner was also charged with criminal contempt, as he was allegedly violating an order of protection, the report said.

n UNLICENSED OPERATION: James P. Carlin, Jr., 27, 3626 Orangeport Road, Gasport, was charged Wednesday with second-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and an equipment violation after a traffic stop at South and Washburn streets. He is set to appear in Lockport City Court on Monday.

City of Lockport

n HARASSMENT: Austin R. Wagner, 46, no permanent address, was charged Tuesday with second-degree harassment. A Pine Street woman reported Wagner was upset about a bike in her hallway and threatened to kill her and her child while they slept, the report said. Wagner was also charged with criminal contempt, as he was allegedly violating an order of protection, the report said.

n UNLICENSED OPERATION: James P. Carlin, Jr., 27, 3626 Orangeport Road, Gasport, was charged Wednesday with second-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and an equipment violation after a traffic stop at South and Washburn streets. He is set to appear in Lockport City Court on Monday.

n DISORDERLY CONDUCT: Shawn M. Munt, 29, 6367 Robinson Road, Apt. 5, was charged Tuesday with disorderly conduct. Munt was reportedly removed from an Allen Street home because he was drunk and uninvited, the report said. Munt allegedly began walking down Washington Street yelling racial slurs.

n UNLICENSED OPERATION: Joshua L. Lopez, 27, 195 Prospect St., was charged Wednesday with third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and failure to use a turn signal after a traffic stop on Park Avenue. He is set to appear in Lockport City Court on Monday.

n TRESPASS: Christopher J. Zimmerman, 24, 291 South St., Apt. 8, was charged Tuesday with third-degree criminal trespass. Police were sent to Grand Street for a report of a drunk man and reportedly found Zimmerman in a highly intoxicated state. After police ordered him several times to leave, Zimmerman complied and began walking down steps toward the canal, the report said. Zimmerman allegedly began climbing into an area that was fenced off by the canal authority.

n UNLICENSED OPERATION: Mark R. Hamm, 36, 6068 Wallace Ave., Newfane, was charged Wednesday with third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle for an incident on Sept. 20. A warrant was issued for Hamm's arrest on Nov. 9 from Lockport City Court, and he reportedly turned himself in at the Lockport police Wednesday.

n LARCENY: John P. Corra, 28, 181 Washburn St., front, was charged Wednesday with fourth-degree grand larceny. On Nov. 1, a Washburn Street woman reportedly told police Corra stole a semi-automatic weapon from under her couch on Oct. 14 and sold it to a Pine Street woman for $45. The woman was reportedly unaware the shotgun was stolen and in turn sold it to a John Street man for $60, and he sold it to an unknown person from the southern tier, the report said. The John Street man told police on Nov. 2 he would try and recover the shotgun and was unaware it had been stolen, the report said. On Nov. 3, he brought the shotgun to Lockport police and it was secured as evidence. After an investigation, Corra was arrested Wednesday.

n DRUG POSSESSION: Kawan D. Jackson, 16, 182 Genesee St., was charged with seventh-degree possession of a controlled substance Wednesday. Police stopped to interview Jackson when they saw him walking on Pine Street because he reportedly matched the description of a suspect in a cell phone theft that occurred Tuesday near Spalding Street, the report said. Jackson reportedly had a cell phone that matched the description of the one stolen, and when police called the number of the phone, it rang, the report said. After his arrest, Jackson was searched, and police reportedly found one white pill. He allegedly admitted it was hydrocodone. The pill was sent to the sheriff's department for testing.

Town of Lockport

n LARCENY: A chief at the South Lockport Fire Department reported Tuesday that someone stole a generator valued at about $1,500 from one of the fire trucks.

Somerset

n PETIT LARCENY: A West Somerset Road woman reported Monday that she left her prepaid cell phone at a friend's house in Barker, and when she went to retrieve the phone it was missing. When she called the phone, she reportedly recognized the person who answered. The phone was valued at $20.

Hartland

n BURGLARY: A Ridge Road man reported Tuesday that someone stole s Stihl chainsaw worth about $800 from his barn. There was no apparent forced entry, the report said.

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