Falls man wounded in drive-up shooting

A Niagara Falls man was shot and wounded Monday afternoon in the area of 13th Street and LaSalle Avenue.

The victim, who was wounded in early October in a home invasion, was shot once in the leg. The wound is not believed to be life threatening.

Falls Police detectives said the victim was walking when a car with tinted windows pulled up and a man got out.

“Words were exchanged,” Falls Detective Capt. Ernest Palmer said. “And the suspect fired one time.”

The victim ran from the scene before collapsing in the 1200 block of 13th Street.

The suspect got back in the car, which was last seen heading east on LaSalle Avenue.

Niagara Falls

n ASSAULT: Police are looking for two suspects in connection with an assault in the 1700 block of Elmwood Avenue. A 32-year-old man told officers he was walking in that area at 1:05 p.m. Monday when two suspects approached him and demanded money. The victim said when he refused to give the suspects money, one of them hit him in the back of the head with a bottle.


n ASSAULT: Anthony Vito Paoli, 30, 2721 Weston Ave., Niagara Falls, was charged with third-degree assault Thursday. A 67th Street, Niagara Falls, man told deputies Paoli allegedly came into a Sawyer Road restaurant, where the victim was an employee, and maced him and punched him in the face and head before leaving. Another employee said he had been in an argument at the restaurant earlier with the victim, who shoved the man in front of Paoli. Paoli allegedly came back to confront the victim about this incident. Paoli reportedly told deputies he went into the restaurant to tell the victim not to touch the man, and the victim got in his face and pushed him, the report said. They then went out back and began to struggle, and Paoli said the victim took out the mace and was attempting to spray Paoli when instead he sprayed himself in the eyes, the report said.

n CRIMINAL MISCHIEF: A Deuro Drive man told deputies Sunday that someone cut the front passenger tire on his car. The damage is estimated at $65.

n LARCENY: The owner of Olympia Restaurant on Niagara Falls Boulevard told deputies Sunday that sometime between 11:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., someone entered his office and took between $3,000 and $4,000 from a desk drawer. He told deputies he suspects it was an employee, the report said. The investigation is continuing.


n LARCENY: A Youngstown-Wilson Road man told deputies Monday that sometime overnight, someone stole two ladders from his garage. The estimated value of the ladders is $329.

City of Lockport

n BURGLARY: Maurice Mackey, 25, 326 Chapel St., Apt. S, was charged Monday with fourth-degree criminal mischief, second-degree burglary and second-degree menacing. A Corinthia Street woman reported Mackey had been at her home and asked her for a ride, which she refused. After she went in the bathroom, Mackey allegedly broke the bathroom door.

n SEXUAL ABUSE: Anthony Person, 39, 101 Webb St., was charged Monday with third-degree sexual abuse and endangering the welfare of a child. Lockport detectives and the Niagara County Department of Social Services are jointly investigating a complaint of forcible touching, the report said.

n REGISTRATION SUSPENDED: Anthony L. Mitchell, 32, Hoffman Road, Appleton, was charged Monday with driving without valid insurance, driving without a license, driving with a suspended registration and equipment violations after a traffic stop on Chestnut Street. Police stopped Mitchell for insufficient brake lights and found his registration had allegedly been suspended for an insurance lapse. Mitchell had no identification and only knew his address was on Hoffman Road, the report said.

n CRIMINAL CONTEMPT: Sunrise S. Boyd, 25, 6 Walnut St., rear, was charged with second-degree criminal contempt Monday. Boyd allegedly violated a full order of protection issued in Lockport City Court by coming to the victim’s workplace on Oct. 30.

Town of Lockport

n BURGLARY: A Glendale Drive man told sheriff’s deputies Thursday that between 7:45 a.m. and 4:45 p.m., someone kicked in his apartment door and stole several items, including an Xbox system, Xbox games, a television, a VCR, an antique sword and a BB gun. The estimated cost of the missing items was $875. The man told deputies this is the third time this year his apartment has been broken into.

n LARCENY: A Wicks Road man reported Sunday that between 3:25 p.m. Friday and 3:25 p.m. Sunday, someone stole a 2005 Bombardier Outlander ATV valued at about $7,500.

n LARCENY: A Stone Road woman told deputies Sunday someone broke a window in her car and stole her purse from the back seat. The estimated cost of the stolen items was $270.

n UNAUTHORIZED OPERATION: Jason Cladio Mesler, 21, of 2061 Tonawanda Creek Road, Amherst, was charged Monday with third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, criminal possession of a controlled substance and speeding after a traffic stop on Lincoln Avenue. After deputies stopped Mesler for allegedly speeding, he was reportedly seen reaching under the driver’s seat, the report said. A DMV check showed Mesler’s license had five suspensions and revocations and that he had an active bench warrant from Lockport Police for DWI. Deputies reportedly found a bag under the seat containing a substance that tested positive for cocaine. Mesler is set to appear in Lockport Town Court on Nov. 14.

n CRIMINAL MISCHIEF: A Lea Lane Man told deputies on Oct. 29 that someone damaged his mailbox two nights earlier. The value of the mailbox was $50.

n UNAUTHORIZED OPERATION: Martin Arceo Godinez, 46, of 6035 S. Transit Road, was charged Oct. 29 with third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, driving with suspended registration and driving without valid insurance. Deputies stopped Godinez’s car after a DMV check showed the registration had been suspended for an insurance lapse. Further checks showed his license was also suspended. He is set to appear in Lockport Town Court on Nov. 21.

n LARCENY: A Heather Drive man reported Friday that between 6:55 p.m. and 8:40 p.m., someone stole a cell phone valued at $300 from his unlocked car.


n DWI: Tobin M. Little, 44, of 7782 Chestnut Ridge Road, Gasport, was charged Sunday with driving while intoxicated, criminal possession of a controlled substance, unlawful possession of marijuana and equipment violations after a traffic stop on Main Street. Deputies reportedly noticed Little had glassy eyes, slurred speech and impaired motor coordination. He allegedly failed three sobriety tests. While searching the vehicle, deputies reportedly found a silver pipe, commonly used for smoking crack, and half a pill on the center console. Little allegedly admitted to taking hydrocodone, synthetic morphine and other pain pills. After transporting Little to Niagara County Jail, deputies found a small bag containing suspected marijuana in the back seat of the patrol car, the report said. Little is set to appear in Royalton Town Court on Thursday.


n RECOVERED PROPERTY: A Main Street woman reported Sunday that two bicycles were left in her driveway. Deputies took possession of the bikes.

n DWI: Dennis R. Herlan, 48, PO Box 749, Olcott, was charged Monday with driving while intoxicated and stopping, standing or parking on a highway after deputies reportedly found his car parked halfway in the road on Prospect Street with the engine running. Herlan was reportedly passed out in the driver’s seat, the report said. Once deputies woke him up, they detected a smell of alcohol on his breath, glassy eyes and impaired motor coordination. Herlan allegedly said he had been drinking earlier. After allegedly failing one field sobriety test, Herlan refused to take any others, instead reportedly trying to square off aggressively with the deputies. Once in custody, Herlan allegedly refused to take a breath test. He is set to appear in Newfane Town Court today.


n LARCENY: A Campbell Road man told deputies Monday that between 11 a.m. Sunday and 4 a.m. Monday, someone stole a dark green Kawasaki Prairie ATV, valued at about $2,000, from the bed of his pickup truck.


n DWI: Todd H. Judware, 44, 2267 Mt. Hope Road, Lewiston, was charged Sunday with driving while intoxicated and failure to keep right after a traffic stop on Saunders Settlement Road. Deputies reportedly detected a strong smell of alcohol and he allegedly failed several field sobriety tests. After being taken into custody, Judware allegedly registered a 0.20 percent blood alcohol level, the report said. He is set to appear in Lewiston Town Court on Wednesday.


n LARCENY: A Diller Road woman reported Saturday that someone opened a credit card account in her name and immediately charged $1,200 worth of merchandise in New Jersey. Deputies told her to contact the credit card issuer, who placed a freeze on the card.


n FIRE: Sheriff’s deputies responded to a Ridge Road home on Oct. 30 for a report of the smell of smoke in the kitchen area. The Gasport Fire Department also responded and shut the breakers off. The owner found two TVs, a stove, a furnace and two telephones had been damaged when something shorted out. Electrical work was being done on the home at the time. The estimated cost of the damage is $2,000.


n BURGLARY: A North Tonawanda woman told deputies Thursday that on Oct. 29, someone stole about 30 wedding cards belonging to her from a Wilson Road home. The cards contained about $550 in cash. The investigation is continuing.

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