Niagara Falls Reporter
Home | Archive / Search
NOV 11- NOV 19, 2014

This Week in Stupid Crime

Mike Hudson

November 11, 2014

Do yourself and police a favor: Be good enough not to steal at Wal-Mart in Niagara Falls since trained personnel are watching you and don’t take kindly to your boosting at their store and, not having much of a sense of humor, will probably have you arrested.

On the nod

Here’s some advice for all you young wannabe junkies out there: If you’re going to inject narcotics into your veins, find a safe and secure place to do it!

Willow Avenue resident Mark Saverino, 30, learned that lesson the hard way last week when officers responding to a narcotics complaint found him nodding in the driver’s seat of his Toyota, which was parked in his driveway. Noting two hypodermic needles in the cup holder next to him, they woke Saverino and asked him about the gear.

“I use them to shoot up,” he told them. “That’s all I have.”

Police asked if they could search the vehicle and Saverino gave his permission. In the center console, two more hypodermic needles were discovered. He was charged with criminal possession of a hypodermic needle and taken to jail.

Bail was set at $250.

7-11 employee arrested

Daniel Rivera, an employee of the 7-11 on Pine Avenue and 28th Street, was arrested by city police after the store manager told them he had stolen more than $100 worth of cigarettes and condoms along with about $60 in cash from the store over the preceding week. The thefts were all videotaped, police said. Rivera was on duty at the time of his arrest and apologized profusely to his former boss.

Bail was set at $500.

Words of wisdom

“I done wrong and I got caught.”

That’s what Shirley Lampkin, aka Shirley Morgan, told the Niagara Falls Police Department officers who arrested her on shoplifting charges after store security at Wal-Mart caught her boosting $240 worth of merchandise by stuffing it into her oversized purse.

Officers issued an appearance ticket and released Lampkin at the scene. The merchandise was returned to Wal-Mart employees.

Bad actor arrested

Jamal Jackson, 22, of Buffalo was arrested by city police on charges of weapons possession, obstructing governmental administration, driving without a license, speeding, reckless driving, leaving the scene of an accident and unlawful fleeing of a police officer following a hairy car and foot chase early one morning last week.

Cops tried to pull over an SUV traveling 50 mph on Walnut Avenue when the chase began. The driver turned abruptly on Memorial Parkway and it was flashing lights and sirens down to Ferry Avenue, where the SUV pulled over. But when the officer got out of his cruiser to approach the vehicle, the driver hit the gas and sped away.

Not wanting to initiate a high speed chase in a quiet residential neighborhood, the officer turned off the siren and lights and hung back a safe distance, keeping the SUV in sight and keeping headquarters abreast of the vehicle’s location over the radio.

The vehicle attempted a sharp turn onto 22nd Street, police said, but the driver lost control and the SUV crashed into a fence. Two black males emerged from the vehicle and began running down the alley.

The officer, gun drawn and held at low ready, pursued the suspects in the early morning darkness.

The pair split up and the officer temporarily lost track of them. He began checking back yards and eventually found Jackson hiding by a shed. Nearby, a nickel plated automatic pistol lay on the ground. Searching Jackson, the officer found identification cards that clearly didn’t belong to him. Jackson told him that he was wearing his brother’s pants and had no idea who the cards belonged to.

Jackson further denied that the pistol was his.

He was taken to jail and held without bail as officers searched for his accomplice.





Reporter Proposes to Solve City Budget Woes
Touma Says He Would Cancel the Gov.’s Contest Before he Would Raise Taxes on Working People Here...
Choolokian Comments on Reporter Proposal
Income Equality Another Name for Communism
We Asked People What They Think About Proposed Tax Hike
Dyster Leads Cayuga Island Residents Down the Jayne Park Asphalt Path
Niagara Falls a ‘Most Dangerous’ City? Police Chief Here Disputes Conclusions
Thanks to Republican Control of State Senate Buffalo's Truck Pollution Less Likely to Become Lewiston's
"Buffalo Olmsted", Cuomo Sell Out Niagara Falls for Delaware North $$$
Does Dyster Incentive Have “Retire-Rehire” Agenda?
Will Kiedrowski be Next NT Mayor?
Music Video Targets Dyster’s Wanton Way of Spending
Big Bad Voodoo Daddy to Headline Memorial’s 2015 Premier
'Look Not to Government, Look Within,' says First Black Republican Female Congresswoman
Another Superb Doctor Joins the Staff At Memorial
Lawyers Offer Free Seminar on Preserving Assets on Medicaid
Even a spell check wouldn't have helped
Falls Man Continues to Send Cash To African Lonely Hearts Scammers
This Week in Stupid Crime
Letters to the Editor
Scrooge the Musical Coming to Lockport’s Palace Theater
Riviera to Host Chaplin Show
Khapra Beetle Intercepted
Bills, Sabres Continue Their Losing Ways Under Pegulas
Dyster Visits the Woodshed Jokes

Contact Info

©2014 The Niagara Falls Reporter Inc.
POB 3083, Niagara Falls, N.Y. 14304
Phone: (716) 284-5595

Publisher and Editor in Chief: Frank Parlato
Managing Editor: Dr. Chitra Selvaraj
Senior Editor: Tony Farina