Niagara Falls Reporter
Home | Archive / Search
OCT 14- OCT 21, 2014

This Week in Stupid Crime

By Mike Hudson

October 14, 2014

Stabbing on Niagara Street

A city man was stabbed in the chest recently after stopping his car in the 2200 block of Niagara Street to try and break up an altercation nvolving a group of black males.

Police were called to the emergency room at Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center, where the man went for treatment following the incident. He said he didn’t know any of those involved in the altercation and doubted he could identify his assailant.

An investigation into the incident is continuing, police said.


First time thief busted

Chadwick Estes must be the unluckiest thief ever to attempt a petty heist. The 48-year-old Estes was nabbed by store security recently at the Rite Aid store on Pine Avenue at Portage Road after stashing a bottle of Pepsi, a chocolate bar and an android cell phone about his person and then attempting to abscond without paying. He was held at the store until police arrived and took him into custody.

“This is my first time stealing and I got caught,” Estes told the arresting officers. His statement was greeted with a healthy dose of skepticism, especially after it was discovered that Estes had an outstanding warrant in North Tonawanda.


Open container violation?

Niagara Falls has long been known as a lawless city and, over the past 15 years, the Niagara Falls Reporter has covered more than its share of murders, rapes, robberies and conspiracy cases. But never before can we recall reading a police report about an open container violation.

The luckless perpetrator in this case of a cold one gone wrong was Eric S. Evchich, 22, of Michigan Avenue, who was walking down the 2800 block of McKoon Avenue one recent evening with a can of Labatt’s Blue Light clenched in one hand.

Two of the NFPD’s Finest happened to be driving past in a marked patrol car and came to a halt. Knowing he was busted, Evchich tried to get rid of the evidence, tossing the can onto a nearby lawn. The cops not only charged him with violation of the city’s open container ordinance, but with littering as well.

One wonders whether this archaic law against drinking a beer in public gets a special waiver at events such as the Hard Rock concert series or Mayor Paul Dyster’s annual beer fests at the Niagara Arts and Cultural Center or whether police are instructed to just leave well enough alone.

Police later explained that Evchich’s arrest was a part on an operation directed against rowdy Niagara University students whose raucous parties are the subject of numerous neighborhood complaints each and every year.

Some things never change. The celebrated novelist and National Book Award winner John O’Hara was Class Poet at NU in 1924, but failed to graduate after showing up to commencement drunk.





New Sal Maglie Operator Ward Has Checkered Past in Arena Football
With $9 M Deficit, Cuts Won’t Come Easy
Late Budget Should Come as no Surprise Neither Should Size of Deficit
DeSantis Redecorates as City Debt Grows
Dyster Deficit by Any Other Name Means Higher Taxes
Oh, Budget How do I Cut Thee… Let Me Count the Ways
Dyster Polling Starting Already for 2015 Candidacy?
Destino, Brochey Join CWM Opponents In Seeking Extension of Permit Process
Dominic’s Little River an Undiscovered Treasure Here
What Work Will Actually Be Done At Jayne Park?
UAW to Push Destino Bid at Lockport Event
Remembering a Great Gentleman; Michael Whitenight, 1960-2014
It’s Official: Niagara Falls Now Most Dangerous City in State
Libertarian Gov. Candidate Wants Your Vote Even if it’s a Protest Vote
Niagara Power Bring First Rate Baseball Action, Family Values
Workshop Offers Help for Children Afflicted With Sensory Processing Disorder
Council Recognizes Pyska for His Attainment of Rank of Eagle Scout
Who’s Funding Ortt, Destino as 62nd District Senate Race Heats Up
This Week in Stupid Crime
Green Party's Hawkins at 9% in Poll
Marshall Law, Ebola and Obama
Aquarium of Niagara Introduces Rescued Blind Pacific Harbor Seal Pup
Lewiston - Meet the Candidates Tues., Oct 21
State Park Making (bad) Changes, Not Improvements
TNR?Feral Cats Are Still Destructive Killers and Nuisance
Letters to the Editor
2015 Premier to Honor Seneca President Snyder, Dr. Ko
Tonawandas Chamber Honors DeGraff, Ramblin’ Lou, Saltarelli and Zonta Club
Deficit Jokes Leave Us With a Humor Deficit
Burley of Youngstown, Honored at National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service

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