THE CRIME NF: August 19th, 2020, Edition of the Niagara Reporter Newspaper

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-On August 3, 2020 Niagara Falls Police Department was alerted of 2 felony warrants issued from the Pennsylvania State Police for 31-year-old Richard Reiss and 34-year-old Dewayne Shields. Warrant officers located a red compact 4-door sedan with Pennsylvania plates heading southbound on John B Daly Boulevard. The driver of the vehicle was identified as Reiss. Niagara Falls Officers attempted to initiate a traffic stop on the vehicle, but the car fled, heading east on Buffalo Avenue from John B Daly Blvd. NFPD discontinued their pursuit as NY State Police and other agencies took over as the car headed south onto Grand Island. State Police and other agencies continued to pursue the vehicle until it came to a stop on Niagara Street in Buffalo. This pursuit included the US Border Patrol via helicopter operated by the Air and Marine Operations. Marc Sledge, Director of the Air and Marine Operations for the Great Lakes Air and Marine branch commented, “This shows just how important our mission is both safeguarding the border and providing much needed support from the air to our law enforcement partners.” The parties were taken into custody by the US Border Patrol in Buffalo without further incident before being turned over to the NFPD. “This is a great example of the excellent relationship the U.S. Border Patrol has with the state and local law enforcement.” said Eduardo Payan, Chief Patrol Agent for the Buffalo Sector. “We will always work together to protect our country and communities”. Reiss was booked at NFPD for vehicle and traffic charges resulting from this incident. PA State Police are expected to extradite both parties involved.

-Niagara Falls Police and Fire responded to the Hooker Docks off of 53rd Street and Buffalo Avenue on Thursday, August 6th, 2020, to rescue a man who heroically jumped into the Niagara River to save his dog after it fell into the Niagara River. Both the man and his dog survived. 

-Niagara Falls Police responded to the area of 68th and Lindbergh Avenue in the afternoon hours of Thursday, August 6th, after receiving a call of found property. According to reports, an individual found a wallet with credit cards scattered around it on the sidewalk. However, police quickly noticed that there were multiple different credit cards belonging to different individuals. One of which has an existing warrant out for his arrest. Police were not able to locate this individual who was looked at as a person of interest for taking the other credit cards. Police are continuing to investigate the incident. 

-Niagara Falls Police responded to the 200 block of 83rd Street on August 6th, 2020, for found property. According to reports, police were called by a resident who stated that a purple Monster high h24” bicycle had been left for several days on the sidewalk leaning up against his fence. The bicycle was collected, tagged and placed in the basement storage area at the police station. 

-Niagara Falls Police responded to the 600 block of 9th Street in the evening hours of Thursday, August 6th, 2020, after reports of a larceny. According to reports, the tenant reported that he blue garbage bin had been damaged in addition to the green recyclable tote missing. The complainant stated that she contacted City Hall regarding the issue and was told to make a report. Police are continuing to investigate the incident. 

-In the afternoon hours of Thursday, August 6th, 2020, an individual came to police headquarters at 1925 Main Street to complain of suspicious activity on her Chrome account. According to the complainant, she went to Spectrum four to six weeks ago to get a new router and did this as she believed people were able to hack into her Chrome account through Google. She stated that since getting the new router, and changing all prior passwords, the activity started again despite being told by Spectrum to carry the router around with her wherever she went, which she does. However, she reported this did not matter as she reported it being hacked again. 

-Niagara Falls Police responded to Tops Friendly Markets on Portage Road in the evening hours of Thursday, August 6th, 2020, after reports of a theft. According to police, the suspect was observed placing numerous steaks and other merchandise into a bookbag. After being questioned by an employee about what was in the bag, the suspect ran out of the store and made away on a bike. The suspect is described as a white male, approx.. 33-34 years old, 5’8” – 5’10”, with blue eyes. Police are continuing to investigate the incident.

-Niagara Falls Police responded to the 2200 block of LaSalle Avenue in the early morning hours of Friday, August 7th, 2020, after reports of criminal mischief. According to reports, the victim was notified by a neighbor of noise outside. Upon going out to his car, the victim noticed that that his vehicle, a 2016 Nissan Altima, was badly damaged including the passenger side and back window smashed, all four tires slashed, and white lines spray painted all over the vehicle. However, nothing was taken from the vehicle. Police estimated the cost of all damage at over $2,000.00 and are continuing to investigate the incident. 

-Niagara Falls Police responded to the 600 block of 37th Street in the morning hours of Friday, August 7th, 2020, after reports of a criminal mischief. According to reports, an individuals car was vandalized overnight. The damage included a cracked front bumper that was hanging off, one of the side mirrors had been busted, and it appeared the entire vehicle was keyed all around. The victim also believes that someone side swiped the car. Police are continuing to investigate the incident. 

-Niagara Falls Police responded to the Family Dollar on Hyde Park Blvd. in the evening hours of Friday, August 7th, 2020, after reports of a theft. According to the store manager, two individuals in the store were placing several items inside a purse that the woman was carrying. When trying to leave the store both individuals were approached and asked to see the contents of the purse but the couple refused. Police are continuing to investigate the incident. 

-Niagara Falls Police responded to Walmart in the evening hours of Friday, August 7th, 2020, after reports of a shoplifter in custody. According to police, the suspect was seen collecting at least 15 items and then at the checkout line was seen switching UPC codes for the food items with lesser value food items which decreased the price. The suspect then concealed the other items into Walmart shopping bags where she failed to pay for them. The suspect then passed all points of entry with an estimated value of items stolen at $87.06.  

-Niagara Falls Police responded to the 500 block of 5th Street in the late evening hours of Saturday, August 8th, after reports of a burglary. According to reports, a 32-inch tv, dvd player, and about a dozen dvd’s were stolen. Police are continuing to investigate the incident. 

-Niagara Falls Police responded to the 600 block of 9th Street in the late afternoon hours of Saturday, August 8th, 2020, after reports of a burglary. According to reports, a 32-inchh tv was replaced with a larger flat screen tv that did not have a power cord. Police are continuing to investigate this incident. 

-Niagara Falls Police responded to the 2500 block of Welch Avenue in the early morning hours of Sunday, August 9th, 2020, after reports of an armed burglary. According to police, the victim was robbed at gunpoint. The victim further stated that she was asleep in the living room when her door opened and two black males pointed a handgun at her and demanded any money. The victim told police that she told the individuals that she was a “broke ass bitch” at which point the burglars demanded her phone. The suspects made away with various items before the victim called the police. 

-In the early morning hours of Sunday, August 9th, 2020, Niagara Falls Police responded to Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center after reports that an individual had just walked into the emergency room with a gunshot wound to the shoulder. Upon arriving at the scene, the officers spoke with the injured party who stated that there was a party at his residence on Grove Avenue and it was during this party that he was shot. Police are continuing to investigate the incident. 

-Niagara Falls Police responded to Niagara Falls Memorial medical Center in the early morning hours of Sunday, August 9th, 2020, after reports that a man had been stabbed at the Enjoy Motel on Niagara Falls Boulevard. Upon arriving, the police were informed that an unknown black male, approx.. 6’ tall and 220 pounds, knocked on their room. When the couple answered the door, the individual pushed his way inside and slapped the female in the face. It was at this time the male victim jumped out of bed and was shortly thereafter stabbed by the aggressor. The male victim was stabbed twice on the left side of his body. Police then responded to a second incident at the same motel that could be related. Police are continuing to investigate the incident. 

-Niagara Falls Police responded to the 7300 block of Buffalo Avenue in the morning hours of Monday, August 10th, 2020, after reports of a larceny. According to reports, a neighbor had witnessed another person’s Amazon package being stolen. Police are continuing to investigate the incident. 

-Niagara Falls Police responded to the 6600 block of Niagara Falls Blvd. in the evening hours of Monday, August 10th, 2020, after reports of a road rage incident. According to reports, the complainant stated that she was being followed by another vehicle who then started to yell and scream at her. Police found the individual who was following the complainant and she stated that she had a property dispute with her. After allowing both parties to leave, police then observed the suspect drive reckless and attempting to hit the complainants car. The suspect was arrested. 

-Niagara Falls Police responded to the 800 block of Pine Avenue in the afternoon hours of Tuesday, August 11th, 2020, after reports of a larceny. According to reports, an individuals GT bike was stolen from outside his home. Police are continuing to investigate the incident. 

-Niagara Falls Police responded to the Rainbow Bridge in the afternoon hours of Tuesday, August 11th, 2020, after reports that a female was detained with a loaded firearm. The suspect said she was unaware that there was a loaded firearm in the vehicle. The woman was placed under arrested and transported to Niagara Falls Police Department. 

-Niagara Falls Police responded to the 7-Eleven on the 2300 block of Hyde Park Blvd. in the early morning hours of Wednesday, August 12th, 2020, after reports of a dog bite. According to police, an individual was attacked by a black dog that appeared to be a bulldog. The victim stated that the dog ran out of a nearby home. The victim was taken to ECMC for treatment. 

-Niagara Falls Police responded to the 3000 block of Ontario Avenue in the morning hours of Wednesday, August 12th, 2020, after reports of a larceny. According to reports, the homeowner said that he put out his blue bin for the trash on Monday evening and never received it back on Tuesday. Police are continuing to investigate to see where the man’s garbage tote is. 

-Niagara Falls Police responded to the area of 18th and Niagara Street in the evening hours of Thursday, August 13th, 2020, for a welfare check. Upon arriving at the scene, more information was obtained that a male had suffered a gunshot wound and was lying on the sidewalk. The police then met the victim at the hospital who stated that he was walking down 18th Street towards Niagara Street when he was approached by three males he did not know. One of them shot at him. Police are continuing to investigate the incident. 

 

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