An Orleans Avenue man arrested by Niagara Falls police is accused of holding a woman against her will with a knife to her throat in a Goat Island bathroom. Christian C. Young, 32, was charged with menacing, assault and unlawful imprisonment. The 40-year-old woman said that Young held a large knife to her throat between 11 p.m. Thursday and midnight in the Goat Island bathroom, saying he was going to kill her and also tried to choke her, police reported. She said their 9-year-old daughter was outside the door screaming for her father not to hurt her mother. Officer David Bower, who was off-duty and working at Unity Park, overheard the incident and had Young leave and helped the woman, who refused medical treatment. State police recovered a "very large knife," reports said.
Niagara Falls police detectives, along with investigators from the State Insurance Fraud Bureau, charged two men with motor vehicle insurance fraud after a two-month investigation of a Niagara Falls auto shop. Peter C. Rocco, 46, of Stevenson Avenue, North Tonawanda, and Richard C. Princess, 51 of Sandy Beach Road, Grand Island, were each charged with felony counts of insurance fraud and auto stripping. Rocco, who owns Z Tech Auto Center at 5544 Porter Road, is accused of conspiring with Princess, who was a customer, to get rid of his 2004 Pontiac Vibe, police said. Princess had reported the vehicle stolen in 2006. Princess' lien holder then collected $14,357.13 on May 4, 2006, from Allstate Insurance Co. Rocco secreted the vehicle at another business location at 9635 Niagara Falls Blvd. in Niagara Falls and sold parts off the vehicle to unknowing customers, city police said. Anyone who may have bought parts from this vehicle is asked to contact Niagara Falls police Detective Pat Stack at 286-4553.
A 52-year-old woman told Niagara Falls police that she was walking to her car in Haeberle Plaza at 8:29 a.m. when two tall, skinny youths ran up behind her and one forcibly grabbed her purse, which contained $200 and her identification.
Joseph E. Gilmer, 34, of 24th Street, was stopped by Niagara Falls police at 37th Street and Royal Avenue at 1:02 a.m. and charged with driving while intoxicated and failure to display a front license plate, reports said.
In the 6500 block of Dale Road, a Newfane woman told sheriff's deputies that her John Deer Gator, valued at $2,000, as well as a weed trimmer and four-wheeler, were stolen. Total loss was estimated at $3,700. Manuel Lee Nix, 29, of Sweetwood Drive, Lockport, was charged with felony driving while intoxicated -- because of a previous conviction -- as well as unlawful possession of marijuana and inadequate muffler just before midnight on Robinson Road in Lockport, sheriff's deputies reported. Deputies said they stopped Nix for a loud muffler and charged him after he failed field sobriety tests. A check of his license found he had been previously convicted of DWI in Niagara Falls in 2005, deputies said.
Derrick A. Deyo, 37, of Pasadena Avenue, Niagara Falls, was charged by sheriff's deputies with aggravated driving while intoxicated and passing a red light just after midnight on Military Road in the Town of Niagara. Deyo was stopped after passing the light at Niagara Falls Boulevard and Military Road and charged after failing several field sobriety tests, reports said. Deputies said he was charged with aggravated DWI after registering above a 0.18 percent level on a blood-alcohol test.
Two Lockport residents were charged with shoplifting by sheriff's deputies on South Transit Road in Lockport just before noon. A 16-year-old Park Avenue girl and Shameika J. Wright, 19, of Walnut Street, were both charged with petit larceny after security saw them putting clothing and underwear in their handbags, according to reports. Wright was additionally charged with resisting arrest and harassment, and accused of pushing the deputy in the chest when they were being taken into custody.
Eric J. Bartram, 31, of Spalding Street, Lockport, was charged by Lockport police with menacing, unlawful imprisonment and assault after a Dysinger Road woman said she tried to break up with Bartram and he grabbed her, put her up against the wall, head-butted her and then she was bitten by his two dogs when she fell to the floor, according to reports. The woman was treated for puncture wounds caused by dog bites, according to the police.
A 41-year-old Lockport woman told sheriff's deputies that someone broke into her home in the 5700 block of Locust Street and stole $1,500 worth of jewelry, a jar of change and a cell phone.
An Appleton woman said her purse was stolen at about 8:30 p.m. from her car while she ate dinner at a Lockport restaurant in the 5900 block of South Transit Road. The woman told sheriff's deputies that she had locked her purse inside and returned to find the window shattered and the purse gone. The purse, valued at $100, contained three credit cards and $60 in cash, she said. The restaurant manager told deputies that this is the second larceny in their parking lot in a week.
A Lockport woman and her husband told sheriff's deputies that they returned from a trip to their home in the 4100 block of Lake Avenue to find that a safe with documents and about $60 worth of change were stolen.
Matilda L. Edwards, 25, of Niagara Avenue, was charged with endangering the welfare of a child by Niagara Falls police after police said they found her 2-year-old daughter walking naked and alone in the 1600 block of Niagara Avenue just after 8:20 a.m. Police responded after they were called by passers-by and found Edwards locked in her bedroom. She told police she didn't know where her daughter was.
A Gracye Avenue, Gasport, woman told sheriff's deputies that during the morning someone took her 1999 minivan from the driveway. She said the keys were in the van, along with her purse, credit cards and checkbook.
Joseph W. Page, 23, of Monroe Street, Lockport, was charged by Lockport police with menacing and harassment. A woman told police that Page was upset that he didn't have a ride to work in the morning and picked up a kitchen chair, struck his wife in the leg and then slammed her to the ground and said he would kill her. Police said Page turned himself in later the same day and an order of protection was requested.
A Niagara Wheatfield teen told sheriff's deputies that someone removed $50 from an unlocked locker in the girls locker room in the high school.
Cody Pembleton 24, of Burchwood Drive, Lockport, was charged by Lockport police just before 3 a.m. on Beattie Avenue with failure to keep right, driving while intoxicated, aggravated unlicensed operation and having alcohol in a vehicle. His passenger, Gregory A. Malcomb, 20, of Garden Street, was charged with obstructing governmental administration and possession of alcohol by a person under 21. Police responded to call of a car that hit a tree at Beattie and Georgia avenues. Pembleton was at the roadside, and another man was seen running from the scene. Pembleton told police he swerved to avoid another vehicle and admitted having five beers and then failed field sobriety tests, reports said. Malcomb, who had left the scene, was located and taken into custody, police said.
Sometime between 9 and 10 am., a two-seat go-cart was stolen from the backyard of a Main Street home, Niagara Falls police reported.
A Wheeler Road, Hartland, resident told sheriff's deputies that a Razor Pocket Rocket scooter, valued at $200, was stolen from the back of his garage sometime last week.
A stove and refrigerator were stolen from a Ninth Street apartment after the tenant was evicted, Niagara Falls police said. The former tenant is considered a suspect in the case, police said. The appliances were valued at $525.