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Public's help urged in probe of man found dead in park

NORTH TONAWANDA -- The body of a 22-year-old man was found in a city park, and police are looking for help as they investigate.

David C. Brandl, of Lockport, was found dead late Friday morning in Mayor's Park, off Sweeney Street. Police said an autopsy was performed, but the results are pending.

Anyone with knowledge of Brandl's whereabouts between last Thursday and Friday is asked to call North Tonawanda police at 692-4312.


2 questioned and released in shooting of 2 in Lockport

LOCKPORT -- Police have located, interviewed and released two people wanted for questioning in a Lockport double shooting.

City Police Chief Lawrence Eggert said media attention allowed police to track down Becca R. Bliemeister and Brandon M. Howard, who live in the home at 271 Locust St., where two men were shot late Monday night.

"They have not been charged, at this point," Eggert said.

Eggert said that a man shot in the abdomen, Stanley B. Brown, 23, of Lockport, is now conscious and alert in Erie County Medical Center and was to be questioned by investigators Thursday. Anthony Tweed, 20, of Niagara Falls, was treated and released after being shot in the hand.

Eggert said the investigation is continuing and police are unsure whether it was drug-related as earlier stated.

"It's just a matter of getting the story straight from everybody," Eggert said.


2 sought in Falls shooting believed armed, dangerous

NIAGARA FALLS -- City police Thursday evening said they continue to seek two men linked to a shooting April 25.

Still at large are Jacob J. Taggart, 23, and Marlyn M. Rubin, 19, police said.

Paul E. Buck, 20, of Whitney Avenue, the third suspect in the shooting of Anthony McDougald, 18, has been in custody since his April 26 arrest on first-degree assault and first-degree reckless endangerment charges.

Taggart and Rubin face the same charges and are considered armed and dangerous, police said.

McDougald was standing with a group of others at 12th and Niagara streets at about 6:10 p.m. April 25 when a bullet tore through his left arm near his biceps and entered his chest. He is recuperating in Erie County Medical Center, Buffalo.

Anyone with information about the shooting or whereabouts of Taggart and Rubin are asked to call police at 286-4711.


Falls man jailed in attack, robbery of 92-year-old

NIAGARA FALLS -- A Cudaback Avenue man was jailed on felony robbery charges Thursday, accused of attacking and robbing a 92-year-old man who lived in his apartment building last month.

Darius L. Washington, 42, was arraigned in City Court on second-degree robbery charges and remanded to Niagara County Jail in lieu of $10,000 bail.

The victim told police on April 12 that he had been drinking beer in his kitchen with Washington. He said Washington excused himself and then a man returned, wearing all black and a mask. The victim said he recognized the masked man as Washington.

The 92-year-old man said he was attacked, thrown to the ground and choked, then Washington reached into his front pocket and took $700 in cash. The struggle continued for 15 minutes, injuring the older man. He was treated for pain in his jaw, neck, shoulder and back, police said.

Washington was apprehended by police at 9 p.m. Wednesday in the 500 block of 19th Street.


Lockport woman arrested in parking lot of County Jail

TOWN OF LOCKPORT -- A City of Lockport woman had three strikes against her by the time she was stopped by a Niagara County sheriff's deputy Thursday.

She failed to signal, was driving without a license and turned into the County Jail parking lot in front of a patrol car, according to a sheriff's report.

Jamie L. Eisenhauer was questioned by a deputy when she got out of her vehicle in the Niagara Street lot at about 11 a.m.

Eisenhauer told the deputy that she wasn't driving, but the deputy said he saw her. Her license was checked, and after questioning, she admitted it had been suspended. She was charged with aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, deputies said.

She also was charged with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance after she turned over a prescription narcotic pill she was carrying in her front pocket, deputies reported.

She was taken from the parking lot into the jail, where she was ordered held in lieu of $500 bail.


Heroin dealer admitted to drug treatment program

LOCKPORT -- Heroin dealer Juan J. Martinez pleaded guilty Thursday in Niagara County Court and was admitted to the judicial diversion program of court-supervised drug treatment.

Martinez, 34, of Cleveland Avenue, Niagara Falls, admitted to third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance for a May 5, 2011, drug deal with a police informant in the Falls.

If he succeeds in diversion, he will receive probation.