Drugs, guns seized in raid; two Falls men arrested
NIAGARA FALLS – City police drug investigators and the city's Emergency Response Team raided a home at 621 24th St. at 11 p.m. Monday and found narcotics and cocaine, as well as two 12-gauge shotguns and a .22-caliber rifle. Two of the guns were loaded.
Two residents of the house, Daniel L. Pelfrey, 37, and Anthony J. Pettitt, 29, were both charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance and with possession with intent to sell.
Police said they found 5 grams of crack cocaine and additional powdered cocaine, as well various narcotics, including the painkiller Opana and the powdered form of Ecstasy.
Narcotics Detective Lt. Bryan DalPorto said the 24th Street home was a hot spot that police had been investigating for the past six months after getting complaints from neighbors.
"It is unusual," DalPorto said of Monday's seizure of the powdered Ecstasy. "We used to see a lot of it three or four years ago, but it hasn't been around recently. Hopefully, this is not a trend." The investigation was led by Narcotics Detective Steven Reed.
Bomb maker to undergo more psychiatric treatment
LOCKPORT – Mentally ill bomb maker Thomas P. Jamieson, whose hobby of making Molotov cocktails caused his Niagara Falls neighborhood to be evacuated as police arrested him April 17, will undergo further mental health treatment during a period of interim probation, his attorney said Tuesday in Niagara County Court.
Assistant Public Defender Michael E. Benedict said Jamieson, 25, had been in the mental health unit of Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center for several weeks until his condition could be stabilized. Benedict said Jamieson is to be placed in Buffalo Psychiatric Center for further treatment.
County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III placed Jamieson on six months of interim probation pending a final sentence for his guilty plea to a reduced charge of attempted third-degree criminal possession of a weapon. Police seized more than a dozen bottles of flammable liquid wrapped in cloth with wicks on top when they entered Jamieson's Falls Street home. Jamieson told officers that making bombs was his hobby and that he bought jet fuel and gunpowder as ingredients.
23-count indictment involves sex with girl, 14
LOCKPORT – A Lockport man accused of having sex with a 14-year-old girl and hiding her in a closet as police looked for her was arraigned on a 23-count indictment Tuesday in Niagara County Court.
Jarad R. Matsulavage, 19, of Robinson Road, pleaded not guilty to assorted counts of second-degree kidnapping, second-degree rape, second-degree criminal sexual act and disseminating indecent material to a minor.
Assistant District Attorney Elizabeth R. Donatello said the girl was found in the closet at about 4:30 a.m. Oct. 11, as police searched the apartment for about an hour in response to a tip that the girl, who had been reported as a missing person, might be there. Donatello said the girl was not forced to hide and the kidnapping charge, like the rape charge, stems only from her age. The indecent material charge covers alleged text messages from Matsulavage to the girl, Donatello said. Matsulavage is being held in lieu of $50,000 bail.
Two men plead guilty to separate drug felonies
LOCKPORT – Two City of Lockport men pleaded guilty to drug felonies in separate cases Tuesday before Niagara County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III. Both face a maximum of 2 1/2 years in prison when they are sentenced Jan. 15.
Jeffery R. Thomas, 48, of Webb Street, admitted to second-degree criminal possession of marijuana. Assistant District Attorney Peter M. Wydysh said the county Drug Task Force raided Thomas' former home on Youngstown-Lockport Road in Porter on Aug. 15 and found he had been growing marijuana outdoors. They seized 12.57 pounds of the drug.
Kurtis R. Washington, 22, of Cottage Street, pleaded guilty to fifth-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance. He sold crack cocaine to a police informant Dec. 5 on Elmwood Avenue in Lockport. Washington already is serving a state prison sentence for another drug conviction, but he is due for release Jan. 24, Murphy said.
‘Shock incarceration' urged after crack cocaine sentence
LOCKPORT – A Buffalo man who was caught with crack cocaine in North Tonawanda on March 3 was sentenced Monday to a year in state prison.
However, Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon Farkas recommended Kenneth Z. Jackson be assigned to the "shock incarceration" program, which could lead to parole in six months. Jackson, 29, pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of attempted criminal possession of a controlled substance.