Park gazebo becomes literal hangout for teens
Monday, Jan. 9
• A resident of Travers Boulevard reported that her downstairs neighbor had been taking her mail. She told officers she “just caught the neighbor putting the mail back into the mailbox.”
• On Pino Verde Lane, a resident reported that her wallet was stolen from her vehicle while it was parked in the driveway overnight. The woman said the wallet contained credit cards and cash and the vehicle may have been left unlocked at the time of the incident.
• A motorist reported that a Christmas tree was obstructing the right lane of Interstate 290 near the Millersport Highway overpass.
Tuesday, Jan. 10
• A resident of Roycroft Boulevard reported waking up to find an unknown man in her home. She told officers the man ran out through the back door and fled the property when he saw her. The woman said the man was wearing a knit hat and windbreaker.
• An employee of a Niagara Falls Boulevard beauty supply business reported that two men in their 30s stole cologne from the store. The employee told police the business has surveillance video footage of the men stealing the items.
• On South Union Road, a resident reported that several items were stolen from his locked vehicle overnight. He said the incident may have occurred between 3 and 4 a.m. Among the items reported missing were a DVD/CD player and $600 worth of bowling equipment.
Wednesday, Jan. 11
• On Tonawanda Creek Road, a resident reported that a neighbor was igniting bottle rocket-style fireworks. Police responded to the scene, but the area was quiet upon their arrival, and officers were unable to locate where the fireworks were being used.
• Police responded to Washington Highway where a resident reported that an unknown person inserted a playing card into the door jam of his two vehicles. The resident told police he was concerned by the incident because of recent burglaries that occurred in the neighborhood.
• A resident of Willow Lane reported that an unknown person threw eggs at her house and then fled the area in a small sedan.
Thursday, Jan. 12
• A resident of Pinetree Court reported that an unknown person cut the wires of her outdoor Christmas lights while she was out of town. She told police it appeared as if a person may have used a ladder to gain access to her balcony and cut the wires.
• Police responded to the South Long Street baseball field where it was reported that two teenagers were “hanging from the rafters in the gazebo.” The youths had fled the scene prior to the arrival of police.
• A motorist reported that a vehicle might be stuck in the center median ditch on the southbound side of Millersport Highway near the entrance to Interstate 990. The motorist reported observing headlights in the median. Police responded to the area but were unable to locate the possible stranded driver. Officers said the light seen by the passing motorist might have been a reflection from the median’s traffic cones.
Friday, Jan. 13
• Two juvenile females were arrested for shoplifting from a Niagara Falls Boulevard business.
• Police responded to Old Lyme Drive where a woman said her neighbor set off the smoke detector in the hallway of the apartment building. She said the neighbor was then able to quickly shut off the detector. The woman told officers she was “afraid her neighbor is jeopardizing her safety” by playing with the smoke detector.
• An adult male was arrested for shoplifting at a Sheridan Drive department store. The man was reportedly agitated after being caught by store security. Officers arrived and transported the man to police headquarters for arrest processing.
Saturday, Jan. 14
• A resident of Little Robin Road reported that a person sitting in a dark-colored truck was playing music too loudly. The resident said the truck was parked in the street near her home.
• An employee of a Flint Road hotel reported that approximately 10 people were fighting in one of the rooms. The employee said all of the people were intoxicated, and he asked police to assist in removing them from the premises.
• A resident of Brenon Road reported that a neighbor was igniting fireworks.
(Editor’s note: The Bee’s police blotter is a sampling of unusual calls received by the Police Department. It is not intended to be a complete record of all incidents reported.)