THE CRIME NF: December 25th, 2019, Edition of the Niagara Reporter Newspaper

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-Niagara Falls Police responded to the Rainbow Bridge in the afternoon hours of Monday, December 16th, 2019, after being alerted that someone was trying to cross the bridge with two ounces of marijuana.

-Niagara Falls Police responded to the area of Main Street across from the Public Library in the early morning hours of Wednesday, December 18th, 2019, after a person possibly driving a Ford F350 took out a tree, signs, and a light pole. Police say the vehicle fled the scene but were able to recover parts of the vehicle and hope to identify it. 

-Niagara Falls Police responded to the laundromat on Main Street in the morning hours of Wednesday, December 18th, 2019, after reports of a robbery. According to witness accounts, a suspect took a wallet and other items before fleeing on foot. Police are continuing to investigate the incodent. 

-Niagara Falls Police responded to a second hit and run call in the morning hours of Wednesday, December 18th, 2019, after a car took out a light pole on the 400 block of 5th Street.

-Niagara Falls Police responded to Niagara Falls High School in the morning hours of Wednesday, December 18th, 2019, after police officials reported threats being made against the school. School District Superintendent Mark Laurrie says potential threats were to “shoot up the school.” According to police, the note said it would occur Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday. Upon further investigation, the juvenile(s) responsible for the threats were discovered. Police say they wanted “more time off” of school. 

-Niagara Falls Police responded to the 1700 block of Whitney Avenue in the afternoon hours of Thursday, December 19th, 2019, for a structure fire. This incident did not start off requiring the assistance of the NFPD. However, police were alerted once a witness stated that a person walked out of the building right before flames erupted from the home. Police are continuing to investigate the incident. 

-Michael Ciskiewic, who had previously been arrested and charged with kidnapping and rape related to a home invasion where he took a woman captive and held her hostage in his basement, pleaded guilty on Friday, December 20th, 2019, to predatory sexual assault. As a result of the conviction, Ciskiewic will serve 12 years to life in prison. 

-Niagara Falls Police responded to thhe Denny’s on Niagara Falls Boulevard in the early morning hours of Saturday, December 21st, 2019, after reports of nearly a dozen people fighting inside the restaurant. 

-Town of Niagara Police, assisted by multiple other law enforcement agenies, responded to Lockport Road between Military and Norman in the morning hours of Saturday, December 21st, 2019, after reports of a fatal hit and run. According to police, an individual walking along Lockport Road was hit and killed. The driver who hit the individual fled the scene. 

-Niagara Falls Police responded to the 1400 block of Pine Avenue after a disgruntled customer alleged the wife of a sub shop owner pointed a gun at her. As a result of the incident, Nicole E. Marino, 33, of Whitney Avenue, was charged with second-degree menacing following the incident. The customer told police that tensions began to rise after he complained that a cook was touching his head with han ungloved hand while preparing his order. The customer told police that the store owner became increasingly hostile and pushed him out the door while his wife pointed a shotgun at him. Police confirmed that they confiscated an unloaded shotgun inside of the shop. Police say that Marino said she used the shotgun out of fear because the customer kept a hand in his pocket, alluding to a knife or gun, while baiting her husband outside as if to fight him; or worse. Marino further stated that she kept the shotgun at her side and did not point it at anyone.

-Niagara Falls Police engaged in a vehicle chase in the morning hours of Monday, December 23rd, 2019. According to police, two individuals were arrested and are facing possession of stolen property charges after being caught. However, police say that a third person is still on the loose. Police receieved a tip that a vehicle stolen from Buffalo was in the vicinity of Tops on Portage Road. As police attempted to pull the vehicle over, the driver took off and Police followed the vehicle until it came to a stop around the 700 block of 13th Street. The driver exited the vehicle and fled the scene.  A New York State Trooper, with a K-9, assisted Niagara Falls Police to search a nearby building but the search turned up negative results. Two passengers were detained on scene and charges are pending.

 

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