Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — Lockport
• RECKLESS DRIVING: Hartzell E. Furniss, 43, 142 Grant St., was charged with third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation, third-degree unlawful fleeing, reckless driving, failure to yield to an emergency vehicle, unreasonable speed and two counts of failure to signal Thursday afternoon on Millar Place. A patrol officer, who’d been directed to find Furniss for an unspecified reason, observed Furniss’ vehicle pass by on High Street and speed up after the patrol car’s emergency lights were activated, the arrest report said. Furniss turned onto Waterman and drove the street at a high rate of speed, turned onto Millar Place without signaling the turn, and brought his vehicle to a stop further along Millar, the report said. According to records, Furniss’ driver’s license is suspended. Furniss is due in City Court on Monday.
• D.W.I.: Jason W. Clark, 31, 4241 Royalton Center Road, Gasport, was charged with driving while intoxicated and third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation early Friday on Vine Street. A patrolling sheriff’s deputy initiated a traffic stop after Clark’s oncoming vehicle veered into the patrol car’s path on East Avenue. The deputy determined that Clark showed signs of alcohol intoxication and also that Clark’s driver’s license is suspended, the arrest report said. An open container of beer was found inside Clark’s vehicle, and Clark later declined to submit to blood alcohol content testing, the report said. Clark was held on $250 bail ahead of arraignment Tuesday in City Court.
• POSSESSION: Antonio D. Cook, 22, 2308 Niagara St., Niagara Falls, was charged with fifth-degree criminal possession of marijuana and unlicensed operation Thursday outside the Niagara County Jail, Niagara Street Extension. A sheriff’s deputy initiated a traffic stop on Cook’s vehicle in the parking lot after a records check showed Cook’s vehicle registration is suspended. As the officer approached, Cook and a passenger exited the vehicle and the officer observed the passenger spraying himself and the inside of the vehicle with cologne. The deputy smelled the odor of burned marijuana in the vehicle and got Cook’s consent to search it, the report said. Inside the glove box the deputy found a plastic bag containing a quantity of suspected marijuana,, which Cook admitted belonged to him, the report said. Cook was held on $250 bail ahead of his arraignment Thursday in Town Court.
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• D.W.I.: Eric K. Koch, 48, of Bayview Station, Newfane, was charged with driving while intoxicated Thursday afternoon on North Canal Road. A state trooper initiated a traffic stop on Koch’s vehicle for alleged speeding and determined Koch showed signs of intoxication, the agency said. Koch was arraigned in Town Court and was ordered held on $250 bail pending his return to court on April 18.