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March 29, 2013


Lockport Union-Sun & Journal

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — City of Lockport

ASSAULT: Gregory A. Towne, 41, 6035 South Transit Road, Lot 65 was charged Thursday with resisting arrest, second-degree obstruction of governmental administration, third-degree assault and second-degree harassment. The police investigated a physical domestic incident on Davison Road at 3 a.m. and found the victim outside with blood covering his face. According to the report, Gregory Towne was highly intoxicated and struck the victim repeatedly in the face until the victim passed out. The victim was treated on the scene by rescue. Gregory Towne, who reportedly weighs 300 pounds, refused to be handcuffed and threatened the officers. He pulled away from the police who deployed a taser but the suspect continued to struggle. During the booking process the suspect was combative and police were unable to fingerprint him. 

CHARGED: Beth A. Gardner, 31, 164 McKinley Parkway, Buffalo was charged with criminal possession of hypodermic needles Thursday. Gardner was arrested at 2 a.m. on South Transit in Lockport. According to the report, Gardner was stopped for a traffic infraction and did not have a license. The police located four hypodermic needles in Gardner’s purse. 

GRAND LARCENY: Peter R. Cassenti, 37, 6554 Lincoln Place, Apt. G was charged with third-degree grand larceny Wednesday. On Feb. 8 patrol was dispatched to the report of a larceny of two large ducts valued at $2,500 on Davison Road. Cassenti was identified through video footage and he was located at a traffic stop on West Avenue. He was arrested without incident. 


DWI: Benedict L. Cirino Jr. 28, 9 Floreis Court, Cheektowaga was charged with driving while intoxicated, moving from lane unsafely and an equipment violation Thursday. Patrol noticed Cirino’s eyes were glassy and his speech, slurred. He failed field sobriety tests. His blood alcohol content was 0.16 percent. At the time of arrest, According to the report, Cirino had a vehicle attached to his tow truck that he reported was repossessed earlier in the morning. However, the Niagara County Sheriff’s Office had no record of a repossession in the Town of Newfane or Wilson, and the proper repossession order could not be produced. The tow truck and vehicle attached are being held until verification of proper paperwork can be made.

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BURGLARY: A North Canal Road business reported Thursday that the back garage door had been forced open and a plasma cutter and welder had been taken. It appeared the suspect came over a chain link fence, forced open the door, and took the items from Strate Welding. The door had been damaged and a padlock had been cut off the door. The items stolen were valued at $2,875.


DWI: David N. Baier, 53, 7819 Mill Road, Gasport was charged with driving while intoxicated Tuesday. The sheriff’s patrol was dispatched to a motorcycle accident on Bunker Hill Road and Gasport Road. According to the report, Baier was conscious but did not seem coherent. He sustained a fractured left leg and complained of pain in his left shoulder. Wolcottsville Fire Company responded to the scene. patrol noticed there was an odor alcoholic beverage coming from Baier.  Due to Baier’s condition, the patrol was unable to perform field sobriety tests on scene. Wolcottsville Fire Co. transported Baier to ECMC for further treatment. At ECMC, Baier was notified he was under arrest for DWI. He refused to submit to a chemical test to determine the alcohol content of his blood. 


DWI: Matthew Clayton Pierce, 26, 385 Willow St. Apt. 3, Lockport was charged with driving while intoxicated Tuesday. The sheriff’s patrol was called for a suspicious vehicle parked in the roadway on Donner Road, According to the report, Pierce was sitting in the driver’s seat with a large green balloon in his hands and to his mouth. Pierce said he stopped there to do “whip its.” According to the report, he had filled up the balloon with nitrous to inhale it. He told patrol he had just come from Video Pix where he had just purchased some adult novelty toys. Pierce had the odor of an alcoholic beverage, slurred speech, glossy bloodshot eyes and impaired motor coordination. He failed field sobriety tests and gave tested positive for the presence of alcohol. The patrol confiscated the remaining “whip it” cartridges for evidence. Pierce registered a blood alcohol content of 0.12 percent. He was also issued a ticket for parking on a roadway.