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November 27, 2013

Police reports published Nov. 26, 201

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Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — NT men caught with marijuana

Two North Tonawanda men are facing marijuana possession charges after a traffic stop in Pendleton over the weekend.

The Niagara County Sheriff’s Office said Matthew G. Myers, 20, 112 East Felton St., and Luke K. Zacher, 20, 183 Rumbold Ave., were charged Saturday with unlawful possession of marijuana.

A Niagara County Sheriff’s deputy initiated a traffic stop on a speeding vehicle on Tonawanda Creek Road. While speaking with the driver and passenger, the deputy detected a marijuana odor emanating from the vehicle. A search of the vehicle led to the discovery of a container with marijuana, the arrest report said.

Myers and Zacher both were given tickets to appear Dec. 4 in Pendleton Town Court.

City of Lockport

LARCENY: A Lincoln Avenue homeowner reported Saturday that two large copper spouts were removed form the home some time within the past month. The loss estimate is $1,100, according to Lockport Police Department.

Town of Lockport

HARASSMENT: Brandon K. Hoffman, 20, of Lockport, was charged with second-degree harassment Sunday. Hoffman was given an appearance ticket by New York State Police.


DWI: Julie A. Austin, 55, 2596 Coomer Road, was charged with aggravated driving while intoxicated and felony DWI about 7 p.m. Sunday. A Niagara County Sheriff’s deputy reported Austin’s vehicle was traveling north on Coomer Road when it veered off the road and stopped in a ditch. Austin was not injured but was trapped in the vehicle as the doors would not open. She eventually crawled out of the vehicle and spoke with the deputy, who determined Austin was intoxicated. Later testing showed Austin’s blood alcohol content was 0.28 percent, the sheriff’s office said. The felony DWI charge was filed because Austin was convicted of DWI previously, in 2007, the sheriff’s office said. Austin was held at the county jail on $750 bail pending arraignment Tuesday in Newfane Town Court.

DWI: Charles R. Hawk, 52, 5771 W. Main St., Olcott, was charged with aggravated driving while intoxicated, DWI, leaving the scene of an accident and second-degree criminal contempt about 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Hawk’s vehicle hit two mailboxes in the 1900 block of West Creek Road, then hit a fence on the other side of the roadway and left the scene, according to the Niagara County Sheriff’s Office. While a deputy investigated the accident, an Olcott woman contacted the office and said she had let Hawk borrow her vehicle, which he returned damaged. Hawk told the deputy that he lost control of the vehicle while trying to avoid hitting a deer, but the deputy determined that Hawk was intoxicated. Later testing showed Hawk’s blood alcohol content to be 0.26 percent, the sheriff’s office said. Hawk was held at the county jail on $250 bail pending arraignment Tuesday in Newfane Town Court. The contempt charge stems from the existence of a court order barring Hawk from consuming alcohol, the sheriff’s office said.


POSSESSION: Dustin T. Peace, 24, 23 Evans St., Lockport, was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance, criminal possession of a narcotic drug with intent to sell and vehicle-and-traffic violations at 5:35 p.m. Saturday. Peace reportedly was seen driving recklessly and was pulled over in the 5200 block of Lockport Road. A search of the vehicle by a Niagara County Sheriff’s deputy yielded pills and a white rock-like substance that field-tested positive as cocaine. The size of the rock wasn’t reported by the Sheriff’s Office, but the value was estimated to be $1,200. Peace was arraigned in Pendleton Town Court and was ordered held at the county jail on $10,000 bail, pending a return court appearance Wednesday.


DWI: Timothy M. Brien, 45, 6396 Green Valley Lane, Lockport, was charged Monday with driving while intoxicated, aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and failure to stop for a stop sign. The Niagara County Sheriff’s Office reported Brien ran a stop sign at the Bunker Hill and Akron roads intersection and hit a guardrail. Brien said he was on his way to pick up his daughter at daycare and did not see the stop sign. A deputy determined Brien was drunk, as his blood alcohol content was a reported .16 percent. He was not injured in the crash.