Lockport police charged a youth who is accused of displaying a handgun in his waistband to threaten someone in a fight at 6 p.m. on Washburn Street.
Fernando J. Martinez, 17, of Washburn Street was charged with second-degree menacing. Officers said they had observed several people about to engage in a fight and Martinez was identified as the man with a weapon.
Martinez was taken to the ground by police and handcuffed at gunpoint. No weapon was found, but witnesses said he wrapped the gun in a sweatshirt and placed it on his porch.
Christopher J. Martinez, 19, also of Washburn Street, was charged with obstructing governmental administration and tampering with evidence for allegedly taking the sweatshirt-wrapped gun from the porch and putting it in the house, where the gun, a black BB caliber gun, was found by police.
• A North Tonawanda man, already on probation for an Amherst burglary, pleaded guilty in Niagara County Court to a burglary at a Lockport business.
Thomas G. Seeger III, 34, of Klaum Avenue, was scheduled for sentencing Jan. 16 by County Judge Sara Sheldon Farkas on a reduced charge of attempted third-degree burglary.
He will have to pay $2,500 restitution to the owners of the Office Max-Dollar Tree Plaza on South Transit Road in Lockport, where Seeger stole an electrical box containing copper plates and tried to cut copper water pipe from a vacant store Sept. 22, 2011.
Deputy District Attorney Doreen M. Hoffmann said Seeger could be indicted soon in connection with a house burglary in Niagara Falls. Seeger was placed on five years’ probation Oct. 4 in the Amherst case.
Two Monroe County men have been indicted in connection with a cocaine possession arrest May 11 in Niagara Falls.
Ra’Kuann S. Simpson, 21, of Rochester, was arraigned Wednesday in Niagara County Court and pleaded not guilty to two counts of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. County Judge Sara Sheldon Farkas allowed him to remain free on $2,500 bail.
Also named in the indictment but not yet arraigned is Daquan S. Johnson, 19, of Greece.
• Witnesses alerted Lockport city police to a man breaking into cars on Prospect and Green streets just after 1 a.m.
Police stopped a man who matched the suspect’s description who came running out of a driveway in the 300 block of Prospect Street.
Jared R. Person, 17, of Monroe Street was charged with fourth-degree grand larceny and criminal possession of stolen property. Police said they found a tan wallet and pink purse laying next to the suspect when he was arrested. Person was identified by the caller who told police that the purse and wallet belonged to his daughter.
• A rear door was forced open and tools and lawn mowers were stolen from a home in the 2200 block of Welch Avenue in Niagara Falls.
The homeowner told police that sometime between 7 and 8:30 p.m. two lawn mowers, two rakes, a shovel, tool box and two pair of Timberland boots were taken from his home. He said a bottle of Pine Sol was dumped on the floor and stairs. Total loss and damage was $1,115.
The victim said the burglary happened while he was away at a Bible study class.
Police checked the area for anyone pushing a lawn mower but were unable to locate any suspects.
A 50-year-old Ontario man police identified as a self-employed optometrist was charged with second-degree harassment in connection with an incident involving a 14-year-old boy, Niagara Falls police said.
The suspect, Robert Gole, told police the boy had harassed his son earlier in the day at the hotel, hitting him with a hockey stick and refusing to allow him to go where he needed to, according to a police report. The man later confronted the boy, holding his hands behind his back as he walked him to the hotel lobby and demanded that his parents be called.
The boy, a Pittsburgh resident, was not injured in the incident, but Gole was still arrested, in part based on statements made by a witness to the incident, police said.
• Drywall was ripped out and appliances stolen over the weekend from a lower apartment in the 500 block of Third Street, Niagara Falls police said.
The owner told police he found holes in the drywall, a mirror broken and refrigerator and a stove stolen. The loss was estimated at $5,150. Police are investigating suspicions that an evicted tenant is responsible.
• A second-floor apartment on Mackenna Avenue in Niagara Falls was burglarized while the female occupant was out, police said.
Entry was believed to have been gained through a window, sometime between 4 and 11:30 p.m. The victim found items strewn about her bedroom but said that the only things missing were three old cellphones valued at about $200.
A Niagara Falls man was assaulted by a man wielding a table leg during a fight at a party at 18th Street and Pine Avenue over the weekend, police said.
Police said the victim, who was questioned Sunday in Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center, described the attacker as a man in his 40s, who hit him several times on the left arm.
• An aluminum garage door valued at about $450 was stolen from a 10th Street property sometime within the past two weeks, police said Sunday.
A caretaker for the property discovered the theft Saturday afternoon. A neighbor told police she saw a local man take the door about two weeks ago.
• A Niagara Falls man told police that he was knocked to the ground and robbed just outside his home in the 600 block of Ninth Street at 4 a.m.
The victim told police that an unknown number of suspects attacked him, struck him in the back of the head, causing him to fall on the ground. He said they stomped on his right hand and kicked him in the ribs. Stolen was a wallet with $250 and keys.
Police said the victim was highly intoxicated and unable to give any descriptions of his attackers.
A concrete brick was used to smash the windshield of a car in the lot of a Main Street automotive shop Monday night, Niagara Falls police said. The owner of Steve’s Automotive told police the state inspection sticker of the 2001 Chrysler Sebring also was stolen.