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Arson charge

Niagara Regional Police arrested and charged a 51 year old Welland man with arson Sunday.

Police said Welland Fire and Emergency Services responded to a shed fire on Lincoln St., which was quickly extinguished. There was minimal damage to the shed.
 
It was determined the fire had been deliberately set, and with the help of witnesses, police arrested and charged Richard Andonian with break and enter and commit arson.

Transport truck loses load

Niagara Regional Police and Niagara EMS paramedics responded to the Peace Bridge Saturday afternoon for the report of a transport truck that lost its load.

Police said the incident took place at 11 p.m. and that the transport truck was carrying a load of roofing shingles and travelling toward the U.S. when the driver lost control and struck a cement retaining barrier. 

The load of shingles spilled from the truck to the roadway. 
 
Significant damage was caused to the truck, retaining barrier, road signage and the load of shingles, police said
 
The 37 year old driver was assessed at the scene by EMS and released. He was not injured. 
 

Police investigate street fight

Niagara Regional Police arrested a man believed to be armed with a knife after a brief foot chase in downtown St. Catharines Saturday.

Police said they were called to the area of Church and Queenston Sts. for the report of a fight with one party said to be brandishing a knife. 

“One individual male was quickly identified by responding officers as being the cause of the fight, who fled on foot as officers arrived at the scene.  After a brief foot chase, the male was arrested without further incident,” police said in a release.
 
Two of the people involved in the right, one being the arrested male, suffered minor injuries and were treated at St Catharines hospital and later released.

Charged with one count of assault with a weapon was James Lippert, 31, of St. Catharines. He was later released on an officer in charge undertaking with a future court date.

Man found in medical distress

Niagara Regional Police Emergency Task Unit members were were called out to help uniform officers in Thorold Saturday night for the report of a male armed with a rifle.

Officers were directed to a residence where the male with the rifle was last seen, and in the interest of the safety of all those involved, officers set up containment on the residence with the assistance of the emergency task unit.

“As the investigation unfolded, the level of criminality associated with this incident diminished; however, there were concerns for the welfare of the occupant of the residence. As a result, members of the emergency task unit entered the residence where they located a male who was found to be in medical distress. The male was subsequently transported to hospital for treatment,” police said in the release.

As a result of further investigation, detectives were able to determine that the weapon was in fact a pellet gun and that there was no criminality involved in the matter. 

During the course of the incident, several streets in and around the vicinity of the investigation were cordoned off in the interest of public safety. 

“Police would like to thank residents in the area for their patience while this matter was brought to a resolution.”

Robbery at hotel

Niagara Regional Police are looking for information in relation to a robbery at a motel on Lundy’s Lane in Niagara Falls Friday night.

Police responded at 7:35 p.m. and said information was received that two males and a female attended a room at the motel, knowing who the occupant was. The victim was then assaulted and several items were stolen.
 
Detectives are requesting anyone with information call 905-735-7811 ext. 2200.

Operation Sidewalk Sweep

Niagara Regional Police Special Enforcement Unit members conducted Operation Sidewalk Swee in the downtown core of St. Catharines Thursday.
 
“The initiative included the use of uniform officers, on service-issued bicycles, enforcing the Highway Traffic Act and St. Catharines’ by-laws, as it pertains to modifications to power assisted bicycles (commonly known as e-bikes) and cyclists on sidewalks,” police said in a release.
 
Police said they received and continued to address complaints from downtown merchants regarding the safety of customers and public when exiting the stores on St. Paul Street.

“It is not uncommon for a pedestrian to be struck and at times injured by a cyclist on the sidewalk,” police said.
 
A total of 15 Provincial Offences notices were issued, and in addition several more were educated regarding responsible cycling and proper safety equipment .
 
“Police would like to remind the public that when cycling to use the roadway and not the sidewalk when riding. Cyclists are subject to the same rules and penalties as that of a motorist.”