Niagara Regional Police roundup

Stolen credit card used

Niagara Regional Police are seeking two suspects accused of using a stolen credit card five times in Niagara Falls in mid-February.

Police said sometime overnight between February 16 and February 17, unknown suspects broke into a vehicle parked at a residence on Highway 3 in Port Colborne. A number of personal items were stolen, including a credit card.

On February 17 between 1:37 am and 2:05 am, the credit card was used five times by two suspects, a male and a female.

Of note, police said, for both suspects is the recognizable footwear being worn.

Any person with information is asked to call detectives at 905-735-7811.

Female suspect sought

Niagara Regional Police are investigating a mid-February commercial break and enter that took place in the area of Burgar and Division Sts. in Welland.

Police said the break in took place some time overnight, and a female suspect was observed leaving in daylight with numerous items loaded on a hand cart with a red camping backpack, and green dufflebag.

The suspect is described a white female with long black or brown hair, thin build wearing an oversized green jacket, jeans and grey running shoes.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call is asked to call detectives at 905-735-7811 or CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).

Sexual assault charges laid

Two men were charged with sexual assault by Niagara Regional Police after an incident in Niagara Falls.

A release from police said a woman attended a Niagara Falls motel on Thursday, March 2 and was sexually assaulted by two men. The victim suffered non-life threatening injuries. One of the men was unknown to the victim.

On Friday, March 3, the victim contacted police to report the sexual assault and was able to give a description of the males.

Officers attended the area and were able to locate the males involved in the sexual assault leading to their arrest.

The sexual assault unit continued with the investigation and charged Craig Goss with administering noxious things, assault bodily harm, overcoming resistance to commission of offence, sexual assault, sexual assault-party to the offence, forcible confinement, and breach of probation.

Also charged was Jordan Kuchmistrz, who faces assault, sexual assault, sexual assault-party to the offence, forcible confinement, and breach of probation.

Both Goss and Kuchmistrz were held pending a bail hearing on Saturday, March 4, in St. Catharines.

Deadly drug Carfentanil found in Niagara

Niagara Regional Police Service and Niagara EMS are altering the public of an overdose death in Niagara involving the drug Carfentanil.

They say the death occurred in November 2016. No further details of the incident will be released out of respect for the deceased and their next of kin and medical privacy laws.

Carfentanil is an opioid that is 100 times more potent than fentanyl.

“This release is to make individuals aware that this deadly opioid has now made its way to Niagara.  This opioid is known to have been mixed with many other street drugs without the purchaser’s knowledge. We remind all residents that the most important thing you can do for any suspected overdose is call 911 immediately.  Paramedics are all trained to identify and treat symptoms of opioid overdose, and our advanced emergency medical dispatchers can provide lifesaving instructions over the phone until the paramedics arrive,” the release said.