Tonawanda News — TWIN CITIES
July 4 fireworks a tranquil affair for police
In the end, Independence Day revelers left the fireworks to the professionals.
Neither police agency in the Twin Cities logged an arrest during or immediately after Friday night’s fireworks display.
Police in the City of Tonawanda said this year they expected a larger-than-normal crowd at Niawanda Park due to the cancelation of the usual display at Riverside Park in Buffalo. The larger numbers never materialized despite picture perfect weather and the Fourth falling on a weekend night. Only one report of a fight was fielded during the evening and that situation resolved itself before officers arrived.
“Of the 13 years I’ve worked (the Fourth of July) this was the easiest,” Lt. Brian Scarpena said.
Similarly, North Tonawanda police reported no arrests at Gratwick Riverside Park or any of the other traditional viewing locations along the Niagara River.
DRUGS: Dina M. McMinders, 46, of Elgas Street, Buffalo, was charged at 9:14 p.m. Friday with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, second-degree possession of drug paraphernalia and unlawful possession of marijuana. Police stopped McMinders’ vehicle for running a red light at Main and Wheeler streets. She was found in possession of a suspected crack pipe. She is being held at the Erie County Holding Center in lieu of $7,500 bail.
DWI: Steven Meyer, 33, of Sheree Drive, Grand Island, was charged at 2:47 a.m. Saturday with DWI following a traffic stop in the 200 block of Main Street. Meyer refused a breath test and is being held at the Erie County Holding Center in lieu of $7,500 bail.
CONTEMPT: Katherine M. Cook, 40, of Oliver Street, was charged at 2:03 p.m. Saturday on a warrant for second-degree criminal contempt in the 200 block of Oliver Street. She was released on her own recognizance.