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Saturday, February 18, 2012

[NY] Niagara Falls Police Lt. Kinney trial for domestic charges set for April 2nd

The Buffalo News
A trial date of April 2 was set Tuesday for a suspended Niagara Falls police lieutenant who faces domestic violence misdemeanors. State Supreme Court Justice Richard C. Kloch Sr. also set a March 20 pretrial appearance for Lt. David W. Kinney, 45, who was suspended from the force following his Oct. 5 arrest. Kinney is charged with two counts of second-degree criminal trespass and one count of third-degree menacing, stemming from purported incidents at his girlfriend’s Niagara Falls home July 23 and Aug. 9. Another man allegedly was present on the latter occasion, leading to the menacing charge. [LINK]


Niagara Gazette
By Rick Pfeiffer
October 6, 2011
[Excerpts] A Niagara Falls Police lieutenant has been arraigned on domestic violence-related charges. Lt. Dave Kinney, a 16-year veteran of the force was arraigned in State Supreme Court on Wednesday on a Niagara County grand jury indictment that charges him with two counts of third-degree criminal trespass and one count of third-degree menacing. Kinney pleaded not guilty to the charges, all misdemeanors, and was released on his own recognizance... Falls Police Superintendent John Chella said Kinney was placed on paid administrative leave on Aug. 10, when the “allegations against him first surfaced”... DA [district attorney] Michael Violante declined to discuss the specifics of the case against Kinney... Chella also said he knew “very little” about the specifics of Kinney’s case. After his arraignment, Kinney was moved from administrative leave to suspension...It’s the third time in less than a year that a Falls police officer has been charged in a domestic violence-related incident. In December, Officer Mark Feldhousen, a 38-year veteran of the force, was arrested on a felony assault charge. He was later convicted on a misdemeanor assault charge, after a jury trial, and sentenced to three years probation in June. In May, Officer Henry Walerowicz, a three-year veteran, was arrested by City of Tonawanda police on a misdemeanor assault charge. That case is still pending in Erie County Court... “Although (Kinney) is only accused, not convicted (of any charges), it does distract from the great work the men and women of the Niagara Falls Police Department are doing.” [Full article here]

Niagara Falls Reporter
Oct. 11, 2011
[Excerpts] That there is a serious morale problem in the Niagara Falls Police Department is inarguable. On the heels of former patrolman Ryan Warme's guilty plea to charges of drug dealing, witness intimidation and sex crimes, no fewer than three city police officers have been charged with domestic violence counts over the past 10 months. NFPD Lt. Dave Kinney, eldest son of Department of Public Works Director Dave Kinney, last week joined Mark Feldhausen and Henry Walerowicz on the list of city police officers arrested....Police Chief John Chella told reporters he knew "very little" about the Kinney case. He must be the only one then, because the streets have been buzzing with the story since the end of July. It's an ugly story, and perhaps the ugliest part of it is the special treatment Kinney received because his father is a top appointee of the Dyster administration...  [Full article here]
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