15 October 2020
 
NEW YORK STATE POLICE 
Major James M. Hall
Troop A Commander


  
 

PRESS RELEASE
 

On September 07, 2020, Troopers out of SP Niagara arrested Robert W. Lansberry, 31 of Niagara Falls, NY for Criminal Possession of Controlled Substance 5th degree (D Felony) and Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 7th degree.

On October 14, 2020, Troopers out of SP Niagara arrested Michael J. Paonessa, 30 of Niagara Falls, NY for Criminal Possession of Controlled Substance 5th degree (D Felony), Fleeing Officer in a Motor Vehicle 3rd degree, Aggravated Unlicensed Operator 3rd degree and numerous vehicle and traffic tickets.

 
On September 7, 2020, Troopers attempted to stop Paonessa while operating a 2004 Jaguar on Niagara Falls Blvd in the town of Niagara for traffic infractions.  Paonessa refused to pull over and a pursuit ensued. After a short pursuit, Paonessa and Lansberry exited the vehicle and ran on foot.  Lansberry was located and arrested.  The vehicle inventory revealed cocaine and other items in the vehicle. Paonessa was identified and later arrested for operating the vehicle.

Both were issued appearance tickets returnable to the town of Niagara Court in October 2020.

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