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Lancaster Police Blotter for the week of Sunday, Jan. 6

BY: Jennifer Lysiak, Lancaster Editor | January 03, 2013


Leaving Scene of Property Damage Only Accident

A Cheektowaga resident reported a hit and run which occurred sometime before 11:30 a.m. while in the parking lot of Walmart, 4975 Transit Road.

The resident stated she parked next to a white vehicle, unknown make or model, and when she returned to her vehicle, she noticed the rear driverís side bumper damaged from a vehicle that had left the area without reporting the incident.

Patrol noticed white paint transfer apparent on the bumper of the residentís vehicle, causing minor damage. There was no suspect vehicle at the time of report.

Dec. 20

Unlawful Possession of Marijuana

At 6:08 p.m., patrol observed a gray Dodge Ram Pickup parked behind the Valu plaza, 4875 Transit Road, where the driver appeared to be smoking a marijuana cigarette.

During a conversation with the operator, Michael Pytlak, 49, of Lancaster, the strong odor of marijuana was immediately noticeable. Pytlak admitted to smoking a marijuana cigarette and turned in over to patrol. Pytlak was issued an appearance ticket for unlawful possession of marijuana and is scheduled to appear in town court Jan. 15.

Petit Larceny

At 8:45 p.m., the loss prevention officer at Kohlís Department Store, 4835 Transit Road, observed the subject, Donna A. Kinney, 53, of Lancaster, place clothing into her purse and attempt to leave the store without paying for the items. Kinney was detained and admitted to the larceny.

Kinney was taken into custody and charged with petit larceny. The total of property attempted to be stolen was listed at $190.60.

Dec. 23

Driving While Intoxicated

Patrols were dispatched at 1:23 a.m. to an attempt to locate for the subjectís vehicle which had just left a residence on Home Road with the driver in an intoxicated condition.

Patrol was traveling east on Broadway and passed the subjectís vehicle which was west near the Olive Tree Restaurant. Patrol paced the subjectís vehicle west on Broadway and observed the vehicle leave its lane on several occasions. Patrol initiated a traffic stop west of Transit Road.

When patrol approached the vehicle, patrol observed the subject, Joseph Baker III, 33, of Lancaster, had displayed obvious signs of intoxication.

Patrol had Baker perform several field sobriety tests and Baker was subsequently placed under arrest and transported to the station. He submitted to a breathalyzer test with a result of .11 percent BAC.

Baker was charged with failure to use designated lane, DWI, and operation of a motor vehicle with .08 of one or more alcohol in blood.

Dec. 24

Driving While Intoxicated

Patrol was traveling at 5:08 a.m. north on Harris Hill Road and stopped for the red signal intersection of Genesee Street and Harris Hill Road. Patrol observed a 2006 Infiniti traveling east on Genesee Street and turn north onto Harris Hill Road into the southbound turning lane.

The vehicle continued north at a high rate of speed, straddling the double yellow line, and traveling in both the north and southbound lanes. Patrol immediately followed the vehicle and continued to observe. The vehicle continued north on Harris Hill Road and swerved over the fog line on three occasions.

Patrol activated emergency lights and attempted a traffic stop. The vehicle continued on the road and did not slow or attempt to stop. Patrol then activated the siren and the subjectís vehicle slowed but continued on the road, passing the vehicle in front of it that had pulled to the shoulder of the road and stopped for the lights and siren.

After passing the vehicle that had stopped, the subjectís vehicle pulled to the shoulder of the road and stilled continued north on Harris Hill Road. The vehicle finally stopped approximately 150 feet from Wehrle Drive.

Patrol made contact with the subject, Peter J. Mantzanis, 26, of Clarence, and immediately noticed several signs of intoxication. Patrol asked Mantzanis for his driverís license, vehicle registration, and insurance form. While attempting to locate his driverís license from his wallet, Mantzanis passed by it several times and dropped other cards/papers on the floor of the vehicle and in between the seat and center console.

After securing his license, patrol again requested other documents at which time Mantzanis appeared to become angry and frustrated at that time. Mantzanis continued to search for the documents and later handed patrol a temporary inspection sticker and the insurance form.

While seated in the vehicle patrol requested Mantzanis to conduct sobriety tests, which consisted of the alphabet and finger count test, both of which he failed. Mantzanis was then asked to exit the vehicle to perform additional sobriety tests. Mantzanis continued to yell at patrol and questioned the reason for being stopped. Patrol administered additional tests to Mantzanis, which he failed.

Mantzanis was taken into custody and transported to the police station where he refused a breath test. He was charged with illegal signal-from parked position, DWI, and moving from lane unsafely.

Petit Larceny

A Sherborne Avenue stated an unknown person (s) took an iPod Nano from his vehicle, which was parked in his driveway unlocked between midnight and noon on this date. There was no usable evidence at the scene. The total of property stolen was listed at $150.

Dec. 27

Driving While Intoxicated

Patrol responded at 7:33 p.m. to the south end of Lake Avenue in the town for a report of a motor vehicle accident with the motor vehicle hitting a guard rail and going into a field.

Patrol arrived on scene and observed one set of footprints in the snow leaving the vehicle going into the wooded area at the end of Lake Avenue. The patrol officer located the subject, Francis D. Deubell, 47, of Elma, in the woods and began to walk him back to his vehicle. When patrol made contact with Deubell noticed he had a smell of an alcoholic beverage coming from his breath.

He was also very unsteady on his feet and had glassy blood shot eyes and slurred speech. When Deubell was at his vehicle, patrol advised he was under arrest and was going to be taken into custody.

Deubell refused to put his hands behind his back and kept putting them under himself on the hood of his car. All patrols on scene had to take his arms and pull them behind his back to take him into custody.

At the station, Deubell was given a few field sobriety tests which he failed and he agreed to take a breath test with results of .09 percent BAC. Deubell was charged with resisting arrest, DWI, operation of a motor vehicle with .08 of one percent or more alcohol in blood, and moving from lane unsafely.

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