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Lancaster Police Blotter

BY: Jennifer Lysiak, Lancaster Editor | September 13, 2014

Petit Larceny

At 8:12 p.m., Aug. 28, patrol responded to Walmart for a shoplifting in progress. The complainant, Walmart security, reported that a white male wearing a black T-shirt and black shorts took a knife out of the packaging and placed it into his pocket.

The offender, Daniel P. Murray, 42, of Orchard Park, left the store without paying for the item. Patrol stopped Murray in the parking lot while he was walking toward his vehicle. The knife was located in the left front pocket of Murrays shorts.

Murray was charged with petit larceny.

Aggravated Unlicensed Operation

At 4:13 a.m., Aug. 29, patrol was on Freeman Drive and observed a vehicle enter the rear lot of Econolodge Inn and park. Patrol turned off headlights, entered the lot, and continued to observe the vehicle and occupants who were both learning toward the center console and appeared preoccupied with unknown, possible drug activity.

Patrol made contact with the offender Jamie J. Francis, 21, of Marilla. When questioned if they were guests of the hotel Francis said, no, but they were going to check in later.

A license check of Francis returned suspended as of May 27, 2-2014 for a total of three suspensions with two SCOFFS on one date for failure to pay drive responsibility assessment.

Francis was taken into custody, transported to the station, and charged with aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle

DWI

At 7:06 p.m., Aug. 30, patrol was dispatched to Aurora Street for a report of a dark colored pickup truck driving recklessly. The complainant reported the vehicle was driven by a male that was observed stopping in the roadway several times prior to pulling in the driveway of an Aurora Street address.

Patrol made contact with the subject, Donald K. McGuire, 54, of Lancaster, on the front porch. McGuire stated to patrol that he was driving his vehicle to the store to buy beer and returned home. He also stated he had an incident with a female driver on his way home of her tailgating him. McGuire said his last drink was prior to his departure to go buy more beer. Patrol observed McGuire having glassy eyes, slurred speech, poor motor skills, and the smell of an alcoholic beverage coming from his breath.

On the passengers side floor of his vehicle, patrol observed an 18-pack of Bug Light (unopened.) McGuire was asked to perform several field sobriety tests, resulting in a fail. The roadside PBT was issued, resulting in a .227 percent BAC.

McGuires record revealed a previous DWI on April 20, 2011 in the Town of Aurora. He was charged with DWI: previous conviction designated offense within 10 years and aggravated DWI.

DWI

At 10:17 p.m., Aug. 31, patrols were dispatched to the parking lot of Kwik Fill, 5835 Broadway. The complainant reported a disturbance in a vehicle. The complainant advised it appeared as if there was a domestic dispute occurring in the vehicle and a female ran from the vehicle with a male chasing her west on Broadway.

Upon arrival, patrol located the vehicle. The vehicle pulled away and attempted to exit the lot east on Broadway. Patrol initiated a traffic stop.

Patrol made contact with the offender Adam B. Kolpack, 31, of North Tonawanda, who displayed obvious signs of intoxication. He indicated he was going to North Tonawanda from Lockport and had gotten lost. Patrol was able to determine that a small argument had occurred among the occupants of the vehicle.

Patrol had Kolpack exit the vehicle and perform several field sobriety tests. Kolpack also submitted to a PBT with a result of .17 percent BAC. Patrol also noticed several open beer cans in the door pockets next to the driver seat. Kolpack was placed under arrest and transported to the station.

A query of Kolpacks license revealed he currently had two SCOFFS from the City of North Tonawanda Court for failure to answer.

He was charged with DWI, operating of unregistered motor vehicle on highway, drinking alcohol in motor vehicle on highway, and aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle.

Burglary

At 3:34 a.m., Sept. 2, patrol responded to a burglary in progress. The complainant stated he got up to use the bathroom, heard a noise, he went into the front garage hall, and noticed a person trying to exit the residence through a window.

The complainant recognized the person as Barry A. Bray, 49, of Lancaster, as he does odd jobs at the complainants residence. Patrol was able to locate Bray at a Harris Hill Road address.

Bray stated to patrol he was attempting to enter the house to retrieve a pack of cigarettes that he left at the complainants house. The complainant stated he did not have cigarettes at his house and wanted to press charges.

Bray was charged with burglary and criminal mischief property damage greater than $250.

DWI

At 3:45 a.m., Sept. 4, patrol was traveling south on Transit Road and observed a vehicle traveling east on Aero Drive and turn onto Transit Road at a high rate of speed, passing a red light at the corner.

The vehicle began traveling halfway and more over the white shoulder line on Transit Road as it continued south on Transit Road. Patrol initiated a traffic stop and made contact with the offender, Jordan J. Wolfson, 35, of Williamsville. Patrol noticed immediately Wolfson had a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage emitting from his breath. He also had glassy blood shot eyes, and slurred speech. Patrol performed several field sobriety tests and failed. He submitted to an Alco-Sensor roadside device with results of .22 percent BAC. He was placed into custody and transported to the station.

At the station, Wolfson refused the breath test. He was charged with DWI, failure to use designated lane, and a traffic device violation: passing red light.

Lancaster Police Blotter

BY: Jennifer Lysiak, Lancaster Editor | September 06, 2014

Petit Larceny

At 2:18 p.m., Aug. 22, patrol responded to Walmart, 4975 Transit Road, for a report of a shoplifter in custody. Patrol arrived and took custody of the offender, Troy D. Everett, 20, of Sheldon, N.Y., and transported him to the station.

The total of items attempted to be stolen as listed at $33.55. Everett was charged with petit larceny.

Scheme to Defraud

On Aug. 22, a Lancaster resident reported he was attempting to buy a 2002 Toyota off Craigslist for $1,480. He made contact with the subject who was selling the vehicle and was advised by the individual for financial safety of both parties, to do the transaction through eBay motors.

The resident purchased three green dot cards and placed $500 on two of them and then $480 on the third. The resident then emailed the card numbers to eBay motors and the money was allegedly sent to the subject.

Since sending the money the resident has not received the vehicle and has not been able to contact the subject despite numerous attempts.

Harassment

At 7:28 p.m., Aug. 22, patrol responded to a Lake Avenue address for a harassment complaint. Upon arrival, the complainant stated the defendant, Paul F. Staszak, 55, of Lancaster, for the past two to three hours has been yelling at him from his driveway and was waiving around a long stick in a threatening manner.

Staszak claims he was just playing music loud and singing to the music. The complainant stated that this is an ongoing issue with Staszak and he also has been caught walking through his yard and throwing things at the family dog. The complainant also stated Staszak goes through his garbage looking for scraps and other items, even after being told not too.

Staszak was taken into custody and transported to the station. He was charged with harassment. He was later released on an appearance ticket.

Petit Larceny

At 6:42 p.m., Aug. 23, patrol responded to Walmart, 4975 Transit Road, for a shoplifter in custody. The complainant who is a Walmart employee met patrol. The complainant stated she followed the subject, Tyler T. Hess, 19, of Cheektowaga, to the automotive department where he removed a Rustoleum marker and a light bar from its packaging and placed the items in his back pack.

Hess then cashed out several other items at the checkout and left the store. The complainant approached Hess as he exited the store and brought him back into the loss prevention office without incident.

Patrol searched Hess and located 15 3M slide connectors in the front left pocket of Hesss shorts. Hess was transported to the station and charged with petit larceny.

DWI

At 2:33 a.m., Aug. 24, patrol observed a 2014 Volkswagen traveling east on Anna Drive, fail to stop for the stop sign, and turn onto Harris Hill Road heading north. Patrol activated emergency lights and the vehicle continued to travel north for approximately mile before pulling over. As the vehicle pulled over, it nearly struck a mailbox.

Patrol approached the vehicle and the offender, Zachary A, Jividen, 21, of Clarence, was the sole occupant of the vehicle.

Patrol could immediately detect a very strong odor of an alcoholic beverage about him. Patrol also observed that Jividen was bleeding from his right hand. When asked about the injury, Jividen stated he jumped and fought with another male. Patrol also observed that the windshield was shattered on the passenger side. When asked about the damage Jividen stated, he was mad and upset and punched the windshield, causing the damage.

Jividen was asked to exit the vehicle and was observed to be very unsteady on his feet, swaying noticeably. Jividen submitted to several standard field sobriety tests, all of which he failed. He also submitted to a preliminary breath test with a positive reading of .18 percent BAC.

Jividen was placed under arrest and charged with DWI, failure to stop at a stop sign, and operation of a motor vehicle with .08 of one percent or more alcohol in blood.

Petit Larceny

At 3:33 p.m., Aug. 24, patrol responded to Walmart, 4975 Transit Road, for a report of an offender in custody for shoplifting. Patrol arrived on location and made contact with the asset protection officer who stated the offender, Juan Arriaga-Mendoza, 42, of Erie, Pa., attempted to depart the store without paying for a FM transmitter, worth $13.97.

After speaking with Arriaga-Mendoza it was learned he did not have legal status in the country. He was charged with petit larceny and turned over to a border patrol officer.

Driving with .10 percent BAC

At 6:08 p.m., Aug. 24, patrol observed a red Ford Pickup Truck traveling on Cemetery Road exit the roadway and quickly correct itself back into the southbound lane. Patrol continued to follow the vehicle and observed the vehicle leave the designated lane of traffic two times.

Patrol activated the emergency lights and the vehicle continued south on Cemetery Road and then west on Broadway at a low rate of speed. The vehicle then made a left turn onto Olde Stone Lane and came to a stop. Patrol made contact with the driver, Aaron M. Kloc, 41, of Clarence.

Patrol observed an odor of alcoholic beverage, blood shot watery eyes, impaired speech, and motor coordination. Kloc was asked to perform several standard field sobriety tests and he refused to submit to a preliminary breath test. He was taken into custody for DWI.

At the station, Kloc submitted to a breath test, which resulted in a .21 percent BAC. Kloc was also charged with refusal to take breath test, failure to keep right in two lane road, and illegal signal: less than 100 feet.

DWI

At 12:49 a.m., Aug. 26, patrol observed a 2003 Ford van traveling south on Central Avenue turn left onto Commerce Parkway in violation of the no left turn signs posted. Patrol followed the vehicle for a short period of time and initiated a traffic stop on Court Street and the vehicle stopped.

During a conversation with the operator, Erin M. Davern, 43, of Lancaster, glassy eyes, impaired speech, impaired motor coordination, and the odor of an alcoholic beverage were all apparent.

After the performance and failure of several standard field sobriety tests and preliminary breath test of .13 percent BAC, Davern was transported to the station and charged with DWI, failure to obey traffic device, and operation of a motor vehicle with .08 of one percent or more alcohol in blood.

Police Blotter for the Tonawandas for the week, of Saturday, Sept. 6

BY: Metro Source Staff | September 05, 2014

Aug. 26

Trespass

Michael E. Orth, 30, was arrested Aug. 26 for trespass.

Harassment

Maryjoan, J. Harrigan, 56, was arrested Aug. 26 for harassment in the second degree.

Aug. 27

Larceny

Michael J. Wittmeyer, 49, was arrested in Kenmore on Aug. 26 for petit larceny.

Larceny

Douglas M. Pryor, 47, was arrested Aug. 27 for petit larceny.

Aug. 29

Harassment

Bobby J. Linnane, 31, was arrested Aug. 29 for harassment in the second degree and criminal mischief in the fourth degree.

Larceny

Theodore J. Canaski, 26, was arrested Aug. 29 for grand larceny in the fourth degree and criminal trespass in the third degree.

Aug. 30

Possession

Jason G. Malloy, 19, was arrested Aug. 30 for unlawful possession of marijuana.

Aug. 31

DWI

Peter M. Hutten, 27, was arrested Aug. 31 for driving while intoxicated - first offense, operating a motor vehicle with a BAC of .08 or higher, speeding and operating an unregistered vehicle.

DWI

Erian S. Felder, 29, was arrested Aug. 31 for driving while intoxicated - first offense and failure to keep right.

The Town of Tonawanda Police Department has made arrests in three separate unrelated stabbing incidents that occurred between Aug. 30 and Sept. 2.

In each of the incidents the victim and the attacker knew each other.

The Aug. 30 event occurred at about 1:15 a.m. on River Road near Two Mile Creek. A man and a woman were traveling in a car on River Road when they began arguing. The female, who was driving, pulled over to talk. The male, Christopher F. Johnson, 28, of Best Street, Buffalo proceeded to become irate and attack the woman. During the incident her bit her, grabbed her by the face, and stabbed her in the hand with a pocket knife. He then fled the scene with some of her property and was arrested a short time later. He is charged with robbery first, robbery second, assault second, criminal possession of a weapon fourth and criminal mischief fourth and is being held with no bail.

The Sept. 1 event occurred at 300 Fries Road (the new apartments built on the site of the old Brighton Elementary School). This was a domestic dispute between two females that resulted in a physical altercation and Tamieka Y. Johnson, of Grider Street, Buffalo, being arrested for assault first, menacing second, criminal possession of a weapon fourth and aggravated harassment. Tamieka is accused of stabbing another woman in the shoulder with a kitchen knife. Bail was set at $10,000.

The Sept. 2 event occurred at 6 Blackmore St. This involved two women who were fighting and one got stabbed. Both were arrested. April Petryshyn, 33, of Alcott Court, in Tonawanda, was stabbed in the right lower leg by Randi M. Murphy, 30, of 6 Blackmore St. This was the result of Petryshyn going to Murphys house and confronting her over boyfriend stuff.

Murphy stabbed Petryshyn with a kitchen knife. Murphy has been charged with assault second, CPW fourth, tampering with evidence and endangering the welfare of a child. Bail was set at $500.

Petryshyn was subsequently also charged with endangering the welfare of a child. She was released on an appearance ticket.

The endangering charges for both women seem to stem from either their behavior in front of children or leaving children unattended to engage in the behavior. The tampering charge stemmed from Murphy hiding the knife.

Lancaster Police Blotter

BY: Jennifer Lysiak, Lancaster Editor | July 18, 2014

Petit Larceny

At 8:53 a.m., July 3, Theresa A. Cusack, 44, of Buffalo, was arrested for shoplifting at Walmart, located at 4975 Transit Road. She was attempting to steal a cookware set, toaster oven, dinner set, juicer, and slow cooker, worth $268.70.

Cusack was transported to the station and $250 cash bail or $500 bond was set. She could not post bail. She was transported to the Erie County Holding Center where custody of Cusack was turned over to the Erie County Sheriffs Office.

Cusack was charged with petit larceny.

Driving While Intoxicated

At 10:26 p.m., July 3, patrol responded to 6323 Broadway for a report of a motor vehicle accident. Upon arrival, patrol observed a red Chevrolet on the front lawn of the residence with extensive damage.

Several witnesses stated the operator, Tadeusz R. Skarbek Jr., 52, of Lancaster, was the sole occupant and operator of the vehicle. Skarbek was still seated in the drivers seat with injuries from the accident and during a conversation, patrol observed glassy eyes, impaired speech, impaired motor coordination, and the odor of an alcoholic beverage.

Skarbek made some admissions, but refused all field sobriety tests and a PBT. After being extricated by the Town Line Fire Department and LVAC, Skarbek was placed in back of the ambulance and refused to submit to a chemical breath test.

Skarbek was charged with DWI, operator in violation of conditional license, refusal to take breath test, and moving from lane unsafely.

Unlawful Possession of Marijuana

At 1:53 a.m., July 6, patrol observed a 2005 Chevrolet Cavalier traveling west on Genesee Street in violation of failure to keep right. The vehicle crossed over the double yellow lines and into the eastbound lane several times. Patrol conducted a traffic stop.

Upon making contact with the occupants, patrol immediately noticed the strong odor of burning marijuana and observed a quantity of green vegetable matter on the drivers seat and the pants of offender, 20, of Hamburg. When confronting both offenders, they denied having any drugs in the vehicle. Patrol again confronted both with observations and the Hamburg resident handed patrol a plastic sandwich bag containing a small amount of marijuana.

During a search of the vehicle, a glass smoking pipe packed with marijuana was recovered by patrol. The Hamburg resident was charged with failure to keep to the right and both offenders were charged with unlawful possession of marijuana.

Both were released at the scene.

Driving with .10 percent BAC

At 3:04 a.m., July 6, patrol observed a vehicle make a left turn off of William Street, drive through the steady red traffic light, and head south on Transit Road. Patrol pulled the vehicle over and the vehicle stopped.

Upon interviewing the operator, Joshua J. Monahan, 21, of Delevan, patrol could smell the odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from within the vehicle. Patrol instructed Monahan to exit the vehicle and he complied.

While Monahan was walking to the rear of his vehicle he stumbled several times. Once Monahan was outside of the vehicle, patrol could smell the odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from his breath.

Patrol administered several field sobriety tests, which Monahan failed all but one. A roadside breath screening was given with a positive reading for alcohol. Monahan was taken into custody and transported to the station.

Monahan consented to a breath test with a result of .13 percent BAC. Monahan was in revoked status to operate a motor vehicle. There were two suspensions: June 22, 2012, for pending prosecution by court, blood alcohol count and revocation date of July 6, 2014 for traffic offense occurring during conditional/ restricted license.

Monahan was charged with operation of a motor vehicle by unlicensed driver, DWI, aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, traffic violation: passed red light, and operation of a motor vehicle with .08 of one percent or more alcohol in blood.

Theft of Services

At 4:16 a.m., July 7, patrol responded to 4757 Transit Road for a report of theft of services. The complainant stated two unknown males left the restaurant without paying their $25 bill.

The complainant described the unknown males as white, approximately 20 years of age, wearing baggy shorts, and one of the males having a tear drop tattoo under his right eye and a star tattoo under his left eye. The complainant believes the unknown males may have been picked up by an unknown vehicle in the parking lot of Pages Bar.

Patrol checked the area with negative results. There was no further action by patrol at the time of report.

Lockport police reports for the week of May 12

BY: Metro Source Staff | May 18, 2014

May 12

Possession

Sheriff James R. Voutour announced the arrest of Jerred M. Meisenburg, 35, of North Tonawanda after a two month investigation by the Niagara County Drug Task Force into drug sales at Joes Budapest Lounge.

Meisenburg was charged with third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a class B felony and third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance, also a class B felony.

This investigation is ongoing and additional charges may be pending.

May 13

Safety

The number of fatal crashes doubled on Niagara County Roadways from 2012 to 2013.

One out of 10 drivers still refuse to buckle up. Data also reflects that seatbelt usage is lower at night than during daylight hours and pickup truck drivers and their passengers buckle up less than others.

Sheriff James R. Voutour reminds everyone that buckling up continues to be the most effective method of saving lives and minimizing injuries in a crash.

Starting Monday and running through June 1, the Niagara County Sheriffs Office will be joining forces with other law enforcement agencies across the state in this years Click It or Ticket campaign.

. Please take the time to buckle up ... seatbelts save lives.

Cheektowaga police blotter for the week of Friday, May 16

BY: Metro Source Staff | May 16, 2014

May 12

Criminal possession of a controlled substance

Mary A. Cooper, 58, of Williamstowne Court, Cheektowaga, was arrested for criminal possession of a controlled substance, aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and having a criminal substance in its non-original container.

During a traffic stop, Cooper was arrested and a tow inventory was taken on her vehicle. During the inventory, a pill was found under the seat in the vehicle and the charge was added to her arrest. She was later released on an appearance ticket.

May 11

Unlawful possession of marijuana

Shanika P. Gibbs, 23, of State Creek Drive, Cheektowaga, was arrested for driving with a suspended registration.

Arthur E. Phillips III, 24, of Hertel Avenue, Buffalo, was arrested for unlawful possession of marijuana.

Cheektowaga Police stopped a vehicle after it didnt make a complete stop. Gibbs was the driver of the vehicle.

During the stop, the officer could see a plastic vial with marijuana and also witnessed Phillips attempt to hide another vial.

Gibbs had been driving with a suspended registration and both were placed under arrest.

Felony DWI

Donnell T. Brown, 41, of Eggert Road, Buffalo, was arrested for aggravated unlicensed operation, and driving while intoxicated with two previous convictions of designated offenses within 10 years.

Brown was stopped by police for having extremely loud music and a passenger brake light that appeared to not be working. As the officer approached the vehicle, Brown put the vehicle in reverse and had to be instructed to put the car in park and turn the music off.

This was when the officer detected an odor of alcohol. Due to the odor, and the fact that Brown seemed to have difficulty understanding simple instructions, the officer asked him to perform field sobriety tests.

The results for the field sobriety tests were considered failures and Brown was placed under arrest. He was transported to headquarters where he was held.

May 10

Driving while intoxicated

Ashley R. Bishop, 23, of Glendale Drive, Town of Lancaster, was arrested for driving while intoxicated and operating a motor vehicle with .08 of one percent of more alcohol in blood.

During a traffic stop, Bishop was only able to provide a license and explained to the officer she was coming from a local bar. The officer noticed an odor of alcohol and that Bishops eyes were glassy and bloodshot. Her speech was also slow and slurred.

Bishop said she ad nothing to drink but was asked to perform field sobriety tests. The field sobriety test results were considered failures and an alcosensor tested positive for alcohol.

She was placed under arrest and transported to headquarters. At headquarters, she submitted a breath sample, which resulted in a .15 percent BAC. She was held on bail.

Criminal possession of a controlled substance

Casey G. Patrowski Jr., 30, of Central Avenue, Buffalo, was arrested for criminal possession of a controlled substance.

An officer saw Patrowski walking near a checkpoint. The checkpoint had been set up due to recent burglaries.

The officer asked Patrowski to stop. He sat on a nearby concrete wall and dropped something in the grass behind the wall.

Patrowski was then asked to put his hands on the patrol vehicle as he was frisked. The officer then went over to the spot where Patrowski had sat down and found a glass pipe with crack cocaine. He was placed under arrest, transported to headquarters and held.

Driving while intoxicated

Bryan J. Schanne, 26, of Cherwood Court, Depew, was arrested for driving while intoxicated and operating a motor vehicle with .08 of one percent of more alcohol in blood.

During a traffic stop, the officer detected an odor of alcohol. Schannes eyes were also glassy and his speech was slurred. He told the officer he was coming from a local bar.

The officer asked him to perform two field sobriety tests from his vehicle. He passed the alphabet test but failed the count back test. An alcosensor was positive for alcohol. Additional field sobriety tests were performed and were considered failures.

Schanne was placed under arrest and transported to headquarters. A breath sample was submitted at headquarters with a result of .16 percent BAC.

Driving while intoxicated

Skyler S. Carriere, 25, of Andrew Street, Massena, was arrested for driving while intoxicated and aggravated DWI.

Carriere was stopped by Cheektowaga Police for a traffic stop when the officer noticed an odor of alcohol and that his eyes were glassy.

Carriere told the officer he had two drinks. He was then asked to perform field sobriety tests, which were considered failures. An alcosensor had a positive result for alcohol.

He was placed under arrest and transported to headquarters where he submitted a breath sample. The result was .18 percent BAC. He was held on bail.

Unlawful possession of marijuana

Christopher Middlebrooks, 39, of Wanda Avenue, Cheektowaga, was arrested for unlawful possession of marijuana.

Officers responded to a report for an unwanted guest, which was turning into a physical altercation. Upon arrival, Middlebrooks was highly intoxicated and the officers detected an odor of marijuana.

Middlebrooks was found to be in possession of two baggies of marijuana and a pipe with marijuana. He was placed under arrest and transported to headquarters.

An additional baggie of marijuana was found in his shirt pocket at headquarters.

He was released on an appearance ticket but held for a sober driver due to his intoxication.

Town, Village of Lancaster Police Blotter

BY: Jennifer Lysiak, Lancaster Editor | May 06, 2014

LANCASTER- April 19

Petit Larceny

At 8:01 a.m., a Townline Road resident reported that sometime between 3 and 8 a.m. his license plate was taken off of his vehicle.

Aggravated Unlicensed Operation

At 9:50 a.m., patrol observed a tan Buick traveling on Freeman Drive. The vehicles registration had expired on April 3 and patrol initiated a traffic stop. Patrol identified the driver as Johnnie E. Small, 22, of Buffalo. Small had no identification on him, but Smalls information was verified through EMPIRE and RICI.

The DMV indicated Small only had a New York State Identification Card. Smalls driving status in New York State is suspended. Small has five suspensions on two dates. In addition, he has an outstanding bench warrant from the City of Buffalo for failing to pay a fine.

Small was issued tickets for aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and operation of an unregistered motor vehicle on highway. Custody of Small was turned over to the Buffalo Police Department.

Unlawful Possession of Marijuana

Patrol was dispatched at 11:20 p.m. for a report of a suspicious occupied vehicle parked in the rear parking lot of Manitoba Corporation, located at 122 Central Ave.

Patrols approached the vehicle to question the occupants at which time marijuana smoke emitted from the windows. There were two occupants in the vehicle. The front seat passenger, 16, of Depew, was holding a large glass smoking apparatus, a water bong, as patrols approached.

Also, in plain sight was a plastic baggy with a green leafy vegetable substance identified as marijuana lying on the passengers lap and a small green plastic container with a brown sticky substance inside known as hashish, which was lying on the center console of the vehicle.

The passenger admitted that all the marijuana and contraband belonged to him. The driver of the vehicle, 18, of Lancaster, was released without charges. The passenger was issued an appearance ticket for unlawful possession of marijuana and released on the scene.

April 20

Petit Larceny

Patrol was dispatched at 5:49 p.m. to Walmart, 4975 Transit Road, for a report of an employee stealing money from the cash register.

Patrol arrived on location and was met by the asset protection officer, who stated the offender, Terrance J. Phillips, 20, of Buffalo, was captured on video surveillance removing $20 cash from the register. Prior to patrols arrival, Phillips provided a statement to the store manager stating he did steal the money.

Phillips was taken into custody and transported to the station. Phillips was charged with petit larceny.

April 22

Arrest on Warrant

Wassim S. Issa, 50, of West Falls, was taken into custody for an outstanding arrest warrant from the City of Batavia Police Department. Issa was turned over to the City of Batavia Police Department.

April 23

Aggravated Unlicensed Operation

At 3:17 p.m., patrol observed a gray Chevrolet traveling south on Transit Road with a loud exhaust. Patrol initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle on Como Park Boulevard, near Transit Road, and the vehicle stopped.

During conversation, the operator identified herself as Tailour Simpson, however patrol recognized the subject to be Takara C. Scissum, 27, of Cheektowaga, from previous encounters.

Patrol gave Scissum several warnings that it was a crime to provide a false name and date of birth to a police officer; however, Scissum continued to give Simpsons name as her own.

After locating Scissums ID in her purse and matching her tattoos with pictures in Web RICI, Scissum finally admitted to giving a false name and having a suspended drivers license. She was arrested for false impersonation, aggravated unlicensed operation of a vehicle, and a muffler exhaust system violation.

Scissum was transported to the station and released on $80 bail.

Driving While Intoxicated

At 10:34 p.m., patrol responded to a complaint of a vehicle all over the road on Como Park Boulevard. The complainant provided patrol with the vehicle description and license plate and stated the vehicle turned north onto Miller Street.

Patrol located the vehicle at a Cloyes Avenue address and made contact with the offender, Samuel J. Helminiak, 44, of Depew. Patrol noticed Helminiak had a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage emitting from his breath. He also had glassy blood shot eyes, slurred speech, and impaired motor condition.

Patrol performed several field sobriety tests, which Helminiak failed. He was placed into custody without incident and transported to the station. At the station, Helminiak submitted to a breath test with results of .17 percent BAC.

He was charged with DWI and operation of a motor vehicle with .08 of one percent or more alcohol in blood.

Cheektowaga police blotter for the week of Friday, May 2

BY: Metro Source Staff | May 02, 2014

April 28

Driving while intoxicated

Kevin Keller, 33, of Beechwood Place, Cheektowaga, was arrested for driving while intoxicated.

An officer observed Kellers vehicle driving with the left side in the left lane and right side in the right lane. The vehicle then stopped past the stop line at an intersection.

A traffic stop was initiated and the officer noticed Kellers eyes were glassy and bloodshot.

When asked, Keller was also unable to provide his proof of insurance or his registration. He told the officer he had less than two beers. Keller was asked to perform field sobriety tests, which were considered failures.

He refused an alcosensor and was placed under arrest. He told the officer he wouldnt take a breath test. He transported to headquarters where he refused the breath test, was booked and later released on a summons.

April 25

Criminal possession of a controlled substance

Heather Bartowiak, 25, of Pulaski Street, Buffalo and Nicholas M. Frangos, 22, of North French Road, Amherst, were arrested for criminal possession of a controlled substance.

A Cheektowaga Police Officer noticed a vehicle passing the dashed lines during a turn. There was also a crown sticker in the middle of the rear windshield.

For these reasons, a traffic stop was initiated.

Frangos was the driver of the vehicle and he gave the officer paperwork for a warrant he had through the Buffalo Police Department.

Frangos was placed under arrest. Since Bartowiak had no valid drivers license, the officer could not release the vehicle to her. The officer asked her to step out of the vehicle.

Bartowiak was checked, for the officers safety, and said she didnt have anything in her pockets. A wax envelope with heroin residue was found in her hoodie pocket. She was also placed under arrest.

During an inventory of the vehicle, officers found three remaining wax envelopes with heroin residue in Bartowiaks wallet. A bottle cap and metal spoon, both with heroin residue, were also found in the vehicle.

Both were charged for criminal possession and were held to see the judge. The midnight watch commander authorized a strip search on the two. Found on Bartowiak was a syringe cap with a cotton ball containing heroin residue and no additional contraband on Frangos.

April 24

Criminal possession of a controlled substance

Llanah Cherkis, 33, of Ideal Street, Buffalo, was arrested on two counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance, aggravated unlicensed operation, unlawful possession of marijuana and controlled substance in its non-original container.

An officer observed Cherkis vehicle change lanes and turn while improperly using a turn signal.

A passenger in the vehicle was making furtive movements while the officer approached the vehicle during a traffic stop. The officer ordered the passenger to place their hands on the dashboard until a second patrol vehicle was on scene.

When the second patrol vehicle arrived, the officers had the passenger exit the vehicle. While exiting, several white glassine bags were seen by the officers. Upon inspection, the bags appeared to contain heroin residue.

When asking about the bags, Cherkis admitted to having needles and additional bags in her purse. Further search found a bag of marijuana and a marijuana pipe. Cherkis claimed ownership of all items.

The passenger was released at the scene.

Unlawful possession of marijuana

Richard Leonard Jr., 22, of Reiman Street, Sloan, was arrested for unlawful possession of marijuana.

During a traffic stop, Leonard was a front seat passenger and the officer detected an order of burnt marijuana. The driver and Leonard were asked to exit the vehicle. When Leonard stepped out, the officer could see a glass pipe with marijuana residue in plain view. Leonard claimed ownership of the pipe.

Further search of the vehicle found a second pipe with marijuana residue and Leonard also claimed ownership. He was placed under arrest and later released on a summons.

The driver of the vehicle was released at the scene.

Driving while intoxicated

Heather N. Stanek, 29, of Canada Street, Holland, was arrested for criminal possession of a controlled substance, driving while intoxicated and operating a motor vehicle with .08 of one percent or more alcohol in blood.

Courtney A. Wares, 22, of Holland, was also arrested for criminal possession of a controlled substance.

Officers spotted a vehicle crossing over the white dotted lines several times. A traffic stop was initiated and Stanek was the driver of the vehicle and Wares wasthe front seat passenger.

The officer noticed an odor of alcohol and asked Stanek to perform field sobriety tests. The tests were considered failures and an alcosensor had a positive result. She was placed under arrest for DWI.

Wares was also visibly intoxicated and unable to drive the vehicle. A tow vehicle inventory found a straw with white powder, which tested positive for cocaine. Both Stanek and Wares denied ownership. Wares was then placed under arrest.

A breath test on Stanek at headquarters resulted in a .15 percent BAC.

Driving while intoxicated

Janice L. McGuire, 39, of Broadway Drive, Sloan, was arrested for driving while intoxicated, operating a motor vehicle with .08 of one percent or more alcohol in blood.

McGuire was stopped by Cheektowaga Police for speeding and the officer observed she had bloodshot, glassy eyes. She told the officer she was angry because she had just gotten in a fight with her boyfriend. She had no proof of insurance.

She told the officer that she had a couple drinks through the night. McGuire attempted to perform field sobriety tests but they were considered failures.

She was taken into custody and was later released on an appearance ticket.

Criminal possession of a controlled substance

Christopher W. Hoffman, 27, of Bristol Street, Buffalo, was arrested for aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, criminal possession of a controlled substance and possession of a hypodermic instrument.

Timothy A. Hoffman, 24, of East Avenue, Marilla, was arrested for criminal possession of a controlled substance.

During a traffic stop, Christopher was driving the vehicle but had a suspended license. Timothys license was a conditional so the vehicle couldnt be released to him.

During an inventory of the vehicle, officers found a spoon with heroin residue. There was also a needle located in the dashboard area. Both were placed under arrest and later released on appearance tickets.

Criminal possession of a controlled substance

Amanda L. Lennox,24, of York Road, Niagara Falls was arrested for two counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance and possession of a hypodermic instrument.

Anthony B. Gulnac, 25, of Highland Avenue, Tonawanda, was arrested for criminal possession of a controlled substance.

Officers observed a vehicle make a lane change and turn while improperly using a turn signal.

A traffic stop was initiated and during the stop, the officer saw an orange needl cap on the rear floor behind the drivers seat. Gulnac agreed to a pat frisk and Lennox said she had no knowledge of anything in the vehicle.

She voluntarily offered for the officer to search the vehicle. During the search the officer confirmed the cap was a hypodermic needle cap.

After his pat frisk, Gulnac was seated on the curb and when the officer went back over to him, they found a glassine heroin baggie in front of him.

Both Gulnac and Lennox were detained. The officer watched the video of Gulnacs removal and he was seen after being seated, flicking an item out of his left hand onto the ground.

Further search of the vehicle found Lennoxs clutch wallet in the glove compartment. In the wallet was two more glassine heroin baggies and two packages containing suboxone strips. They were both transported to headquarters.

At headquarters, two hypodermic syringes were found on Lennox. She was held on bail. Gulnac was also held.

North Tonawanda Police Blotter for the week of May 2

BY: Metro Source Staff | April 30, 2014

North Tonawanda

April 26

Larceny

Marc A. Maracle, 29, Division Street, Niagara Falls, was arrested April 26 for petit larceny. Bail was set at $500.

April 28

Endangerment

Lisa M. Fischer, 35, Eddy Drive, North Tonawanda, was arrested April 28 for endangering the welfare of a child. She was released on her own recognizance.

Tonawanda

April 23

Possession

Aaron Yeates, 20, Fletcher Street, Tonawanda, was arrested April 23 for unlawful possession of marijuana.

Conspiracy

Vernon Reeves, 55, Colvin Avenue, Buffalo, was arrested on two counts of conspiracy in the sixth degree. Reeves was caught stealing DVDs with a group of people from various 7-11s.

April 25

Possession

Alexander Skoney, 21, Willow Grove, Town of Tonawanda, was arrested April 25 for criminal possession of stolen property (credit card), criminal possession of a controlled substance, and possession of a controlled substance in a non-original container. Skoney was in possession of the drug Amphetamine.

Violation

Jeffrey Nowak, 33, Linwood Avenue, Tonawanda, was arrested April 25 for violating an order of protection.

April 26

Larceny

Deborah Sontag, 50, Fletcher Street, Tonawanda, was arrested April 26 for grand larceny of an automobile and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.

April 27

Possession

Lindsay Kozub, 23, Durham Road, Hamburg, was arrested April 27 for DWI, unlawful possession of marijuana and following too closely. Her BAC was .16.

Kenmore

DWI

April 19

DWI

Lindsey Tomidy, 26, was arrested April 19 for driving while intoxicated - first offense, operating a motor vehicle, and aggravated DWI.

April 23

Criminal Intent

Patricia A. Mirabella, 42, was arrested April 23 for criminal intent to damage property.

DWI

Jose R. Rivera, 40, was arrested April 23 for driving while intoxicated - first offense, aggravated unlicensed operation, and operating a motor vehicle as an unlicensed driver.

AUO

Stacy A. Tripi - Young, 45, was arrested April 23 for operating a motor vehicle without stop lamps, operating a motor vehicle without inspection, aggravated unlicensed operation in the second degree, and operating a motor vehicle as an unlicensed driver.

April 26

AUO

Christopher M. Swain, 26, was arrested April 26 for aggravated unlicensed operation in the second degree and operating a motor vehicle on a public highway while using a mobile phone.

Town, Village of Lancaster Police Blotter

BY: Jennifer Lysiak, Lancaster Editor | April 26, 2014

LANCASTER- April 11

Petit Larceny

At 10:42 p.m., patrol responded to Walmart, 4975 Transit Road, for a report of a female shoplifter in custody.

The subject, Catherine E. Carr, 57, of West Seneca, was attempting to steal solar lights, a pair of pants, a can of Red Bull, a Bungee tank, kids shoes, and a DN tank, totaling $47.18.

Carr was transported to the station and charged with petit larceny.

April 13

Driving While Intoxicated

At 3:45 a.m., patrol was sitting at Valu Home Centers on Transit Road on speed detail. A 2003 Chevrolet went by patrol north on Transit Road at a speed of 65 MPH in a 45 MPH zone.

Patrol began following the vehicle and paced the vehicle to Como Park Boulevard. The vehicle crossed over the line into the turning lane several times while patrol was following it. Patrol activated emergency lights and tried to stop the vehicle, which it finally stopped in front of the Depew Skating Rink.

Patrol made contact with the subject, Ellicott S. Peterson, 37, of North Collins, who was operating the vehicle. Patrol noticed Peterson had slurred speech, impaired motor condition, and glassy blood shot eyes. He was also very wobbly on his feet. Peterson also had an odor of an alcoholic beverage emitting from his breath.

Patrol performed several field sobriety tests and Peterson failed. Peterson submitted to an Alco-Sensor prescreen roadside test with results of .18 percent BAC. He also had a can of Bud Light in the cup holder of his vehicle.

Peterson was placed into custody without incident and transported to the station. At the station, he refused to submit to a breath test.

He was charged with DWI, failure to use designated lane, drinking alcohol in motor vehicle on highway, and a speeding violation.

April 15

Leaving Scene of Property Damage Only Accident

At 4:57 p.m., patrol responded to Broadway and Central Avenue for a report of a hit and run accident.

Upon arrival, patrol made contact with the victim, who stated he was in the eastbound median on Broadway. He was waiting to make a left hand turn onto Cemetery Road when a black pickup truck in the westbound passing lane crossed the yellow line and struck the victims driver side rear view mirror. The driver of the striking vehicle continued west on Broadway.

Patrol observed the damage to the victims vehicle. Patrols were unable to locate the striking vehicle.

April 16

Aggravated Unlicensed Operation

At 7:21 p.m., patrol was traveling south on Central Avenue and observed a 2008 Jeep traveling north with an expired inspection sticker. The sticker expired in December 2013.

Patrol stopped the vehicle in the parking lot of Central Avenue School where it was learned that the operator, Brandon J. Potyok, 22, of Lancaster, had suspensions and several scoffs.

Potyok was placed in custody and transported to the station where he was issued tickets for aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and operation of a motor vehicle without inspection certificate.

April 17

Harassment

At 1:09 a.m., patrol responded to the Econo Lodge, 48 Freeman Drive, for reports of an unwelcomed guest. Patrol spoke with the two female complainants who stated they heard a noise coming from outside their room that sounded as if someone was trying to gain entry.

When they opened the door they were met by a black make, approximately five feet nine inches tall, medium build, short black hair, wearing a black Buff State hoodie and jeans. One of the complainants asked what he was doing there and why was he trying to get into their room?

The male became belligerent and began to swear at the females. The male indicated he had a knife on him, but didnt display it. As the argument continued another unknown male came to the aid of the females. Eventually, the subject fled leaving through the front door of the motel. The subject left west on Freeman Drive toward Transit Road, in a silver/gray car.

Patrol checked the area but was unable to locate the subject. The female parties were advised to contact the station if they saw the male return. At the time of report there was no further action by patrol.