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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.

Cheektowaga police blotter for the week of Friday, April 25

BY: Metro Source Staff | April 24, 2014

April 21

Criminal possession of a controlled substance

Deborah L. Reagle, 56, of Downey Road, Akron, was arrested for criminal possession of a controlled substance and unlawful possession of marijuana.

While on patrol, an officer noticed a vehicle with a loud muffler that also crossed the double yellow lines. A traffic stop was initiated.

Reagle, the driver, admitted to the officer that the inspection on the vehicle was overdue. While speaking with the Reagle, the officer noticed her poor coordination.

Due to her traffic infractions and her poor coordination, the officer asked Reagle to step out of the vehicle and perform field sobriety tests. During the tests, she seemed unbalanced but an alcohol screening was negative.

Reagle admitted to taking prescribed medication and admitted there was a marijuana bowl in the center cup holder.

She was detained in the patrol vehicle while the officer conducted a search of her vehicle. The officer found a pipe with additional drug evidence, and located unlabeled green pills in her purse. She told the officer she was holding the pills for a friend. Reagle was placed under arrest and later released on an appearance ticket.

April 20

Criminal mischief

John J. Shevchuk, 23, of Roland Street, Sloan, was arrested for criminal mischief and harassment.

Officers responded to a incident where the victim said Shevchuk came out and confronted them for no reason, and slammed them into a vehicle, wanting to fight. The victim did not want to fight and walked away, down the street. A witness of the incident called the victim to come back and look at their car. Upon returning, the victim found that their passenger taillight had been broken and there was a dent on the hood.

The victim called the police and the witness stated the same version of the story. Shevchuk admitted to damaging the vehicle and pushing the victim.

DWI

Justen S. Ehrig, 26, of Wanda Avenue, Buffalo, was arrested for driving while intoxicated, operating a motor vehicle with .08 of one percent or more alcohol in blood.

An officer saw a vehicle make a wide turn into the passing lane and drifting between lanes. A traffic stop was initiated.

During the stop, the officer detected a strong odor of alcohol, and Ehrigs eyes were extremely glassy and bloodshot. His speech was also slow and slurred. For these reasons, the officer asked Ehrig to perform field sobriety tests, and the results were considered failures.

Ehrig was placed under arrest and transported to headquarters. He agreed to a chemical test, which resulted in a .14 percent BAC. He was later released on a summons.

DWI

Richard J. Coppede, 32, of Burch Street, Buffalo, was arrested for felony driving while intoxicated.

While on patrol, an officer saw a vehicle travelling at a high rate of speed and changing lanes without signaling. The vehicle was also weaving and riding between lanes. The speed of the vehicle was 55 mph in a 35 mph zone.

The officer stopped the vehicle and detected a strong smell of alcohol on the driver, Coppedes, breath. His eyes were also glassy and bloodshot and his speech was slurred.

Coppede explained he was coming from a strip club and had several drinks. For this reason, he was asked to perform field sobriety tests.

He failed the field sobriety tests and refused a breath test. He was placed under arrest for DWI and later refused the breath test at headquarters. He was released on a summons.

DWI

Nicholas M. Zotara, 32, of French Road, Cheektowaga, was arrested for driving while intoxicated and operating a motor vehicle with .08 of one percent or more alcohol in blood.

While driving down French Road, an officer noticed a vehicle almost come to a complete stop for no apparent reason, and then accelerate. The vehicle also changed lanes without signaling. A traffic stop was initiated for these reasons.

The driver, Zotara, said he was coming home from work, but the officer detected several signs of intoxication. Zotara admitted to having a rum and coke before leaving work.

The officer asked Zotara to perform field sobriety tests, during which he had a swayed and staggered stance. An alcosensor tested positive for alcohol and he was placed under arrest. He was transported to headquarters where he performed a chemical test with the result of .15 percent BAC. He was later released on a summons.

DWI

Darron B. Santarini, 35, of Fath Drive, Cheektowaga, was arrested for driving while intoxicated and operating a motor vehicle with .08 of one percent or more alcohol in blood, failure to use designated lane, refusal to take a breath test, and two counts of traffic device violations.

An officer observed a vehicle travelling with no headlights on. The vehicle then passed through two red lights. The officer initiated a traffic stop and Santarini continued to drive, pulling into his driveway.

Santarini seemed startled as he went to exit his vehicle and the officer was there. The officer immediately noticed an odor of alcohol and asked Santarini to perform field sobriety tests. The tests results were considered failures. He then refused a roadside screening. He was placed under arrest and transported to headquarters. He also refused a datamaster at headquarters.

Santarini was held to see the judge.

April 17

DWI

Kristen A. Carpentieri, 20, of Benzinger Street, Buffalo, was arrested for driving while intoxicated and unlawful possession of marijuana.

While on routine patrol, an officer saw a vehicle cross lanes without using a signal. The vehicle also had tinted windows. A traffic stop was initiated for these infractions.

When asked for Carpentieris license and registration, she was only able to provide a license. She explained she was coming from work. The officer detected a strong odor of alcohol and that Carpentieri had glassy eyes and slurred speech.

She said she had not had any alcohol in 24 hours.

She was asked to perform field sobriety tests. While stepping out of her vehicle, Carpentieri stumbled and had trouble with her balance. The field sobriety test results were considered failures. She was placed under arrest for DWI and taken to headquarters where she refused a breath test.

The vehicle was inventoried and marijuana and a grinder were found, along with a pipe that was located in Carpentieris purse. Unlawful possession of marijuana was added to her charges.

She was later released on a summons.

Lockport police reports for the week of April 17

BY: Rikki Cason | April 20, 2014

April 12

Robbery

On April 9, at 2:22 a.m. the Niagara County Sheriffs Office received a 911 call from the clerk at 7-11, 6955 Ward Road, reporting that he had just been robbed.

Units arriving at the scene reported that the suspect, a white male, 58 or 59, approximately 175 pounds, wearing a blue hooded sweatshirt and grey sneakers, fled the scene on foot, south bound on Ward Road.

The suspect threatened the use of a firearm and demanded cash from the cash register, but no gun was displayed.

A Niagara County canine was called to the scene in an effort to track the suspect. The Niagara County Crime Scene Identification Unit and Criminal Investigation Bureau also responded to the scene to assist in the investigation.

An undisclosed amount of cash was taken during the robbery.

The Criminal Investigation Bureau is continuing the investigation into the robbery.

April 11

Accident

On April 11, at 5:25 p.m., the Niagara County Sheriffs Office received numerous 911 calls reporting an injury accident on Fisk Road in the Town of Pendleton.

Upon arrival of deputies, it was determined that a westbound vehicle driven by Sharon Linforth, 73, of Lancaster, attempted to turn into a driveway on Fisk Road, and turned in front of an eastbound motorcycle driven by Richard Vanorder, 65, of Lockport.

Vanorder was transported to ECMC by Mercy Flight for treatment of an arm and leg injury and Linforth was transported by ambulance to Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital for evaluation.

Linforth was charged with Failure to Yield the Right of Way and is due in Town of Pendleton Court.

April 12

Accident

At approximately 3:22 p.m. April 12, Niagara County Sheriffs Deputies responded to the area of 4233 Hartland Road in the Town Royalton for an injury accident involving two motorcycles.

Investigation revealed that a group of approximately 10 motorcycles were traveling northbound on Hartland Road when one fell behind.

The motorcycle that fell behind was operated by a 35-year-old male and had a 24-year-old female passenger on back.

That motorcycle was attempting to catch up to the group and in doing so, struck the rear of a second motorcycle operated by a 53-year-old male carrying a 54-year-old female passenger.

The 35-year-old male operator of the first motorcycle sustained head injuries and was transported via mercy flight from Royalton Airport to E.C.M.C.

His 24-year-old female passenger also sustained head injuries and was transported by ground to E.C.M.C.

The 53-year-old male operator of the second motorcycle, which was struck by the first, was uninjured and his 54-year-old female passenger sustained minor injuries and signed off medical treatment at the scene.

The operator of the first motorcycle was charged with following too closely. Names are being withheld pending completion of investigation.

Cheektowaga police blotter for the week of Friday, April 18

BY: Metro Source Staff | April 18, 2014

April 13

DWI

Heather A. Benns, 32, of Love Road, Grand Island, was arrested for driving while intoxicated.

Officers noticed a vehicle in the lot of a closed store with its engine running and the headlights on. They found this suspicious and spoke to the driver, Benns.

While speaking with her, her speech was slurred although she said she had nothing to drink.

Later she said she had one beer. Field sobriety tests were performed, which she failed. She was placed under arrest where she refused a breath test. She was later released on a summons.

DWI

Travis M. Youngs, 31, of Walden Avenue, Depew, was arrested for driving while intoxicated and aggravated DWI. Youngs was driving a vehicle and was drifting between lanes.

When stopped by police, he told them he had been coming from a stag party in Niagara Falls. He stated several times he had nothing to drink but then said he had not had enough to drink.

Youngs was asked to perform field sobriety tests, which he failed. The alcosensor was positive and he was placed under arrest. A breath test resulted in a .18 BAC. He was released on a summons.

Unlawful possession of marijuana

Efrain Santiago Jr., 24, of Windwood Court, Cheektowaga, was arrested for unlawful possession of marijuana.

While investigating a disturbance call, Santiago was speaking with an officer when the officer detected an odor of burnt marijuana. The officer asked Santiago to retrieve his marijuana, which he did. He handed over a bag of marijuana and was place under arrest. He was later released with an appearance ticket.

Criminal possession of marijuana

Thomas J. Chadwick, 23, of Warring Avenue, Buffalo, was arrested for criminal possession of marijuana. Chadwick was driving with an expired inspection. A traffic stop was initiated and he was issued a summons for the infraction.

During the stop, the officer noticed a small amount of marijuana pieces in the rear seat area.

Chadwick told the officer he had a small amount of marijuana in the vehicle. There was four ounces of marijuana in a jacket in the rear seat and located on Chadwick.

Unlawful possession of marijuana

Robert L. Gray III, 20, of Aris Avenue, Cheektowaga, and Michael S. Smith, 20, of Pine Ridge Road, Cheektowaga, were arrested for unlawful possession of marijuana.

Officers responded to a complaint of males smoking marijuana in a vehicle. Upon arrival, the officers observed the vehicle and detected an odor of marijuana.

The occupants of the vehicle denied having marijuana in the vehicle but Smith admitted to being near smoking marijuana earlier.

Gray was frisked and detained in the patrol vehicle after making furtive movements, to ensure the safety of the officer. Then Smith and a third occupant were asked to exit the vehicle.

The officer noticed drug packaging on the ground outside the drivers side of the vehicle that wasnt there before. The officer searched the vehicle and found marijuana all over the rear floorboard and seat.

Smith and Gray were placed under arrest and the third occupant of the vehicle was released to a parent.

April 12

DWI

Sameer A. Taner, 43, of Sandpiper Street, Orchard Park, was arrested for driving while intoxicated and operating a motor vehicle with .08 of one percent or more alcohol in blood.

Taner was stopped by police for a traffic infraction. He told the officer he was coming from a friends house. The officer observed signs of intoxication. Taner told the officer he had three beers.

He was asked to perform field sobriety tests, which he failed. He was placed under arrest and a breath test resulted in a .12 BAC. He was later released on a summons.

Criminal possession of a controlled substance

Vanessa M. Nowacki, 30, of Bory Drive, Cheektowaga and Vanessa A. Jackson, 35, of Country Place, Town of Lancaster, were arrested on two counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance and possession of a hypodermic instrument.

Nowacki and Jackson were in a vehicle that was stopped for having air fresheners and beads hanging from the rearview mirror, obstructing the drivers view.

Upon approaching the vehicle, the officer noticed the two making furtive movements.

The officer asked them about the furtive movements but they had no explanation. They were asked to exit the vehicle and were frisked for the safety of the officer.

Jackson told the officer she had a syringe but had a needle exchange card. There were five syringes recovered from her bag but she was unable to provide a needle exchange card.

Upon further searching the vehicle, the officer found another syringe and a number of bags with heroin residue in them in Nowackis purse. They were both placed under arrest transported and escorted into headquarters.

After the officer got back to the patrol vehicle, there was a crack pipe containing cocaine residue under the seat in the vehicle.

The vehicle had been checked prior to the arrest and was clear of all contraband.

April 11

DWI

Ebony P. Wallace, 34, of Cass Avenue, Cheektowaga, was arrested for driving while intoxicated and operating a motor vehicle with .08 of one percent or more alcohol in blood.

Wallace was stopped for swerving. She was unable to provide a license but had a paper stating that her suspension had been terminated. The officer noticed a clear cup in the center console with a beverage in it. There was also an odor of alcohol.

Wallace said she had nothing to drink. After the officer went to check the status of the driver, he returned to find the beverage was spilled and there was an open bottle of liquor on the rear floor.

She was asked to provide field sobriety tests, and failed. The alcosensor was positive and a breath test revealed a .09 BAC.

April 10

DWI

Shawn M. Kois, 21, of Clinton Street, Elma, was arrested for driving while intoxicated and operating a motor vehicle with .08 of one percent or more alcohol in blood.

Kois was stopped for driving with a brake light out. The officer detected an odor of alcohol and Kois was asked to perform field sobriety tests.

He failed the field sobriety tests and was placed under arrest. A breath test resulted in a .15 BAC. He was later released on an appearance ticket.

Criminal possession of a controlled substance

Amy L. Nice, 44, of Peinkofer, Cheektowaga, was arrested for criminal possession of a controlled substance.

Officers were called to check a building due to a check point requested by the landlord. The landlord had recently found drug paraphernalia and it was also requested by a tenant for a burglary.

There was a vehicle parked next to the dumpster and the officer asked the driver, Nice, why she was there. The officer could see a snort pipe on the steering column. Nice was asked to exit the vehicle and empty her pockets.

The property tested positive for drugs. There was a white rock substance in a cold sore medication container, which also tested positive.

Nice was placed under arrest, booked on the charges and held on bail.