Lancaster Police Blotter
BY: Jennifer Lysiak, Lancaster Editor | October 25, 2014
At 7:44 p.m., Oct. 10, patrol responded to Walmart, 4975 Transit Road, for a report of a female shoplifter in custody. Upon arrival patrol made contact with Walmarts loss prevention officer, who stated the female in custody switched the merchandise stickers on two pair of slippers discounting them.
The female, Elizabeth A. Zak, 29, of Cheektowaga, also removed two Genie Bras from their packaging and placed them into a single package. Zak then took the merchandise to the register and paid the discounted rates and exited the store. Loss prevention stopped Zak and recovered all the merchandise. Zak was transported to the station and charged with petit larceny.
At 2:59 a.m., Oct. 11, patrols responded to Motel 6, 52 Freeman Drive, and made contact with the offender, Cortez A. Philips, Jr., 22, of Buffalo, and the subject, 23,of Buffalo, who were both taken into custody on outstanding warrants. After being cuffed and during search, Phillips admitted to possessing a small quantity of cocaine, which was recovered from his front right pants pocket.
Phillips was transported to the station and charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance. He was later turned over to an Amherst Police Department officer on an outstanding bench warrant. The subject was turned over to the Cheektowaga Police Department.
At 4:55 a.m., Oct. 12, patrol observed a Chevrolet Beretta traveling east on Como Park Boulevard. The vehicle stopped at the intersection and remained sitting there for almost one minute. There were no other cars at the intersection waiting to go.
The vehicle finally took off and continued east on Como Park. When the vehicle took off it spun its tires and accelerated fast. Patrol began to follow the vehicle at a speed of 55 MPH with the posted speed limited being 30 MPH. The vehicle stopped at the corner of Como Park Boulevard and Lake Avenue and remained there for a few seconds.
At this point the vehicles reverse lights were observed by patrol and the vehicle began to back up. Patrol activated the emergency lights and the vehicle stopped. Patrol made contact with the driver of the vehicle, Edward F. Andres, 20, of Orchard Park. Andres showed signs of intoxication including, glassy blood shot eyes, slurred speech, and impaired motor coordination.
Andres also had an odor of an alcoholic beverage emitting from his breath. Patrol performed several field sobriety tests, which Andres failed. He was placed into custody without incident and transported to the station. At the station, he submitted to a breath test with results of .14 percent BAC. Andres was charged with DWI, operating a motor vehicle with .08 of one percent or more alcohol in blood, unsafe movement of stopped motor vehicle, unsafe backing of vehicle, and speeding on restricted highway.
Possession of a Hypodermic Instrument
At 11:49 a.m., Oct. 13, patrols responded to Red Roof Inn, 146 Maple Drive, for a complaint of parties who have rented a room, but had not paid for further days, and refused to leave. Upon arrival, the offender, Michael T. Robb, 22, of Buffalo, and three other parties were located inside the room.
One of the males was found hiding in the bathroom, while the others were inside of the main common room. It was at this time, patrol saw two hypodermic needles inside of a shoe, sitting on the floor. When patrol inquired as to the ownership of the shoe, Robb took ownership and stated he was the owner of the needles as well.
He said he uses the needles for diabetic reasons, but later admitted they were for heroin use. Robb was placed under arrest and transported to the station. He was charged with possession of a hypodermic instrument.
At 6:19 p.m., Oct. 13, patrols responded to a citizen complaint of reckless operation south on Cemetery Road from Walden Avenue. Patrol located the vehicle and observed the vehicle leave its lane of travel and was operating on the westbound shoulder. Patrol also visually estimated the vehicle to be traveling at 52 MPH in a 35 MPH zone, which was verified by radar.
Patrol pulled in behind the vehicle and followed it east into Broadway. Patrol noticed the vehicle was all over the road and unable to maintain its lane of travel. Patrol initiated a traffic stop. Patrol made contact with the offender, Jason J. Felski, 35, of Elma, who was the sole occupant of the vehicle.
Felski displayed obvious signs on intoxication. Patrol had him submit to several standard field sobriety tests and Felski also submitted to a roadside breath screen with a result of .28 percent BAC. Patrols located three open bottles of vodka behind the passenger seat within reach of Felski. He admitted to consuming alcohol while driving.
Felski was placed under arrest and transported to the station. He submitted to a breathalyzer test with a result of .25 percent BAC. Patrol also learned that Felskis license is currently suspended for a pending DWI in the City of Niagara Falls.
He was charged with DWI, aggravated DWI, failure to use designated lane, drinking alcohol in motor vehicle on highway, aggravated unlicensed operation, and a speeding violation.
At 4:28 p.m., Oct. 15, patrols responded to Walmart, 4975 Transit Road, for a report of two subjects in custody for shoplifting. Both subjects, 16, of Depew, took items without paying for them, valued at $163.25. Both subjects were charged with petit larceny.
At 10:27 p.m., Oct. 15, patrol was dispatched to the area of William Street, east of Lake Avenue, for reports of reckless operation by a 2013 Nissan Altima. Patrol located the vehicle at the intersection of William Street and Bowen Road, still traveling east on William Street.
The vehicle was traveling at a low rate of speed and was holding up traffic. Patrol followed the vehicle as it turned into the driveway of a William Street address. Patrol met the offender, Laura J. Anderson, 44, of Hamburg, at the vehicle and was able to smell the odor of alcoholic beverage. While speaking with Anderson, patrol noticed that her speech was slurred and broken.
Anderson stated she was coming from work, but had consumed two alcoholic beverages. Patrol conducted several field sobriety tests, which Anderson failed. Patrol also located an empty Bud Light Straw-ber-rita in the center console of the vehicle. At this point, Anderson was placed under arrest for DWI and transported to the station. She was also charged with speed not being reasonable and prudent.
Lancaster Police Blotter
BY: Jennifer Lysiak, Lancaster Editor | October 16, 2014
At 3:24 p.m., Oct. 3, patrol responded to Walmart, 4975 Transit Road, for a shoplifter in custody. The complainant watched the offender, Keith E. Hale, 22, of Cheektowaga, remove a tag from a pair of sneakers and put the sneakers on his feet.
Hale then went though check out and paid for other items. He left the store without paying for the sneakers. When Hale was stopped it was discovered that there were socks and a pair of flannel pants that were located in a bag but were not paid for. Hale stated he did not take those items and he only took the sneakers. Hale was transported to the station. He was charged with petit larceny.
Leaving Scene of Property Damage Only Accident
At 9:39 a.m., Oct. 4, patrol was dispatched to a property damage accident on Central Avenue, at Charlton Place, in the town. Upon arrival, patrol spoke to the complainant, who stated he was operating a black Volkswagen GTI south on Central Avenue, when he was being tailgated the entire time by the vehicle traveling behind him.
The complainant stated he began to slow down in order to make a left turn, with his turn signal on, onto Charlton Place when he was rear ended by a white GMC Acadia. The driver of the striking vehicle was described as a white male, in his 20s, short with a scruffy beard, and wearing an orange colored hoodie. The unknown driver stated he was driving his girlfriends vehicle and that he was not on the insurance.
The unknown driver did not want to wait for police to arrive and told the complainant that he was late for a funeral. The unknown driver fled south on Central Avenue. Patrol responded to a residence on Livingston Avenue, where the owner of the vehicle lived, but patrol checked the area and residence with negative results.
Dispatch sent an attempt to locate message countywide. Patrol also noted that on Sept. 13, the vehicle was the subject of an attempt to locate by the City of Buffalo Police Department. The vehicle was involved in a pursuit with the city police, after the vehicle left a high drug area with possible weapons in the vehicle.
At 9:56 a.m., Oct. 6, patrols were alerted to a white female registered at Motel 6, located at 52 Freeman Drive, who has an outstanding bench warrant from the Town of Lancaster for traffic charges. Patrols responded to room #211, which was occupied by a white and black female.
The black female was identified and there was a negative warrant check on her. The white female gave patrol her name and birthdate and stated this is to be her true identity. Patrols advised the female that it is unlawful to impersonate another person. The female still claimed to be whom she stated.
Later, the female provided patrols with her name, Jennifer D. Abrams, 23, of Rochester City. Abrams stated she gave patrols her sisters name because she believes she has an outstanding warrant from Ontario County, N.Y., and she did not want to get arrested.
Patrol contacted the Ontario County Sheriffs Office who advised that there was no warrant for Abrams. As patrols removed the bed covers to arrest Abrams for criminal impersonation, there was an open black glasses case, which contained 11 hypodermic instruments. Abrams was taken into custody.
While still at the motel, a black Ford rental vehicle arrived to pick both females up. A 22-year-old female from Rochester City was operating the vehicle. There was a negative warrant check for her, but she was uncooperative with patrols. The department has had several contacts with the female at several of the hotels on Freeman Drive and it is believed she might be involved with prostitution. There was possible evidence of prostitution in the room, including several used condoms and multiple womens outfits, as well as multiple empty glassine envelopes, which commonly contain narcotics. Abrams and the black female denied any involvement in prostitution.
Abrams was charged with criminal impersonation and possession of a hypodermic instrument. She was released on $100 bail with a court date at the end of October.
False Report Incident
At 2:59 p.m., Oct. 7, patrols responded to 4805 Transit Road for a 911 hang up call. The offender, Heidi L. Nizamoff, 44, of Lancaster, is deaf and uses a TYY line. Nizamoff called 911, via the TTY, and dispatchers responded telling her that this is 911 line and asking the nature of the emergency.
Nizamoff then hung up. Earlier on this date, at approximately 10:09 a.m., Nizamoff called 911, intoxicated, and patrols responded. Nizamoff called 911 because maintenance had not repaired her broken window. Dispatch advised that Nizamoff called 911 twice the day before, while intoxicated, for non-emergencies.
At 11 a.m., Oct. 6, Nizamoff called twice to ask questions about her rent. At 8:15 p.m., she then called twice to ask about rent and repairing her broken window. During the previous calls, Nizamoff was intoxicated and advised by patrols not to call 911 unless it was an emergency.
On this date, patrol responded to the apartment and found Nizamoff passed out on the couch with a hair dryer running on her chest. Nizamoff was intoxicated and again had called to ask why her window had not been repaired. Patrol gave Nizamoff a preliminary breath test with a reading of .33 percent BAC.
Nizamoff was arrested for false reporting and was transported to the station.
At 3:04 p.m., Oct. 8, patrol responded to Walmart, 4975 Transit Road, for a report of a theft in progress. The complainant, an asset protection manager for Walmart, stated there was a male inside returning stolen merchandise at the customer service desk.
Patrol apprehended the offender, Dennis M. Leli, 27, of Cheektowaga, as he exited the south doors of the store. Leli had a receipt in his hand from the Walmart in Cheektowaga that he had apparently found and used to return property that he had stolen for a cash refund in the amount of $62.27. Leli was transported to the station and charged with petit larceny and burglary in the third degree.
Lancaster Police Blotter
BY: Jennifer Lysiak, Lancaster Editor | October 08, 2014
At 4 p.m., Sept. 23, patrol was dispatched to Lancaster Liquors, 1127 Como Park Boulevard, for a report of a male that had fallen in the store and is possibly injured. The complainant, who is an employee, witnessed the male fall onto his back. The complainant advised the male to stay on the ground because paramedics were on their way.
The male disregarded what the complainant stated and got himself up and exited the store. The complainant contacted the police again and advised dispatch of the situation stating that the male is possibly drunk and is attempting to get into his car.
Patrol arrived on the scene as the male exited west onto Como Park Boulevard toward Transit Road. Patrol observed the vehicle move from its designated lane unsafely numerous times at which time patrol conducted a stop.
The male pulled to the side of the road, patrol approached the vehicle, and identified the driver as James C. Snyder, 58, of Depew. Patrol quickly observed signs of intoxication. When questioned Snyder admitted to drinking prior to driving his vehicle. He admitted to drinking vodka and orange juice all morning. When questioned as to the amount he consumed he stated, two bottles of vodka.
Snyder submitted to standard field sobriety tests, in which he failed and had a positive breath screen of .223 percent.
Snyder was placed under arrest and transported to the station. Snyder was charged with DWI and moving from lane unsafely.
At 3:35 a.m., Sept. 28, patrol arrested the subject Tracy L. Tarsy, 39, of Lancaster, for DWI and operation of a motor vehicle with .08 of one percent or more alcohol in blood.
Tarsy indicted to patrol she had drank a couple of wine coolers. Patrol administered a PBT, which indicated a BAC of .12 percent. At that point, Tarsy was asked to exit her vehicle and perform several standard field sobriety tests, which she failed. She was placed under arrest and transported to the station.
At 1:01 p.m., Sept. 28, patrol was dispatched to Walmart, 4975 Transit Road, on a report of a shoplifter detained by security. On arrival patrol made contact with the complainants who stated the offender, Jessica L. Barber, 29, of Alden, was caught shoplifting various clothing items after passing all points of purchase.
Barber was taken into custody and transported to the station. She was charged with petit larceny.
At 8:02 a.m., Sept. 29, a Stutzman Road resident stated that sometime during the night, some unknown person (s) entered his vehicle. They had moved items around and ripped open a letter with a check inside, but nothing seemed to be missing at the time of report.
The resident left his keys in the vehicle and the keys were located on another vehicle in the driveway. The vehicle was also left unlocked.
At 4:34 p.m., Sept. 29, a Stutzman road resident advised patrol that an unknown subject (s) stole property from his vehicle, which was parked in the driveway of his residence. The vehicle was left unlocked.
The incident occurred between 8 p.m. Sept. 28 and 8 a.m. Sept. 29. The unknown subject (s) entered the vehicle and stole approximately $50 in loose change and a bottle of Sex Panther cologne.
There was no damage to the residents vehicle and he did not know who might have taken his property.
Unlawful Possession of Marijuana
At 2:52 a.m., Sept. 30, patrol was conducting an area check of Regal and surrounding lots when patrol observed a vehicle parked in the Hobby Lobby lot. Patrol made contact with the offender, Philip J. Harvey, 22, of Wheatfield, who was seated in the front drivers seat sleeping.
When questioned concerning a reason for being in the lot, Harvey stated he was employed at Papa Johns Pizza, had just returned from a concert in Rochester and decided to sleep in the lot so he was not late to work. Patrol immediately noticed the odor of marijuana and questioned Harvey.
He admitted he had marijuana and turned it over to patrol. Harvey was issued an appearance ticket for unlawful possession of marijuana and released at the scene.
At 4:23 a.m., Oct. 1, patrol responded o McDonalds, 4993 Transit Road, for reports of an unwelcomed guest. Patrol located the 2012 Toyota Corolla at the drive-thru window and instructed the subject, 28, of Lancaster, to pull into the parking lot.
The subject denied the complainants claims that he repeatedly made lewd comments to her. The subjects account of his evening was inconsistent, but he did admit to having two beers.
Patrol conducted several standard field sobriety tests, which he passed. During the tests patrol could smell the odor of an alcoholic beverage. Patrol requested that the subject submit to a PBT, but he refused. The subject was issued tickets for refusal to take breath test and driving without a registration, which are returnable to town court at the end of October.
The subject was informed he is no longer welcome at that business and they will press charges should he return.
At 5 p.m., Oct. 2, patrol responded to Walmart for a report of a shoplifting in progress. The complainant, who is an asset protection associate for Walmart, stated there were two males inside the store that were attempting to steal a television.
The complainant reported a white male, later identified to be Richard F. Boswell, 33, of Buffalo, arrived with another male, later identified as Michael A. Dienno, 39, of Buffalo.
The two were in the store together and selected the television from the shelf, placed it into a cart, and then were loitering near the south exit of the store. Boswell then pushed the television out of the doors where he was immediately apprehended by patrol and taken into custody. Dienno exited the same doors shortly after and was also taken into custody.
Both Boswell and Dienno were found to have previously signed no trespassing agreements with Walmart barring them from the property. They were transported to the station and bail was set at $7,500 cash/ $15,000 bond. Both subjects could post bail and they were transported to the Erie County Holding Center and turned over the sheriffs department.
Boswell and Dienno were charged with burglary and grand larceny- value of property greater than $1,000. The television was worth $1,098.
Lancaster Police Blotter
BY: Jennifer Lysiak, Lancaster Editor | September 26, 2014
LANCASTER- Driving with Suspended Registration
At 3:36 a.m., Sept. 12, patrol observed a 2003 Saturn Vue exiting the lot of the 711 Store located on the corner of Genesee Street and Transit Road. A plate check returned suspended for insurance not in effect as of Aug. 27. Patrol conducted a traffic stop.
The offender, 37, of Cheektowaga, was unable to provide current insurance coverage, however, did possess several expired cards. While roadside, patrol contacted the insurance carrier who stated that coverage was not in effect and had lapsed in June. The offender was issued a ticket for operation of a motor vehicle with registration suspended.
At 3:11 p.m., Sept. 12, patrol was dispatched to Tops, 4777 Transit Road, for a report of an employee in custody for giving away store property. The offender, Michele L. Gallo, 41, of Cheektowaga, was observed voiding charges to a Tops customers bill and then placing the void items in the shopping cart of the unknown customer.
Gallo was also observed taking coupons from customers and placing them off to the side for her personal use. Gallo stated she did void the purchases for a customer that came through her line. Gallo stated the individual was a cousin.
Gallo was placed under arrest and transported to the station. She was charged with petit larceny.
At 7:16 p.m., Sept. 12, patrol responded to 6727 Transit Road for a report of a property damage only accident where one of the parties was possibly intoxicated. Upon arrival, patrol spoke with the complainant who stated he was notified by staff that someone had backed into his vehicle in the parking lot.
The driver of the striking vehicle, Shawn Skrabski, 41, of Lancaster, stated he was coming to Quaker Steak to pick up a friend and that he was parking his 2005 Jeep in the parking lot when he backed into the other vehicle. During a conversation with Skrabski, glassy eyes, impaired speech, impaired motor coordination, and the odor of an alcoholic beverage were all immediately noticeable.
Skrabski stated he hadnt had anything to drink since operating the vehicle. After the performance and failure of several field sobriety tests, and the refusal of a PBT, Skrabski was arrested for refusal to take breath test, unsafe backing of vehicle, and DWI: previous conviction designated offense within 10 years.
Skrabski was transported to the station and refused to submit to a chemical breath test.
At 6:39 p.m., Sept. 15, patrol was traveling east on Broadway at Bowen Road. The light was green for the westbound lanes of traffic on Broadway, with the left turn arrow to turn south onto Bowen Road. The light turned green for the eastbound lanes of traffic, and patrol began to accelerate into the intersection.
At that time, patrol had to apply his brakes as a Kia SUV had continued making a left turn to head south on Bowen Road, cut in front of patrol and forced patrol to stop to avoid striking the vehicle. Patrol pulled the vehicle over.
Patrol approached the vehicle and requested the drivers license. Patrol immediately noticed a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage emitting from the drivers, Stanley Wolanin, 49, of Elma, breath. Patrol also noticed that his eyes were very glassy.
After providing patrol with the proper paperwork, patrol asked him if he had been drinking. He said he had a couple of beers at his uncles house. Patrol asked Wolanin to perform several field sobriety tests. Wolanin was able to exit the vehicle under his own power, but patrol noticed that he staggered as he walked to the front of his car.
Wolanin failed all the tests that were administered. He did attempt to provide a breath sample on the PBT, but was not able to provide an adequate sample. Wolanin was placed under arrest for DWI.
A search of the vehicle incident to arrest provided an open bottle of Red Stag Bourbon Whiskey that was more than empty. Wolanin was transported to the station.
He was also charged with operation of a motor vehicle without inspection certificate, failure to yield right of way at the intersection, and drinking alcohol in motor vehicle on highway.
At 7:15 p.m., Sept. 16, patrols received a call of a suspicious person at Kohls Department Store, 4835 Transit Road. The complainant stated the offender, David M. Sterling III, 22, of North Tonawanda, was going through electronic equipment and taking items out of the containers.
Sterling then removed headphones from a package and put them in his pocket. Sterling then met up with a female and a child at the front register. They left the store and patrol made contact with him in the parking lot. Sterling was detained and the headphones were located.
While in the parking lot, it was determined that there was an active stay away order of protection for the female and child. Sterling was transported to the station. He was charged with petit larceny and disobeying a mandate. The total of property attempted to be stolen was listed at $39.99.
Aggravated Unlicensed Operation
At 1:25 a.m., Sept. 17, patrol was stationary on Transit Road near Bob Evans Restaurant and observed a 2010 Chevrolet Impala exit the lot of Cracker Barrel and travel south in the northbound lanes. Patrol conducted a traffic stop.
The operator, Crystal Walker, 43, of Buffalo, license returned class D-restricted and suspended (total two with one SCOFF) as of April 8- persistent violator. When questioned concerning where Walker was coming from and going to, she stated she had just left Motel 6 and was heading home.
Walker was aware of and did acknowledge the limitations on her restricted license driving privileges. Walker was taken into custody and transported to the station where she was issued tickets for improper use of restricted license and aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle. She was released on $100 bail.
Driving with Suspended Registration
At 5:27 p.m., Sept. 18, patrol observed a vehicle traveling south on Transit Road drive through the steady red traffic light at the corner of Transit Road and Como Park. Patrol activated emergency lights and pulled the vehicle over.
A DMV check of the vehicle was conducted with a result of being suspended status. The vehicle registration was suspended in Delaware on Jan. 4, 2012 for no insurance. The operator, 38, of Lancaster, was issued tickets for operation of a motor vehicle with registration suspended, unregistered motor vehicle on highway, operating a motor vehicle without insurance, and running a red light.
Aggravated Unlicensed Operation
At 10:51 p.m., Sept. 18, patrol observed a 2014 Nissan traveling on Transit Road at a speed of 43 mph in a 30 mph. Patrol conducted a traffic stop on Transit Road. The offender, Christopher M. Olson, 27, of Tonawanda, was the driver. Olson provided patrol with his drivers license. A DMV check of his license revealed 13 open suspensions on six different dates. Olson was arrested for aggravated unlicensed operation in the second degree.
Olson was transported to the station. At the station, Olson was searched. Patrol located a small plastic container containing a green, leafy, vegetable matter, suspected to be marijuana, in his right, rear pocket.
He was also charged with a speeding violation and unlawful possession of marijuana.
Lancaster Police Blotter
BY: Jennifer Lysiak, Lancaster Editor | September 18, 2014
At 10:25 a.m., Sept. 5, the complainant, the manager at the Harris Hill Nursing Facility, advised that an unknown male, with an Indian accent, has been calling the facility non-stop. When the unknown male calls he ties up several phone lines at the facility.
The unknown male is calling from an 845 area code, which is the Hudson Valley region in New York State. The complainant believes this phone number is part of a phone scam. Patrol conducted an Internet search using the phone number and there were several blogs indicating that the phone number is part of a phone scam. The complainant contacted the facilitys phone provider to have the number blocked.
At 7:34 p.m., Sept. 5, patrol responded to Pavement Road at Genesee Street to assist an officer on a traffic stop. Upon arrival, patrol was briefed on the stop and during a conversation with the operator, Donald L. Cordova II, 31, of Lancaster, patrol observed glassy eyes, impaired speech, impaired motor coordination and the odor of an alcoholic beverage.
After the performance and failure of several field sobriety tests and a PBT screen of .12 percent BAC, Cordova was arrested for DWI, driving to left of pavement markings, and aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle.
Cordova was transported to the station where he refused to submit to a chemical breath test.
At 2:33 p.m., Sept. 6, a Kohls loss prevention associate reported that he observed a suspect walk out into the parking lot to her car with a Kohls mesh shopping bag that customers are not allowed to take out of the store. When the associate confronted her, the suspect became irate, refused to return the bag, and got into her car and left.
While speaking with the suspect, the associate observed merchandise in her bag and recorded the license plate number of the vehicle. Patrol spoke with the registered owner of the vehicle, who stated her mother, Corrine M. Carrubba, 61, of Cheektowaga, had the vehicle. Carrubba could not be reached by phone and patrol checked her residences with negative results.
Later in the evening, patrol receive a call from the registered owners boyfriend who stated he had driven Carrubba home and had also recovered the property stolen from Kohls from the trunk of the vehicle.
Patrol met with the boyfriend who turned over four packages of bed sheets and stated he believed Carrubba was under the influence of drugs.
Patrol responded to Carrubbas home and was able to make contact with her. Carrubba stated she had taken a lot of medications and only remembers parts of being at Kohls, but does remember going inside, selecting the bed sheets, and then walking out without paying because the line to cash out was too long. Carrubba was taken into custody and charged with petit larceny.
Unlawful Possession of Marijuana
At 9:32 a.m., Sept. 7, patrol observed a vehicle parked along the west side of the parking lot at Microtel Inn, 50 Freeman Drive. Upon driving by the vehicle it was observed that the vehicle was occupied and not running.
Patrol exited the patrol car and began to approach the vehicle to make contact with the occupants. At the same time, patrol exited the vehicle so did one of the offenders, Ephraim I. Murph, 20, of Rochester City, who stated, We have a room here. As patrol approached the vehicle a strong odor of burnt marijuana was emitting from the vehicle and smoke could be visibly observed coming from the vehicle.
All three offenders, Murph, John F. Lightfoot II, 21, and Michael A. Mason, 19, all of Rochester City, were arrested and issued appearance tickets.
During the course of the investigation a grinder with marijuana residue was located in the center console along with two remnants of marijuana joints.
At 2:01 p.m., Sept. 9, a Pleasant View Drive resident came to the station to report that an unknown suspect (s) stole his black Haro brand BMX bicycle. The resident believes the theft occurred sometime in the overnight hours. The resident placed his bicycle on the side of the garage and later observed it missing. The resident does not known who might have taken his bicycle. The total cost of the bike was listed at $330.
Lancaster Police Blotter
BY: Jennifer Lysiak, Lancaster Editor | September 13, 2014
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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: Community Papers of WNY Staff | September 05, 2014
Michael E. Orth, 30, was arrested Aug. 26 for trespass.
Maryjoan, J. Harrigan, 56, was arrested Aug. 26 for harassment in the second degree.
Michael J. Wittmeyer, 49, was arrested in Kenmore on Aug. 26 for petit larceny.
Douglas M. Pryor, 47, was arrested Aug. 27 for petit larceny.
Bobby J. Linnane, 31, was arrested Aug. 29 for harassment in the second degree and criminal mischief in the fourth degree.
Theodore J. Canaski, 26, was arrested Aug. 29 for grand larceny in the fourth degree and criminal trespass in the third degree.
Jason G. Malloy, 19, was arrested Aug. 30 for unlawful possession of marijuana.
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.
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
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: Community Papers of WNY Staff | May 18, 2014
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.
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.