Weekly Feature



2011-07-14 / Police Blotter

Knife, rocks, DWIs among holiday weekend mischief

Thursday, June 30

  • A resident of Fernwood Drive admitted to an Erie County probation officer that a Suboxone pill, which was observed on his TV stand, belonged to him. He was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance.
  • The driver-side mirror was broken off a vehicle parked overnight on Caldwell Drive.

Total calls received: 86

Friday, July 1

  • A man on Chamberlin Drive reportedly observed a dark figure pulling his solar landscape lights out of the ground. He went outside but didn’t see the missing lights or anybody holding them; however, he did find a color changing, solar-powered light that was not his. A passerby had observed two youths run toward Wildwood Avenue, where another landscape light was found on the sidewalk. A total of four lights, valued at $10 apiece, were missing from the man’s property.
  • Patrol responded to a bar on Union Road after a rock was allegedly thrown at a person’s vehicle, causing some damage. The victim reportedly arrived at the bar with a few friends and felt “unwelcomed.” The group then reportedly witnessed an unknown suspect throw a rock at the vehicle.

Total calls received: 87

Saturday, July 2

  • A woman admitted to drinking and driving after she was stopped by patrol for cutting through a parking lot at the intersection of Seneca Street and Harlem Road. She failed several sobriety tests and was found to have a suspended driver’s license, as well as an outstanding warrant out of Lackawanna for third-degree assault.

Total calls received: 86

Sunday, July 3

  • Patrol heard a loud smash on Duerstein Street where the driver side mirror of a parked vehicle was reportedly hit. Patrol followed a suspect blue pickup to Manhassett Street, where the male driver was observed to have slurred speech and bloodshot eyes. He was ordered to remain in his vehicle several times but did not comply. The man then failed several field sobriety tests, including the alphabet test — he mumbled A and B, then repeated six consecutive M’s. When taken into custody, the driver told patrol, “It’s not like I’m down here to buy crack. Can’t we work this out?” He registered a .23 percent blood-alcohol level and was charged with both DWI and leaving the scene of an accident.
  • A man was stopped on Harlem Road after he allegedly dumped a tire under a bridge on Indian Church Road. The driver admitted to the act and was followed back to the spot where patrol advised him on proper disposal methods for tires.

Total calls received: 80

Monday, July 4

  • Police responded to Duerstein Street where a man was threatened with a knife. According to the report, the argument was in regard to the suspect constantly asking his daughter to pet the complainant’s dog. The suspect reportedly told patrol, “That guy could kill me if he wanted, so I grabbed a knife.” The male suspect was taken into custody and was unable to stand for mug shots and fingerprints due to his level of intoxication.

Total calls received: 86

Tuesday, July 5

  • Patrol arrested an Edson Street man who was belligerent and charged with disorderly conduct. The man was reportedly intoxicated and had slammed his front door several times, agitating neighbors. He was ordered to stay inside but failed to comply, giving patrol such excuses as he was looking for his pet. The man was arrested after slamming his door for the sixth time.
  • Police chased a motorcyclist who was driving recklessly from Mineral Springs Road into Buffalo. The driver was said to be traveling at 80 miles per hour and illegally passing four vehicles at once by weaving out of the driving lane. He also failed to stop at several stop signs. A computer check revealed that the man was operating the motorcycle without a license or permit.

Total calls received: 58

Wednesday, July 6

  • An Edson Street female observed a male run out of the rear door of her house after she awoke from a “commotion.” Nothing was said to be missing or damaged. The female was advised to lock her doors in the future, as the rear door was unlocked when the incident occurred.
  • A man on Marlow Drive reported that 50 bottles of beer and a bottle of vodka were stolen from his garage when he returned home the night of July 4.

Total calls received: 67

Thursday, July 7

  • At the Southgate Plaza, an off-duty Cheektowaga police officer witnessed a vehicle being intentionally “keyed,” leaving approximately two 6-foot-long scratches on the front and rear passenger doors. West Seneca police located the suspect’s vehicle and, before any questioning, the suspect said, “I keyed it, I did it, I’ll take full responsibility.” The victim did not press charges.
  • An unknown suspect stole a Paul Mitchell flat iron, valued at $80, from a business located on Ridge Road.
  • A Highland Avenue home had damage to some siding, its porch awning and rug after it was struck by several eggs. The owner contacted police upon hearing a “banging” noise but did not observe any suspects.
  • A man contacted police upon finding his stolen vehicle in a Ridge Road parking lot. The victim said he paid for and purchased the vehicle from the operator several weeks ago. The operator, who was found to have three warrants out of Buffalo, later admitted to selling the vehicle and then taking it from the victim’s driveway.

Total calls received: 75

(Editor’s note: The Bee’s police blotter is a sampling of unusual, sometimes humorous calls received by the police department. It is not intended to be a complete record of all incidents reported. Residents can report incidents to the West Seneca Police Department by calling its anonymous tip line at 675-8423.)

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