Weekly Feature



2014-04-03 / Police Blotter

Alleged thief attempts to hide car battery in mattress

Monday, March 24

• An Elma man was observed swerving in his lane and crossing the fog line several times while traveling on Seneca Street. During the subsequent traffic stop he slurred his speech and reportedly smelled of an alcoholic beverage. Police said he admitted to drinking alcohol. The driver then allegedly failed a sobriety test and refused to take any more tests. He was charged with driving while intoxicated, a felony because it was the second such offense in 10 years, and moving from his lane unsafely. It was also found that a passenger in the vehicle, a West Seneca man, was the subject of an outstanding warrant out of Cheektowaga

• A Dover Drive man reported that several items had been stolen from his unlocked vehicle. The man said the missing items were a radar detector valued at $50, a Garmin GPS valued at $120 and $5 in change.

• A Lackawanna woman was reportedly observed in the Allendale school zone on Orchard Park Road. A computer check found that the woman’s privilege to operate a vehicle was suspended for ignoring summonses on two dates. She was charged with speeding in a school zone and aggravated vehicle operation.

Wednesday, March 26

• A Buffalo woman was reportedly observed driving at a high rate of speed on Seneca Street. During the subsequent traffic stop it was found that the woman’s license was revoked for driving while intoxicated and refusal to submit to a chemical test. When asked why she was driving so fast, the woman told police it was to get around another car that was in her way. She was charged with aggravated vehicle operation and violating a restriction.

Thursday, March 27

• A Center Road woman reported that an unknown person stole two truck rims with tires on them in a front yard of a house. The rims are valued at approximately $100 each, and the tires are valued at $20 each.

• Police were called to the Kmart on Orchard Park Road on the report of a Lackawanna man allegedly hiding a DieHard gold battery in a mattress box and then going through checkout and paying for the mattress. After passing all points of purchase, the man was arrested on a charge of petit larceny.

• A West Seneca man driving on Manhasset Street was reportedly observed signaling a right-hand turn and then turning left. During the subsequent traffic stop, the man is said to have slurred his speech and had retinas the size of “pinheads.” A computer check found that the man’s license was suspended. He allegedly told the officer he hadn’t been drinking, but that his eyes were slanted due to “smoking weed and taking a Xanax.” Two clear plastic packages containing alleged fentanyl residue were reportedly found on the driver’s-side floor. The man was charged with driving while ability impaired by drugs, driving while intoxicated and making an improper signal.

Friday, March 28

• A Buffalo man was observed driving on Edson Street and failing to signal his turn. After refusing to pull over, the man reportedly drove through a stop sign without stopping before his vehicle finally came to a rest. During the subsequent traffic stop, the man was said to have slurred speech and bloodshot eyes, and smelled of an alcoholic beverage. After allegedly failing several field sobriety tests, the man began shouting profanities at the officer. He was charged with driving while intoxicated, refusing to take a breathalyzer test and not making a signal.

Total calls received: 402

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

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