Town, Village of Lancaster Police Blotter
BY: Jennifer Lysiak, Lancaster Editor | February 07, 2014
A Camner Avenue resident reported that sometime between 1 and 10 a.m., an unknown person (s) entered his vehicle. The vehicle was parked unlocked in the driveway.
The resident believed it happened after midnight, Jan. 15, as a koozie that he keeps in his center console was in the back seat on Wednesday afternoon. The resident noticed $50 stolen, along with a pull string bag.
The resident had no suspects and stated he just wanted the police aware of the incident.
Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance
At 1:19 a.m., patrol was conducting an area check of Microtel Inn, 50 Freeman Drive, and observed a 2001 Oldsmobile Intrigue parked on the east side of the building near the side entrance.
On approach to the vehicle, patrol noticed loose tobacco and a cigar wrapper lying in the snow on the left side of the vehicle near the front driver side door. On making contact with occupants, Alaina M. Redden, 18, and Erica L. Dean, both of Rochester City, patrol immediately noticed the strong odor of burning marijuana and confronted Redden.
Redden admitted to smoking marijuana and stated all they had left was the roach from the blunt, which patrol confiscated. Both offenders were instructed to exit the vehicle and when questioned both denied possessing additional narcotics.
During a search of the vehicle, patrol located a purse on the passenger side floor board belonging to Dean, which contained 10 to 15 empty glassine baggies and two containing heroin.
When questioned by patrol concerning any possible heroin on her person, Dean admitted to having an unknown quantity, possibly a bundle of heroin hidden in her underwear.
Redden and Dean were taken into custody and transported to the station. Redden was charged with unlawful possession of marijuana and Dean was charged with unlawful possession of marijuana and criminal possession of a controlled substance.
At 3:01 p.m., patrol responded to 4975 Transit Road, Walmart, for a report of a shoplifter. Patrol arrived and spoke with the complainant, the asset protection associate, who stated he observed a heavy set black female walk a 32-inch TV, pots and pans, utensils, and a vacuum out to her car without paying for them.
The female then returned to the store and continued to shop. Patrol observed the female, later identified as Shinetta T. Hairston, 31, of Buffalo, in the store and upon speaking with her, she denied any wrongdoing and gave permission for patrol to look in her vehicle.
Patrol checked Hairstons vehicle and observed the items in the vehicle, which she admitted to taking. Hairston was issued an appearance ticket for petit larceny.
Driving While Intoxicated (Felony)
At 6:41 p.m., patrol responded to Genesee Street at Stony Road for a report of a property damage only accident. Upon arrival, patrol observed a gray Chevrolet in a snow bank on the south side of Genesee Street facing west with the operator, Dewey M. Cook, 59, of Batavia, in the drivers seat and the vehicle running.
Patrol spoke with a witness, who had been driving behind Cook, and he stated he observed Cooks vehicle driving east on Genesee Street when it spun around and went into a snow bank near Stony Road. While speaking with Cook, the witness observed his speech to be slurred and could not understand him.
During a conversation with Cook, patrol observed glassy eyes, extremely impaired speech, impaired motor coordination, and the odor of an alcoholic beverage. Cook stated he was coming Russells Restaurant where he had two glasses of wine and was driving home to Batavia when he spun out.
Patrol asked Cook to exit the vehicle and while doing so, he lost his shoe in the snow, could not retrieve it, and could not get it back on after patrol retrieve it for him. While speaking with Cook on the side of the road, he could not walk or stand without assistance of his vehicle and he fell over into the snow and street three times.
Cook could not understand basic instructions; therefore, he could not perform any field sobriety tests and registered a .24 percent BAC on the preliminary breath test. Cook was arrested for DWI: previous conviction designated offense within 10 years, moving from lane unsafely, and speed not reasonable and prudent.
Driving While Intoxicated
At 8:32 p.m., patrol responded to Transit Road at the intersection of Maple Drive. According to dispatch, a witness was following the striking vehicle driver who was on foot running north on Transit Road.
The driver was described as a white male wearing a blue hooded sweatshirt approximately five foot 11 inches tall. Patrol was able to locate the subject walking in the rear lot of Progressive.
When the subject became aware of police presence, he began to run east through the lot. Patrol was able to apprehend the subject who was then identified as Jacob R. Hoffman, 22, of Clarence.
Hoffman was uncooperative and belligerent. Patrol placed Hoffman in the patrol vehicle and made contact with the witness. The witness stated he was on Maple Drive stopped at Transit Road when he observed a blue Oldsmobile with no headlamps and dragging what appeared to be his bumper. The vehicle then came to a stop in front of him straddling the curb and passing lanes. The witness watched the vehicle for approximately 30 seconds when a second vehicle pulled up occupied by a female driving a gray Jeep with rear end damage.
The witness observed Hoffman exit his vehicle and run north on Transit Road. It was at this time the witness asked the driver of the Jeep if she was okay and she yelled to him, that guy just hit my car. The witness started to follow Hoffman and contacted the police.
Hoffman was charged with DWI, operator leaving scene of property damage accident, and following too close. He was transported to the station for booking where he refused to submit to a chemical breath test.
Drug overdose leads to three arrests for child endangerment
BY: Metro Source Staff | February 06, 2014
LANCASTER- On Tuesday, Lancaster Police arrested a 32-year-old man from Buffalo, a 29-year-old man from Franklinville, and a 26-year-old Lancaster woman for endangering the welfare of a child.
Police and E.M.S. responded to a reported drug overdose at 29 Hess Place in Lancaster. A 26-year-old female who lived at that location had apparently overdosed on suspected opiates. The female received treatment from Bowmansville Fire Department and L.V.A.C. and regained consciousness. She was transported to E.C.M.C. for further evaluation.
According to police numerous uncapped hypodermic needles and other drug paraphernalia were found throughout the house. Also present in the house was the female's 1-year-old daughter.
Due to the dangerous and deplorable conditions found in the house, both Erie County Child Protective Services and the Town of Lancaster Building Inspectors Office were notified to respond. The child was removed from the house, which was determined to be uninhabitable by the building inspector.
The three subjects were arraigned in Town of Lancaster Court Tuesday afternoon. Additionally, the 32-year-old male has an outstanding warrant from Los Angeles County, Calif., for grand theft auto that Los Angeles County will seek extradition for. Charges against the 26-year-old female are forthcoming.
Hypodermic needles and other evidence recovered at the scene was taken and turned over to Lancaster Police detectives for further testing.
Due to New York State's "911 Good Samaritan Law" (New York State Penal Law section 220.78), none of the subject's present could be charged with any controlled substance offense.
North Tonawanda/Tonawanda Police Reports for the week of Friday, Feb. 7
BY: Metro Source Staff | February 05, 2014
Town of Tonawanda
At approximately 1:35 p.m. Jan. 30, the Key Bank at 4248 Delaware Ave., in the Town of Tonawanda was robbed.
The suspect is described as a white male, 5-feet-10 inches to 6-feet-tall, with light hair. He was wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt.
An undetermined amount of cash was taken.
Anyone having any information is encouraged to call the Town of Tonawanda Police Department at 879-6613.
City of Tonawanda
Frances M. Christman, 34, Cottage Street, North Tonawanda, was arrested Feb. 1 for DWI and criminal possession of a weapon in the fourth degree. He was in possession of a loaded revolver. Christman refused to take the road side breath test and was held for the judge.
Scott A. Morrow, 46, Morgan Street, City of Tonawanda, was arrested Feb. 1 for DWI and aggravated DWI. Morrow failed his field tests and made an improper turn. His BAC was .23.
Raymond P. Mang, 24, Hackett Drive, City of Tonawanda, was arrested Feb. 2 for unauthorized use of a motor vehicle in the third degree. Bail was set at $250.
Mark C. Langenbach, 51, was arrested by Kenmore Police for possession of sexual performance by a child.
Robert D. Turner, 47, was arrested Jan. 27 for petit larceny.
Roquel Hunter, 41, was arrested Jan. 30 for petit larceny and criminal possession of stolen property in the fifth degree.
Zachary J. Paul, 20, was arrested Jan. 31 for assault in the second degree.
Allan S. McMindes, 31, was arrested Feb. 2 for driving while intoxicated in the first offense and speeding,
Ronald J. Lester, 28, was arrested by Kenmore Police Feb. 3 for identity theft in the third degree.
Ralph E. DiChiara, 45, was arrested Feb. 3 for aggravated harassment, phone without legit communications.
Man sentenced to 60 days for DWI
BY: Metro Source Staff | February 03, 2014
On Wednesday Jan. 22, a Williamsville man was sentenced to 60 days in jail by Cheektowaga Town Judge Paul Piotrowski for his guilty plea to driving while intoxicated and aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle in the early morning hours on Jan. 17.
Anthony Deleon, 29 of Wherle Drive was arrested by Cheektowaga Police Officer Christopher Wierzbowski at 3:30 a.m. after he was stopped on Park Edge Drive in Cheektowaga. At the time, Deleons drivers license was revoked for a previous conviction of driving while intoxicated.
This was Deleons third conviction for DWI and several other types of convictions, which Piotrowski considered when imposing the jail sentence.
Lancaster Police investigate two deaths; Is Freeman Drive a problem area in Lancaster?
BY: Jennifer Lysiak, Lancaster Editor | January 29, 2014
LANCASTER- The Lancaster Police Department is currently investigating the deaths of two individuals found Sunday, Jan. 26, at the Motel 6, 52 Freeman Drive in Lancaster.
Police found the bodies of a 23-year-old male and a 28-year-old female inside a guest room shortly after noon.
Earlier that morning, relatives of the male, who were concerned about his welfare after not hearing from him for several days, had contacted Lancaster Police.
Lancaster officers located a vehicle used by the male a short time later in the hotel parking lot and determined that the male had checked into the room on Friday afternoon. The female was the girlfriend of the male subject.
Lancaster Police Capt. William J. Karn Jr., said at this time the department is not releasing the names of the male and female, out of respect for their families. Both individuals were formerly from Lancaster and their families still reside in the area.
At this time, the exact cause of the deaths is still under investigation, but it is suspected to be drug overdose as a result of intravenous use of opiates. Drug packaging and paraphernalia were found inside the room by Lancaster police detectives and have been submitted to the Erie County Central Police Services laboratory for testing.
When questioned if that particular area is a problem area, Capt. Karn stated, there are four hotels/motels on Freeman Drive, plus four more in the immediate vicinity in their jurisdiction on Transit Road and North Maple Drive.
I would say that no specific hotel is more of a problem than the others, but we do receive a good number of calls and arrests in that area, remarked Capt. Karn. I believe part of the problem is their location [because theyre] centrally located near the Thruway, airport, and Transit Road, which makes these hotels easy to find and get to.
Karn explained another possible issue is that several of the motels are relatively inexpensive, which tends to draw certain clientele and activity.
For example, we do not receive as many reports of suspected prostitution activity at the more expensive nearby hotels, commented Karn. We are aware of the ongoing issues in this area, and have conducted various undercover details and focused patrols in response, which has resulted in numerous arrests for drug possession and prostitution. We have no reason to believe that any drugs related to this case were purchased or obtained in or around the area of Freeman Drive.
North Tonawanda Police Blotter for the week of Jan. 29
BY: Metro Source Staff | January 29, 2014
Jeremy W. Beaver, 33, Haight Road, Barker, was arrested Jan. 28 for unlicensed operation. Bail was set at $400.
Michelle J. Miller, 39, Schenck Street, North Tonawanda, was arrested Jan. 28 for disorderly conduct. Bail was set at $300.
City of Tonawanda
Troy W. Gelz, 25, Vandervoort Street, North Tonawanda, was picked up on a warrant, Jan. 22, for possession of a controlled substance. He was held for the judge and later taken to the holding center.
Charles Avarello, Jr., 57, Main Street, Tonawanda, was arrested Jan. 23 for driving while intoxicating.
He was traveling east bound on Niagara Street when patrol observed Avarello following too closely. During a traffic stop it was determined his BAC was .12.
Stolen credit card
Clayton J. Hess, 19, Hinds Street, Tonawanda, turned himself in on an arrest warrant for criminal possession of stolen property in the fifth degree. Hess used a stolen credit card.
Jason J. Schiavone, 34, Lincoln Avenue, North Tonawanda, turned himself in on a warrant for grand larceny on Jan. 24. He was held on $2,500 bail.
James Corigliano, Jr., 29, Towers Boulevard, Cheektowaga, was arrested just after 2 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 26. He was observed speeding on Youngs Street in Tonawanda and did not pull over for a traffic stop until he reached the I-290 eastbound.
He failed his field tests and refused to take the roadside breath test.
He was charged with speeding, operating a motor vehicle with no inspection, and felony DWI.
Corigliano was convicted of a DWI out of Elma in August, 2004.
Edward Farley IV, 24, Main Street, Tonawanda, was arrested Jan. 28 after a domestic incident. He was charged with stalking in the fourth degree and harassment in the second degree.
He was held for the judge.
Andrew Kristich, 27, was arrested by Kenmore Police on Jan.12 for DWI - first offense, operating a motor vehicle with a BAC of .08 or more, and failure to stop at a stop sign.
Gloria M. Nobile, 37, was arrested Jan. 12 for assault in the third degree with intent to cause injury, criminal mischief with intent to cause damage to property, and criminal trespass in the second degree.
Melanie J. Link, 31, was arrested Jan. 14 for operating an unregistered motor vehicle on the highway, operating a motor vehicle without inspection, AUO in the third degree, and operating a motor vehicle as an unlicensed driver.
Disobeying an order
Anthony Pompeo, 36, was arrested Jan. 15 for disobeying an order of protection.
Daniel Aiken, 22, was arrested Jan. 18 for AUO in the third degree, unlawful possession of marijuana, operating an unregistered motor vehicle, and producing an invalid insurance identification card.
David V. Mirabella, 46, was arrested Jan. 19 for unlawful imprisonment in the second degree.
James M. Lord, 25, was arrested Jan. 19 for assault in the third degree with intent to cause injury, petit larceny, criminal mischief, criminal obstruction of breathing, unlawful imprisonment in the second degree, and menacing in the second degree - weapon.
Disobeying a mandate
Quasim Paige, 25, was arrested Jan. 20 for disobeying a mandated stay away order.
Adam R. Busch, 26, was arrested Jan. 24 for grand larceny in the fourth degree - value greater than $1,000.
Joseph Sims, Jr., 50, was arrested Jan. 24 for petit larceny.
Xavier E. Hunter, 26, was arrested Jan. 25 for DWI - first offense, operating a motor vehicle with a BAC of .08 or more, and stopping/standing/parking violation on the highway.
Keith Nastaga, 21, was arrested Jan. 25 for petit larceny.
Mark C. Langenvach, 50, was arrested by Kenmore Police Jan. 27 for possession of sexual performance by a child.
Town, Village of Lancaster Police Blotter
BY: Jennifer Lysiak, Lancaster Editor | January 28, 2014
LANCASTER- Jan. 17
At 5:25 p.m., patrols responded to the area of Broadway and Bowen Road for a vehicle that struck mailboxes and was at that location changing a tire.
After interviewing the driver and observing vehicle parts near the struck mailboxes it was determined that the Chevrolet SUV at Broadway and Bowen may have struck the curb along Broadway, but was not the vehicle that went off the roadway and struck the mailboxes.
It was reported the striking vehicle drove east on Broadway, drove straight at the curve in the road, veered off the south side of the roadway, and destroyed three mailboxes before veering back onto the roadway.
A hubcap belonging to a Cadillac, possibly a SUV, was located near the mailboxes along with parts to a headlight housing that did not belong to the Chevrolet.
At attempt to locate was sent to surrounding agencies. There was no further witnesses or evidence found at the scene.
Driving While Intoxicated
At 9:24 p.m., patrols responded to Pavement Road for a complaint of a possible intoxicated operator heading south from Genesee Street. Patrols located the vehicle traveling south on Pavement Road, near Lancaster Parkway, and observed the vehicle travel onto the shoulder of the roadway and then back into the driving lane.
Patrol conducted a traffic stop and the vehicle stopped. Upon interviewing the operator, Yuriy S. Kogut, 49, of Alden, patrol observed glassy blood shoot eyes, slurred speech, lack of motor coordination, and an odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from his breath. Patrol instructed Kogut to exit the vehicle and walk to the rear of his vehicle.
Kogut was unable to walk upright without almost falling over. Patrol conducted several field sobriety tests. After the tests, patrol took Kogut into custody.
Kogut was charged with DWI and moving from a lane unsafely.
Driving with .10 percent BAC
At 9:57 p.m., patrol was traveling west on Broadway in the village when a vehicle was observed traveling at a higher rate of speed heading east on Broadway.
Patrol confirmed the speed of the vehicle with results of 43 mph in a 30 mph zone. Patrol activated emergency lights and pulled the vehicle over.
Upon interviewing the operator, Daniel J. Rogers, 51, of Williamsville, patrol could smell the odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from his breath.
Patrol also observed glassy eyes, slurred speech, and lack of motor coordination. Patrol asked Rogers how many drinks he had consumed tonight, in which Rogers stated, none then switch to I had one drink at the Elks Lodge. Patrol asked Rogers to exit his vehicle and walk to the rear of his vehicle.
Patrol again asked how many drinks he consumed, and Rogers gave the answer of two beers. Patrol conducted several field sobriety tests, in which he failed. Rogers was given a breath screening roadside with a positive result for alcohol. Rogers was taken into custody.
At the station he submitted to a breath test with a result of .19 percent BAC. Rogers was charged with DWI, aggravated DWI, and a speeding violation.
Driving While Intoxicated (Felony)
At 3:45 a.m., patrol was sitting stationary on Transit Road at the entrance to Kohls Department Store when patrol observed a 2002 Audi pass going north at a speed of 56 mph in a 45 mph zone.
Patrol began to follow the vehicle and the vehicle made a right turn onto the grassy area between Tim Hortons and the entrance for Park Lane Apartments. The vehicle drove across the sidewalk and into the outbound lane of traffic for Park Lane Apartments.
Patrol activated emergency lights and the vehicle continued into Park Lane Apartments in the outbound lane. The vehicle continued on with the offender, Stephen C. Preisigke, 28, of Lancaster, waving his hand out the window at patrol. The vehicle finally stopped and patrol made contact with Preisigke.
At this time, patrol noticed Preisigke had slurred speech, impaired motor condition, and glassy blood shot eyes. He was also emitting an odor of an alcoholic beverage from his breath.
Due to weather conditions, Preisigke was placed into custody and transported to the station for field sobriety tests. At the station, he performed the tests and failed.
Preisigke submitted to a breath test with results of .27 percent BAC. He was charged with DWI: previous conviction designated offense within 10 years, aggravated DWI, driving motor vehicle on/across a sidewalk, driving in wrong direction on one way street, and a speeding violation.
At 1:17 p.m., the complainant, who is a loss prevention officer for Walmart, 4975 Transit Road, observed a male and female take three shirts and conceal them on the female.
The two then tried to exit the store without paying for the shirts. The complainant stopped the male and female and escorted them back to the security office where the complainant called the police. The female was identified as Chelsea F. Supples, 18, of Lancaster and the male was identified as Jeffrey B. Root, Jr., 25, of Depew. Supples and Root are girlfriend and boyfriend. The two arrived at the store in a brown Ford pickup truck.
The complainant wanted to press charges and the two were charged with petit larceny. Patrol searched Root and located a can of Monster Energy Drink, which he had stolen from the store and had concealed in his pants. All the stolen merchandise was returned to the complainant.
Supples and Root were transported to the station and released on their own recognizance.
Unlawful Possession of Marijuana
Patrol was traveling west on Broadway, approaching Aurora Street, and observed a 1994 BMW make a left turn from Broadway onto Aurora Street directly in front of a vehicle east on Broadway, nearly causing a crash.
Patrol followed the vehicle south on Aurora Street and when patrol activated the emergency lights, the vehicle stopped abruptly on Aurora Street at Garfield Street. Patrol could observe the driver making several movements inside of the vehicle and it appeared the driver was attempting to hide something.
The offender, Jacob M. McCoy, 20, of Lancaster, was the sole occupant of the vehicle. Patrol could immediately detect a strong odor of burnt marijuana from the vehicle and about McCoy.
McCoys eyes were bloodshot and his speech was slow. McCoy was asked to step out of the vehicle and when asked what he was attempting to hide, he admitted to patrol it was marijuana and pointed to where it was located in the vehicle. Inside of the driver door compartment patrol found a small bag of suspected marijuana, two glass smoking pipes, and a marijuana grinder.
McCoy was placed under arrest and transported to the station. At the station, McCoy was given several standard field sobriety tests and evaluated for impairment. It was determined that he had consumed marijuana while driving, but not to the level that would warrant an arrest.
McCoy was charged with reckless driving, failure to yield right of the way of left turn, and unlawful possession of marijuana. He was released on his own recognizance with a village court date in February.
Lockport police reports for the week of Jan. 23
BY: Rikki Cason | January 25, 2014
Dec. 13 to Jan. 1
The Niagara County Sheriffs Office, Niagara Falls Police Department, North Tonawanda Police Department, Lockport Police Department, Middleport Police Department, Lewiston Police Department, Town of Niagara Police Department, Barker Police Department, Somerset Police Department, and New York State Park Police all participated in the Holiday Season National DWI Crackdown Enforcement from Dec. 13 to Jan. 1.
All agencies involved utilized increased patrol units that were specifically designated for DWI enforcement. 40 people across Niagara County were arrested during this time frame for driving while intoxicated.
These extra patrol units also had an additional 46 arrests and issued approximately 631 traffic tickets.
Future crackdown periods are already scheduled in 2014 with all agencies being involved.
Sheriff James R. Voutour announced the arrest of Robert J. Elder, 34, of the Town of Lewiston after an investigation by the Niagara County Sheriffs Office Criminal Investigation Bureau Jan. 17.
Elder was charged with second-degree course of sexual conduct against a child, a felony. Elder was arraigned at the Town of Lewiston Court and bail was set at $5,000 cash, $10,000 property/bond.
On Jan. 21 Niagara County Dispatch received a 911 call of an accident involving a motor vehicle in front of 8549 Ridge Road in the Town of Hartland.
Investigation reveals the vehicle was traveling east bound on Ridge Road in the Town of Hartland when the vehicle left the road and went onto the south shoulder.
The vehicle struck a tree in the front yard of 8549 Ridge Road before coming to rest. The operator of the vehicle was transported to Eastern Niagara Hospital in the City of Lockport shortly after and was pronounced deceased.
The investigation is continuing by the Niagara County Sheriffs Office Accident Investigation Unit. The name of the occupant is being withheld at this time pending the notification of the family.
Cheektowaga police blotter for the week of Friday, Jan. 24
BY: Metro Source Staff | January 23, 2014
Tadd L. Calvert, 28, of Virginia Street, Buffalo, was arrested for aggravated unlicensed operation, driving while intoxicated, and operating a motor vehicle with .08 of one percent or more alcohol in blood.
Patrol stopped a vehicle for a loud muffler. The officer noticed an odor of alcohol emanating from the vehicle. The driver, Calvert, admitted to drinking beer.
Field sobriety tests were performed and it was determined that Calvert had been driving while intoxicated. He was taken to headquarters. A breath test came back with .15 percent BAC. Calvert was held.
Donald T. Powless, 40, of Hoerner Avenue, Cheektowaga, was arrested for criminal possession of a controlled substance.
Officers initiated a traffic stop when a vehicle, operated by Powless, failed to signal on a turn. While Powless retrieved the proper forms for the officer, the officer observed, in plain view, what appeared to be loose marijuana on the front floorboards.
He also noticed the smell of burnt marijuana coming from the vehicle.
Powless admitted to smoking in the vehicle recently. The officer performed a pat frisk and found that Powless was also in possession of crack cocaine.
David Khoury, 25, of Banger Street in Guildford, was arrested for driving while intoxicated. Officers observed a vehicle at a gas station on William Street that turned onto William Street at a high rate of speed. As the vehicle travelled, the drivers side tires were completely over the double yellow lines. The vehicle then made an abrupt lane change and improperly turned onto the I-90 east entrance.
A traffic stop was initiated and Khoury was the only occupant of the vehicle. Khoury told the officer that he was coming from a friends house.
The officer noticed signs of intoxication and asked Khoury to exit the vehicle. Field sobriety tests were performed and was only able to provide Australia photo identification.
After determining that Khoury was driving while intoxicated, the officer took him into custody and to police headquarters for processing. Breath test results were .13 percent BAC. Khoury was held to see the judge.
Mitchell J. Flading, 26, of Lakeside Crescent, Town of Lancaster, was arrested for unlawful possession of marijuana and criminal possession of a controlled substance.
Jared A. Kwiatkowski, 24, of Rollingwood Drive, Town of Lancaster, was arrested for unlawful possession of marijuana, criminal possession of a controlled substance and aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle.
A vehicle was travelling down Broadway with a plate cover covering the rear edges of the license plate, and an extremely loud exhaust system and muffler.
A traffic stop was initiated and Kwiatkowski was the operator of the vehicle. He said he and Flading had been coming from a concert in downtown Buffalo.
The officer observed a marijuana container in plain view under Fladings leg. Flading admitted to it being a pill bottle of marijuana. Kwiatkowski also had marijuana under his seat.
K-9 officer Wazi arrived and provided several positive indications locating suboxone sublingual films in Kwiatkowskis wallet and suboxone powder in Fladings wallet.
Both were taken into custody and released on appearance tickets. Kwiatkowski was also found to have a revoked license.
Joseph P. Totaro, 43, of Crandon Boulevard, Cheektowaga, was arrested for unlawful possession of marijuana.
Officers observed a vehicle making a right turn but moving into the left lane. A traffic stop was initiated and the officers observed an odor of marijuana. Totaro was asked why the vehicle smelled of marijuana and he said he didnt know why and he doesnt smoke marijuana. He gave consent to search the vehicle.
Upon searching the vehicle, the officers found a backpack in the trunk containing marijuana. Totaro was taken into custody and released on an appearance ticket.
Demetrius D. Black, 36, of Roosevelt Avenue, Buffalo was arrested for driving while intoxicated and aggravated unlicensed operation, second degree, with three of more suspensions on three or more dates.
Marcus D. Jackson, 21, of Clarence Avenue, Buffalo and Erica F. Sweat, 21, of Roehrer Street, Buffalo, were arrested for unlawful possession of marijuana.
A vehicle was pulled over for a broken right tail lamp. Black was the operator of the vehicle and provided identification and registration but no New York State License.
An odor of alcohol was emanating from the vehicle and Black was observed to have glassy, bloodshot eyes and was speaking with slow, slurred speech.
Field sobriety tests were performed and Black refused an alcosensor test. Officers made the determination that he was driving while intoxicated.
The two passengers of the vehicle, Jackson and Sweat, were asked to exit the vehicle for a pat frisk. During the pat frisk, Jackson was found to be in possession of a container with marijuana. During a tow inventory, a marijuana cigarette was found in Sweats purse.
All three were taken into custody. Black was held for court.
Arris J, Campbell, 33, of Preston Road, Cheektowaga, was arrested for unlawful possession of marijuana. Officers responded to a report from a concerned citizen of a male sitting in a running vehicle for an hour.
The vehicle had been running and was in drive. The responding officer reached in, put the vehicle in park and awoke the operator, Campbell.
In plain view on the center console, the officer observed a bag of marijuana, pipe and blunt. Campbell was taken into custody and released on an appearance ticket.
Anthony Deleon, 29, of Wehrle Drive, Williamsville, was arrested for operating a motor vehicle by an unlicensed driver, aggravated unlicensed operation, changing lanes when hazardous, drinking alcohol in a motor vehicle on a highway, use leased/rented/loaned vehicle without interlock device, refusal to take breath test, operating a motor vehicle without insurance, and driving while intoxicated with a previous conviction designated offense within 10 years.
During a traffic stop, officers noticed a strong odor of alcohol and the driver, Deleon, admitted to having nine beers.
Field sobriety tests were performed and Deleon refused a roadside screening test.
He was placed under arrest and transported to headquarters. He refused a breath test at headquarters and was held to see the judge.
Dessa Pontikos, 34, of Ladner Street, Buffalo, was arrested for criminal possession of a controlled substance.
Officers observed a vehicle swerved partially over the double yellow lines and a traffic stop was initiated. The driver, Pontikos, was released from the stop with a warning but agreed to answer a few more questions.
She stepped out of the vehicle and the officer observed a chore boy on the driver side floorboard and an odor of marijuana emanating from the vehicle.
Pontikos admitted to smoking marijuana earlier. A search of the vehicle found a substance that tested positive for cocaine on the scene.
Pontikos was placed under arrest and transported to headquarters. She was held on bail.
Jason M. Kuczmanski, 32, of Union Road, Cheektowaga, was arrested for assault.
Officers were dispatched for a reporter of assault. The victim of the assault and a witness, said they were in the bar having drinks when the victim spoke with Kuczmanskis fianc.
The victim and witness said he became upset and threw a punch at the witness but he ducked it. A scuffle broke out in the bar.
Kuczmanski punched the victim several times in the face with a closed fist. When asked about the incident, he denied any wrong doing and said he hadnt gotten in a fight. Bouncers at the bar were also uncooperative and said there had been no fight. It was found that the bouncers knew Kuczmanski. He was placed under arrest and released on an appearance ticket.
Jessaray C. Orrick, 31, of Seneca Place, Town of Lancaster, was arrested for driving while intoxicated and operating a motor vehicle with .08 of one percent of more alcohol in blood. While on routine patrol, officers observed a vehicle parked near a business that had been burglarized in the past.
Officers approached the vehicle and the operator, Orrick, had shown signs of intoxication. Field sobriety tests were performed and failed. Orrick was taken into custody. Breath test results showed a .13 percent BAC.
Town, Village of Lancaster Police Blotter
BY: Jennifer Lysiak, Lancaster Editor | January 21, 2014
LANCASTER- Jan. 12
Driving with Suspended Registration
A 2005 Chrysler Town and Suburban was traveling south on Transit Road when patrol noticed the vehicles right brake light was inoperative, which is a violation, and the rear window was broken. Patrol conducted a traffic stop and the vehicle stopped.
The offender, 37, of Cheektowaga, was issued a ticket for operating a motor vehicle with registration suspended and released on her own recognizance.
Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle
Patrol was traveling north on Transit Road when patrol observed a 2013 Jeep Cherokee Suburban whose plates came back as suspended as of Nov. 16, 2013 for an insurance lapse. Patrol conducted a traffic stop and the vehicle stopped.
The offender, Jason H. Bowman, 30, of East Amherst, produced his license, which returned with several indefinite suspensions by New York State. He also had a New York State Non-Driver ID only with a total of six suspensions on five dates. Bowman was taken into custody and transported to the station.
At the station, he was issued tickets for operation of a motor vehicle with registration suspended and aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle with three or more open suspensions on three or more dates.
Bowman was later released on $100 bail.
Driving with Suspended Registration
At approximately 2:08 p.m., patrol observed a blue Ford Explorer traveling north on Transit Road, near Aero Drive. The vehicle had no front license plate and patrol initiated a traffic stop.
Patrol identified the driver, and registered owner, as Kiara R. Miller, 25, of Buffalo. In addition, there were two female passengers in the vehicle. Miller had a valid New York State drivers license, but the DMV indicated the registration was suspended on Jan. 8 for parking violations. Miller said the front license plate was lost.
Miller was issued a ticket for operation of a motor vehicle with suspended registration. Miller was also issued a MV-78b for the lost plate. She is scheduled to appear in town court in February.
Driving with Suspended Registration
At approximately 12:49 p.m., patrol observed a tan Ford Explorer traveling south on Transit Road, near Genesee Street.
The vehicle had an expired New York State inspection sticker (2013) and patrol initiated a traffic stop. Patrol identified the driver, and registered owner, as Daniel Thomas Jr., 41, of Cheektowaga. Thomas had a valid New York State drivers license.
The DMV indicated the registration was suspended on July 11, 2012 for parking violations. Thomas was issued tickets for driving with a suspended registration. Thomas is scheduled to appear in town court in February.