Town, Village of Lancaster police blotter
Prohibited Use of Weapons
At 4:24 p.m., patrols responded to a Court Street address for a hunting complaint. Upon arrival, the complainant stated he heard several shots fired within the village borders behind his residence. Patrols entered the wooded area to search for any hunters that discharged their firearms in the village.
While attempting to locate the hunters, patrols heard two shots fired from a shotgun approximately 25 yards away from their location, close to the rear of the houses located on Washington Street, well within the village borders.
Patrol located a vehicle at the end of Inwood Place with a gutted female deer. Patrols entered the wooded area and located the offender, 28, of Lancaster, approximately 126 yards from roadway and within village borders. While interviewing the offender, patrols observed a gutted male deer and asked where he shot the deer from, in which he showed patrols the location. The offender was walked out to the roadway for further investigation.
Patrol was unable to locate the other offenders due to unsafe darkened conditions. Patrol contacted the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and an officer responded to the scene. The location of the deer killed was mapped by the DEC officer by means of GPS device and determined to be within village borders.
The offender was issued an appearance ticket for violating village code: Discharge of firearm in village. All DEC permits were valid and filled out.
At 11:17 a.m., patrols responded to a Ransom Road address to arrest and serve bench warrants out of Town of Cheektowaga for Nathan D. Field, 24, of Cheektowaga. When patrol arrival to the door, David Field, 77, of Lancaster, answered the door. When patrol asked David if Nathan was at the residence he stated, “No.”
While patrol was speaking to David, another patrol officer went around the back of the residence. Nathan was seen running north in the backyard of the residence. When Nathan saw the officer running toward him, Nathan went to the ground and stopped resisting.
Nathan was placed under arrest. David was placed under arrest for obstructing. Both parties were transported to the station.
David was released and Nathan was turned over to the Cheektowaga Police Department.
Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance
The complainant, 25, of Lancaster, called to report a domestic incident. The complainant resides with his girlfriend, Stephanie K. Zajac, 27, of Lancaster, at a Transit Road apartment in the town. Zajac is four months pregnant with the complainant’s child.
The complainant stated he was asleep when Zajac woke him up. Zajac wanted the complainant to go with her to get needles, hypodermic instruments. The complainant did not want to go and they began to argue.
During the argument, Zajac knocked the complainant to the ground and began to choke him by placing both her hands around his neck. The complainant was able to free himself from Zajac. After getting up, the complainant knew Zajac had three small bags of heroin hidden in their bedroom. The complainant retrieved the three small bags of heroin and threw them into the dumpster, which was outside next to their apartment. The complainant then called the police.
As the complainant was calling the police, Zajac went to the dumpster and the complainant believes she had recovered the heroin. Upon arrival, patrol observed that the complainant’s neck was red. The complainant led patrol to the dumpster. The complainant and patrol were only able to locate one small bag of heroin. Zajac claimed ownership of the heroin.
In addition, Zajac stated that prior to patrol’s arrival she had located one small bag of heroin in the dumpster and had “snorted it.” The complainant wanted to press charges against Zajac for choking him.
Zajac was transported to the station and charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance and harassment. Zajac was released on her own recognizance.