Town, Village of Lancaster Police Blotter
Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance
Patrol was dispatched at 5:35 p.m. to Como Park, the Boy Scout shelter, for a white male in a white T-shirt possibly under the influence. Patrol located the subject lying in the woods. The subject, Austin Nowak, 19, of Lancaster, was clearly under the influence and readily admitted to injecting heroin a short time ago.
When asked, Nowak retrieved two bags of suspected heroin from the center console of his vehicle and four hypodermic syringes from his golf bag. Nowak admitted ownership of both and was placed under arrest and transported to the station.
Nowak was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance and possession of a hypodermic instrument.
At 7:15 p.m., patrol responded to 5 Bentley Center for a report of a dryer on fire. Patrol spoke to the complainants who stated that they have been using the dryer all day and that just before calling 911, one of the complainants entered the basement to change loads and found the dryer on fire.
The other complainant ran into the basement, grabbed the burning clothes from the dryer, which were almost out and ran outside with them. The complainant than hosed the clothes down before police arrived.
The fire department responded and ventilated the house.
At 7:29 p.m., patrol responded to Walmart, 4975 Transit Road, and spoke to the complainant who stated Jocelyn House, 23, of Buffalo, and Kimberly D. House, 21, of Buffalo, work as cashiers at Walmart and on several occasions have both neglected to ring in merchandise totaling at least $437.76 between the two of them.
The complainant walked patrol to the rear of the store where Jocelyn was speaking to management. She was placed under arrest and walked to the security office while management spoke to her sister. While in the security office, Jocelyn became uncooperative. She was cuffed in the back and twice she was able to get the handcuffs to her front.
The first time she attempted to make phone calls and then shoved her hands down her pants like she was hiding something or trying to get something out. An officer responded and stayed with Jocelyn and security while patrol went back to the rear of the store to place Kimberly under arrest.
Prior to being arrested, Kimberly admitted to Walmart management that she has been stealing and gave a written statement. Jocelyn and Kimberly were transported to the station and charged with petit larceny. Jocelyn was transported to the Cheektowaga Police Department where she had outstanding traffic warrants. Kimberly was released to a relative.
At 3:42 p.m., patrol was dispatched to the West Drullard playground for a report of youths yelling on a loud speaker and possibly high. Upon arrival patrol spoke with the youths and patrol discovered that the offender, Austin M. Hejza, 18, of Lancaster, was in possession of a black sharpie marker.
Patrol asked Hejza what he had tagged and Hejza pointed to two locations on the shelter. The tags were: “She gimmie head while I puff trees” and “Puff Trees.” Hejza was placed under arrest and transported to the station.
Hejza was charged with making graffiti and possession of a graffiti instrument. He was released on his own recognizance with an appearance ticket returnable to village court in November.