Town and Village of Lancaster Police Blotter
Unlawful Possession of Marijuana
Patrol was assigned to bike patrol and was conducting various premise checks throughout the village. At 9:05 p.m., patrol located two individuals, Jesse R. Sanner, 18, of Lancaster and Mitchel R. Weber, 18 of Lancaster, sitting on a concrete curb and smoking what appeared to be cigarettes.
Patrol approached the individuals and it became apparent that they were attempting to conceal something in their hands. When advised to stop and show what they were concealing, the subjects handed over a clear plastic container with a green leafy substance inside suspected to be marijuana and two metal smoking devices, which resembled a cigarette, known as “one-hitters.”
Both subjects admitted to patrol that the substance was indeed marijuana. At that time, both subjects were placed under arrest for unlawful possession of marijuana. Both Sanner and Weber were released at the scene with appearance tickets returnable to village court.
At 7:58 p.m., patrol located two subjects, Karrick Maniscalco, 19, of Cheektowaga and Kevin R. Gay, 21, of Depew, behind the youth bureau, located at 200 Oxford Ave., at the band shelter skateboarding. The band shelter has a large sign at the entrance indicating no trespassing/skateboarding, which both subjects indicated they had seen.
Gay and Maniscalco were issued appearance tickets for trespassing. They will appear in village court in May. They were released at the scene and advised not to return.
Obstructing Governmental Administration
At 6:47 a.m., patrol was traveling north on Transit Road, approaching Genesee Street, and observed a 2001 Oldsmobile Alero traveling south on Transit Road with an uninspected motor vehicle. Patrol observed the vehicle enter the Kwik Fill gas station and turn for the traffic stop. Patrol entered the Kwik Fill lot and made contact with the subject, LeShawn D. Blackburn Sr., 23, of Lackawanna, who had exited the vehicle and was standing near the pumps.
When Blackburn was questioned concerning the uninspected vehicle, he stated that the vehicle was not his and that he did not know why there wasn’t an inspection sticker on the window. Patrol requested Blackburn’s driver’s license and he stated he forgot to bring it with him. When patrol requested any form of identification, Blackburn reached into his pocket and as he removed his hand a small plastic bag containing marijuana fell on the ground.
Patrol then instructed Blackburn to move his vehicle from in front of the gas pumps to a parking area on the south side of the lot. Blackburn moved his vehicle as instructed and exited the driver’s side door.
As patrol approached Blackburn he immediately fled west across Transit Road and behind houses located on Cloverleaf Avenue. Patrol yelled for Blackburn to stop and return at that time. Blackburn did not comply. Patrol entered car, activated emergency lights, and traveled west on Cloverleaf Avenue in pursuit of Blackburn.
Patrol exited the vehicle at the west end of Cloverleaf Avenue and chased Blackburn. The chased continued through the parking lot located behind an unknown business on Genesee Street, north across Genesee Street, and into the property behind the Direct Buy business, located at 4950 Genesee St. Other officers arrived on the scene and pursed Blackburn into the wooded area where he was taken into custody and transported to the station.
Blackburn was charged with unlawful possession of marijuana, resisting arrest, obstructing governmental administration, and operating a motor vehicle without inspection certificate. Blackburn was released on $350 bail. He is scheduled to appear in town court in May.