Cheektowaga Police blotter, April 20 to 22
Death: Traffic fatality
Officers were dispatched to 1675 Walden Ave. at approximately 1:30 a.m. Friday for a report of an injury accident. Upon arrival, numerous emergency personnel were already on scene, including the rescue fire department, Rural Metro, and several other police officers.
A four-door PT Cruiser was in the median facing northbound and a motorcycle, which was originally traveling eastbound, came to rest west of Vehicle 1 upon impact. The driver of the PT Cruiser was walking around the area, and both the driver and passenger of the motorcycle were lying on the ground east of the vehicles.
Rural Metro pronounced the motorcycle driver and passenger dead on scene. The driver was James C. Drozdowski, 44, and the passenger was Christine Aman, 45, both of Big Tree Road in Hamburg.
Numerous officers were called in to assist with the accident. An alcohol sensor performed on the driver of Vehicle 1 came back negative.
Colleen A. Brzyski, a medical examiner, who came to claim the bodies, obtained a baggie of a white powdery substance located in Drozdowski’s coat pocket. Both the Cruiser and motorcycle were inventoried and impounded and an autopsy was conducted on Drozdowski and Aman. After the autopsies, Dr. LaPoint determined that the cause of death in both cases was from multiple blunt force injuries.
The white powdery substance found in Drozdowski’s pocket was submitted to Central Police Services for analysis and the scene was photographed.
Officers arrested Thomas DiCioccio, 52, of Buffalo, Saturday for menacing.
Officers responded to a South Rossler address for a report of a male displaying a gun to a female. The female fled and called 911, and DiCioccio left northbound on South Rossler over the thruway.
Officers checked the area and located DiCioccio on North Meadowbrook Parkway. As officers apprioached him, he ran westbound through nearby yards and was chased until caught at 275 North Willowlawn Parkway. The female victim idientified the offender 8:03 p.m..
DiCioccio was transported to headquarters, where it was determined that he had originally lied about his name and social security number, as he had used his brother’s. DiCioccio was booked, charged, and held for court. Officers were unable to locate the black handgun DiCioccio displayed to the female victim.
Officers traveling eastbound on French Road at Brentwood arrested Shaina M. Barsalou, 24, of Springville, for driving while intoxicated.
While traveling on French Road, officers observed that the vehicle Barsalou was driving had no headlights on. Her vehicle was stopped and they interviewed her.
Barsalou failed several field sobriety tests, including the alphabet test, the walk and turn, and the stand on one leg test. A strong odor of alcohol was on her breath and her alcohol sensor reading tested positive at .22 percent.
Barsalou admitted to drinking several bottled beers at Nickel Creek. Sgt. Coons was notified and said to release Barsalou on summons, with a return court date of May 3.
Police arrested Brandon M. Rucker, 26, of Amherst, at 2:46 p.m. Sunday after being called to the Walden Galleria Lord and Taylor Store for a report of larceny.
Upon arrival, officers spoke to a loss prevention officer at the store, who stated that he observed Rucker selected cologne, remove it from packaging, and then conceal the bottles in a small shopping bag he was carrying. Rucker then attempted to leave the store without paying for the cologne before the loss prevention officer stopped him.
The loss prevention worker signed an information complaint regarding the incident and Rucker was placed under arrest. He was transported to headquarters, where he was booked and held on $300 bail.
Rucker had in his possession a handheld security wand, which is used to disable electronic security devices, so he was also charged with 190.47 PL and 140.35 for the modified shopping back he was using as a burglary tool. The cologne was recovered and held by the loss prevention officer for evidence purposes.