Weekly Feature



2017-05-18 / Police Blotter

Man punches EMT, flees ambulance

Lancaster

Friday, May 5

• Police conducted a welfare check for a resident along Transit Road, as he had overdosed twice in the past two days and managed to leave an ambulance that was taking him to Erie County Medical Center. The man had punched an emergency medical technician in the left shoulder and exited through the rear of the ambulance. While speaking with the man, officers noticed controlled substances in an open dresser drawer and took him to the Erie County Holding Center.

Monday, May 8

• A man was pulled over along Sheldon Avenue for a loud muffler, which was seen swinging under the vehicle and not properly attached. Officers reportedly found amphetamine and dextroamphetamine pills in the center console and a small bag of marijuana in the man’s pants pocket.

Tuesday, May 9

• Police initiated a traffic stop at Transit Road and Wehrle Drive, seeing a vehicle without a front license plate pull out of Motel 6 along Freeman Drive. A man and woman with two small children in the back were in the car, and after a system check, police took the man into custody as he was the subject of a bench warrant out of Buffalo. Officers also smelled a strong odor of marijuana coming from the car, and the man reportedly admitted to smoking at the motel. Two backpacks containing a vacuum sealed bag of marijuana, one bag of loose marijuana, and five individually sealed plastic baggies of suspected marijuana were found in the trunk, along with a digital scale. More than $4,000 was also found in the glove box. While police were waiting for the K-9 officer to arrive, the man’s father, mother and sister arrived on location, and the father became hostile with police. He had his hands in his pockets and refused to remove them when police asked him to. After he became increasingly belligerent, the father was taken into custody for disorderly conduct.

Wednesday, May 10

• A security guard at Lancaster

Speedway on Gunnville Road was charged with assault after he allegedly struck an individual in the face without provocation, knocking the man from his motorcycle. The victim rode his motorcycle up to the area, and his helmet had a camera on it that caught the incident. The security guard initially told police the man had become disorderly and attacked him when he asked the man to get back in line.

Thursday, May 11

• A woman was caught allegedly stealing a 30-pack of Bud Light from Tops Markets on Transit Road. Police also found the woman’s license to be suspended upon running her information through a DMV check.

Depew

Monday, May 8

• A man involved in a hit-and-run accident at the corner of Transit Road and Terrace Boulevard was tracked down based on reports of a car consistent with damages reported on scene. He told police he had turned around at Depew High School but could not locate the car he hit when he returned.

Wednesday, May 10

• Police responded to reports of a phone scam. A woman with a learning disability got a call from a man claiming to be with the IRS. He told the woman to go to Target and purchase $550 in iTunes gift cards. She became suspicious when the man asked her to scratch off the numbers and read them to him.

Thursday, May 11

• A man called police after a woman keyed his car while it was parked at a medical practice along Transit Road. The woman called police that day, stating that her vehicle had scratched another vehicle and that she wanted to report it.

Saturday, May 13

• A man was pulled over along Transit Road for crossing the double yellow line to get to the turning lane. The man was visibly impaired, and officers found a crack pipe in his pants pocket. Six envelopes believed to contain heroin and another crack pipe were found in the car.

Sunday, May 14

• A woman called police to report an Xbox One stolen from her residence. She believes the man staying with her sold it for drugs.

(Editor’s note: The Bee’s police blotter is a sampling of unusual, sometimes humorous calls received by the police department. It is not intended to be a complete record of all incidents reported.)

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