Weekly Feature

2010-10-21 / Police Blotter

Resident’s Halloween decor too hot to handle

(Editors 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.)


Friday, Oct. 8

• Police saw a vehicle traveling 50 mph in a 30 mph zone and swerving and stopped the vehicle at 3 a.m. on Broadway. Upon talking to the driver, a Florida man, officers said they noticed an odor of alcohol and signs of intoxication. He allegedly failed field sobriety tests, and when read his Miranda and driving while intoxicated warning, which discusses submitting to a breath test and consequences if refused, he replied, “No, I don’t want to.” He was charged with driving while intoxicated, speeding and changing lanes when hazardous and released on $500 bail.

Sunday, Oct. 10

• The owner of a Transit Road business reported at 10:50 p.m. that someone stole $1,070 from a cash envelop.

Monday, Oct. 11

• Police responded to an alarm at 4:15 a.m. at a Broadway store and found that someone had broken in by shooting the glass on a door with a pellet gun. Money and 70 packs of cigarettes were stolen, and loss was listed at around $963.

• An employee of a George Urban Boulevard store reported at 2:25 p.m. that a man stole a book of lottery tickets from the counter. Loss was listed at $115.

• Fire and police officials were called to investigate a chimney fire at 8:40 p.m. on St. Mary’s Street. A faulty flue was found to be the cause. Damage was listed at $1,000.

Thursday, Oct. 14

• Fire and police officials responded to a gasoline spill at 2:25 p.m. on Borden Road. A fuel truck was in operation when gas began to spew from the safety valve. Between 20 and 40 gallons spilled. The Department of Environmental Conservation also was notified because an undetermined amount entered a sewer drain.

Friday, Oct. 15

• Officers responded to an accident at 9:30 a.m. on Walden Avenue. A Depew man was extricated from his vehicle and taken to the Erie County Medical Center.

• A vehicle was found to have an obstructed view and stopped at 1:20 p.m. on Broadway. Police had received a tip that the vehicle had marijuana in its door. The driver, an Alden man, was asked to exit the vehicle, and a search allegedly uncovered a container with a green, leafy substance suspected to be marijuana. He was charged with unlawful possession of the drug and driving with an obstructed view.

Saturday, Oct. 16

• Police saw a vehicle fail to stop for a stop sign and pulled the vehicle over at 3:30 a.m. at Terrace Boulevard and Bellevue Avenue. Upon talking to the driver, a Depew man, officers said they noticed an odor of alcohol and signs of intoxication. The man allegedly failed field sobriety tests and refused to submit to a breath test. He was charged with felony DWI due to a previous conviction and released on his own recognizance.

• Officers saw a vehicle swerving and hitting the curb and stopped the vehicle at 7:25 p.m. at Walden and Burkhardt avenues. Upon talking to the driver, officers said they noticed an odor of alcohol and signs of intoxication. The driver allegedly failed field sobriety tests and registered a 0.17 blood alcohol content on a breath test. The DWI charge was elevated to a felony due to a previous conviction, and the driver was released on $500 bail.

Sunday, Oct. 17

• The owner of a Broadway business reported at 10:05 a.m. that someone tipped over a Porta Potty and attempted to break into a storage barn.

Monday, Oct. 18

• A Depew man reported at 7:50 a.m. that a vehicle struck him while he was walking on Main Street, and the driver left the scene. The man complained of pain to his right arm and hip.

• A Harvard Avenue resident reported at 9:30 p.m. that a Halloween decoration malfunctioned and caught fire. The Depew Fire Department ensured that the blaze was extinguished. Damage was listed at $25.


Thursday, Oct. 14

• A Buffalo man was charged with shoplifting at 5 p.m. at a Transit Road store, and a search uncovered that he also was in possession of marijuana. He was released on $150 bail.

Saturday, Oct. 16

• A Lancaster man responded to the station at 12:45 a.m. to report that he struck a deer on Pleasant View Drive and went off the road. Police followed the man back to the alleged accident scene but found no evidence of the incident. When confronted with the information, the man then said he struck the deer in Akron. He was charged with filing a false report and released on his own recognizance.

Sunday, Oct. 17

• A Carter Street resident reported at 9 a.m. that she was treated for a bite on her back from a neighbor’s dog, which was fighting with her son’s dog. The dog control officer issues a citation to the neighbor for having an unlicensed dog.



Tuesday, Oct. 19

• A Cheektowaga man was arrested around 2 a.m. for DWI after deputies said they noticed his vehicle swerving and striking the curb on Transit Road in Depew. The driver, 19, allegedly failed field sobriety tests and refused to submit to a breath test.

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