Weekly Feature

2017-04-13 / Police Blotter

Man throws bicycle at vehicle, walks away


Monday, March 27

• An employee at Greenfields Manor on Broadway was allegedly caught stealing cash from the reception desk lockbox and other areas of the office. The executive director had set up hidden cameras to catch the individual in the act.

Saturday, April 1

• Police responded to reports of erratic driving along Walden Avenue at Cemetery Road. The female driver had veered off the roadway, striking the guardrail and continuing until she also struck a DOT highway marker. With the help of those who witnessed the incident, police were able to get two children out of the vehicle and to the hospital. Police reportedly found a small bag of cocaine in the woman’s purse, as well as a pill bottle marked as Clonazepam. However the pills inside were Xanax. The children were uninjured; the woman sustained head and neck injuries and was administered Narcan.

• A male driver believed to be involved in a hit-and-run accident along Transit Road in front of Forestview Restaurant was allegedly seen hitting a semi-truck and fire hydrant before leaving the scene. Depew police observed a car matching Lancaster’s description driving through the village along Main Street and followed the vehicle to a residence along Sturm Street. Police reported finding a glass bowl containing marijuana on the center console of the vehicle. The man told police his car was stolen and he had nothing to do with the accident. Police said they observed fresh cuts and a large red mark on his forearm.

Sunday, April 2

• Police observed a male driver turn out of Wegmans on Transit Road, then back up and attempt to go the other way, blocking most of the entry lanes to the grocery store, then make two U-turns along Transit Road, running a red light. Police said the driver was visibly intoxicated, failing all field sobriety tests. He was sent to Erie County Medical Center for a blood draw, which was transported to the county forensic lab.

Monday, April 3

• A woman was arrested for allegedly stealing more than $85 worth of items from Wal-Mart on Transit Road. The woman and her cousin entered the store together; then she reportedly put eight DVDs in her purse and separated from her cousin, attempting to pass all points of sale.

• Police initiated a traffic stop along North Maple Drive at Transit Road for an improper right turn. The male driver had an outstanding warrant out of Cheektowaga and was handed over to Cheektowaga police.


Monday, April 3

• Two men allegedly attempted to steal watches from Big Lots along Broadway. An employee told the taller of the two to put a watch back, during which time the other man took another watch and reportedly placed it in his pocket. They were last seen heading toward Dollar Tree.

Tuesday, April 4

• A man threw his bicycle in front of a car along Walden Avenue, causing front bumper, grill and undercarriage damage to the vehicle. The man continued on foot along Walden Avenue near Vanderbilt Avenue. When questioned by police, the man initially gave a false name since he was the subject of an active warrant out of Tonawanda.

Wednesday, April 5

• A man became irate with police after finding out his car was being towed for illegal operation. The man shouted obscenities at the officer and refused to back away, eventually being handcuffed and transported to Depew PD.

Thursday, April 6

• A woman called police after learning her boyfriend ingested her prescription pills upon pickup from Wegmans on Dick Road.

Friday, April 7

• Police responded to a car accident at the corner of Terrace Boulevard and Canton Street. One driver failed to yield the right of way to another driver, pulling out in front of him and causing the accident. The driver not at fault was visibly intoxicated, allegedly failing field sobriety tests and having a 0.12-percent blood alcohol level.

Saturday, April 8

• A couple called police after finding knives stuck in the door of their apartment along Main Street. The couple believes a neighbor who has had issues with police and Child Protective Services in the past is responsible.

(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.)

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