Weekly Feature

2017-08-10 / Police Blotter

Test taker accused of attacking DMV clerk


Friday, July 28

• Police charged a man with marijuana possession after a search of his person during a traffic stop revealed that he had three small baggies of “green vegetable matter” that looked like the drug. The man was a passenger in a vehicle that was pulled over on Walden Avenue for having an inoperable taillight. Police said the driver of the vehicle was also in possession of what appeared to be marijuana, which was stuffed inside a cigar. Both men were ticketed and released.

Monday, July 31

• A man transporting what police believe to be 26.2 grams of marijuana was arrested by officers after not yielding for a stop sign at the corner of Sawyer and Sheldon avenues. After noticing a strong odor of marijuana, officers said they searched the driver and his vehicle and found plastic vials of the suspected drug that appeared to be packed for sale, along with $831 in cash and two cellphones. The man was ticketed and released.

• A visibly intoxicated man walking the tree line between two residences on Bowen Road was transported to Erie County Medical Center for evaluation, after he admitted to using heroin earlier in the day, police said. Officers responding to reports of a trespasser located and searched the man, who had a hypodermic needle in a cargo pocket of his shorts. He was charged with possession of a hypodermic instrument.

Tuesday, Aug. 1

• Police are searching for a man who repeatedly harassed a woman at her residence on Broadway, evading officers by running into a wooded area nearby. Responding officers said the man, who reportedly sent a text message to the woman threatening to “slash her tires,” was seen three times outside the bedroom window of the woman, after being warned by police not to visit the house. The man is wanted for charges of criminal contempt, stalking, resisting arrest and aggravated harassment, and there is an active order of protection against him from Cheektowaga Town Court.

Wednesday, Aug. 2

• A woman pulling her car into a driveway on Stony Road was arrested by officers for drug possession and multiple vehicle and traffic offenses, after she was found to have a suspended license and to be driving an uninsured vehicle with expired inspection and registration stickers. After searching her vehicle, officers reportedly found 4½ 20-milligram tablets of Adderall in an old prescription bottle. The woman was held on $100 bail and later released.

• Police charged three men with marijuana possession after responding to William Street School for an alarm activation. Officers said they spotted the three men behind the school near an unsecured door where the alarm had been triggered, and the men admitted to smoking marijuana. After searching the area around the door, officers found a small bag of what appeared to be marijuana. All three suspects denied ownership and were subsequently ticketed and released.


Tuesday, Aug. 1

• Employees at the state Department of Motor Vehicles office on George Urban Boulevard called police after a Buffalo woman was said to have verbally and physically harassed a clerk administering a driver’s license test. The clerk told responding officers that the woman cursed her and jumped in front of a camera she was using after she suspended the woman’s test for refusing to stop talking and discipline her two children, who were disrupting other test takers. Later, the woman allegedly threw objects at the clerk, made a mess of her paperwork, and tried to jump a counter and assault her, knocking phones out of her hand after the clerk tried twice to dial 911. The woman, who fled in the direction of the adjacent Wegmans supermarket, is described by police as a 22-year-old African-American who is 5 feet 10 inches tall, with brown hair, brown eyes and wearing a plaid shirt.

Friday, Aug. 4

• Officers arrested an Orchard Park man for alleged heroin possession after responding to a Lehigh Court residence for a report of a man potentially smoking marijuana in a car. Police said the man, parked in a black Toyota Highlander, nervously tried to hide objects in the vehicle when asked for identification and refused to reveal what was in his right hand. After officers ordered him to open his hand and later searched his car, the man was reportedly found to be in possession of seven envelopes of what appeared to be heroin, with an estimated value of $35. Police charged the man, who also tried to run when officers were cuffing him, with resisting arrest and seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. He was held on $1,000 bail.

• Police are searching for two men in connection with a reported assault that took place at The Pub on Broadway. The victim told responding officers that he had recently been knocked unconscious by a white man with a goatee wearing a dark hat, glasses, white shirt and shorts, who was accompanied by another white man wearing a turquoise shirt, jeans and glasses. The victim, who suffered lacerations to his head, lower lip and gums, was transported to the St. Joseph Campus of Sisters of Charity Hospital.

Saturday, Aug. 5

• An assailant armed with what appeared to be a rifle robbed the KFC on Dick Road, according to employees, who told police they were ordered into a freezer after being forced to give the gunman $3,377 in cash. An employee told responding officers that a heavyset man entered the restaurant and demanded that she and her co-worker lie on the floor and give him the money in the restaurant’s safe. She said he then threatened to shoot her and ordered her co-worker to get more money from the restaurant’s office, and subsequently ordered the two workers into the freezer, taking their cellphones and telling them to “count to 100.” The man then fled through the rear exit, throwing the cellphones into nearby bushes. Employees said the man was wearing a black hat, black face covering, navy blue hoodie, black pants and black shoes.

(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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