Weekly Feature

2015-06-11 / Police Blotter

Woman refuses chemical test over dislike of needles

Monday, June 1

• Police stopped a man on Ridge Road for dark tint on the vehicle windows. During the stop, police discovered his driver’s license was suspended. The man was arrested and charged with unlicensed operation and illegal window tint.

• A Chamberlin Avenue resident reported that an unknown person entered his unlocked vehicle and stole a soft case with approximately 40 CDs, valued at $300, from the glove box. No other items were missing.

• A man was stopped on Seneca Street after police observed the vehicle to have a New York registration sticker but Georgia plates. The man would not give police any identification. It was found that the plate belonged to another vehicle and had expired; the registration sticker belonged to another vehicle; the inspection had expired; the vehicle was not insured; and the man had an ID-only license. He was issued tickets for no registration, no insurance and switched plates.

Tuesday, June 2

• A Buffalo man was stopped on Orchard Park Road for traveling 44 mph in a 30-mph school zone. A stop of the vehicle revealed the driver’s license to be suspended and the vehicle to be registered to a man in Oklahoma. The driver was arrested and charged with unlicensed operation and speeding in a school zone.

Wednesday, June 3

• A Nina Terrace woman reported that her house and the inside of her car had been hit by what appeared to be paint balls during the night. There was no damage, and whatever was used can be washed off. Another overnight complaint confirmed that a white vehicle had been seen shooting at houses.

• A Center Road resident was the victim of fraud after an unknown person who allegedly worked for Verizon Wireless requested $250 to fix his computer. The resident charged it to his credit card, but the problem was not fixed. He requested a refund, which never occurred. The person who had attempted to fix the computer later requested $400, which was denied. A report on the call returned a number in a 989 area code.

Thursday, June 4

• Police stopped a Lackawanna man on Union Road turning left from the passing lane without signaling. The vehicle continued onto Clinton Street, driving over the center lane markers. A computer check of the driver’s license found it to be suspended. The man was ticketed for unlicensed operation, unsafe lane change and failure to signal turn.

• Patrol was dispatched to Seneca Street on the report of a suspicious person believed to be using narcotics in a parked car. A Derby woman was found inside the car with slurred speech. Officers observed a charred piece of aluminum foil on the passenger’s side floor, believed to be used for heating or using narcotics. A search of the vehicle and her purse produced a white envelope with three individual clear patches marked as fentanyl and a half-capsule white pill believed to be acetaminophen and hydrocodone bitartrate. She could not produce prescriptions for the medication and was arrested. She is charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance.

Friday, June 5

• A Greymont Avenue resident reported that someone stole a red metal hockey net with white netting from her property.

• A Lackawanna woman is being charged with DWI drugs and unlicensed operation after she was found asleep at the wheel of a vehicle. She denied consuming alcohol but stated that she takes Xanax as prescribed. The woman allegedly failed field sobriety tests and was placed under arrest. Police said two experts confirmed that she was intoxicated by drugs. Told that a blood test would be required and she would be transferred to Erie County Medical Center, she said, “I don’t like needles. Good luck.” Having refused a chemical test, she was transported to Hamburg in connection with a warrant.

• An AT&T employee reported the theft of copper ground wire, valued at $900, from a cell tower on Indian Church Road. The timeframe is estimated to be within six months based on corrosion.

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

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