Weekly Feature



2012-02-02 / Police Blotter

Drunk driver strikes pool, hydrant on Center Road

Monday, Jan. 23

  • Upon stopping a driver on Seneca Street for not wearing a seatbelt, patrol observed drug paraphernalia on the passenger side floorboard of the vehicle. This included a small glass plate with a pink straw, with white powder residue on each. When asked about the items, the driver — whom police recognized from previous drug-related incidents — said, “It’s heroin; I haven’t used it in days.” Further investigation revealed 10 packs of heroin and a metal cutting tool located inside a case behind the driver’s seat.
  • Patrol stopped a suspicious vehicle on Klas Avenue that was reportedly driving up and down the street at a slow rate of speed. The female driver gave patrol a false name and was arrested for criminal impersonation.
  • A Tindle Avenue male reported that someone had entered his locked vehicle sometime overnight. He found that the wiring had been cut beneath the dashboard and an electrical plug was removed.
  • Six vehicles were allegedly broken into while parked overnight in an Orchard Park Road business lot. Half of the vehicles’ windows were smashed while entry was believed to be made through unlocked doors into the other cars. Among the items reported missing were three radios. Police were able to locate two sets of footprints entering the parking area from the path along the creek.
  • A male resident reported that his mother’s vehicle had been stolen a few days prior from Franklin Street in Buffalo. The man’s credit card information was inside the vehicle and was used for two different purchases, totaling more than $100. Both purchases were said to be made in Stamford, Conn.

Total calls received: 65

Tuesday, Jan. 24

  • More than $1,000 worth of steel stock parts was reported stolen from Ebenezer Railcar Yard on Indian Church Road. The alleged theft was said to have occurred sometime overnight, with the suspect vehicle having driven around a locked access gate to an open storage garage.
  • A Buffalo woman had left her wallet on the checkout counter at Aldi’s on Harlem Road. When she returned to retrieve it, the wallet was not found, and a manager said that no wallets had been turned in. Then, the manager and the woman reviewed store security cameras and observed another female pick up the said wallet and conceal it in her purse.
  • A black sport utility vehicle was alleged to have driven away from Delta Sonic on Langner Road without paying for approximately $95 worth of gasoline.

Total calls received: 57

Wednesday, Jan. 25

  • Police arrested a young male resident who was accused of assaulting a boy of similar age at the Dorrance Avenue playground. The teenage victim was waiting to be picked up by a parent when a minivan drove by him. According to the police report, the suspect exited the vehicle and struck the victim in the head with a red car jack handle. This caused a contusion and small cut as well as a considerable amount of pain.
  • Upon hearing a loud noise, a Hilldale Avenue man observed that the “no parking” sign in front of his home had been knocked over. In addition, several pieces from a vehicle were lying in the street next to the sign. Police were unable to locate a vehicle in the area with matching damage.

Total calls received: 52

Thursday, Jan. 26

  • Two vehicles parked in a Meadow Drive driveway were allegedly struck by a dark-colored sedan. The sedan reportedly also struck the victim’s mailbox before fleeing the scene.
  • Patrol responded to Seneca Street, at the off-ramp of Route 400 southbound, where a male was reportedly passed out behind the wheel of his vehicle with the engine running. A near-empty bottle of whiskey was observed in the center console. It took several attempts to wake the man, who appeared confused and had bloodshot eyes. He told patrol that he was headed from Fredonia to Jamestown and admitted to having drinks earlier in the night. The man failed several sobriety tests before he was arrested for driving while intoxicated.
  • An Indian Church Road man reported that a license plate was removed from the front of his vehicle.
  • A Briarwood Drive woman reported that her neighbor’s home had been broken into. Investigation revealed that the garage and kitchen doors had been forced open and damaged. Only two bottles of whiskey from the living room were reported missing at that time.

Total calls received: 78

Sunday, Jan. 29

  • A Buffalo man was arrested for driving while intoxicated after striking a fire hydrant, aboveground pool, two fences and shrubbery on Center Road. The man displayed several signs of intoxication and failed several sobriety tests. He later registered a .17 percent blood alcohol level.
  • An employee of a Seneca Street business reportedly received several harassing calls from a woman who swore and yelled on the phone. The woman then allegedly drove to the business where she got her vehicle stuck and caused damage to the lawn.

Total calls received: 60

(Editor’s note: The Bee’s police blotter is a sampling of unusual calls received by the West Seneca Police Department. It is not intended to be a complete record of all incidents reported. Residents can report incidents to the WSPD by calling its anonymous tip line at 675-8423.)

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