Weekly Feature



2017-11-09 / Police Blotter

Man drops loaded pistol in lobby of pizzeria

Monday, Oct. 30

Police received a call of a man being asleep in his car at the intersection of Orchard Park Road and Southwestern Boulevard. Officers discovered the West Seneca man passed out in the vehicle with the keys in the ignition and the car running. The man denied having a medical issue. He said he hadn’t been drinking, but then said he was coming from a bar in South Buffalo. He reportedly failed his field sobriety tests and was arrested for driving while intoxicated. At the station, he submitted to a breath test, allegedly registering a 0.25 percent blood alcohol level. He was charged with two counts of DWI, common law and aggravated, and failure to obey a traffic signal.

Tuesday, Oct. 31

An employee of a Union Road pizzeria discovered a small loaded pistol in the lobby. Video showed that an older man was going through his coat pockets for cash when the pistol fell out. The owner was located and his pistol was returned.

Wednesday, Nov. 1

A vehicle was stopped on Route 219 for an expired inspection. The East Aurora man also had a suspended license. He was charged with aggravated unlicensed operation in the third degree, expired inspection, unregistered vehicle, uninsured vehicle and unlicensed operator.

Thursday, Nov. 2

An employee of a clothing store on North Buffalo Road said a terminated employee from the store’s Amherst location contacted the woman and said it was her fault she was fired. The woman at the Orchard Park store said she never met the woman, but her husband does work at the Amherst store. There are no charges at this time.

An unknown individual took a set of license plates off a vehicle in a driveway on Braunview Way.

The manager of a home improvement store on Southwestern Boulevard received a call of a potential bomb threat at the airport. The man called police and said the unknown individual had a Middle Eastern accent. There are no suspects at this time.

An Orchard Park woman allegedly stole more than $160 worth of cosmetics and jewelry from an Amelia Drive department store. She was charged with petit larceny and criminal possession of stolen property in the fifth degree.

Friday, Nov. 3

A golf cart drove through a town park on Lakeview Avenue. The golf cart drove in circles and officers followed the trail that led to a home on Burmon Drive. The parents believed there were no issues with the individuals in question driving the golf cart in the park. There are no charges at this time.

Saturday, Nov. 4

A vehicle made a hard right turn onto Breezewood Drive and was stopped by police. The officer reportedly detected a strong odor of marijuana. The Orchard Park man was allegedly in possession of marijuana, a grinder, a scale and a white powdery substance believed by police to be cocaine. He was charged with unlawful possession of marijuana and making an unsafe turn. There is a charge pending for criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree. A dumpster on Thorn Avenue was found on fire. The dumpster was partially filled with cardboard. It’s unknown how the fire started.

A vehicle was stopped at the intersection of Southwestern Boulevard and Breem Street for a suspended registration. The Cheektowaga woman was charged with having a suspended registration and operating without insurance.

Sunday, Nov. 5

A vehicle was stopped on North Buffalo Street for speeding. The Buffalo man told police his license was suspended. He was charged with aggravated unlicensed operation in the second degree, speeding, a license restriction violation and unsafe tires. The man also had an active warrant out of Attica and was turned over to their police department.

Police assisted a vehicle on Big Tree Road that had run out of gas. A Department of Motor Vehicles check of the driver’s license showed that it was suspended. The Buffalo man was charged with aggravated unlicensed operation in the third degree.

Monday, Nov. 6

A vehicle was stopped at the intersection of Milestrip and Orchard Park roads for speeding. The officer reportedly smelled a strong odor of unburnt marijuana from the vehicle. The man was also in possession of eight Dextromethorphan pills and a marijuana bong, packed with fresh marijuana. The Orchard Park man was charged with unlawful possession of marijuana, criminal possession of controlled substance in the seventh degree, speeding and controlled substance not in the original container.

(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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