Best of the Blotter 2000
Excerpts from police calls are a regular feature in all nine Bee Group Newspapers. Some of the more unusual reports from 2000 are reprinted here. Each is an actual listing from a town police blotter.
- A person reported that he put a bag on top of his wife's car containing $500 which then became lost because she drove off with it on Hawthorne Drive.
- A confused adult was reported to be looking for Jim Kelly's house on South Buffalo Street.
- A saw was reportedly thrown at a vehicle on Sheridan Drive.
- A resident on Hoover Avenue reported hearing voices at the back door and in the driveway. The area was checked by officers who found nothing.
- Eight chickens were reported missing from a Blakely Road barn. A neighboring dog is suspected.
- A large black dog was reported on a lawn on Delaware Avenue between Dellwood Road and Courier Boulevard with a "For Sale'' sign on it. The dog was gone when police arrived on the scene.
- Two vehicles were hit with paint balls on E. Girard Boulevard.
- A cat was reportedly stuck on a power line on Wabash Avenue all night. The cat was rescued by officers.
- A man bought two large cans of beer from a Williamsville store, drank them down fast, and threw a straw out the window as he drove away.
- A Depew man was charged with petit larceny after he was caught in a Transit Road store with $8 worth of steak in his pants.
- A Lockport man was reportedly caught attempting to steal a video of the film "Terminator 2'' by putting it into his pants at a Transit Road store. He has since been prohibited from visiting the store.
- A Union Road business reported a $1,000 floor buffer was stolen approximately three weeks earlier.
- A man caught allegedly dumping two tarps of trash by a Fisher Road railroad crossing was issued an appearance ticket and made to clean up the trash.
- A white goat was "unattended and crossing the lanes of the Thruway between exits 49 and 50
- A gas station employee gave a man $49 dollars in change after he paid for a $1 lotto ticket with a $50 bill. He the masked for his money back, saying he actually needed change for $100. She gave him $100 in $5 and $10 bills, to which he said, "That's right, you have $100 and I have $100,'' and left. At that point, she called the police because she realized he had never given her any money.
- An Orchard Park Road rental business called the police to ask them to take the "stolen'' label off one of their truck's registration. The vehicle was reported stolen to the New York City Police Department Aug. 9, but was returned to the business Aug. 14, which then rented it out for more than a month before their Rochester offices told them it was illegal until the theft report was cleared.
- Someone was reported to have drugs on Allenhurst Road, but police confirmed Viagra is not a "controlled substance.''
- A suspicious noise on Meadowbrook was caused by crickets.
- A deer in the Shisler Road area was "sent into the woods by patrol.''
- A Spaulding Lake caller reported "people on the rocks."
- Deputies report a man on Main Street "needed help getting his teeth back from his angry girlfriend. The teeth in question were returned without incident."
- A "strange haze" was reportedly coming from a home on Lapp Road. The fire department was called to investigate.
- An unknown person allegedly called a Clinton Street resident claiming to be "the police chief.''
- A Collins Avenue resident reported that someone wrote in the wet concrete of his driveway.
- A Mill Road resident reported receiving many prank telephone calls between 3-4:50 a.m. The caller allegedly said nothing during most calls, but recited the names of candy bars during one.
- Three horses were reported loose in a resident's backyard on Baker Road. The owner was contacted.
- A Lancaster man was charged with public lewdness on Como Park Boulevard. Police found the man with a pair of boxer shorts around his ankles. The suspect told police he was" getting a tan.''
- Four sheets of plywood were reportedly stolen on Trentwood Trail Sunday.
- Two sisters were arguing in Amherst and one threw the telephone phone into water.
- A display jar of beef jerky was reportedly stolen in the 2000 block of George Urban Boulevard last Wednesday.
- Two pairs of sunglasses, approximately $60 in Peace Bridge tokens and $40 in change were reportedly stolen from a vehicle on Ellie Court last Tuesday.
- A man called deputies because his daughter "insists on having boys over when the parents are not home." Deputies told the man to call the boys' parents.
- An Amherst man calling from his cell phone in his garage had a bat in his house.
- "Erratic operation of an ice cream truck" was reported on Roll Road.
- A "skunk acting strangely in the woods" was reported on Ransom Road.
- A Davison Road farmer reported having problems with kids on dirt bikes scaring his cattle.
- Someone knocked on a door and left a bag of cans on a porch on Shimerville Road.
- A neighbor dispute was reported on Bridlewood Drive South. Wind blew one resident's garbage on to a neighbor's back lawn.
- A dog in a vehicle on Transit Road would not let his owner get back into the vehicle.
- People on Clarence Center Road were "cutting through a farmer's land and spooking the cattle, causing the cattle to run through a fence and into the roadway.''
- Three pop vending machines, worth approximately $2,400, were reported missing from a hotel on Freeman Drive last week.
- Pop Tarts were found on a vehicle on Tremont Avenue.
- A vending machine and a bicycle were taken from Warren Avenue.
- Thirty-five cents was taken from a vehicle on West Hazeltine Avenue.
- A bird feeder was taken from a backyard on Kinsey Avenue.
- A can of paint was found on the hood of a car on Highland Avenue.
- A tenant on Fairgreen Drive heard music so loud, he couldn't hear his TV.
- Nacho cheese and ice cream were reportedly smeared over the rear of a vehicle on Edgewood Avenue.
- An Amherst man and his dog were stranded on a pond in a boat.
- A resident on Errington Terrace received two phone calls on their answering machine stating, "You won a porn contest."
- A Ferndale Drive resident reported that the two dogs that killed her rabbit were back in the area.
- A resident on Minden Drive reported the theft of a lion lawn ornament.
- A resident on Argonne reportedly heard a loud crash. The noise turned out to be a shelf that fell in the bathroom.
- A car reportedly rolled part way in the street on Kinsey Avenue. The owner moved the car back into the driveway.
- A resident on Delaware Avenue called police thinking her vehicle was stolen. The resident then realized the vehicle had been parked across the street.
- A deer in the Shisler Road area was "sent into the woods by patrol."
- A raccoon was reported in a yard on Davison Road.
- The owner of a Burch Avenue residence reported that her about-to-be-evicted tenant ran over the front lawn and knocked over a planter. There were no apparent damages, but she wanted the incident recorded as a matter of record.
- A vehicle was damaged when it reportedly became airborne after going over railroad tracks at Schwartz Road and Erie Street Friday.
- An electrical cord attached to a Christmas reindeer ornament was reportedly cut in two in the 6000 block of Broadway overnight Thursday.
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