Best of the Blotter '96
A man said while he was walking his dog on Oakgrove Drive he heard a woman screaming inside a house. Police determined it was a child playing a saxophone.
A Main Street resident returned home to find her attic door ajar and footprints in her kitchen. A comparison by police of footprints in the kitchen to the woman’s boots revealed the footprints were hers. The wind apparently had blow the door open.
A deputy checked a suspicious vehicle at a Transit Road restaurant. The car ended up being a television crew from an area station that was filming the wrong restaurant.
Two women and a male were inside a 1994 or 1995 Ford Explorer that pulled into an Orchard Park Road business lot March 14 in West Seneca. When the business owner stepped away, the woman stole a battery charger. A short time later, one of the men with her called the victim with information about the theft and the thief.
A Boardman Road, West Seneca woman reported receiving seven calls during the past week from a man asking to speak to a Carol. There is no Carol at the residence, the woman has told him, but the man keeps calling. Officer Mary Caulfield advised the woman to call the telephone company.
A 17-year-old Cheektowaga boy and his friend were standing outside a building on Seneca Street in West Seneca April 4 when a white male asked them the time. The victim did not have a watch, and told the man so. The man told the teen to show respect for his elders and that he "didn't know who (he was) messing with." He then walked up to the victim and said, "I will kill you, you little punk" and slapped the victim with the back of his hand on the side of the boy’s face. The 200-pound man, who stands approximately 5 feet 11 inches tall, wore white pants and a brown coat and showed signs of intoxication, the boy said. Officer Joseph Statz filed a police report for harassment.
West Seneca officers were dispatched to Burch Avenue at 2:39 a.m. April 3 to investigate four suspicious persons. Officers spotted four men, two of whom carried flashlights. They told police their car had broken down and they were in search of a pay phone. Officers advised them ‘‘of the suspicious natu of their activities, to get back into their car and go home. Subjects returned to their car, which started promptly, and left.
A Ventura Drive, Orchard Park caller reported someone had erected a two-man tent in the middle of the street.
A Seneca Creek Road homeowner awakened April 21 to discover that someone had driven over his lawn. Investigating officers also noticed damage to other nearby lawns. The responsible party left behind a license plate and some automobile parts which officers used to trace him. The 24-year-old Cheektowaga man confessed, saying he swerved to avoid deer. He then ran off the road and lost control of his car. He was charged with leaving the scene of an accident, and since his driver’s license was suspended received an additinal summons.
A maternity call was received from a Fairways Boulevard address. Excited woman reports dog having puppies in the driveway of her home.
An Ivyhurst Road caller complained that a little girl picked some of her prize-winning flowers and wants an officer to speak to her. The suspect was last seen escaping on foot.
Loose llamas were rounded up by deputies on Manchester Drive and returned to the owner.
West Seneca police received a call of a man sitting in the middle of the intersection of Graham and Dirksen avenues June 6. Officers saw a white male heading up Harlem Road. When Officer Bart Adams approached him, the man yelled that he was possessed by Satan and he was to be exorcised at 10 p.m. "because Lucifer will do bad things." When told to get into the car he went berserk, running in and out of traffic. Adams caught him and officers Rich Cotter and Mary Caulfield took him to police headquarters. At the police station he kicked over the Breathalyzer, claiming Satan did it. He was taken via Rural/Metro to the Erie County Medical Center.
A woman on Curley Drive called the police because a pair of ducks was building a nest at the bottom of a tree in her front yard.
A deer entered through a screen door of a home on Duer Road and exited through a living room window.
A North Buffalo Road woman said she heard doors in her home opening and closing while she was in the shower. When she got out, all the doors were locked.
A prowler reported in a backyard on William Street in Cheektowaga turned out to be a deer.
A turtle was reported walking on the street on Union Road in Cheektowaga near police headquarters.
A snake found in a vehicle’s wheel well on Walden Avenue in Cheektwaga "sent on its way."
A Utica man abandoned his hot dog stand on the Delta Sonic Car Wash property on the corner of Ridge and Langner roads sometime between June 30 and July 2. He said he was planning to return to California, and could not afford the tolls for the vehicle. Plus, the vehicle has a flat tire. The highway department was called to collect it.
An intoxicated man singing while reportedly wearing headphones in his Genesee Street residence was advised to "be quiet" by police.
Four "mouthy youths" were advised by police on Redwood Dr.
Three youths who allegedly threw eggs on Allison Drive were made to clean up the street.
An attendant at a gas station at Union and Wehrle told police he spotted a note while filling the tank which said the woman in the vehicle was being kidnapped and the driver was passing her off as his wife. More than four hours later, Pennsylvania State Police confirmed the note was a prank created by the couple, who were honeymooners.
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