Best of the Blotter '97
A woman left her vehicle running while she went into a store on Olean Road. She thought the car was in park and then put the emergency brake on. When she returned from the store she attempted to release the emergency brake but could not release it. A man released the emergency brake for her but the car was really in reverse. The car rolled backwards. The car door knocked the woman down. It continued to roll across the street and into some bushes. The woman was uninjured.
A man shoplifted tools from a Grey Street store. The subject stated he had lost his head and took the items.
A woman claiming to be an upstairs neighbor called the police and said her neighbor had been assaulted by her son. Upon arrival to the home, officers observed what appeared to be blood on the side of the victim's mouth, chin and clothing. The victim stated her son had hit her during an argument. On closer examination the officers noticed that the blood was actually lipstick. Officers spoke with the subject, her son and he stated his mother was always trying to get him in trouble with the police.
A caller reported seeing someone in a "free flowing robe'' in a field. The trooper responded located a person dressed as the "Grim Reaper.'' The Grim Reaper was delivering a singing telegram to a resident for his 50th birthday.
Troopers investigated a two car automobile accident at McDonalds on Transit Road. One of the driver's last names was "Burger.''
A thief with a penchant for smelling nice stole 75 car air fresheners from the Langner Road Delta Sonic in West Seneca Jan. 16. The lock had been cut on the dispenser. Each air freshener is worth $1.
Cheektowaga police and firefighters freed a child who locked himself in a bedroom.
Police broke up an argument over a cat at a Cheektowaga apartment complex.
New York State Police took a complaint of neighborhood dispute, brought on by a 1-year-old making noise while playing.
An Eggertsville auto dealer reports they have a car with a stray cat stuck in the wheel well.
Lottery tickets estimated to be worth $1,200 were taken from a Walden Avenue, Cheektowaga, business.
A Cherrywood Drive resident reported kids down the street drinking beer, one wearing pink underwear.
A woman reports her children believe they saw a gorilla in the vicinity of Oakgrove Drive.
A person in Harris Hill called deputies because he does not like "the way kids are picking pumpkins."
A Cheektowaga dog reported to be barking at a rodent was "advised."
A man looking for a ride to New York City was reported on Walden Avenue in Cheektowaga.
A naked man was sleeping in a truck on Meyer Road. He was taken into custody in connection with shoplifting.
A Springville Road resident reported being pelted with pennies while cooking out.
A Clarence resident called police because the caretaker of a cemetery was using a leaf blower and some of the leaves landed on the resident's property.
A Mill Road resident reported that his Sunday newspapers and Pennysavers have been repeatedly removed from his mailbox, while his neighbor's papers remain intact.
A volunteer fireman responding to a call in a car struck a volunteer fireman responding to the same call on a bicycle. Injuries were minimal. No charges were filed.
A Kenmore resident was arrested for attempting to shoplift 10 "Jungle Book" videos from a local supermarket.
East Aurora police responded to a corn syrup spill on Main Street.
A Clarence truck driver was forced to make evasive action near the on-ramp to Route 400, resulting in the vehicle's overturning. Engine oil and 33 tons of sand spilled and was cleaned from the roadway.
A Lancaster woman reported that an unknown person scattered roofing nails over her driveway. The victim believes it may be a neighbor because she has received two anonymous letters requesting she take down the chimes she has hanging on her porch because they keep the letter writer awake at night. The victim is going to take the chimes down.
Thirty-five orange construction cones were stolen along Clinton Street in West Seneca, valued at $30 each.
A Union Road resident reported that an unknown person threw a can of beans at her residence, breaking a window.
A West Seneca resident reported the theft of a female rabbit and a cooler from the garage.
An Orchard Park Road grocery store clerk apprehended a shoplifter who had stolen a 12-pack of Coors beer.
A cast iron wood burning stove and chimney pipe valued at $350 was stolen from the garage of a Main Street residence.
A caller on Callodine Avenue reported being followed home by a suspicious vehicle that was parked in front of a nearby address. She then canceled the call when the persons were determined to be neighbors.
Pigeon control was requested on Euclid Avenue. One was disposed of and one got away.
A Lancaster construction company doing work on Walden Avenue reported that the headlights were removed from its backhoe.
Three Lancaster and Depew youths were stopped on Lake Avenue for a traffic violation. Officers discovered 23 Pepsi cases and license plates belonging to a Cheektowaga man. They were charged with possession of stolen property in the fifth degree.
An Alsace Ave. resident reported a bird bath stolen from their yard.
A NYSEG electric meter was removed from the power pole near an Orchard Park Road playground.
A stockade fence was damaged during a hit and run at a Ridge Rd. restaurant.
On Meadow Dr. two vehicles parked at the same residence were broken into and a flip phone and cigarette lighter adapter were removed from each.
An Orchard Park Rd. grocery store apprehended a shoplifter who had stolen a 12-pack of Coors beer.
A resident of East and West Rd. reported that a silver maple tree on his property was chopped down by unknown person(s).
A Milton Ave. resident reported that an unknown person entered his unlocked residence while he was sleeping and stole his wallet.
On Seneca St. a man was reported to be drunk, standing in the road stopping cars and swearing at the drivers.
On East and West Road, unknown youths were reportedly cutting down trees without permission.
On Marion Drive, a resident reported two hoses connected to his pool filter had been cut.
A Buffalo man was arrested for shoplifting a package of meat and a box of feminine napkins at an Orchard Park Rd. store.
A larceny in progress at a Seneca St. business was reported. Two Hamburg men were arrested for stealing pallets.
A windmill lawn ornament valued at $70 was stolen from a Chamberlain Drive residence.
A Cambridge Ave. resident reported the theft of an A-frame metal bench swing valued at $90.
A Potters Road resident reported a burglary while she was in the back yard. A pair of clippers was stolen.
The rear windshield of a vehicle was broken when an unknown person threw a beer bottle at the vehicle.
The window of a Seneca Street business was broken by unknown persons.
A bike valued at $323 was stolen from the garage of a Borden Road residence.
A tailgate was stolen from a vehicle parked at a Clinton Street bar.
A Bellwood Avenue resident reported a newspaper wagon was stolen. It was later found in the bushes.
A Buffalo man reported damage to his airplane from a bullet or slug which was fired into the fuselage.
A Colonial Manor Court resident reported that 50 pieces of hardwood logs were stolen from his porch during the night.
Four rolls of carpeting were stolen from an installer's truck parked on Seneca Street.
Orchard Park Road grocery store apprehended a West Seneca man with $43 in bulk shrimp.
At an Orchard Park Road building under construction, tools were stolen from a food chest where they had been stored.
A Seneca St. residence was broken into by unknown persons. Nothing was missing except a piece of molding which was removed from the door and taken.
A cassette tape, and owner's manual valued at $15 was removed from a vehicle parked at a Harlem Road grocery store.
An Orchard Park Road grocery store clerk apprehended a shoplifter with $58.42 worth of steak.
On Mineral Springs Road, residents reported the theft of a deer lawn ornament valued at $50.
A Sharon Drive resident reported the theft of two light bulbs from outdoor lights and a nameplate from the mailbox.
A Buffalo woman was apprehended for stealing two donuts, with a combined value of 90 cents, from an Orchard Park road grocery store.
A cell phone was stolen from a patron of an Orchard Park Road bar who left it on the bar briefly.
A loader bucket for a tractor was stolen from a construction site on Clinton Street. The bucket was valued at $1,000.
An Orchard Park Road retailer apprehended a shoplifter who had taken two videotapes and a pair of earmuffs. The total value of the three items was $45.94.
A West Seneca woman was arrested for shoplifting at an Orchard Park Road grocery store. She was apprehended with $12.78 worth of merchandise including a can of Parmesan cheese.
A shoplifter was apprehended at an Orchard Park Road grocery store with a turkey roasting pan, a video and a pair of gloves.
A shoplifter was arrested at an Orchard Park Road grocery store for stealing nasal spray valued at $11.97.
Police report a false fire alarm at The Commons. A resident was drying underwear in the microwave.
A Village of Lancaster man was contacted by officers after it was reported he was using a shotgun to shoot squirrels. The man said he dispatched a squirrel with a pellet gun after said rodent had chewed its way into his home. The man was advised of village ordinances regarding squirrels. His pellet gun was confiscated.
A Lancaster man reported that unknown persons smashed a cake on the roof of his vehicle.
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