Weekly Feature

2013-07-10 / Police Blotter

Grenade discovery prompts visit from bomb squad

Friday, June 28

• A man came to police headquarters to report that he saw another man with a white beard sleeping on a stoop at a Delaware Avenue home. The complainant said he was concerned because the man appeared to be holding a cigarette near a gas can.

• There was a report that an unknown man was attempting to sleep in the basement of a Winchester Place apartment building.

Saturday, June 29

• There was a report that a large group of youths was hanging around the playground on Crosby Avenue. An officer reported that three youths were collected by their parents and that the parents were notified that the youths had alcohol in their possession.

• A woman reported that a man wearing a red coat was intoxicated and yelling while in an Elmwood Avenue parking lot. An officer reported that the man was intoxicated and disabled. He was transported to the Erie County Medical Center for an evaluation.

• An Argonne Avenue resident reported that her vehicle was stolen in Buffalo and that the person who stole her car now wants to return it.

Sunday, June 30

• There were numerous reports that a vehicle struck a pole and then a tree on Argonne Drive before leaving the area. Police searched the area for two men and a woman who were seen jumping out of the vehicle.

• A Kinsey Avenue resident reported that his neighbor was causing a disturbance regarding the placement of a fence. The neighbor was attempting to cut down the fence. The complainant added that it was an ongoing dispute and that lawyers were involved. An officer advised the neighbors to cease contact with each other.

Monday, July 1

• A manager at a Delaware Avenue discount retail store reported that she grabbed a shoplifter’s backpack as a subject was leaving the store. The subject was described as a black male who was wearing black shorts, black shoes and an orange shirt.

Tuesday, July 2

• There was a report that a man was yelling in front of a home on Victoria Boulevard. An officer reported that the residence was experiencing a fire drill and one of the occupants got upset.

Wednesday, July 3

• A male resident of Wilber Avenue reported that he spotted his stolen bike — an SE Draft that is purple with yellow rims — being ridden by another male on Wilbur near Kenmore Avenue.

• A Town of Tonawanda police officer reported having a man in custody who was seen urinating on a Military Road building. The man was also the subject of a warrant for his arrest in the City of Buffalo.

Thursday, July 4

• A Tremaine Avenue resident reported that she found a grenade while cleaning her father’s basement. The Sheriff’s Office bomb squad was notified and responded to the home within 20 minutes to remove the grenade.

• A Winchester Place resident reported that someone had been stealing her mail, which included a check that was subsequently cashed.

• A man reported that a woman who was wearing sunglasses and had blonde hair stopped and stared at him for a long period of time while he was on Myron Avenue.

• An elderly West Hazeltine Avenue resident reported that she had an unruly stray cat in her garage. The woman was advised to contact the Town of Tonawanda’s Animal Control unit since the Erie County Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals was closed for the holiday.

Erie County Sheriff’s Office

While on patrol in the Erie Barge Canal during Fourth of July events, deputies charged a Kenmore man with boating while intoxicated and operating without navigation lights after stopping his boat in the canal. According to a breath test, the man’s blood alcohol level was allegedly 0.18 percent, more than twice the legal limit for operating a vessel. He was processed at the Grand Island Station and released on appearance tickets for the City of Tonawanda Court.

(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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