Weekly Feature



2011-02-23 / Police Blotter

Loose balloons set off alarm

Town of Tonawanda

Thursday, Feb. 10

An officer responding to the corner of Sheridan Drive and Parker Boulevard found a vehicle stopped in the left lane on Sheridan at a green light and the driver passed out at the wheel with his foot on the brake. The man said he hadn’t been drinking but had taken two Klonopin. He was subsequently charged with operating a motor vehicle while impaired by drugs.

Friday, Feb. 11

A man who was reportedly breaking into a Tops ATM told police that he was trying to retrieve his bank card, which had dropped into the machine. He was asked to leave the store and follow up with his bank.

A complainant stated that her vehicle had been stolen from where it was parked in front of her house. Police later found that the City of Tonawanda had impounded it due to a hit-and-run injury accident involving injuries to occupants of the other vehicle. Police subsequently learned from the vehicle’s owner that it had been loaned to a friend earlier in the day. The investigation is continuing.

A resident reported three phone calls from an unknown male who appeared to be calling from a Jamaican area code. The transmission was garbled, but the caller reportedly said, “You b----, nobody better be there when I come over.” Police said it was likely a scam in which the victim is enticed to call back and incurs expensive long-distance charges.

Saturday, Feb. 12

Police observed a vehicle traveling 47 mph in a 35-mph zone on Niagara Falls Boulevard, and the driver, who subsequently failed field sobriety tests and registered a .32 blood-alcohol content, was charged with DWI. Officers also noticed a white powdery substance in both nostrils, and a later search of his clothing resulted in the discovery of three small bags containing a similar substance. The man said they were his brother’s, who is a “crack head.” He told police, “I am just trying to help him out.” The man was also charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance, aggravated DWI and various traffic offenses.

Sunday, Feb. 13

An individual came into the police station to report the unauthorized use of his credit card. According to his statement, a $119.40 purchase was made with his HSBC MasterCard on Jan. 14. The bank has since canceled the card.

Monday, Feb. 14

Police responded to Kenwood Liquors for a criminal mischief complaint. The letters “JBB” were spray-painted in two locations on the west exterior wall of the building. The victim requested extra checks of the property because there have been similar occurrences.

A woman complained that all four tires on her car were slashed after she ran out of gas and left the vehicle overnight in a lot off Hampton Parkway.

Tuesday, Feb. 15

A woman was charged with DWI after being stopped on Sheridan Drive for traveling 51 mph in a 40-mph zone. She had slowed speech and impaired coordination and admitted to having two glasses of wine. She failed field sobriety tests and later registered a .16 BAC.

Village of Kenmore

Friday, Feb. 11

A woman came to police headquarters to get advice concerning suspicious phone calls she received about her husband’s and son’s cell phones. She was advised that her son needs to check with Verizon to ensure that no one can access his account.

Saturday, Feb. 12

A complainant reported that a snowplow was parked illegally in a lot on Myron Avenue, while an individual on Crosby Avenue said a snowplow operator left the snow in the street. A parking tag was issued in the first incident, but in the second, no extra snow was found in the street.

Sunday, Feb. 13

Loose balloons set off a general motion burglar alarm in a Delaware Avenue store.

Monday, Feb. 14

On Lincoln Boulevard, a resident reported hearing glass breaking and seeing what appeared to be bricks and glass in his neighbor’s driveway. Patrols learned that the brick appeared to have come from a chimney and had broken the basement window.

Tuesday, Feb. 15

A complainant in a Tremaine Avenue apartment complained that the resident of a basement apartment was being excessively loud given the time, which was after 2 a.m. He was advised.

(Editors note: The Bee’s police blotter is a sampling of unusual, sometimes humorous calls received by the police department. It is not intended to be a complete record of all incidents reported.)

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