Cheektowaga Police Blotter: Weekend of August 5, 2017

Cheektowaga Police at the scene of an overnight shooting at Barbara and Atwood Place on June 22, 2017. (Jim Herr/Cheektowaga Chronicle)
Cheektowaga Police at the scene of an overnight shooting at Barbara and Atwood Place on June 22, 2017. (Jim Herr/Cheektowaga Chronicle)

CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. – Police and firefighters were kept busy in the Town of Cheektowaga this weekend. This is a look at just some of the calls first responders dealt with.

Friday, August 4: 221 Calls

12:33 am – A man on St. Joan Lane called police because he was having an argument with his wife about his ex-wife, and his kids were upset. The man told police everything calmed down after he called 911. The ex-wife (mother of the children) called police around 1:30 am. Her daughter wanted to come back to her house after the fight at Dad’s. The mom wanted police to check on the kids. The father said the kids were okay. The mother was alright with the update.

12:42 am – A police report was filed after someone on Carefree Lane said their phone was taken out of their home.

1:32 am – Two teenage boys were spotted on Slate Creek Drive checking car doors. One of the guys was picked up by police at French and White. He was arrested for marijuana possession. 

1:38 am – An officer in Town Park on patrol noticed a man in the park. He was advised that the park was closed.

2:07 am – A man on Cedar Road called police saying a woman tried to choke him. It turns out the duo is in the process of separating. No one was choked. They were both advised to go to their homes. 

2:22 am – A woman ran to a neighbor’s on Wagner Street. The neighbor said she was all beat up. The woman was checked out for injuries by an ambulance crew. She signed off on further treatment. One person was arrested for endangering the welfare of a child.

5:02 am – A call came in from Atlantic Avenue. A woman said a group tried to jump her and took her phone. Police got to the scene. Her phone was recovered, and she was happy with the outcome. 

5:07 am – A manager at the front desk of the Courtyard Hotel on Genesee Street said a guest had someone break into a vehicle and steal $600. A police report was filed.

5:52 am – South Line firefighters went to go check out an alarm on North Prince Drive. It turned out to be a faulty CO detector.

6:01 am – A woman on Nagel Drive said someone broke into her garage then broke into her vehicle and stole her wallet. The garage door was unlocked. A police report was filed.

7:36 am – A call was transferred from dispatch in Depew. A woman was screaming at someone on Transit Road for passing a bus with its lights on. The caller said if she sees the car doing that again, she would damage it. She was advised.

9:20 am – Police were notified to track down a 2017 Chevy Silverado. It was apparently stolen from Paddock Chevrolet. OnStar tracked the vehicle to Harlem Road. Eventually, police discovered the issue was a clerical mix up at the dealership. The man was given the truck to drive while his was in for repairs.

10:04 am – A manager from Cabela’s called to complain about a man who was living out of his car in the parking lot. The man had been advised by police to leave the area in the past. He was advised again.

10:27 am – The front desk of the Millennium Hotel said they got a number of complaints about a dog locked in a car in the hotel parking lot. The hotel was trying to track down the registered owner to see if they were a guest. Animal control was also notified and responded to the issue.

10:51 am – A call came in from the Galleria after two women were spotted by security with burglary tools (a couple large Macy’s bags with aluminum foil lining them). One of the bags was taken in by loss prevention. A police report was filed.

11:16 am – Bellevue firefighters were called to Como Park Boulevard. Wires were burning a tree. NYSEG was notified about the issue. The fire was put out.

12:06 pm – A neighbor on Allendale Road said they’ve heard an alarm going off for the past few days at a home in the neighborhood. The house appears vacant. Police checked it out. The door was open and the smoke detector was going off in a pile of garbage. The house was filled with trash. 

12:16 pm – South Line firefighters were called to check out an alarm on Lemans Drive. It turned out to be a smoke detector set off by the shower steam. 

1:01 pm – National Grid was notified about wires arcing in a tree on Barbara Place. 

1:02 pm – Police were checking out water levels on William Street. There was only water in the curb lane so the road remained open.

1:51 pm – An officer was at Walmart at Walden and a woman asked them for help with finding her vehicle in the parking lot. The woman was assisted.

2:23 pm – The highway department was notified about a large tree branch that came down on Pine Ridge. 

2:27 pm – A driver was pulled over and arrested for driving without a license on Harlem Road. 

2:28 pm – A woman was going to mow her neighbor’s lawn and found guns in the shed. Police took five long guns in for safe keeping.

3:16 pm – One woman was arrested for shoplifting at Walmart on Walden. She had warrants out of Buffalo and Amherst.

3:25 pm – A woman at Williamstowne Apartments called 911 because she has pneumonia and wanted someone to clean her house because she doesn’t have oxygen. Police and ambulance crews responded. The home was checked out and was in good condition. She got oxygen from the AMR crew and signed off on further treatment.

3:51 pm – A woman at Gardenvillage Apartments called to say her ex-boyfriend stole money from her home. A domestic incident report was filed.

4:15 pm – A police report was filed for criminal mischief after someone apparently shot at Frederick Machine Repair on Ludington Street. Five to six shots were heard. Two bullet holes were found in the building. They seemed to come from the direction of nearby woods. 

4:32 pm – Two women were arrested for shoplifting at Walden Galleria.

5:28 pm – Bellevue firefighters were sent to check out a fire alarm on Union Road. It turned out to be an issue with the alarm due to the power outage.

5:32 pm – South Line firefighters were called out to a transformer and pole on fire on North Seine Drive. The wire was out and NYSEG was notified about the issue.

6:28 pm – An officer was flagged down on Chapel Avenue. A tree was blocking the street. The highway department was notified. Traffic was going around the block in the meantime.

6:29 pm – An officer was flagged down on Union Road to help with a woman possibly having a heart attack. She was taken to Buffalo General by ambulance. Her vehicle was left in a parking lot. A police report was filed and the officer took personal items to the woman’s daughter.

7:32 pm – South Line firefighters were called to check out an alarm on South Prince Drive. A detector was going off and the smell of natural gas was also reported.

8:01 pm – Police noticed a suspicious vehicle on French Road. Lovers were advised to be on their way.

8:24 pm – A call came in for South Line firefighters about a wire arcing in the backyard of a house on Louise Drive.

9:03 pm – A neighbor at an apartment on Marne Road said she heard someone in the lower unit. There was not supposed to be anyone there because the resident was out of town on vacation. Police checked the residence. No one was found in the basement or the apartment. A police report was filed.

10:17 pm – Doyle firefighters were sent to check out high tension lines rubbing branches off of Medina Street. The caller said they saw some flames and sparks. NYSEG was notified. The arcing was small. The neighbor kept an eye on it until the power company got to the scene.

11:08 pm – A customer was holding up the drive thru at Tim Horton’s on Pine Ridge. The customer wanted a refund but the employee was unable to give a refund without permission from a manager. She was trying to get in touch with a manager. The vehicle moved along when police got there.

Saturday, August 5: 187 Calls

12:08 am – A call came in from Reiman Street. An unknown person was in a shed. A police report was filed for a suspicious occurrence. 

12:57 am – Rescue Hose firefighters were called to check out an alarm at Aspen Dental/Chipotle on Walden Avenue. Nothing was showing when firefighter got to the scene and checked out the building. 

1:43 am – A caller on Cayuga Road said they saw a man drag a woman by her hair down the street. Police caught up with the pair. A drunk woman was being taken home by her boyfriend. Everything was in order. 

2:45 am – A call came in about a man passed out in the drive thru of the McDonald’s at Union and George Urban. Police and an ambulance went to check out the scene. A man just fell asleep in the car. 

3:00 am – A woman was refusing to leave Tryst on Aero Drive. The former employee was banned in the past and making threats. She was taken into custody for trespassing. A police report was filed.

4:32 am – Police noticed a couple arguing in the lot of the 33 Speakeasy on Genesee Street. Everything was fine. The woman was just trying to get her drunk boyfriend home.

8:49 am – Detectives were called out to check out a scene on East End Avenue. Contractor items were taken. 44 boxes of laminate flooring were missing. A police report was filed. 

9:23 am – A police report was filed after a generator and chainsaw were stolen on Rosewood Terrace.

10:03 am – Police and the dog warden were called to a home on Union Road. The person living there was letting their pooches use the Maryvale grounds as a potty. They were advised.

10:12 am – A woman was arrested on Ontario Drive after her ex-girlfriend told police the woman was threatening her. The woman was advised by police to stay away from the house or she would be arrested. The woman returned and was arrested within a half hour.

10:19 am – Firefighters from Hy-View were called out to Barone Court. An alarm went off at a home. It was set off by cooking. Firefighters helped ventilate the house.

10:28 am – Two people were taken to Buffalo General by ambulance for weakness from Thruway Plaza. Rescue Hose firefighters were also called to the scene to help with the EMS call.

11:00 am – A woman on Ivanhoe Road said a man got in her face and she pushed him. The woman was arrested and a domestic incident report was filed. The ex-boyfriend returned to the house around 9:30 pm on Sunday. She did not want him there. The man left the house without incident.

11:31 am – A man was pulled over on Broadway for a traffic infraction. He was arrested at the scene. The man also had a warrant out of Buffalo. 

12:32 pm – Police were called to Oriole Place. A man said his adult nephew pulled a knife on him. Both men had conflicting stories. They both went their separate ways.

12:54 pm – A person was checked out by an ambulance after being struck by a vehicle in the Olive Garden parking lot on Walden. The person signed off on further treatment.

12:55 pm – A report came in from Harlem Road. One person said their garbage tote was taken from their house.

1:10 pm – A call came in from Rite Aid at Genesee and Pine Ridge. A man was loading up with goods he intended to steal. He was arrested for shoplifting.

1:49 pm – A person was found with stolen property from Family Dollar on Genesee Street. They were arrested. 

2:19 pm – A call came in about a pitbull running wild on Creekside Drive. It turned out to be a dispute between neighbors. Everyone was advised.

2:30 pm – A man was hitting himself at a Clover Place home. His wife was concerned he was going to blame her. The couple was going through a divorce. The wife was upset about it. 

3:03 pm – A police report was filed after a man stole items from Family Dollar on Genesee Street.

3:53 pm – Five people (three women and two men) were arguing in the parking lot near Macaroon’s Nite Club on Dick Road. Everyone at the scene said it was just a family issue. They all left.

4:13 pm – Someone found a 10-year-old boy near the off ramp of Galleria Drive (by Target). The boy was lost by the side of the road. Buffalo Police were contacted. They tracked down an address in the city. The boy was dropped off at home. A police report was filed.

5:10 pm – A call came in from the Walmart parking lot on Walden. Someone said their car was hit by two men in another vehicle. When the two men parked, they poured beer out on the parking lot that they were drinking as they pulled up. There was no damage to the caller’s vehicle. The men were gone from their car when police went to check things out. There was no evidence of alcohol nearby.

5:28 pm – A woman on Strasbourg Drive said her neighbors and their kids are calling her names and throwing trash in her yard. The neighbors were home by the time police got there. The neighbors in question didn’t answer their door. The caller was advised.

5:33 pm – Police were called to a home on Ivanhoe Road three times to deal with two drunk neighbors. The duo was drinking earlier in the day – then the woman wanted the man out of the house. The man kept coming back – and the woman kept calling police. 

6:00 pm – Two ladders and an aluminum plank were stolen from a backyard on Peachtree Road. The person that stole the items – left a set of keys behind. A police report was filed.

6:23 pm – A call came in from Tops in Thruway Plaza. They wanted help dealing with a drunk man who peed his pants in the store. When police arrived the man was down by the Rainbow store. He was sent on his way.

6:42 pm – Police were called to help deal with a daughter and father who were fighting in the Galleria. The father was with security and said there were no problems. It turned out the 17-year-old daughter was wanted. She was taken into custody.

6:59 pm – A man was arrested for drunk driving after someone found him slumped at the wheel for a half hour on Union Road. Eventually, the man drove to the Sunoco Station on Union at William. That’s where he was arrested by police.

7:34 pm – Police were chasing a woman down Andrews after she was suspected of shoplifting from Family Dollar on Genesee Street. She was arrested on an Erie County Sheriff’s warrant. 

8:25 pm – A person on Rossler Avenue called police and said the tenant in the upper unit has a prostitution ring going on.

8:43 pm – A parent on Freda Avenue said their 10-year-old was throwing things around the house. It was a discipline issue.

8:47 pm – A neighbor on Beach Road called police saying they heard a man beating up a woman. The couple told police they were just horse playing.

9:06 pm – A complaint came in about loud music and underage drinking on Pinehurst Avenue. It turned out to be a bunch of older guys just enjoying the tunes. They were told to turn it down.

9:57 pm – Police were called to take a report at St. Joes ER. A girl was bit by a pitbull while walking through the Sloan Reservoir. 

Sunday, August 6: 174 Calls

12:07 am – A car was pulled over for going through a red light on the 33. The driver said they were heading to a domestic incident in North Tonawanda. A woman was allegedly beaten up by her boyfriend. North Tonawanda Police were notified about the incident.

12:43 am – Hy-View firefighters were called to a possible electrical fire on Anna Marie Terrace. The gas to the house was turned off. The stove was removed from the home and National Fuel responded to deal with a gas line issue. U-Crest, Rescue, Pine Hill, Cleveland Hill and Forks also assisted at the scene.

12:57 am – A natural gas leak was reported in an upper apartment on Rowan Road. Pine Hill firefighters responded. The person in the house left the knob on the stove on. It was turned off. The house was ventilated. 

1:24 am – An officer noticed a suspicious person in a vehicle in the Buffalo Cemetary. It turned out to be a Pokemon player. They were sent on their way.

1:45 am – A police report was filed after people left Denny’s without paying for their food.

2:31 am – Police checked out a suspicious car with Virginia plates in the former Dunkin Donuts parking lot on Genesee near Transit. There were two lovers in the car. They were advised to be on their way.

3:10 am – An officer on patrol noticed a man on a bench in Town Park. He was advised to be on his way.

5:18 am – South Line firefighters were called out to a fire alarm on Slate Creek Drive. It ended up being food on the stove. The apartment was ventilated and the resident was advised.

11:27 am – The SPCA was contacted after a complaint came in about a number of dogs outside in cages on Penwood Drive.

11:44 am – A police report was filed after someone on Eggert Road noticed their lawnmower was taken out of their garage. 

12:47 pm – Firefighters from South Line were called to check out an alarm on John Brian Lane. It turned out to be a faulty detector. 

12:50 pm – A police report was filed after a person drove off without paying for $25 worth of gas from Rusniak’s service station on Union Road. 

12:52 pm – A person on Heather Road said they have video of their neighbor throwing dog poop from her yard into his driveway. A police report was filed.

12:56 pm – A driver was pulled over on Genesee Street and arrested for driving without a license. The driver also had a warrant out of Buffalo. 

1:00 pm – The dog control officer responded to a home on Woodland Terrace. A person found a kitten in their engine compartment of their vehicle. They freed the baby cat and it was taken to the SPCA. 

1:09 pm – Another driver was pulled over and arrested for driving with a fake inspection sticker on Genesee Street.

1:22 pm – A third driver was pulled over and arrested on Genesee Street. This time the person was charged with marijuana possession. 

2:03 pm – A police report was filed after someone came into a house on Central Boulevard through a window and took many items from the home.

2:08 pm – A person was arrested after being pulled over on Walden Avenue in a vehicle that was listed as being stolen from Delaware. 

3:16 pm – Rescue Hose firefighters were called to help a woman who fell off her wheelchair on Galleria Drive. This happened between the Thruway and Target. Her motorized wheelchair fell down an embankment. The woman was helped, checked out, and sent on her way.

4:44 pm – A woman on Allison Drive called police to complain that another woman told her child he could not play at the park. All the adults were advised.

5:17 pm – A driver was arrested on Crocker Street after being pulled over for traffic infractions. The driver had a warrant out of Buffalo.

5:51 pm – A driver was pulled over on Leonard Post Drive and arrested for narcotics charges.

6:34 pm – A tip came into the 411 line. Two women were twerking in the middle of Barbara Place. They told police they were not in the street. They were advised to dance in the backyard.

6:45 pm – Three underage boys and a man were arrested for shoplifting at Walden Galleria.

7:01 pm – A driver was arrested for marijuana possession on Harlem Road.

7:41 pm – A person in the Best Western parking lot on Dingens Street said a ring, money and credit cards were missing from his vehicle. A police report was filed.

8:16 pm – A car was pulled over on Walden, and one person was arrested for shoplifting from Walmart.

9:09 pm – A call came in about a missing 10-year-old boy from Fontaine Drive. The boy was last seen by the father around 3:00 pm. A few minutes after calling the police, the father tracked down the boy at a friend’s house.

9:48 pm – A man on William Street said his ex just keeps calling and texting him. He just wanted it to stop. Police made contact with the former girlfriend and told her to stop getting in touch with the man.

10:14 pm – A male employee at Office Depot on Walden was taken to ECMC after passing out at the store. AMR and Rescue Hose crews responded to the scene.

10:44 pm – Rescue Hose firefighters were called to go to the Holiday Inn Express on Anderson Road. A 1-year-old was having trouble breathing. The baby was left in care of the ambulance crew. 

11:56 pm – Several kids were kicked out of Griffith Park. A neighbor called police and said they were hanging out an smoking marijuana.