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Town, Village of Lancaster Police Blotter


Attempt: Scheme to Defraud

Patrol responded to a Como Park Boulevard residence for a report of harassing phone calls. The complainant stated that over the past three weeks she has received numerous harassing phone calls from an unknown party.

The unknown caller tells her that she won $2.5 million and in order for her to receive this money she needs to send him anywhere between $200 to $4,000, amounts vary on each call.

The complainant has not sent any money nor has she given out her personal information. Patrol attempted to call the number and just got a recording stating it is an invalid number.

The complainant stated she will refrain from answering calls from the number and if the calls continue she will change her phone number.

Incapacitated by Alcohol

At 4:44 p.m., officers responded to a Washington Street address for a report of an intoxicated male sitting in the parking lot. On location, officers observed the subject, 56, of Lancaster, sitting inside his vehicle in the driver’s seat.

The vehicle was not running and there were no keys in the ignition. The subject appeared very intoxicated and there was a half empty bottle of vodka next to the vehicle. A Preliminary Breath Test (PBT) showed the subject’s Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) at .35 percent. The subject could not get out of the car or stand. He could barely talk, but stated he was at a friend’s house and pointed down the street.

At that point, LVAC responded and transported the subject to ECMC.

Nov. 26

Driving While Intoxicated

At 9:29 p.m., patrol observed a gray Jeep traveling north on Transit Road in the passing lane leave its lane and cross into the center turning lane and then swerve into the curb lane, almost striking another vehicle. Patrol initiated emergency lights and sirens and instead of pulling to the right, the vehicle crossed into oncoming traffic and stopped in the middle of Transit Road, blocking both southbound traveling lanes.

When patrol instructed the driver by the PA system to pull to the right, the driver instead turned onto Maderia Drive and continued to travel several hundred feet before pulling to the side of the road, striking the curb while doing so.

The driver later identified to be Sandra C. Obara, 27, of Lancaster, immediately exited the vehicle and when asked for her license, registration, and insurance, she was only able to produce a receipt for a car wash from Delta Sonic.

After the performance and failure of several standard field sobriety tests and a PBT screen of .30 percent BAC, Obara was arrested for DWI, driving to the left of pavement markings, and moving from lane unsafely.

Obara was transported to the station where she refused to submit to a chemical breath test. She is scheduled to appear in town court Dec. 13.

Nov. 28

Driving While Intoxicated

Patrol was dispatched at 5:17 a.m. to the area of Lake Avenue and Franklin Street for a 911 call of an automobile accident. Upon arrival, there were two officers already on the scene, assisting the subject, Amy A. Colarusso, 35, of West Seneca, into the back of an ambulance.

Colarusso was involved in a one car accident and had smashed her vehicle into a telephone pole on the northeast corner of Lake Avenue and Franklin Street. While patrol was speaking to Colarusso, patrol noticed she had slurred speech with impaired motor coordination and glassy blood shot eyes.

Colarusso did admit to patrol she was drinking and gave consent to an Alco-Sensor prescreen test with results of .32 percent. Colarusso was transported by LVAC to ECMC due to high level of intoxication and her inability to take care of herself. Colarusso was unable to even tell patrol where she was and how she got there.

Colarusso was charged with DWI and failure to use designated lane.


At 1:57 p.m., dispatch received a call from Amherst Police Department stating they had two parties in custody that were involved in a road rage incident in Lancaster.

Patrol responded and spoke to both parties. Both parties stated they were traveling north on Transit Road and were cut off by each other and both parties made obscene gestures toward each other.

In the area of Transit Road and William Street, both parties were stopped at a red light when the subject, Philip A. Cone, Jr., 24, of Depew, exited his vehicle and approached the victim’s driver side window.

The victim, 47, of West Falls, rolled down her window to see what Cone was going to say when he spit at her striking her on her left cheek and in her left eye. Cone then went to the front of the victim’s car and kicked it. The victim immediately called the police and followed Cone to a Limestone address in Williamsville where the Amherst Police responded.

Cone was charged with harassment and released at the scene.

Nov. 29

Petit Larceny

At 12:52 p.m., patrol responded to a Walden Avenue address for a report of a larceny of a ladder. The complainant stated the work van was parked on the west side of the building with the ladder on top of the vehicle. Sometime between 7 p.m. Nov. 28 and 6:30 a.m. Nov. 29, some unknown person (s) took a 24-foot extension ladder, valued at $395.

There were no witnesses and no other information available at the time of report.


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