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Town, Village of Lancaster Police Blotter


Petit Larceny

At 1:57 p.m., patrols responded to Tops, 6363 Transit Road, for a report of a petit larceny. On arrival, patrol spoke with the complainant, the manager of Tops, who advised patrol a female, later identified as Nancy J. Basinski, 52, of Cheektowaga, attempted to walk out of the store, without paying, with a shopping cart full of merchandise.

Basinski placed the following items into a shopping cart: one container of Crystal Light, three pineapple scented candles, three reusable grocery bags, one banana, five porterhouse steaks, one ham, one bag of shrimp, one packaged dinner, one 30-pack of Budweiser beer, and four 30 packs of Labatt Beer.

With the merchandise in the shopping cart, the complainant observed Basinski walk past the registers, without paying, and attempt to leave the market. The complainant confronted Basinski, escorted her back to his office, and called the police.

Basinski stated her boyfriend dropped her off at the market, however, prior to leaving the market patrol located Basinski’s vehicle parked in the parking lot. In plain view, several bags of groceries, cases of beer, and meat products could be seen in the rear of the vehicle.

Basinski stated she had no knowledge of the merchandise in her vehicle. She claimed her boyfriend must have returned to the market, after dropping her off, and left the vehicle parked in the parking lot. Basinski then gave conflicting versions of how she had arrived at the market and how the vehicle became parked in the parking lot.

Patrol asked Basinski if the vehicle could be searched and she agreed. The cases of beer located in the vehicle are not coded to a particular market; however, the meat products were coded to a particular market. The complainant confirmed that the meat products were from the following Tops Markets in Attica, Alden, Depew, and Amherst.

There was additional merchandise located in Basinski’s vehicle from this Tops market as well. There were no receipts for any of the merchandise that was located in her vehicle. Patrol transported Basinski to the station where she was charged with petit larceny.

Jan. 3

Driving While Intoxicated

At 4:28 a.m., patrols were dispatched to the area of Como Park Boulevard for a property damage accident involving a Village of Lancaster plow truck. Upon arrival, patrols were advised the driver fled on foot from the accident scene.

An officer arrived on scene and checked the surrounding areas and streets where he located the offender, Jason D. Gaca, 32, of Depew, and returned him to the scene of the accident.

The village DPW plow truck driver stated he was driving on Como Park Boulevard, facing west, turning north onto Linden Avenue with the plows of the vehicle down on the road surface. When he checked his mirrors, he observed Gaca’s vehicle not slowing down and strike the plow truck.

While speaking with Gaca, patrol observed a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage emitting from his breath. He also had blood shot eyes and exhibited poor motor coordination.

At that time, patrol transported Gaca to the station where he performed several field sobriety tests and gave a positive breath screen result of .23 percent BAC.

Gaca was charged with DWI, following too close, and speed not reasonable and prudent.

Jan. 5

Driving While Intoxicated

At 3:55 a.m., patrol was sitting stationary at the red light at William and Aurora streets in the town. Patrol observed a 1997 Geo Metro exit the 7-11 parking lot onto William Street.

The vehicle drove over the corner of the curb of the parking lot and over a small snow bank before continuing east on William Street. Patrol initiated a traffic stop and made contact with the offender, Ryan A. Massino, 18, of Lancaster.

Patrol immediately noticed Massino had glassy blood shot eyes, slurred speech, and impaired motor condition. Massino also had an odor of an alcoholic beverage emitting from his breath. Patrol conducted several field sobriety tests, in which she failed. Massino was transported to the station where she submitted to a breath test with a reading of .13 percent BAC.

Massino was charged with DWI, operation of a motor vehicle with .08 of one percent or more alcohol in blood, failure to use designated lane, and drinking alcohol in motor vehicle on highway.

Jan. 6

Driving While Intoxicated

At 3:49 p.m., patrol responded to a property damage only motor vehicle collision on Broadway in the area of Brunswick. Upon arrival, patrol made contact with the Depew driver, 60, who stated to patrol she was eastbound on Broadway at Brunswick when she began to slow down due to traffic and she was struck in the rear bumper by another vehicle.

The striking vehicle pushed her into the westbound lane prior to her regaining control and turning into a nearby parking lot. The striking vehicle followed her into the parking lot and waited for police arrival. The Depew driver’s vehicle had extensive damage to the rear bumper and trunk.

Patrol then made contact with the driver of the striking vehicle, Michael P. Ganczewski, 63, of Lancaster. The vehicle had damage to the front bumper consistent with a read end collision. Upon contact with Ganczewski patrol observed a strong odor of alcoholic beverage, blood shot watery eyes, impaired speech and motor coordination.

Patrol administered a preliminary breath test (PBT,) but he refused to give an adequate sample. Ganczewski was placed under arrest for DWI, operation of a motor vehicle with .08 of one percent or more alcohol in blood, following too close, and drinking alcohol in motor vehicle on highway. At the station he submitted a BAC reading of .15 percent.


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