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Town, Village of Lancaster Police Blotter


Petit Larceny

At 1:11 p.m., the complainant, security personnel for Kohl’s Department Store, located at 4835 Transit Road, viewed the subject, Michele M. Erickson, 48, of Lockport, on in store security video place a vacuum cleaner from the shelf into her cart, go to the customer service desk, and request a return for the item.

The return was processed and credit was placed on Erickson’s Kohl’s card. Erickson was arrested for petit larceny and transported to the station. The total value of the vacuum was listed at $174.99.

Jan. 7

Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance

At 12:41 p.m., patrols assisted an Erie County probation officer with a warrantless search of the residence at 647 Ransom Road in the town. This is the residence of Brian A. Rupe, 29, of Lancaster, who is on felony probation for burglary and as a condition of his probation he is subject to a warrantless search.

In Rupe’s bedroom, the probation officer located a small plastic bottle, which contained four Clonazepam pills, three Alprazolam pills, and 13 Concerta pills, which were located in between the mattresses.

In addition, the officer located a small plastic bag containing crushed Alprazolam pills, which were found on top of the air conditioning unit in Rupe’s bedroom. Also, located were 15 Oxycodone Hydrochloride pills in the glove box of Rupe’s car.

All of the pills are controlled substances and Rupe does not have a prescription. Rupe was transported to the station and charged with five counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance and five counts of possession of a controlled substance in non-original container.


At 6:30 p.m., patrols responded to a report of a vehicle stuck in the wooded area east of Pavement Road, just south of the railroad bridge adjacent to the abandoned rail bed in the vicinity of Pavement Road. Officers arrived and located the vehicle. At that time, officers located two subjects, Anthony B. Guarino, 20, of Lancaster, and David T. Pelkey, 20, of Depew, next to the vehicle.

Patrol advised the current owner of the property of the incident and the property owner reported that the subjects did not have permission to be on his property and he was adamant in pursuing a trespass charge against the subjects.

Both subjects were taken into custody and transported to the station. The subjects were issued an appearance ticket and are scheduled to appear in town court in January. They were released on their own recognizance.

Jan. 9

Driving While Intoxicated

At 1 a.m., patrol observed a red Land Rover traveling south on Transit Road at 52 MPH in a 30 MPOH zone. Patrol initiated a traffic stop and the vehicle stopped.

During a conversation with the operator, Melissa M. Hauser, 44, of Cheektowaga, glassy eyes, impaired speech, impaired motor coordination, and the odor of an alcoholic beverage were all immediately noticeable.

After the performance and failure of several field sobriety tests and a PBT screen of .18 percent BAC, Hauser was arrested for DWI, operation of a motor vehicle with .08 of one or more alcohol in blood, and a speeding violation.

At the station, Hauser submitted to a chemical breath test with a .16 percent BAC result.

Petit Larceny

A complainant reported at 5:04 p.m. that the subject, 17, of Lancaster, placed a bottle of hair dye into her purse and was attempting to steal from the Rite Aid store, located at 60 Central Ave.

The complainant stated after confronting the subject regarding the item in her purse she told the complainant that she did not have enough money to pay for it. Patrol arrived and the subject was taken into custody.

The subject was charged with petit larceny and is scheduled to appear in village court in February.

Driving While Intoxicated

At 8:44 p.m., patrol responded to a call of a fight in the parking lot of 44 Central Ave. Upon arrival, patrol spoke with a witness who reported that he observed the subject, Charles J. Stewart, 41, of Lancaster, operating his vehicle in the parking lot in a reckless manner and that after speaking with Stewart, he believed he was intoxicated.

Patrol spoke to Stewart who displayed signs of intoxication including glassy eyes, slurred speech, impaired motor coordination, and was emitting an odor of alcoholic beverage. Stewart at that time stated he was not driving his vehicle, but that he had started he vehicle to “warm it up.”

A PBT was given at the scene which registered a positive reading. Stewart was taken into custody and transported to the station. Also, during the booking process, patrol found a small bag of marijuana.

Stewart was charged with unlawful possession of marijuana, DWI, and operation of a motor vehicle with .08 of one percent or more alcohol in blood.

Disorderly Conduct

Patrol responded to 44 Central Ave., for a report of a fight. The subject, Dale W. Sarama, 41, of Lancaster, was on location being disruptive and repeatedly was asked to leave the area by patrol.

Sarama finally went to a location where patrol had told him to stand and he turned around and yelled, “this is f***ing bull****” while in a public street and in the presence of approximately 10 to 15 people standing in the area.

At that time, Sarama was restrained and subsequently taken into custody for disorderly conduct.


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