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Town, Village of Lancaster Police Blotter

Sept. 28

Driving While Intoxicated

At 7:50 p.m., patrol observed a blue Volkswagen drive into the parking lot of Regal Cinema from Wehrle Drive and park while observing the operator holding what appeared to be a beer bottle.

Patrol approached the operator, Elizabeth E. Hassey, 47, of Williamsville, who upon observation of patrol covered up a Coors Light beer bottle and coffee mug filled with beer in the center console cup holders with a newspaper.

During a conversation with Hassey, glassy eyes, impaired speech, impaired motor coordination, and the odor of an alcoholic beverage were all immediately noticeable.

Hassey stated she had come to the movie theater to pick up her children who were about to get out of a movie. After the performance and failure of several field sobriety tests and a PBT screen of .18 percent BAC, Hassey was arrested for DWI and drinking alcohol in motor vehicle on the highway.

Hassey was transported to the station where she refused to submit to a chemical breath test. She is scheduled to appear in town court Oct. 16. Hassey was released on her own recognizance.

Sept. 29

Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance

Patrol was dispatched at 1:25 p.m. to 33 Parkside Drive for an anonymous complaint of a male passed out in a running vehicle located in the driveway. Upon arrival, patrol found a 2010 Chevrolet Silverado Pickup parked in the driveway shut off, with the subject, David Valois, 54, of Lancaster, seated in the driver’s seat, barely conscious.

As patrol approached the vehicle, several glassine envelopes and hypodermic needles were observed in plain view on the center arm rest/console. When questioned about the glassine envelopes Valois stated, “It was heroin, but I don’t have any heroin left, I shot it all up. I used my chest.”

Valois was then asked to exit the vehicle at which time two bundles of glassine envelopes were observed in plain sight in a center dashboard pocket. Each bundle contained five individually wrapped glassine envelopes with suspected heroin, held together with a black rubber band for a total of 10 glassine envelopes.

Valois was taken into custody without incident and transported to the station.

At the station patrol tested one of the glassine envelopes with a Type “L” Mecke’s Reagent Individual test pouch with a positive reading for heroin. Valois was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance.

Petit Larceny

At 2:24 a.m., patrol responded to 4777 Transit Road, Tops Market, for a report of a shoplifter inside of the store. The complainant stated he observed the defendant, David G. Tanyi, 23, of Cheektowaga, place several items into his clothing while riding around on a Tops Market’s scooter.

The complainant stated Tanyi was in the store for approximately 45 to 60 minutes walking and riding around. Upon patrol’s arrival, Tanyi was observed past the front door entrance to the main shopping area.

While patrol and the store manager were approaching Tanyi, he returned back into the store and was located by the lottery machine. While patrol was interviewing Tanyi, he was asked if he had anything on him that wasn’t paid for, in which he responded, “Yes, I do.”

Tanyi was searched and patrol found several items stuffed into his pant legs of his jeans, up the sleeves of his sweatshirt, and also items placed into the pockets of the sweatshirt and jeans. Tanyi was taken into custody and transported to the station for processing.

The total amount of items taken was listed at $52.24. Tanyi was charged with petit larceny. He was released on $100 bail and an appearance ticket.

Oct. 2


Patrol was dispatched at 4:47 p.m. to the area of Cemetery Road at Broadway for a report of a possible domestic inside a vehicle. The victim dialed 911 from her cell phone and stated her boyfriend, Leron Bailey, 31, of Buffalo, just punched her in the face.

The vehicle was stopped at Lackawanna and Gould’s Avenue in Depew. Bailey was operating the vehicle and the victim was in the passenger seat with a bloody nose that appeared to be broken.

Bailey was removed from the vehicle and detained in a patrol car. The victim was evaluated by LVAC. Initially during questioning, the victim was very evasive and denied any wrongdoing by Bailey. Soon thereafter while inside the ambulance, the victim did admit that Bailey punched her in the nose, but would not sign any dispositions or provide patrol with a statement. The victim was advised that charges will be filed with or without a statement of events.

After Bailey was advised of his arrest, he requested patrol to retrieve his belongings from the vehicle. Patrol retrieved a cell phone, cigarettes, and keys. Upon checking the items, a marijuana cigarette was located inside an empty pack of New Port cigarettes, charges were added. Bailey was transported to the station and bail was set at $500, which he was able to post.

Bailey was charged with assault in the third degree with intent to cause physical injury and unlawful possession of marijuana.

Oct. 4

Criminal Contempt

Patrols were dispatched at 12:25 a Genesee Street address on a report of a domestic. On arrival, patrol made contact with and detained the subject, Kevin P. O’Donnell, 40, of Buffalo. The complainant stated there has been ongoing abuse for the past week involving threats and physical abuse.

On this date, the complainant informed O’Donnell the relationship was over and he again became abusive after being asked to leave. The complainant said O’Donnell grabbed her by the hair, hit her on the head, and stated, “I just want to f***ing kill you.”

O’Donnell was taken into custody and transported to the station. He was charged with criminal contempt and harassment. He was released on $450 bail.


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