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Town, Village of Lancaster Police Blotter


Criminal Mischief

A complainant, an employee at Regal Cinemas, 6707 Transit Road, reported at 7:58 p.m. that sometime between 4 and 7:58 p.m., an unknown person (s) intentionally damaged the driver’s side front window of her vehicle. The vehicle was parked on the north side of the building, along the fence. The complainant reported that nothing appeared to be taken at the time.

There were no suspects at the time of report.

Petit Larceny

The complainant, an employee at Cracker Barrel, 6643 Transit Road, reported criminal mischief and a larceny of a Pioneer DVD/stereo from the dashboard of a vehicle sometime between 2 and 8:30 p.m.

The rear small window of the passenger side window was apparently pried open and an unknown person (s) entered the vehicle and took the stereo.

The complainant stated the value of the stereo at $200. There were no suspects at the time of the report.

Dec. 5

Driving While Intoxicated

At 3:11p.m., a complaint of a male drinking vodka in a 2008 Kia Spectra was dispatched over the Depew Police Department radio. At about 3:40 p.m., while in the area of the address of the registered owner of the vehicle, located on 5 Edward St., patrol observed a white Kia traveling west on Walden Avenue, matching the description of the vehicle earlier dispatched.

The vehicle turned north onto Edward Street, drove the length of Edward Street from Walden Avenue, to No. 5 on the wrong side of the road and also had a low hanging air freshener attached to the rear view mirror, obstructing the driver’s view.

Patrol initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle in the driveway of 5 Edward St., where the vehicle stopped.

During a conversation with the operator, Gary A. Sobolewski, 54, of Lancaster, glassy eyes, impaired speech, impaired motor coordination, the odor of an alcoholic beverage, and the odor of marijuana were all noticeable.

Sobolewski stated he had two shots of vodka before going to the Dollar Store and also admitted to smoking marijuana about an hour ago.

Sobolewski did submit to the finger count field sobriety test, but refused all others, including a Preliminary Breath Test (PBT). He was placed under arrest and during a search subsequent to arrest, a marijuana pipe containing marijuana was found in his left jacket pocket.

During a search of Sobolewski’s immediately reachable area in the vehicle, a marijuana pipe containing marijuana and a small baggie of marijuana was located in the center console of the vehicle along with an empty 375 ml bottle of vodka, a half consumed 375 ml bottle of vodka, and an empty shot glass smelling of vodka.

Sobolewski was transported to the station and refused to submit to a chemical test. He was charged with failure to keep right in two lane road, operation of a motor vehicle with obstructed vision, unlawful possession of marijuana, DWI, refusal to take breath test, and drinking alcohol in a motor vehicle on highway.

Dec. 6

Driving While Intoxicated

At 7:26 p.m., patrol responded to a complaint of reckless operation. The complainant reported that a 2003 Chevrolet was driving reckless northbound on Transit Road from William Street. Patrol located the vehicle occupied with the driver in the driver’s seat, keys in the ignition, and the motor running on the side of the road on Sixth Avenue.

Patrol approached the vehicle and requested that the driver roll down the window. The driver of the vehicle did not observe patrol at the window due to text messaging on her phone. The driver finally rolled down the window and immediately patrol noticed the driver had slurred speech, glassy eyes, and there was an odor of an alcoholic beverage.

The driver, Linda Osowski, 45, of Lancaster, was advised of the complaint and asked by patrol where she was tonight and where she was coming from? Osowski was unable to answer these questions and was aggravated with patrol’s flashlight and was not cooperating.

Patrol again questioned where the driver was coming from and the driver replied, “Tonawanda.” She was asked if she had been drinking tonight and she replied “no.” Patrol again asked if she had been drinking and she replied, “I’m not going to lie. I had three.”

Osowski was asked to exit the vehicle so patrol could perform standard field sobriety tests. At that time, Osowski stumbled getting out of the vehicle. She also submitted to a breath screening test which was positive.

Osowski was transported to the station and was given a breath test at 8:47 p.m. with a result of .30 percent Blood Alcohol Content (BAC). She was charged with aggravated DWI.

Dec. 7

Driving While Intoxicated

At 12:55 a.m., patrols were dispatched to Erie Street at Division Street for a report of a vehicle which struck a telephone pole and a tree. Patrol arrival and the offender, Matthew F. Schobert, 38, of Lancaster, was standing outside of his vehicle.

Schobert stated he was heading home from a work Christmas party which was at the Buffalo Club in Downtown Buffalo. While speaking with Schobert, patrol noticed he had glassy eyes, impaired motor coordination, impaired speech, and the odor of an alcoholic beverage was emitting from his breath.

Patrols at that time requested fire and LVAC to respond to the scene. Schobert was evaluated by LVAC personnel and signed off on treatment. Schobert was given several standard field sobriety tests on scene and did give a positive breath screen.

Schobert was placed under arrest for DWI, operation of a motor vehicle with .08 of one percent or more alcohol in blood, moving from the lane unsafely, and speed not reasonable and prudent.

He was transported to the station. Schobert did submit to a breath test with a BAC of .14 percent.


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