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Town, Village of Lancaster Police Blotter


Driving While Intoxicated

At 10:17 p.m., patrol was dispatched to Transit Road and Genesee Street for a report of a motor vehicle accident. Patrol arrived on location and made contact with the offender, Courtland V. Van Deusen, 34, of Lancaster, who immediately stated to patrol, “I’m not going to lie. I was drinking downtown.”

Patrol made a number of observations of Van Deusen’s physical condition. Van Deusen stated he was driving home from Statler in Downtown Buffalo and made a right onto Transit Road at which time he struck a vehicle.

Van Deusen submitted to several standard field sobriety tests, but refused to take a PBT. Van Deusen was placed under arrest and transported to the station where he submitted to a breathalyzer test result of .16 percent BAC.

He was charged with DWI, operation of a motor vehicle with .08 of one percent or more alcohol in blood, refusal to take breath test, failure to keep right in two lane road, improper right turn at intersection, and refusal to take breath test.

Oct. 4

Driving While Intoxicated

At 9:43 p.m., patrol observed a blue Ford traveling east on the I-90 off ramp skid to a complete stop about 30-feet back from the intersection despite having a green light and there being no other traffic around.

The vehicle turned north onto Transit Road and drove in between the center turn lane and the north passing lane straddling the yellow center pavement markings. Patrol initiated a traffic stop, however the vehicle continued north on Transit Road crossing over from the passing lane to the center travel lane and then to the curb lane without signaling and stopped behind traffic at the red signal at Freeman Drive.

When the signal turned green the vehicle continued north on Transit Road, despite patrol being behind the vehicle with emergency lights and sirens activated. The vehicle stopped again in traffic at Wehrle Drive at the red signal when another patrolman pulled his patrol car in front of the vehicle, blocking it.

Patrol approached the driver’s side window and gave several commands for the driver to exit the vehicle. The driver looked over at patrol and turned back forward and started to drive again. Patrol attempted to open the door, which was locked, and when the vehicle started to move again, patrol used a window punch to break the window, open the door, and place the car in park.

Patrol sustained several small cuts to the right hand and forearm due to breaking the window. After breaking the window, the offender, Lawrence R. Skretny, 47, of Buffalo, turned to patrol and stated, “Oh hello, what’s going on?”

While attempting to remove Skretny from the vehicle, Skretny pushed patrol back and held himself in the vehicle with the steering wheel while saying, “What’s going on?” Patrol was finally able to remove him from the vehicle, assist him to the ground, and place him in handcuffs.

Skretny smelled of alcohol, was unresponsive to questioning at the scene, seemed to be unaware of what was going on, and could not walk without assistance. Patrol observed glassy eyes, impaired speech, and impaired motor coordination.

During conversation with Skretny, he made several illogical statements and gave answers inconsistent with the questions asked. After being read his Miranda Rights, Skretny refused any field sobriety tests. He was also given two attempts at a breath test, but could not properly follow instructions on how to perform the test.

Skretny was charged with DWI, driving to left of pavement markings, failure to yield right of the way to emergency vehicle, and resisting arrest. He is scheduled to appear in town court at the end of October.

Oct. 5

Petit Larceny

At 12:23 p.m., patrol was approached by a West Drullard Avenue resident who informed patrol his vehicle was entered into overnight. The resident reported his vehicle was parked in the driveway and he thought he had locked it, but there were no signs of forced entry.

Stolen from the vehicle was: $100 in cash, a $200 Cannon Camera, and $150 IPod.

Petit Larceny

At 7:42 p.m., patrol responded to Harvey Drive and spoke to the complainant who stated he could tell someone entered his vehicle, which was unlocked in his driveway.

The complainant stated this happened sometime between 12:30 and 5:30 a.m. There was no damage to the vehicle, but the complainant stated he is missing his Bell Radar Detector that was on his dash. The total of property stolen was listed at $50.

Criminal Impersonation

At 8:35 p.m., patrol observed a red Ford Ranger Pickup traveling north on Transit Road with a loud muffler.

Patrol initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle on Aero Drive near Transit Road and the vehicle stopped. During a conservation with the operator, she was visibly nervous and gave a name of Janine M. Hess several times, even after being informed giving a false name to a police officer is a crime.

After opening the registered owner’s picture in Web RICI and talking further with the operator, she admitted her true name to be Dana M. Nowakowski, 34, of Lancaster, and was arrested for false impersonation and a muffler exhaust system violation.

Nowakowski was transported to the station and booked. She is scheduled to appear in town court in November.

Oct. 6

Driving While Intoxicated

Patrols were dispatched at 5:29 p.m. to a complaint of reckless operation east on Erie Street and then south on Steinfeldt Road. The complainant followed the suspect vehicle and provided a license plate number and physical description of the vehicle.

The complainant reported the vehicle was weaving all over the road. Patrol observed the offender south on Steinfeldt Road and blocked the vehicle in front of 40 Steinfeldt Road. The offender was the sole occupant seated in the driver’s seat.

The offender, Jerry D. Bamm, 61, of Lancaster, displayed obvious signs of intoxication. Bamm exited the vehicle and performed several standard field sobriety tests. Bamm was subsequently placed under arrest and transported to the station.

He submitted to a breathalyzer test with a result of .22 percent BAC. Bamm was charged with DWI and operation of a motor vehicle with .08 of one percent or more alcohol in blood.

Oct. 9

Unlawful Possession of Marijuana

Patrols were dispatched at 7:57 p.m. to a suspicious vehicle in the lot of NOCO, located at Walden Avenue and Pavement Road. On location, patrol located the vehicle unoccupied near the air pumps.

Patrol made contact with the complainant who indicated she had observed a male driver pass a baggie of suspected marijuana to a female in another vehicle and then accept money from the female. The complainant stated the second vehicle left the scene.

Patrol also noted the New York State inspection for the suspect vehicle was expired. Patrol watched the suspect vehicle from across Walden Avenue and when the suspect left the lot, patrol initiated a traffic stop.

The offender, Timothy R. Benbynek, 48, of Corfu, was the sole occupant and was seated in the driver’s seat. Benbynek indicated he had parked at NOCO and went to Ripa’s for dinner. Benbynek denied having anything and offered patrol permission to search his vehicle. Benbynek exited his vehicle and went to the trunk area where a pat down frisk was conducted.

While searching the vehicle, patrol walked up from behind and observed Benbynek remove a baggie from his pocket and drop it on the ground and cover it with his foot. Patrol immediately grabbed Benbynek and placed him against the trunk of the vehicle.

Benbynek was handcuffed and searched further where a homemade metal smoking pipe was found in his pant pockets containing marijuana residue.

He was taken into custody and charged with unlawful possession of marijuana and operation of motor vehicle without inspection certificate.


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