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Town, Village of Lancaster Police Blotter


Resisting Arrest

At 12:25 a.m., patrols were dispatched to the Lancaster Speedway, 57 Gunnville Road, for a report of an assault, which had just occurred. Patrol spoke with the complainant, who is a Transit Police officer.

The officer stated there was a fight/altercation with approximately 10 people involved and he had the offender, Kevin N. Bainbridge, 41, of Amherst, in custody for resisting arrest and the victim wanted to pursue charges against him for punching him in the face.

Patrol spoke to the victim who stated he was at the speedway watching his nephew race. After his nephew finished the race, approximately 10 people started a confrontation with his nephew and he stepped in to break up the fight. The victim said he was pulled away from the fight by security personnel, who are employed by the speedway, when Bainbridge punched him on the left side of the face with a closed fist.

Bainbridge was told to stop fighting by security but he continued to fight. Bainbridge was physically restrained by security. Bainbridge was finally forcefully handcuffed and placed into custody.

Bainbridge was charged with resisting arrest and harassment. He is scheduled to appear in town court Sept. 3.

Aug. 12

Driving While Intoxicated

At 8:05 p.m., dispatch received two separate complaints of reckless operation for a red pickup truck traveling north on Penora Street from William Street. One the complainants followed the truck to the parking lot of Tops in the D & L Plaza, 5175 Broadway.

Patrols responded and made contact with the vehicle and found the subject, Dana M. Nowakowski, 34, of Lancaster, at the wheel. While speaking with her, patrol detected the smell of an alcoholic beverage. Patrol then administered a PBT screening, which indicated a BAC of .15 percent.

At the same time, patrol made contact with the complainant, who completed a supporting deposition that indicated Nowakowski drove over the curb at Penora Street and Como Park Boulevard and also drove onto a lawn on Spohns Street.

Nowakowski was transported to the station where patrol conducted several standard field sobriety tests. Nowakowski agreed to submit to a breathalyzer test which resulted in a .14 percent BAC.

She was charged with DWI and operation of a motor vehicle with .08 of one percent or more alcohol in blood.

Aug. 13

Criminal Mischief

On Aug. 13, the complainant, 39, of Lancaster, received a text message from his girlfriend, Nancy J. Marrano, 52, of Lancaster, stating, “I kicked your bike over. It’s in my driveway.”

The complainant responded to Marrano’s residence and found his 2012 black Harley Davidson Fat Boy, in the driveway, right side up. The complainant then observed damage to the motorcycle and called the police.

Upon patrol arrival, patrol noticed the motorcycle to be right side up in the driveway. Patrol observed the gas tank had small dents and scratches, the right side foot peg was bent, and the chrome exhaust pipes were dented and scratched. There were also scratches on the helmet.

Patrol saw the text message and attempted to contact Marrano several times and left messages, with negative results. The complainant responded to the station where he filed charges for criminal mischief. A warrant was filed for Marrano’s arrest.

The motorcycle is worth approximately $17,000. The damage was estimated to be at least $250.

Aug. 14

Petit Larceny

At 2:28 a.m., patrol responded to Tops, 4777 Transit Road, for a report of a shoplifter in custody. Patrol spoke to the Tops night manager who stated one of his employees observed the subject, Tyler T. Hess, 18, of Cheektowaga, take a bottle of vitamins off of a shelf and place them in his pocket.

The employee then observed Hess walk past the registers without paying and to the front lobby doors to exit into the parking lot.

At that point, the employee stopped Hess and asked for the vitamins. Hess produced a bottle of Nature’s Bounty Co Q-10 vitamins from his pocket and the employee held him inside the manager’s office until police arrived.

Patrol took custody of Hess and transported him to the station where he was charged with petit larceny. The total cost of the vitamins was listed at $31.99.

Aug. 15

Unlawful Possession of Marijuana

At 3:45 a.m., patrol made contact with the offender, Lacora Purdue, 21, of Amherst, at Motel Six, located at 52 Freeman Drive, Room No. 112 for an outstanding Amherst warrant- Grand Larceny third degree.

After a brief conversation with Purdue, patrols gained consensual entry to the room. Located in plain view on the nightstand next to the bed was a marijuana “roach” rolled in cigar paper. When questions Purdue admitted ownership and stated it was marijuana.

Purdue was advised of the warrant and taken into custody at that time. When asked if there were any other drugs in the room, Purdue stated no and gave patrols verbal consent to search.

During the search patrols located two marijuana pipes, a marijuana grinder, a blunt, three “roaches,” and a bag of marijuana in the night stand next to the bed, under the bed, and in Purdue’s purse.

Purdue was issued an appearance ticket for unlawful possession of marijuana and later transported and turned over to Amherst Police.


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