A poorly placed grill cost someone their Lexus while tailgating before the Buffalo Bills game on Sunday.
Orchard Park Police said that they were called to a private parking lot on Southwestern Boulevard with a report of a fire at 12:22 p.m. They found a 2010 Lexus engulfed in flames. The Windom Volunteer Fire Company responded and extinguished the blaze, which police said appeared to have started when someone placed a hot grill under the parked car.
Earlier police ticketed an East Aurora woman after a four-vehicle collision at the intersection of Milestrip and California roads. Valerie Taylor, 30, was charged with driving with a suspended registration, unlicensed operation and following too closely. All injuries were minor.
Officers were unable to locate a man who reportedly was seen selling cocaine outside the stadium at 11:36 a.m. However, there were able to assist Erie County Sheriff's deputies who were dealing with "numerous disturbances" in the stadium bus lot shortly before noon. Those scuffled resulted in several arrests by deputies.
Another disturbance was reported at the Mercy Ambulatory care Center at 1:14 p.m., where a male patient was being disorderly. Officers diffused the situation but were called back an hour later when he was acting up again. A family member finally picked up the trouble-maker.
An intoxicated 15-year-old was arrested at 2:40 p.m. for stealing a jersey from a vendor near the stadium. Charged with petit larceny, the teen was released to his mother.
At 3:24 p.m., a woman called to report a man was kicking her vehicle near Abbot and Bigtree roads, but the subject was gone when officers arrived. A short time later, another woman reported that the window of her vehicle was smashed in a private lot on Southwestern Boulevard and items were stolen.
An hour later in the same lot, John Pentycofe, 26, of Holley, punched the hood of a marked police car, causing $650 in damage. He was arrested for criminal mischief and jailed in Orchard Park pending arraignment. Pentycofe later explained he was upset with his girlfriend and “took it out on the police car.”
Ten minutes after that, police received a call about of a person riding on the rood of an RV traveling down Abbott Road. The Sheriff’s Office's helicopter spotted the vehicle and deputies dealt with the matter.
There were no injuries when a vehicle bumped a pedestrian at about 5 p.m. at the intersection of Abbott Road and Oakwood Avenue, but police had to intervene in the fight which resulted after the incident.
And at 5:19 p.m., several men were reported to be throwing items at vehicles on Lakeview Avenue. Responding officers found some Canadian men who claimed they had “dropped” their beer bottles in the road and were cleaning up the broken glass. They were allowed to go on their way after picking up the street
Other calls for the last home game of the regular season involved car crashes, fights, drunkenness, lost items, found items and missing persons, along with the usual complement of medical calls involving alcohol consumption and reckless behavior, according to Orchard Park Police Lt. Patrick Fitzgerald.