Stolen car found by sheriff's deputies
Called out to the South Transit Road area about 3 a.m. Wednesday for an attempt to locate a vehicle reported stolen by Amherst police, a deputy had just finished searching the area and was heading back to his post when he spotted the vehicle.
Traveling south on South Transit Road, the car pulled in to a tavern parking lot. The deputy followed him into the lot and activated his emergency lights. Already out of the car, Joseph D. Ehrenreich was ordered back into the car at gunpoint.
Despite the order, the deputy said Ehrenreich was being passively resistant and was refusing to get back into the car. He eventually allowed the deputy to place him in handcuffs and Amherst police were notified.
Ehrenreich appeared intoxicated and failed field sobriety tests. He refused to take a chemical test.
Joseph D. Ehrenreich, 45, 5471 Oakwood Drive, North Tonawanda, was charged with fourth-degree criminal possession of a stolen vehicle, first-degree aggravated unlicensed operation, DWI, DWI with a previous conviction, driving without an interlock device and refusal to take a breath test.
• ARREST: A Falls woman was arrested following a shoplifting incident at 2:20 p.m. Friday at a store in the 1500 block of Military Road. Becca Bliemeister, 20, 2820 23rd St., was charged with petit larceny after a security employee told police he witnessed her take eight clothing items from the store and conceal them in a bag before attempting to leave. The value of the clothing was listed at $62.90 in reports.
• ARREST: A Falls woman was arrested following a reported shoplifting incident at 11:20 a.m. Friday at a grocery store in the 1000 block of Portage Road. Nassira Townsend, 40, 1342 LaSalle Ave., was charged with petit larceny after a store employee told police she was witnessed placing an eye patch, a container of melatonin pills, a panini and an eclair into her purse and attempting to leave the store. The property was valued at $18.56.