A number of officers in the Town of Evans Police Department were publically recognized for excellent police work at the April 17 meeting of the Evans Town Board.
Patrolmen Frederick Garrasi and Jeffery DeVinney were recognized for a job well done in the arrest of an apparent drug dealer during a routine traffic stop.
While running radar on Lake Street on March 31, the patrolmen observed a vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed, and after getting the vehicle to stop, they noticed the smell of marijuana coming from the vehicle while speaking to the driver. Upon further investigation, the officers learned that not only was the driver’s license was suspended, but also that the vehicle contained a large number of illegal drugs, including prescription drugs, marijuana, and a large amount of cocaine packaged and ready for sale.
“There is no doubt that your actions stopped these illegal drugs from reaching the street, and I am pleased to recognize you for the excellent job you did during this arrest,” said Chief of Police Ernest Masullo. “I am extremely proud of the job you are doing. Keep up the good work.”
In addition, Lieutenants Michael Masullo and Douglas Czora, Patrolmen Ralph Maslach, Patrick Atler, Thomas Crupe and Joseph LaRosa as well as Dispatcher Amy Hamm were recognized for their performance in the arrest of two individuals that committed a daytime home burglary.
After receiving eyewitness accounts of what the persons were wearing and driving, the officers developed a pair of suspects. Armed with this information they were able to track the suspects, and within two hours of the crime, they were able to locate the suspects, interview them and obtain confessions, as well as recover the stolen property.
“This collective effort by these six officers and a dispatcher displays the high level of professionalism we have come to expect from our personnel,” Masullo said. “I am proud to have so many talented people serving our community.”
In other news:
• A public hearing regarding the possible expansion of the Highland Hose Volunteer Fire Company will be held May 15 at 7:10 p.m.
• A Special Use Permit was issued to Earl Brathwaite for the operation of a used car lot at 9712 Southwestern Boulevard for a period of five years.
• Patricia Conrad, Steven Siracuse, Clark Brueckl, Richard Murphy, Dan Carriero, David Ryerse, and Richard Walker ($8 per hour), Jamie Caumann, Jon Triftshauser, John Schneider ($7.50 per hour), and Mackenzie Dillon and Jacob Majuk ($7.25 per hour) were appointed to the position of laborer, to be called as needed.
• New Frontier Excavating and Paving, Inc., 8256 East Eden Road, Eden, NY, was awarded the Replacement and New Waterline Contract in the amount of $796,396.
The meeting was adjourned with a moment of silence in memory of the victims of the tragic bombings at the Boston Marathon. A page was also set aside in the official record in their honor.