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Evans Town Board congratulates its local police department

NEW ON THE SCENE — New Evans police officers were recently inducted into the Evans Police Department. Pictured, from left: Supervisor Keith Dash, Officer John Keem, Officer Tom Castle, Chief Ernie Masullo and Councilman Paul Cooper. Photo submitted by Masullo.
HAMBURG — The town of Evans Police Department took center stage, during the April 16 meeting of the Evans Town Board.

Evans Police officers Nate Miller and Patrick Atler were recognized for their efforts in apprehending a convicted drug dealer.

At 10:31 a.m. on April 3, Miller was running radar on Beach Road and stopped a vehicle for speeding. A record check showed that the driver was on probation.

Atler responded to Miller’s location as backup. Police said that the driver was acting suspicious, and the officers asked if there was anything illegal in the vehicle. According to police, the driver said, “You can search my vehicle. I have nothing to hide in here. You can bring the dog too, if you want.”

A vehicle search was conducted, and 2 ounces of cocaine, packaged and ready for sale, were found, along with approximately 100 prescription pain medication pills that were located in an unmarked container. The driver was immediately placed under arrest for two felony counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance.

“On behalf of the town of Evans Police Department, I am pleased to recognize patrolmen Miller and Atler for the excellent job in the arrest of a known convicted drug dealer,” Evans Police Chief Ernest Masullo said. “I am extremely proud of the job they are doing. There is no doubt that the actions of these officers stopped illegal drugs from reaching the streets of the town of Evans.”

“Chief, please extended the support and the congratulations of the town board to these officers,” Supervisor Keith Dash said.

John Keem III was appointed as a part-time police officer to be called as needed, at a rate of $15.10 per hour, on days and afternoons, and $16.25 per hour on nights.

“John, congratulations and welcome to the Evans Police Department,” Dash said.

Thomas Castle was appointed as a full-time police officer. Both appointments will be effective May 3.

“I am extremely honored,” Dash said, upon reading Castle’s appointment. “It is an extreme pleasure to vote to appoint Thomas Castle, who is probably one of the finest young men that I’ve ever had the opportunity to teach. Tom, congratulations.”

“It feels good to be full time here in the town of Evans,” Castle said. “I grew up here and lived here my whole life. I didn’t want to move out of the area, and it feels great to be part of this community and this great police department. There is a lot of respect around here, and I just happy to be part of the team.”

Angela Gardner was also appointed as police matron, at a rate of $15 per hour.

In other board news:
– The eighth National Prescription Drug Drop-Off event will take place from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. on April 26 at the Highland Fire Hall in Derby.

– Fred Bartlett ($8.25 per hour), Daniel Haidon, James Feldmann, Jaime Baumann, David Ryerse, Richard Walker ($8), Daniel Frame, Austin Smartz and Donald Schiedel ($8.50) were appointed as part-time laborer/gate guards for the Ton Parks and Marina.

– One 2000 Ford Pickup truck (water department), 1994 Chevy Flatbed Truck, 1993 White Dump Truck, 1997 New Holland Backhoe, 1995 2-3 ton Vibratory asphalt compact roller and trailer and 2002 International Crew Cab with dump body were declared as surplus. They will be sold at public auction.

The next Evans Town Board meeting will be held at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 7.
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