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Police report from The Sun week of May 21
By:Submitted to The Sun
Date: 2015-05-20
Shots fired in Collins
Erie County Sheriff Timothy B. Howard reported that five individuals were arrested May 17 in connection with shots fired in a residential development on Bagdad Road, in the town of Collins.

Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a 911 call about shots fired in the Smallwood Trailer development Sunday, May 17 around 5:30 p.m. While responding to the scene, Deputies observed a car matching the description of a vehicle involved with incident and began to follow it.

After a brief pursuit, deputies initiated a traffic stop and attempted to place five subjects into custody. Three subjects were removed from the vehicle and handcuffed while two other subjects refused commands to exit the vehicle. When deputies attempted to remove one of the subjects, the individual began kicking and resisting. Pepper spray was deployed, resulting in compliance; the male was taken into custody.

Meanwhile, an individual already handcuffed and lying on the ground, stood up and charged the deputies, who controlled the charging subject and he was once again place on the ground. A female subject was yelling and interfering with the arrest. She was advised multiple times to back up and stop interfering, according to the report, but she refused to comply with the deputies’ verbal orders. When deputies attempted to handcuff the female subject, she pushed a deputy. The female subject was sprayed with pepper spray and placed into custody.

At the residential development where the reported shots occurred, detectives found multiple spent shell casings and later recovered the rifle suspected in the incident; no injuries were reported.

According to police, five individuals were arrested and charged with various counts, as follows:

Jonathan Seneca, 34, of Brant, was charged with felony counts of Reckless Endangerment and Criminal Possession of a Weapon and a misdemeanor count of Menacing.

William Larkin, 26, of Evans, was charged with Obstructing Government Administration and Resisting Arrest.

Joshua Benton, 38, of Irving, was charged with Obstructing Government Administration and Resisting Arrest.

Susan Pierce was charged with Obstructing Government Administration and Resisting Arrest; she was released on appearance tickets.

Amber Lewis was charged with unlawfully fleeing a police officer in a motor vehicle, an interlock device violation and various vehicle and traffic violations. Lewis was released on appearance tickets.

Seneca, Larkin and Benton are at the Erie County Holding Center pending their arraignments.

The incident remains under investigation and additional charges may be pending.

Harassment charge arrest

On May 10, Evans Police Officer Arns responded to a complaint of harassment on Erie Road, in Evans.

The victim stated the offender, Jonathan Oshell, 28, of Hamburg, slapped her hands, called her profane names, pushed her and slammed his door in her face.

Oshell denied the allegations. He was arrested and booked on the charge of harassment in the second degree.

Stay away order violated

On May 8, Evans Police Officer Jeffrey DiVinney responded to a report of a disturbance, at a bar on Kennedy Avenue that took place at approximately 12:20 a.m.

Upon speaking to the victim, she stated that she had an active stay away order of protection against the offender, Joseph Paternostro, 24, of Evans.

The victim told police an altercation between her and the offender unfolded at a bar when he began to call her names. She also stated that he may have pushed her, and he sent her text messages that day.

The victim provided a domestic incident report supporting her deposition at the police station. The offender was arrested and placed in a holding cell to await arraignment.

Woman arrested after pulling hair
On May 14, Evans Police Officers reported to a disturbance on Gates Drive. Upon patrol’s arrival, all parties involved in the disturbance were interviewed. It was determined by patrol that the offender did attack the victim from behind, by hitting her in the head and pulling her hair.

The victim displayed to patrol a clump of her own hair which was pulled out by 48-year-old Dawn Woodworth, of Evans.

The offender continued to verbally threaten the victim while police were still there.

Woodworth was taken into custody and charged with harassment in the second degree.

Dumpster fire investigated
On April 20, Evans Police Officer Miller was dispatched to a report of a dumpster fire on Gowans Road.

Patrol observed the dumpster fully engulfed in flames. Angola, Evans Center, Lake Erie Beach and Brant fire companies were dispatched and successfully extinguished the fire.

It was determined that the cause of the fire was possibly a mixture of cleaning chemicals. Damage was done only to the dumpster.

Unlicensed operation on Erie Road

On May 5, Evans Police Officer Kenneth Kloss observed a vehicle traveling eastbound on Erie Road, without its taillights illuminated. A traffic stop was initiated and James Ogrady, 53, of Evans, was identified as the driver of the vehicle by his non-driving I.D. A data check with the Department of Motor Vehicles revealed that his driving privileges had been revoked due to previous, DWI charges.

The offender also had other listed suspensions for failure to pay child support and failure to pay a driver responsibility assessment. Ogrady was also using a vehicle without an interlock device, which he was required to have.

The offender was booked on charges including equipment violation, aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and using a vehicle without an interlock device.

Traffic arrest in North Collins

On May 4, Deputy Tom Vanwie, of the Erie County Sheriff’s Department, stopped a vehicle operated by 45-year-old John Cournyea of Niagara Falls for failure to stop at a stop sign on Gowanda Street. A Department of Motor Vehicles check showed Cournyea to have a suspended New York state license for having insurance not in effect.

Cournyea was charged with aggravated unlicensed operation in the third degree and failure to stop at a stop sign.
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