Evans Police come to trapped dog’s rescue
At 7:05 a.m. on April 3, town of Evans Police received a call that two dogs were stuck on the ice on Lake Erie. Evans Lieutenant Peter Smith and Dog Control Officer Michael Franey arrived on the scene and observed the dogs stuck in the water approximately 40 feet from the shore.
Police said that the ice was not stable. The officers were not equipped to enter the water, but Smith immediately called for an ice rescue team from the Lake Erie Beach Fire Company.
That team rescued the one large dog from the ice and water, but was unable to save the smaller dog, although they did recover that animal from under the ice. The larger dog was transported to a local vet by Franey, where it was treated for hypothermia.
Evans Police have warned everyone living along the shores of Lake Erie to stay off the ice. Erie County Sheriff’s Air One Pilot Deputy Art Litzinger advised Evans Police that the ice is breaking up, west of Sturgeon Point Marina, and that water is showing.
Police said that, with the recent weather forecasts, the lake will become more dangerous.
Hamburg resident arrested for possession
While on routine patrol in Hamburg, Officer Jonathan Cross conducted a check of the Laserwash premises and saw two vehicles, parked side by side at the vacuums. One car was unoccupied and one contained two individuals; no one was using the vacuums.
One of the occupants, Carl Schroeder, 26, of Hamburg, began to exit the vehicle, and told police, “We are just here to talk. Well, I am here to clean out her car, too.” After Cross asked why the vehicle was not being cleaned, Schroeder began stacking the car’s floor mats next to the vacuums. “It should be noticed he appeared extremely nervous, was fidgeting with his hands, kept reaching into his pockets and was not answering questions I was asking him,” the officer said, adding that the vehicle did not appear to be dirty inside.
Two additional officers arrived on the scene, as backup. Both occupants were interviewed separately, and Cross reported that Schroeder continued to be fidgety and evasive, reaching into his pockets several times and giving several different stories as to the reason he and a 27-year-old female resident from Eden were at the car wash. Police frisked the subject, but found no weapons.
Schroeder then admitted to police that he had marijuana in his vehicle. The cannabis was located, and Cross additionally found a red container with three different pills inside it, on the subject’s person. He also located a grinder on the bottom of the red container, as well as a pill-cutter on top. The only controlled substance found was Oxycontin, which falls under Schedule II of the Controlled Substance Act.
Schroeder was arrested for criminal possession of a controlled substance seventh and unlawful possession of marijuana. He gave police information about where he was obtaining his pills, prior to being booked and released on appearance tickets.
Evans police serve warrant
Evans patrolmen Luke Fioretti and Matthew Stonitsch executed a search warrant at a Beverly Drive address at 2:06 p.m. on March 28.
The officers located two pill bottles containing Fentanyl, marijuana, Suboxone® and two hypodermic needles.
Jonathan Litzinger, 23, of Angola and Alan Litzinger, 26, of Evans were arrested for unlawful possession of marijuana, possession of a hypodermic instrument and criminal possession of a controlled substance.
The subjects were processed and released on $250 bail.
Springville man arrested
Erie County Sheriff’s Deputy Matt Fuqua stopped a vehicle operated by 57-year-old George Ferner of Springville in Boston, after a report was received that the subject’s vehicle was being operated recklessly on Route 219.
A department of motor vehicles check showed that Ferner had a suspended license, due to a failure to answer summons and a suspended registration.
Ferner was charged with aggravated, unlicensed operation third and suspended registration. He was ordered to appear in court, at a later date.
Kelly Nephew arrested
Erie County Sheriff’s Deputy Brendon Connolly stopped a vehicle driven by 53-year-old Kelly Nephew of Brant for speeding.
A department of motor vehicles check showed that Nephew had a revoked license.
The subject was also found to be in possession of a handgun without a permit. Nephew was arrested for criminal possession of a firearm, speeding and aggravated, unlicensed operation. The subject was released and will appear in court, at a later date.
Brant warrant served
While investigating an all-terrain vehicle operation complaint, Evans Lieutenant Peter Smith discovered that the owner of the ATV had a valid warrant out of the town of Brant Court.
Edward Shealy, 28, of Angola was taken into custody by Erie County Sheriff’s Deputy Thomas Van Wie.
Man arrested while under the influence
Evans police were informed that Michael Gajkowski, 32, of Evans had taken Lortab® and other prescription medication and was under the influence.
A victim saw Gajkowski on her couch and told the offender that he was not welcome at the residence. The victim said that Gajkowski became irate and grabbed her son’s cell phone and threw it at her, missing her and shattering against the wall.
The victim locked herself and others in a bedroom and called police. Gajkowski grabbed a knife and picked the bedroom door, lunging toward the victim and saying, “Are you going to push me?”
Gajkowski exited the residence when the victim called police; he broke the back door when he left.
The subject was arrested for criminal mischief with intent to damage property, endangering the welfare of a child younger than 17, harassment second (physical contact) and menacing second (weapon).
A town of Hamburg arrest warrant was served on Dennis Tanyi, 47, of Angola by Evans Patrolman Jeffrey Mayer.
The subject was taken into custody and transported to Route 20 and Lakeview Road, where he was turned over to Hamburg police.
Felony DWI arrest made
While traveling northbound on Route 75, Hamburg Police Officer Joshua Eagan’s patrol car was nearly struck by another vehicle, as it was changing lanes. Eagan said that he was forced to take evasive action, to avoid a collision.
After stopping the vehicle, police discovered that John Blowers, 70, of Hamburg was the lone occupant. The subject told police that he had been at the Veteran of Foreign Wars location on Lake View Road; he failed the alphabet, finger count, walk-and-turn and Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus road sobriety tests.
The subject refused to perform a roadside screen, and was arrested for driving while intoxicated. Once at the station, Blowers again refused to submit to breath tests, and a refusal form was filed.
Police found that the subject had a D-conditional license, due to a prior driving while intoxicated conviction from the town of Hamburg on Feb. 21, 2012. A felony file was completed and the subject was charged with a license restriction violation, moving from lane unsafely and felony DWI.
After Blowers made numerous references to wanting to be shot by police, and other statements, he was taken to the Erie County Medical Center and was issued a traffic summons.
Hamburg woman arrested
Evans Patrolman Jeffrey Mayer responded to a report of a vehicle in a ditch at 10:04 p.m. on March 29.
The car was found running, in the ditch. Roberta Phillips, 49, of Hamburg was seated in the driver’s seat, and police said that she had slurred speech, an odor of alcohol about her, and red, watery eyes.
Phillips said that she had consumed two drinks and was driving to Lake View. Although the car was found on Erie Road, Phillips told police that she was on Route 20 in Hamburg.
When asked to step out of the car, Phillips stumbled and fell. A chemical test showed that she had a 0.25 percent blood alcohol concentration. She was arrested for aggravated driving while intoxicated, and released on uniform traffic tickets.
Buffalo warrant served
Erie County Sheriff’s deputies Tom Vanwie and Jeff Hicks arrested 41-year-old Allan Kennedy of Evans on a violation of probation warrant and an outstanding bench warrant from the city of Buffalo.
Kennedy was transported to the Erie County Holding Center.
Man arrested on several charges
Hamburg Police Officer Jonathan Cross and Officer Matthew Sherry were traveling north on McKinley Parkway, when they observed a blue truck’s traveling halfway in the passing lane and halfway in the center of the road, which was not designated for travel. The car had a loud muffler, as well.
After stopping the car, police discovered that the license plate belonged on a different vehicle. The driver, Glen Olivieri, 52, of Hamburg, said that the plate was for his motor home. Police found that the truck was unregistered and had no insurance.
In addition, Olivieri’s license had two revocations, for refusing a chemical test as a CDL-license holder and a suspension for driving while ability impaired.
Olivieri was arrested for failure to use designated lane, operating a motor vehicle with improper plates, operating a motor vehicle without insurance, muffler exhaust system violation, operating an unregistered motor vehicle on the highway, operation of a motor vehicle by an unlicensed driver and aggravated, unlicensed operation second.
The subject’s license was confiscated by police.