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Police reports from The Sun week of April 30
By:Submitted to The Sun
Date: 2015-04-29
Sheriff’s warrant is served in Evans
On April 19, Town of Evans Police Officer Gregory Szarowicz was dispatched to a disturbance on Erie Road in Evans. Upon his arrival, the subject, Roquel Crouse, 27, of Irving, had already left the residence. He was arrested on a warrant for failure to appear in the town of North Collins.

Evans helps transport
A woman called the Evans Police Department at 11:48 p.m. on April 15, asking to speak with Patrolman Bruce Green. Fredonia State Police had a warrant for Connor McDonald, 21, of Evans, for assault. He had been involved in a disturbance at the group home where he lives in Ellicottville, on an unknown date, and had injured a state trooper.

His parent said she was on her way to pick him up and bring him to the Evans Police Department and asked for police assistance. Trooper Mulawka arrived, and Green assisted him in making contact with the subject and explaining the situation.

Mulawka transported McDonald to Springville, where he would be picked up by another trooper for transport to Ellicottville Court. The parent was advised to proceed to Ellicottville to be present at the arraignment.

Scam during iPad sale
On April 13 at 5:39 p.m., the complainant presented herself at the Evans Police Department to report that she sold her iPad Air on Craigslist to an unknown suspect, who she said she believes lives in Texas. Communication had begun through email that the buyer was going to purchase the iPad and that he or she would send a cashier’s check to the complainant in the amount of $350. The complainant said she sent the buyer the iPad and tried to cash the check at Lake Shore Federal Credit Union. The credit union told her the check may take five days to clear and after that five days, informed her that it was a fraudulent check.

The victim was advised to contact the Craigslist fraud department for any information on the buyer and to advise them of the scan. The case was closed due to a lack of evidence and jurisdictional boundaries.

IRS told of fake return
On April 13 at 12:22 p.m., a complainant told the Evans Police Department that an unknown individual had used his Social Security number to file a fraudulent tax return with the Internal Revenue Service. He said the individual had gotten a refund in the amount of $2,591 before the IRS flagged the transaction.

The complainant had contacted the IRS Fraud Division, as well as his bank’s fraud department. At press time, there had been no additional fraudulent activity on the complainant’s credit cards or bank accounts.

The complainant is following through with the IRS and was provided advice on contacting Equifax. The case was closed due to low solvability factors.

Biker caught in Evans
On April 13, Town of Evans Patrolman James Bouchard observed Jonathan Crowden, 39, of Evans, riding his bike down Erie Road. He asked dispatch if there was a warrant for the subject, and Brant Police Department said they did have charges on Crowden, and would like him to return the subject to the Evans Police Department to facilitate a pick-up. Brant Police Officer Lopez arrived at the EPD and picked up Crowden.

Motorcyclist arrested for speeding
On April 12, on Southwestern Boulevard in Evans, Evans Police Officer John Arns observed Robert Testerman, 57, of Evans, traveling westbound. Arns observed the offender travelling at a rate of 92 miles per hour, in a 55 miles per hour zone. Upon stopping the vehicle, Testerman stated he was going the speed of his group. Patrol issued an appearance ticket roadside. Case was cleared.

DUI with child in car

Amber L. Minter, of Hamburg, was charged with Driving under the influence of drugs with a 4-year-old in the car. Blasdell Police responded to a call of a person sleeping behind the wheel of a car parked in front of Blasdell Elementary school at approximately 11:25 am on Monday April 20.

Lieutenant Joseph Gramaglia and Detective Robert Yeates located the defendant passed out behind the wheel of her car with the motor running. Upon waking the driver up, a 4 year old child was observed in the back seat, in a booster seat. Drug Recognition Expert and Hamburg Police Officer Dave Olday was called in to assist and after an extensive examination, it was determined that the defendant was under the influence of narcotics and was unfit to drive a vehicle.

The defendant stated that she drove her kids to school at approximately 9 a.m. and was in front of the school making calls when she fell asleep.

The defendant was charged under Leandra’s Law for operating under the influence of drugs while a person less than 16 years old was in the car. Child Protective Services was also contacted and is investigating. The defendant was charged with Driving Under the Influence of Drugs, Aggravated DWI with a person under 16, Suspended Registration, Uninsured Vehicle and Endangering the Welfare of a Child.

Larceny at Wal-Mart
On April 25, Hamburg Police Officer Christopher Butera responded to a larceny complaint at Wal-Mart, on Southwestern Boulevard in Hamburg. Loss prevention representative for Wal-Mart, James Pryzbyl stated Carlos Carambot Carrion, 36, of Lackawanna, passed all points of purchase without paying for miscellaneous merchandise worth $24.72. Pryzbyl did sign a complaint charging Carambot Carrion with Petit Larceny. Carambot Carrion was also charged with possession of a controlled substance, when five Tramadol/Acetaminophen were found on his person. Carambot Carrion had a valid warrant out of Hamburg Court, as well as two other warrants.

Traffic infraction leads to narcotics arrest
On April 26 at 7:15 p.m., Evans Police Officer Jeffrey Mayer stopped a vehicle on Herr Road for a failure to maintain lane. Upon approaching the vehicle, driver Nicholas Faraci, 27, of Evans, informed patrol that his license had four suspensions. Upon a Department of Motor Vehicles check, it was learned that he had 14 suspensions on four dates.

While conducting an inventory of the vehicle, an odor of marijuana was detected, which led to the discovery of a smoking device and a quantity of concentrated marijuana. Prescription pills were also found in the trunk. Nine 10-milligram methadone pills, 20 .05mg Xanax pills and 11 1mg Xanax pills were found.

The offender was charged with aggravated unlicensed operation, moving from a lane unsafely, unlawful possession of marijuana, criminal possession of a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance not in its original container. Case cleared by arrest.
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