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Police blotter from The Sun week of July 2
By:The Sun Staff
Date: 2015-07-01
Armed robbery in Irving

Seneca One Stop, on Route 20 in Irving, was robbed by three armed men on June 22.

Erie County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the report from an employee that the store was robbed by three male subjects displaying a firearm. Deputies and detectives arrived at the scene and immediately conducted a search of the area.

Deputy Okal and his canine partner, Spike, began tracking the suspects after picking up a scent. Spike tracked the scent to a roadway where the scent was lost.

Meanwhile, detectives were provided a description of the suspects and reviewed a store surveillance video showing the individuals. With information developed through the investigation, detectives located two of the suspects the same day, at their residences.

Jeffrey Gizowski, 42, of North Collins, and David Russell, 35, of Silver Creek were arrested with three separate felonies: Robbery in the first Degree, criminal use of a firearm and grand larceny.

The third suspect, Gilberto Rosas Jr., 44, of Dunkirk, was arrested June 23 by detectives and was charged with three felonies: Robbery in the first Degree, criminal use of a firearm and grand larceny.

All three suspects are housed at the Erie County Holding Center pending their arraignment.

Drunk driving arrest on Route 5

On June 19 at about 9 p.m. Town of Hamburg police officers observed a driver run through a red light on Route 5 at the Hamburg Town Park. The driver, David More, 61, of the town of Hamburg, was stopped and was visibly intoxicated.

He said that he had three beers and was returning home from 7-11. More was asked to exit his vehicle for field testing. The officers observed that he was unstable and had difficulty balancing. More then blew a .20 on an alcohol sensor and was taken back to the station for a breath test, from which a .21 reading was obtained.

More had two prior convictions for driving while intoxicated in both 2005 and 2009, both in Erie County. He was also in violation of his conditional license, which only allows for driving to and from work.

More’s vehicle was impounded to Lake Erie with release. More is due in Hamburg Court for arraignment on the charges brought against him. Case cleared upon arrest.

Tampering incident falsely reported


On June 18, Hamburg Police Officer Andrew Sulski responded to a call of tampering.

Steven Coughenour called the 911 emergency line, stating that his car had been egged at the Tim Horton’s on Camp Road while he went in to get coffee. After responding to the scene, no vehicle was found to be tampered with anywhere in the area. At this point dispatch tried to make contact with Coughenour, at which point he did not answer.

A short time later, Coughenour called the 911 emergency line back asking to speak to a supervisor, because he had a problem with one of the officers of the department, and also stated that the incident at Tim Horton’s did not happen, although no Patrol units were able to locate him in that area.

Patrol made contact with Coughenour and he was then placed under arrest and transported to the station for processing. Case cleared by arrest.

Stay-away order violated

On June 11, at approximately 3:42 p.m., Evans Police Officer Matt Stonitsch arrested Shelby Dziedzic, 27, of Evans for violating a complete stay-away order.

Dziedzic was in the passenger seat of a vehicle driven by the victim’s father. She was taken into custody and held for arraignment. Case cleared by arrest.

Fake inspection sticker found in Evans

On June 12, Evans Police Officer Thomas Castle observed a vehicle speeding on Beach Road. Radar estimated Rachel Yetman, 26, of Evans, to be driving at a rate of 43 miles per hour in a zone designated for travel at 30 miles per hour.

Patrol stopped the vehicle and determined the license plate to be from a different vehicle.

The insurance and inspection was forged and printed from a computer. The vehicle in question had no valid inspection or insurance.

Yetman was taken to the Evans Police Station where she was booked and released on tickets to return to Evans Town Court. The vehicle was towed by Evans Mechanical. Case cleared by arrest.

Intoxicated driver in Evans

On June 13, Town of Evans police officers on patrol responded to a report from dispatch of a vehicle operating recklessly and traveling westbound on Erie Road. The officers conducted a traffic stop of the vehicle. The driver, Michelle Harrison, 33, of the city of Buffalo, reported that she had been drinking before she started to drive. There was also an open bottle of beer inside the vehicle. Harrison failed a field sobriety test and tested positive (.29) on a pre-screen breath test.

The vehicle was impounded by Tick Tock. Harrison was arrested for driving while intoxicated and will appear in court at a later date. Case cleared by arrest.

Unlicensed driver in Brant

On June 14, Deputy Gary Mosier stopped a vehicle driven by 24-year-old Michael Weaver, of West Seneca, for an unspecified traffic offense on Brant Farnham Road.

A Department of Motor Vehicles check of Weaver’s license showed it to be suspended for failure to answer two summons from the town of Cheektowaga. Weaver was arrested for aggravated unlicensed operation in the third degree and was released to appear in court at a later date.

Arrest for pills possession

On June 11, at approximately 10:24 a.m., Evans Police Officer Nathan Miller stopped a vehicle on Erie Road.

After a short conversation with Francis Kiley, 42, of Evans, he stated, “There might be a pill in here.” He was removed from the vehicle and searched by patrol.

Located in his left front pocket of his jeans were two 60 milligram Oxycontin pills in an unlabeled orange container.

Kiley was placed under arrest and transported to Evans Police Department for booking. He was released on an appearance ticket for Evans Town Court and his vehicle was impounded by Tick Tock Towing.

Accident results in injury of driver

On June 8, Deputies responded to a report of a single-car auto accident on Genesee Road, in North Collins, where a car rolled over a guide rail and ended up 15 feet off the roadway.

The 18-year-old male driver sustained an arm injury, and was transported to Erie County Medical Center by North Collins Emergency Medical Service.

Man arrested for larceny at Walgreens


On June 22, Town of Hamburg Police responded to a report of theft at Walgreens on South Park Avenue. The manager had seen Ronald Scheid, 59, of Detroit, Mich., place two glucose test strip products and a package of glucose test strips, with a total value of $363.97, into his pockets, and leave the store without paying for the items. He was stopped by Hamburg police officers in the Walgreens parking lot.

Schneid was arrested for petit larceny. The stolen materials were recovered. Case cleared by arrest.

Man caught with weed in DWI

On June 12, Town of Evans Police Officers on patrol observed a vehicle with no front light driving northbound on Lake Street. Patrol stopped the vehicle, which was an unregistered Huffy bicycle with a gas-powered engine driven by Michael Miller, 29, of Evans. Patrol noted a strong smell of alcohol and that Miller was uncooperative when stopped.

A driver’s license check revealed that Miller was driving with a revoked license due to previous DWI incidents. Miller said that he had been drinking prior to driving. The alcohol sensor test revealed a .169 percent BAC. Patrol also found a glass pipe containing marijuana in Miller’s pants pocket.

The vehicle was impounded at the station. Miller was arrested for aggravated unlicensed operation in the first degree and for unlawful possession of marijuana. He was released and is scheduled to appear at the Town of Evans Justice Court at a later date. Case cleared by arrest.

Man pins woman against wall


On June 10, Deputies responded to a Spring Street address, in Collins, to speak to a victim of a disturbance. The Victim reported that a male pinned her up against a wall and pushed her down some steps. Scott Haskins, 41, of Spring Street, was arrested and charged with harassment in the second degree and criminal obstruction of breathing.

Stuck vehicle leads to arrest

On June 17 at about 7:20 a.m., Town of Hamburg Police Patrol responded to the area of East Parkway and Route 5. When the patrol officers arrived, driver Michael Newton, 33, of the town of Hamburg, was attempting to attach tow straps to his vehicle. Newton reported that the accelerator was stuck.

The vehicle was towed to Joe’s for impound and inspection. The vehicle belonged to Newton’s aunt, Kelly Wilson-Igel, 52, of the town of Hamburg.

During the investigation, the patrols learned that Newton’s driver’s license had been suspended six times on four different dates. Newton was placed under arrest and brought to the Town of Hamburg Police Department for processing. The bail was set at $100. Newton is due in the Town of Hamburg Court, at a later date.

Arrest made on active warrant

On June 11, at approximately 7:43 p.m., Evans Police Officer Jeffrey Mayer picked up John Rammacher, 51, of Evans, on Nicole Lane.

The offender was taken into custody because of an outstanding warrant from Hamburg. Rammacher was taken to Hamburg Police and the case was closed.


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