Police blotter from The Sun week of Oct. 16
By:Submitted to The Sun
Swat and K-9 units assist in drug arrest
The Brant Police Department, Erie County Sheriff’s Department and the Town of Tonawanda Police K-9 Unit executed a search warrant in Brant. Access was gained to the apartment by the Erie County Sheriff’s SWAT Unit.
The K-9 unit alerted officers to the presence of additional controlled substances.
Residents Tiffany Sciarrino, 28, and Lemel Williams, 36, of Buffalo, were arrested and charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 3rd, 4th, 5th and 7th degrees, with Unlawful Possession of Marihuana and Criminally Using Drug Paraphernalia in the 2nd degree.
The offenders were arraigned, and remanded to the Erie County Holding Center with bail set at $25,000 in cash or $35,000 in bond.
Georgia driver flings debris, leaves
Zackery Byrd, 23, of Woodstock, Ga., caused damage to another car when he drove under a railway overpass on Big Tree Road, Oct. 7. Byrd’s Chevrolet Blazer did not fit through the space allotted and caused damaged to his own vehicle and a vehicle behind him.
Byrd’s vehicle was found later on Camp Road where the driver said he did not see the sign advising the height of the bridge.
Reckless driver arrested in Hamburg
Sebastian Raynor, 18, of Springville, was arrested after hitting a vehicle being driven by an 87-year-old man in oncoming traffic on Mckinley Parkway.
Raynor reacted to a car, which he believed cut him off in traffic. According to a witness, he gave the driver an obscene hand gesture and pulled directly in front of it. To avoid debris in front of Raynor’s vehicle, he swerved into oncoming traffic, causing a car to flip over.
Raynor was issued a summons to return on Oct. 10.
Narcotics found in Hamburg car
On Sept. 30 at 12:50 a.m., Ashley Papelian, 22, of Hamburg, was pulled over after not being able to drive within traffic lines.
She was administered feild sobriety tests after the officer noticed small white envelopes around the inside of the vehicle that are common among heroin users. Papelian passed all sobriety tests, and consented to the search of her vehicle.
The officer discovered in her wallet were five small envelopes containing heroin. She told the officer that she purchased the heroin for $40.
After the arrest of Papelian, she was released to the custody of Lori Fleiss and issued an appearance ticket or Oct. 9.
Fire causes damage to Windover Drive home
A house fire was reported to Hamburg police on Oct. 6, after flames began emanating from a home computer. Residents of the home noticed the smell of smoke and, when they investigated the source, they saw smoke and flames coming from the keyboard and monitor.
The flames were extinguished successfully, and the fire is not thought to be suspicious in nature. Structural damage was limited to the single room of the two-story house.
Hit and run accident on Route 20
After failing to stop his truck, Charles Gonser, 51, of Hamburg, hit a vehicle driving in front of him. That car then hit the back of another vehicle and that vehicle then hit another. Four cars in total were involved in the accident on Route 20 and Sowles Road on Oct. 6. When police arrived, it was discovered that Gonser had fled on foot into the woods near Sowles Road.
He was tracked by police with negative results and later found at his home in Hamburg. Police issued him the traffic tickets that had been written for him, advised him that his car will be impounded until the conclusion of the investigation and police will be in contact with Gonser’s lawyer.