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Police blotter from The Sun week of March 19
By:Submitted to The Sun
Date: 2015-03-18
Controlled substance arrest in Hamburg
Patrol in Hamburg found a car parked at a residence with its dome light illuminated, on Lake Avenue, March 7. Upon inspection, officers noticed Robert Forringer, 27, of Blasdell, behind the steering wheel of the vehicle “slumped over.”

Forringer awoke as patrol approached, and spoke with them through the driver’s side window. Patrol could see suspicious material in plain view, including an uncapped syringe containing a dark-colored fluid. Due to the presence of suspicious items in plain view, a vehicle search was conducted. A metal spoon, second syringe, flashlight, lighter, wax paper and bottle cap were confiscated.

Forringer was returned to the station and charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance and criminal use of drug paraphernalia and released with a return ticket for court.

Larceny shoplifting
Responding officers arrived at J.C. Penney’s on McKinley Parkway after a shoplifter was reported March 6.

Richard Boswell, 33, of Cheektowaga, was found concealing merchandise in a suitcase by a loss prevention officer.

The total value of items taken amounted to $897. Boswell was charged with burglary in the third degree, trespassing and petit larceny. Upon placement in a Hamburg holding cell, it was discovered that the offender was on probation through Erie County.

Unlicensed driver arrested
A deputy stopped Donald Pfaffenback, 34, for an unspecified traffic offense Feb. 19 on Versailles Plank Road in Brant. A Department of Motor Vehicles check showed Pfaffenback’s license to be revoked for leaving a scene of a personal injury accident and for three speed violations within 18 months.

Pfaffenback was charged with aggravated unlicensed operation and released on traffic tickets to appear in the Town of Brant court at a later date.

Ulta burglarized
On Feb. 27 at about 3 p.m., and approximate time, Hamburg Town Police responded to Ulta, located within the McKinley Mall, for a larceny complaint.

Upon patrol’s arrival, the general manager stated that while she was reviewing video surveillance, she observed an unknown black female wearing blue jeans and a black coat enter the store and approach the Prestige Cosmetics display. She then observed the subject open a large bag and place 24 Stila foundation/concealer packages into same, valued at $44.00 each, $1,056.00 total.

The suspect remained in the store for approximately 10 minutes when she then exited the store, passing all points of purchase without attempting to render payment.

Video surveillance and a supporting deposition were secured. An investigation will follow.

Lack of license arrest
Deputy Daniel Harris stopped a vehicle operated by Deanna Libby, 33, of Forestville, for an obstructed view. A DMV check showed Libby’s license to be suspended. Libby was charged with aggravated unlicensed operation and view obstructed.

She was released and issued a ticket to appear in court at a later date.

Larceny at Sears
Patrol responded to a larceny at Sears on McKinley Parkway March 4. Upon arrival, an asset protection officer had the offenders in custody in the Sears office.

The offenders were apprehended at Buffalo Wild Wings and transported back to Sears by a patrolling officer. Richard Ryan, 38, of Buffalo, and Melanie Rowland, 34, of Hamburg, were arrested for stealing $286.50 worth of cologne/perfume. Ryan was released on a return ticket for court and Rowland had bail set at $500, which could not be made at that time.

DWAI by drugs
Cody Barrett, 20, of Blasdell, was pulled over by police on Rogers Road, March 6. The vehicle Barrett was operating matched the description of a car that was reported to be driven recklessly.

Barrett failed various administered field sobriety tests, and was unable to produce a valid driver’s license.

The offender was found to be in possession of a Alprazolam pill and hypodermic needles were found on the floor of the vehicle.

Barrett was released and instructed to return to court March 9.

Fire in Brant
Deputies responded to a report of a house fire at 761 Railroad Ave, Brant in the early hours of March 2.

The family was alerted by their dogs to a fire in their house two adults and a child who lived at the residence made it out of the home safely, with their pet dogs.

Numerous fire departments assisted in extinguishing the fire. Detectives from the Erie County Sheriff’s Office Fire Investigation Unit responded.

The cause of the fire was listed as accidental, as the homeowner left hot ashes in a bucket on his front porch which caused the fire.

The residence was listed as a total loss by the fire investigator.
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