Police blotter from The Sun week of Aug. 28
Man evades arrest
On Aug. 10, the town of Evans Police Department arrested Gary Parnell, 59, of Dunkirk, for violating a town ordinance.
The patrol observed Parnell walking through Lake Erie Beach Park. When the patrol activated the spotlight, Parnell ran into a thick brush area and crouched down, in an apparent attempt to evade police. Later, Parnell claimed he was trying to relieve himself in the park and did not want to be seen.
Parnell was arrested and released on an appearance ticket.
Drunk man arrested
The town of Evans Police Department responded to a complaint of a possibly intoxicated male on Aug. 5.
Patrol observed Bart Bennett, 27, of Evans, stumbling with slurred speech, with glassy eyes and a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage on his breath.
Officers asked Bennett where he lived, in order to give him a ride home. Bennett responded by yelling obscenities. He was arrested for disorderly conduct and was held until sober.
The town of Evans Police Department arrested Brady Leroy, 26, of Collins, for unlawful possession of marijuana.
On Aug. 10, patrol observed Leroy walking on Lake Shore Road with a transparent plastic container containing marijuana.
Leroy was arrested and released on an appearance ticket. The marijuana was seized, photographed and placed in an evidence locker.
On Aug. 10, the town of Evans Police Department arrested Stephany Fritz, 17, of Evans, for disorderly conduct.
The police received a complaint due to Fritz walking in the Lake Erie Beach Park while shouting obscene language. After being warned repeatedly to stop, Fritz continued to yell obscene language. Fritz was arrested and released on an appearance ticket.
Tree painters caught
On Aug. 9, the town of Evans Police Department was dispatched to Erie Road, due to youths painting trees. The juveniles admitted to spray-painting the trees with “artificial snow.”
They were transported to their residences and their parents were notified.
The parents took the youths to school to wash the trees, at a later date.
On Aug. 2, the town of Evans police arrested Edward Bailey, 26, of Farnham, for criminal contempt in the second degree.
Patrol responded to a call of a violation of a valid order of protection. The victim reported that Bailey called her cell phone and threatened her and a witness. The order stated that Bailey was not to communicate with the victim. Bailey was arrested for disobeying the mandate and for harassment.
Illegal plants seized
On Aug. 13, the Erie County Sheriff Department notified the Evans Police Department of an unlawful cannabis growing operation, about 1/2-mile north of Versailles Plank Road. At approximately 40 yards, patrol spotted 25 plants, ranging from 2-4 feet tall, that were scattered throughout 1/2-square acre. The plants were all in 5-gallon buckets.
The area was overgrown, and no path had been cleared to the area. The executor of the estate said he owns the 300 acres said that his father died in May and, to his knowledge, no one had been on the proerty in some time and he said he did not know who had planted them.
The area was photographed by Detective Bruce Green and the plants were placed in the evidence garage. The case was closed.
Citizen Police Academy launched
The town of Evans Police Department will give residents and business owners the chance to see how the department works during the Citizen Police Academy this year, beginning Thursday, Sept. 18 and ending Thursday, Nov. 20. The Citizen Police Academy has been designed as a way for the public to learn about police department operations and the duties of Evans police department personnel.
The academy will meet each week at 6:30 p.m., and classes will be approximately three hours long. The topics that will be covered include: Patrol functions, traffic enforcement, detective bureau operations, crime scene investigation, accident investigation, domestic violence, court procedures, police and fire dispatch operations, marine unit operations, and the function of the school resource officer.
Applicants must be at least 18 years of age, have never been arrested, be of good moral character and pass a background check. Anyone interested in attending may pick up an application in person at the town of Evans police station, which is located at 8787 Erie Rd. Angola, NY 14006. Class size will be limited.
Preference will be given to town of Evans and village of Angola residents and business owners.
The deadline for submitting applications is Wednesday, Sept. 10.