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Police blotter for the Aug. 21 edition of The Sun
By:Submitted to The Sun
Date: 2014-08-20
[photo1]Man picked up on Lackawanna warrant

The town of Evans Police Department arrested Matthew Schukraft, 32, of Evans, for a warrant issued on July 3.

After stopping a listed vehicle for a VTL violation, Schukraft was identified and a computer check revealed he was wanted in the city of Lackawanna for a previous warrant. The warrant was confirmed by the dispatch and Schukraft was taken into custody. He was turned over to the Lackawanna Police Department.

Garage hit by lightning

On July 31, an Evans resident called the Evans Police Department to say that his neighbor’s detached garage was on fire. The town was experiencing a heavy thunderstorm at the time. Upon arrival, patrol discovered that the garage, located on Wellington Drive, was on fire. He woke the owners, who opened the garage’s overhead door, to discover the fire had spread to its interior southeast corner. Highland and North Evans companies responded and extinguished the fire; Brant and Lakeview companies were put on standby.

The fire was determined to be a probable lightning strike and the structure sustained minor damage. It was referred to the town building inspector.

Eden man gets DWI in Boston

On Aug. 2, at approximately 10 p.m., a New York state trooper out of the Boston barracks stopped a gray Chevrolet Silverado on Boston State Road in the town of Boston. The trooper had observed that the operator, Robert Andres, 71, of Eden, was not wearing his seat belt. Andres showed signs of intoxication and failed roadside sobriety tests.

He was placed under arrest for driving while intoxicated and his blood alcohol concentration was shown to be .14 percent, after a voluntary breath test. Andres was issued traffic tickets to appear in the town of Boston Court, at a later date.

Order of protection violated in Boston

On Aug. 1 at approximately 8 p.m., a New York state trooper based out of Boston responded to a complaint on Omphalius Road in the town of Boston of a domestic dispute. The trooper interviewed the complainant, who is the owner of the residence, and he stated his brother was damaging property in his room and had been making threats of violence. He also stated that there was a non-offense order of protection against his brother from the town of Boston Court.

The trooper verified that the order of protection was valid and arrested Jamie Musser, 33, of Boston, for violation of the order of protection and harassment second. The complainant declined to press charges for the damage to the property. Musser was arraigned in the town of Boston Court and remanded to the Erie County Holding Center, pending bail.

Cole arrested for disorderly conduct

On Aug. 6, Patricia Cole, 53, of Evans, was arrested for obscene behavior and resisting arrest.

The patrol responded to a report of a dog running at large. The dog, who belonged to Cole, was taken to her residence. Cole was highly intoxicated and angry with the patrol, yelling at the police. Recommendations to go to sleep made her angrier, according to responding officers.

Cole was informed she was under arrest for disorderly conduct, but she fought with the patrol. She refused to let go of her dog’s leash, which prevented her from being handcuffed. After the officer cut the dog leash with a knife, the arrest was made.

The dog owner complained of right elbow and knee pain after the arrest and was transported to the Lake Shore Hospital. She was issued an appearance ticket by the patrol.

Bish causes domestic incident in Evans

On July 31, the town of Evans Police Department dispatched a patrol to a disturbance. The complaint reported that Mariah Bish, 18, of Evans, arrived at the house yelling and was asked to leave. Bish left the residence, but returned. Bish continued yelling and demanding custody of her son, but was refused, due to irrational behavior. Bish pushed and threatened the victim. There were two witnesses.

Bish left the residence after the victim called the police. She was taken into custody. A check of the Order of Protection registry revealed that Bish violated a duly served Order of Protection, issued by Judge Barone on June 30.

Bish was arrested and arraigned by Barone. She was released on her own recognizance and a domestic incident report was filed.

Hamburg man crashes car, gets DWI

Erie County Sheriffs reported the early morning arrest of a Hamburg man for driving while intoxicated, following a one car property damage only crash on Mayer Road in the town of Boston.

Erie County Sheriff’s deputies Ken Achtyl and Matt Krypel responded to Mayer Road near Feddick Road in Boston for a report of one vehicle crash early Wednesday morning around 1 a.m.

Upon arrival, it was discovered that a vehicle driven by James Weiss, 33, of Feddick Road in Hamburg had left the roadway and struck a tree and a couple mailboxes. There were no injuries.

Further interview and field sobriety tests found Weiss to be intoxicated. Weiss was arrested and charged with DWI and other traffic violations.

Weiss submitted to a chemical breath test which resulted in a .13 percent BAC. His vehicle was towed from the scene and he was later released to a third party on appearance tickets to the Boston Town Court at a later date.

This was the 157th DWI arrest by the Erie County Sheriff’s Office, this year.

Cigarette importer arrested in Brant

The New York State Cigarette Task Force arrested Hamid Thompson, 43, of Buffalo, on Aug. 14, for trying to import a large quantity of untaxed cigarettes from North Carolina.

The force members developed information through several weeks of prior investigation, before stopping Thompson on the thruway in the town of Brant. After a search warrant was obtained, they searched Thompson’s vehicle to find 200 cartons of untaxed Newport cigarettes hidden in duffle bags in his trunk. Thompson was also found to be in possession of identification in the name of Hamid Sylvester. This second ID revealed an arrest warrant from the state of Virginia for untaxed cigarettes.

Thompson was arrested and charged with possessing and transporting untaxed cigarettes, criminal tax fraud in the fourth degree and unlawful possession of marijuana. He is being held at the Erie County Holding Center, pending arraignment.

Police property damaged

The town of Evans Police Department was notified that the gate to the police firing range was lying in the roadway on Aug. 10. An unknown suspect removed and broke the gate, most likely with a motor vehicle.

The suspect entered the building used by the department for storage and training. The garage door on the east side of the building was pushed open and damaged, along with the garage door on the backside of the building. The door handle was broken off and keys to the interior door were taken.

With no physical evidence recovered and no witnesses, there are low solvability factors. The Evans police ask that anyone with information call 549-3600.

Pedestrian struck by car

The town of Evans Police Department responded to a report of a pedestrian struck by a truck on Erie Rd. on July 31. The patrol viewed a vehicle parked sideways and the victim lying on his back in the passing lane. The victim was conscious and alert, but complained of head, neck and back pain. Emergency medical services and fire personnel arrived on the scene.

The subject in the parked car stated that the pedestrian ran out in front of him from the Dollar General parking lot. He said he attempted to avoid the victim, which he was unable to do, and called 911 immediately. Three witnesses stated there was nothing the driver could have done to avoid the victim.

The victim was transported to Children’s Hospital with no apparent life-threatening injuries.

The family of the victim was notified and came to the hospital, as well, to be with the victim.

Berns booked for illegal swim

The town of Evans Police Department arrested Daniel Berns, 50, of Evans, on Aug. 10 for disorderly conduct.

While investigating a disturbance on Lake Shore Road, the patrol observed three people swimming and one person sitting on the beach on a towel. The patrol advised the swimmers to exit the water, as the beach was closed after 7 p.m. and swimming was prohibited. Berns, one of the swimmers, told everyone to stay in the water and to move towards the private beach. The patrol again advised all parties to exit the water and vacate the beach.

After eventually exiting the water, Berns refused to leave the area and remained on the beach. He refused numerous requests by the patrol to leave the beach.

Berns was arrested and released on an appearance ticket, for Aug. 18. After claiming to have a prior back injury, Berns stated he was unable to walk out of the station. He then was transported to Mercy Hospital.


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