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Police blotter from the April 3 edition of The Sun

Wal-Mart thief apprehended

Timothy Colling of the town of Hamburg Police Department responded to the Wal-Mart Supercenter on Southwestern Boulevard on March 22, in response to a report of a male in custody for shoplifting.

Loss prevention personnel told police that Travis Duchmann, 23, of the town of Hamburg had concealed several items on his person and passed all points of purchase, without paying for the merchandise.

Duchmann was stopped and taken to security, where he turned over the stolen items. He then asked to visit the restroom, where a loss prevention officer saw him drop a men’s sock that he had been concealing into the toilet. Loss prevention was then unable to return the item to store inventory.

The subject was arrested for petit larceny and criminal mischief fourth.

Hamburg teen arrested

A Boston trooper stopped a red Ford Ranger on Sherburne Avenue in the village of Hamburg for a suspended registration.

While the officer spoke with the driver, Christopher Colin, 19, of Hamburg, he said that he detected a strong smell of marijuana coming from the vehicle.

Colin admitted that he had cannabis in a backpack behind the seat. Police located a mason jar containing 47.5 grams of marijuana and a Digiweigh™ digital scale in the backpack.

The subject was charged with criminal possession of marijuana fifth, a B misdemeanor, and criminal use of drug paraphernalia, an A misdemeanor. He was issued appearance tickets and traffic tickets to appear in the village of Hamburg Court, at a later date.

Hamburg and Buffalo residents steal from mall

Hamburg Police Officer David Jasinski reported that Danielle Ruger, 21, of the town of Hamburg was arrested on March 26 for criminal possession of stolen property fifth.

Ruger reportedly took two jewelry boxes, each containing a pair of earrings and matching necklace, from the Sears Department Store at the McKinley Mall. She put the items into a plastic shopping bag from another store and then passed all points of purchase, making no attempt to pay for the $70 worth of merchandise.

A store loss prevention agent stopped and detained Ruger and her boyfriend, Michael Barrios, 28, of Buffalo, who were shopping together; he then called the town of Hamburg Police Department and provided a signed information and voided receipt, itemizing the stolen property.

When Ruger’s purse was inspected, police found an 8-milligram Suboxone® strip, which Ruger identified as her own.

Barrios told police that he held a shopping bag open, while Ruger took items off a Bath & Body Works® shelf and put them inside the bag. Both then left that store without paying for the items. A total of $167.48 was taken from Bath & Body Works. Ruger was given additional petit larceny charge for that merchandise, and was ordered to return to court, at a later date.

Domestic dispute in Evans

Mikol Rockwood, 23, of Evans, was arrested for criminal obstruction of breathing and blood circulation, blocking the nose and mouth, and harassment second, for physical contact.

A victim and Rockwood were arguing about relationship issues. According to Evans patrolmen, the victim told Rockwood that she did not want him at the residence and did not want to continue the relationship. Rockwood threw the victim to the bed and placed both hands over her mouth, causing the victim to lose breath and be unable to call for help.

The victim’s mother entered the room, and the offender released the victim. The mother then called the police.

When patrol arrived on location, the offender was in the living room; Rockwood was taken into custody.

The victim and victim’s mother provided police with supporting depositions. An order of protection was requested and the offender is being held, pending arraignment.

Man violates order of protection

While working the bailiff detail at the Evans Town Court, Evans Patrolman Graig Leone was approached by a witness who reported that Jason Kurtz, 31, of West Seneca was violating his order of protection.

The witness asked that Kurtz be arrested, and filed a supporting deposition.

The offender was taken into custody and booked for the offense. He was released on his own recognizance.

Criminal possession arrest

Hamburg Police Officer Daniel Gallardo observed a car driving with an extinguished headlight.

The driver, Justin Schuk, 32, of Dunkirk, had a suspended license for failure to pay child support. He was then arrested for driving with a suspended license.

Police saw Schuk drop a small, black case on the ground; patrol later found that the case contained cocaine. Two small, blue pills were located in the front center console of the vehicle; Schuk’s girlfriend said that the pills were Oxycodone.

Schuk was additionally charged with two counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance, as well as an equipment violation for his vehicle’s headlights.

Warrant served

Nathan Hawes, 30, of Evans was served with an arrest warrant by Evans Patrolman Patrick Atler.

The subject was turned over to the town of Hamburg Police Department.

Nancy Burdick arrested

After investigating a domestic incident, Evans police officers were outside a Summerdale Road residence with Nancy Burdick, 38, who was waiting for her ride.

Police said that Burdick was intoxicated and began yelling, “F--- you cops. You are f----- a-------.”

The subject was arrested for disorderly conduct (obscene language/gestures), arraigned and given a return court date.

Man arrested

When a vehicle driven by Wesley Downey, 21, of Hamburg crossed over into Evans Lieutenant William Sills’ lane at 3:26 a.m. on March 29, police pursued the car, which then did a U-turn and again crossed into patrol’s lane.

After police stopped the car, the driver repeatedly handed patrol his insurance card instead of the requested registration.

Downey failed several field sobriety tests and was taken into custody with a blood alcohol concentration of 0.16 percent. He was charged with driving while intoxicated, moving from lane unsafely and operating a motor vehicle with a greater than 0.08 percent BAC.

Marijuana found in car

Evans Patrolman Ralph Maslach arrested Joseph Hummel, 22, of Evans for criminal possession of marijuana fifth (weight more than 25 grams) on March 25.

The subject had no license and no identification, but after police saw small amounts of cannabis in the back seat, Hummel produced ID. He then showed police a bag of marijuana from the trunk of the vehicle. Police then searched the car and found another bag of cannabis, as well as marijuana pipes.

Student arrested

School Resource Deputy Pen Pisa investigated an assault complaint involving two students at the request of the school principal in North Collins.

Pisa arrested a 17-year-old North Collins High School student on a charge of assault in the second degree. The student, whose name is withheld due to his age, was arraigned in North Collins Town Court and then turned over to his parent.


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