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Police Blotter for June 6, 2013 for the towns of Hamburg, Eden and Evans

Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics

The Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics will run its Hamburg Leg on Wednesday, June 12 starting at noon from the Hamburg Town Hall, run through the village and it will finish back at town hall.

The route has been changed a bit this year, with the runners passing the Hamburg Middle School and Senior High School, Union Pleasant School, Saints Peter and Paul School and Charlotte Avenue School.

Law enforcement officers from the Town and Village of Hamburg as well as Eden, Orchard Park, Evans, Lackawanna, East Aurora, the New York State Police and New York State Corrections as well as other local police agencies will participate.

This year teachers and staff from the Hamburg Central School District will also join in the run.

The Law Enforcement Torch Run in New York State last year raised over $1.4 million through fundraising events to allow the over 61,000 athletes of Special Olympics to participate in the games at no cost to themselves or their caregivers. This run is just one of many throughout Western New York that will take place next week culminating with the Torch being run into the University at Buffalo next Friday evening for the start of the New York State Games on June 14 and 15.

The Law Enforcement Torch Run will also be holding its annual “Over the Edge” fundraiser on July 26 at the Seneca Niagara Casino. Participants can raise money and the rappel 357 feet down the side of the Seneca Niagara Casino.

Anyone wishing to participate in the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics or the “Over the Edge” fundraiser call Town of Hamburg Police Chief Michael Williams at 648-5111 extension 2584 or Amy Neveaux of Special Olympics at 861-9795 for further details.

Alert officer stops possible criminal action

At 10:12 p.m. on Friday, May 31, Town of Evans foot patrol units were out at Lake Erie Beach, when they observed two individuals (male and female) yelling at each other and then get into a vehicle.

According to police, they made contact with Peter E. Freiermuth, 23, of Williamsville and the young female, who claimed Freiermuth was her cousin and that she was 17. Police said both suspects appeared to be highly intoxicated.

Upon further investigation, it was found the suspect was 15 and that the two were going to stay the night at a local motel.

A search of the vehicle also revealed two bags of marijuana near the steering wheel and another in Freiermuth’s book bag.

Patrol also removed four bottles of alcohol from the vehicle.

According to the 15-year-old’s parent, she was not supposed to be in Evans and the family did not know who Freiermuth was.

The teen said she had been picked up from Amherst High School by Freiermuth.

He was charged with acting in a manner injurious to a child less than 17 and unlawful possession of marijuana.

Second Eden Click it or Ticket detail results

From noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday, June 2, Town of Eden Police conducted a seatbelt traffic stop/checkpoint on Route 62.

During that time period, police officers issued 27 summons, including six for no seatbelt, expired registrations, headphones/earbud violation (a driver can only have one earbud in while driving), no inspections, illegal window tint and failure to comply (did not stop for police).

This detail was part of the state-wide “Click it or Ticket” campaign that is being held throughout the state until June 2.

Shots fired during domestic in Hamburg

At around 11:33 p.m. on Thursday, May 30, Town of Hamburg Police responded to a call that a person had threatened to shoot another person with a .22-caliber pistol on Cloverbank Road.

According to police, the suspect, Leon D. Wysocki, 62, of Hamburg, shot off a round in the house and another outside the garage.

When police arrived at the scene, Wysocki agreed to exit the residence unarmed and was taken into custody.

Evidence was found of a .22-caliber firearm being discharged at the scene.

According to police, a hole was found in a bedroom wall and a shell casing was found in the bedroom and in the garage.

A house across the street is where a fired bullet was found in the driveway, the impact of the shot was on the garage door.

All the firearms were taken from the residence.

Wysocki was charged with first-degree reckless endangerment, a D-felony; third-degree criminal use of a firearm, a D-felony; second-degree menacing and acting in a manner injurious to a child.

He was arraigned before Hamburg Justice Walter Rooth and released on his own recognizance.

Aggravated DWI in Evans

At 5:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 1, Town of Evans Police Officer Luke Fioretti arrived at the scene of a reckless operation call and observed a vehicle in a ditch. The driver was observed driving the vehicle forwards and reverse trying to get the SUV from the ditch.

According to police, Fioretti told Douglas M. Vantassel, 27, of Erie, Pa. to stop doing that and while speaking to him he noticed a strong odor of alcohol coming from him.

After failing several field sobriety tests, Vantassel was charged with aggravated driving while intoxicated with a blood alcohol of over .18 percent, DWI and failure to keep right.

Man charged with assault

At about 4:10 a.m. on Wednesday, May 29, Town of Hamburg Police responded to a domestic call on Garfield Avenue.

According to police Steven J. Sinwell, 26, of Lackawanna allegedly head-butted the victim, causing a black eye, entered the house then allegedly pushed the victim onto the stairs and made additional threats before leaving in a maroon van.

A call was set out about the suspect vehicle, which was stopped by Lt. Todd Ehret. At that time, Ehret was informed there were several outstanding warrants for Sinwell from the Town of Hamburg and the City of Lackawanna and that his New York State ID was suspended twice.

Sinwell was charged with third-degree assault, third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation, second-degree criminal trespass, second-degree harassment and illegal signal from a parked position.

Sinwell was arraigned by Hamburg Town Justice Walter Rooth and was remanded to the Erie County Holding Center in lieu of $500 bail.

Car larcenies in Evans

Sometime between 11:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 30 and 8:30 a.m. on Friday, May, 31 someone entered vehicles at Wendt Road and Ainsworth Parkway in the Town of Evans.

According to police over $300 worth of items was reported taken, as well as personal papers and credit cards.

Seaway Trail Visitor Center broken into

Town of Hamburg Police are looking for information concerning the break in of the Seaway Trail Visitors Center on Route 5.

According to police, one of the doors had been forced open, by breaking the metal hasp and the building had been entered.

Police found numerous cigarette butts, empty cigarette packs, shopping bags and several consumed beverage containers of assorted drink products.

Damage to the door was set at $200.

If anyone has any information about this incident, call Captain Kevin Trask at 648-5118 ext 2614 or call the anonymous tipline at 648-5118 ext ATIP (2847).

Lawn tractor operation at dawn leads to arrest

At 5:45 a.m. on Sunday, June 2, Town of Evans Police Officer Thomas Crupe was dispatched for a neighbor dispute about Richard Monte, 78, of Evans operating his lawn tractor and creating unnecessary noise.

Crupe observed Monte on the tractor on Route 5 at the entrance of Triton Valley, in Derby.

When asked by police, Monte allegedly responded he was driving the tractor to the police station to get his vehicle.

He then allegedly began to complain of chest pains and he was transported to Erie County Medical Center.

Monte was charged with disorderly conduct (unreasonable noise) and evening prohibited noise.

Reckless driving at Big Tree roundabout

At 6:28 p.m. on Friday, May 31, Town of Hamburg Police initially responded to a hit-and-run accident.

Upon arriving at the scene, witnesses told Officer Jonathan Monaco that the driver of a pickup truck was involved in a road-rage incident with a black SUV-type vehicle and drove straight over the roundabout to cut off the SUV but stroke another vehicle instead.

Andrew M. Kaleta, 21, of Buffalo was charged with reckless driving, driving on the shoulders of a road, drove left around a traffic island, failure to yield right-of-way at intersection and moving from lane unsafely.

Kayak stolen

Town of Evans police report that sometime on Thursday, May 30, someone removed a 12-foot long lime green kayak from a trailer parked along the side of a Roat Drive residence.

The kayak was valued at $924.

Vehicle fire

At 11:35 a.m. on Thursday, May 30 Town of Hamburg Police responded to a call of a vehicle on fire at the Dollar Tree by the McKinley Mall.

Flames were visible coming from the vehicle before the fire was extinguished.

The vehicle was a total loss, police said
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