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Police Blotter for Sept. 20 for the towns of Hamburg, Evans, Brant and North Collins and the villages of Hamburg and North Collins

Boston man charged with attempted robbery

On Friday, Sept. 14, the New York State Police have charged Shawn Krawczyk, 28, of the Town of Boston for attempted robbery of the 7-Eleven Convenience Store or the Evans National Bank, both located in the Town of Boston.

According to police, after receiving a tip of the planned robbery, New York State Troopers from the Boston Barracks located Krawczyk walking along Boston State Road, heading in the direction where both businesses were located.

He was stopped by police and was allegedly found to be in possession of a written note demanding money.

According to authorities, in an interview with Krawczyk, he admitted to police he was going to rob one of the businesses but at the time he was apprehended he had not decided on which one.

Krawczyk was arraigned in the Town of Boston Court and was remanded to the Erie County Holding Center on $50,000 bail.

Two car accident leaves three injured

The Town of Hamburg Police Accident Investigation Unit is investigating a two car accident which took place about 9:30 p.m. on Tuesday Sept. 11, on Southwestern Boulevard near Lake View Road.

According to police, a vehicle operated by Kevin Demert Jr., 21, of Farnham, crossed the center line of the roadway and struck a second vehicle operated by Ashley Derenda, 18, of Orchard Park.

A passenger in the Derenda vehicle, Caleb Bantin-Barney, 19, was also injured in the crash.

Both operators were transported to the Erie County Medical Center by Mercy Flight. Bantin-Barney was transported by Rural Metro Ambulance to the Erie County Medical Center.

Both Derenda and Bantin-Barney are listed in critical condition. Demert is listed in fair condition at ECMC.

The accident is still under investigation, Town of Hamburg Police Captain Kevin Trask said. According to police, speed and an unsafe lane change by the Demert vehicle appear to be contributing factors in the accident.

Demert was charged with reckless driving (personal injury auto accident), speeding, lane violation, unsafe tires, equipment violation, seat belt violation and no inspection.

Knife used in domestic in Village of Hamburg

Sarah Fannan, 26, of the Village of Hamburg, has been charged with a Class D felony second-degree assault after she allegedly knifed her boyfriend in the neck during an argument.

According to police, the two were arguing in Fannan’s apartment when she took a knife and cut the victim in the neck.

The victim left the apartment and went to a neighbor to call 911.

Responding to the call were Lt. Richard Schara and Officer Anthony Caber.

The victim was found at a Tim Horton’s and the Hamburg Emergency Squad did transport the victim to the Erie County Medical Center for treatment.

Fannan was charged with felony second-degree assault and second-degree menacing.

She was arraigned before Hamburg Justice Andrew Flemming, who set bail at $1,500.

An order of protection was also issued.

Drugs found in vehicle

At 8:37 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 12, Town of Evans Police Officer Joseph LaRosa observed a vehicle on Route 5 being driven in an erratic manner.

After stopping the vehicle, while speaking to the vehicle operator, John L. Hageman, Jr., 22, of West Seneca, LaRosa saw a suspected marijuana cigarette inside the interior driver’s door handle.

After being granted permission to search the vehicle, a back pack with suspected cocaine rocks were found in the back of the vehicle.

Also found was wooden box with nine capsules of Restoril, a scheduled IV controlled substance, several knives and a set of metal knuckles.

Hageman was charged with fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon firearm/knife, two counts of seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, operation of a motor vehicle by an unlicensed driver, unlawful possession of marijuana, controlled substance in non-original container, moving from lane unsafely and illegal signal from a parked position.

DWI arrest in Village of North Collins

While on routine patrol along Route 62, at 12:50 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 16, a Village of North Collins Police Officer observed a vehicle being operated in an erratic manner.

The vehicle was stopped and while speaking to the driver, Joshua J. Monahan, 19, of Hamburg, the officer observed open containers of alcohol inside the vehicle.

A Department of Motor Vehicle check showed that Monahan’s driver’s license had been suspended in June 2012, pending prosecution of another driving while intoxicated charge.

Monahan was charged with felony aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, DWI, open containers of alcohol in a vehicle on a motor highway and failure to drive in lane.

Hamburg woman charged with DWI in Elma

At about 1 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 15, New York State Troopers stopped a vehicle in the Town of Elma for crossing the fog line and failing to use her turn signal at a turn.

Cary S. Hagedorn, 41, of Hamburg, who refused to provide a breath sample, was charged with driving while intoxicated. She will also have to appear at a Department of Motor Vehicle’s hearing for refusing the breath test.

DWI accident

At about 10 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 15, Town of Hamburg Police Officer Jason Nappo, observed two vehicles on Camp Road which had just been in an accident.

One vehicle had rear-ended the other, while it was stopped at a red light.

Jeffrey E. Hill, 36, of Blasdell, was charged with aggravated driving while intoxicated (according to police his blood alcohol content was almost four times the legal limit of .08 percent), DWI, drinking alcohol in a motor vehicle on a highway and following too close.

Series of burglaries in Village of Hamburg

Village of Hamburg Police report a series of burglaries that occurred between Sept. 8 and Sept. 17 within the village.

• Sometime between Saturday, Sept. 8 and Monday, Sept. 10, someone entered an attached garage on Sherburn Avenue and removed about $150 worth of items.

• Sometime between 11 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 13 and 6 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 14, someone entered into a vehicle parked in the driveway of a George Street home and removed $102 from a wallet.

Then the suspect entered the unlocked house and removed a laptop, valued at $500.

• Sometime between Thursday, Sept. 13 and Friday, Sept. 4 someone entered an attached garage of a Huntington Court home and removed two bicycles, with a total value of approximately $400.

• Sometime between Saturday, Sept. 14 and Monday, Sept. 17, someone entered an attached garage on a South Lake Street home and removed two bicycles, with a total value of approximately $200.

Marijuana and scales recovered in Evans

At 1:09 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 12, Town of Evans Police Officer Douglas Tubinis responded to a complaint that a motorcycle saddle bag was recovered that had marijuana and digital scales inside it.

According to police, Gordon A. Flagg, 55, of Evans, admitted the property was his and that the items had been taken from his nephew on Memorial Day.

Flagg was charged with second-degree criminal use of drug paraphernalia and unlawful possession of marijuana.

DWI arrest in Hamburg

At 4:51 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 16, Town of Hamburg Police Officer Jonathan Wright observed a vehicle on the shoulder of Route 20, with the motor running.

When questioned, the driver, Nicole Thompson, 40, of Angola, said she had pulled over to secure the passenger door, which had been left open when the passenger exited the vehicle.

According to police, while speaking to Thompson, he noticed an odor of an alcoholic beverage on her breath, impaired speech and motor coordination and glassy eyes.

Thompson failed several field sobriety tests and refused to submit to a breath test.

She was charged with driving while intoxicated and drinking alcohol in a motor vehicle on a highway.

Felony DWI arrest in Village of Hamburg

At 1:30 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 16, Village of Hamburg Police Officer Anthony Caber stopped a vehicle on Pierce Avenue which was being operated in an erratic manner.

The vehicle operator, David Kaminski, 525, of North Collins, failed several field sobriety tests and refused to take a breath test.

He was charged with felony driving while intoxicated, failure to keep right and unsafe lane change.

Assisting in the arrest was Lt. Richard Schara.

Two charged in cases of car larcenies in Hamburg

At 3:12 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 14, Town of Hamburg Police Officer Daniel Gallardo observed Kevin M. Robinson Jr., 22, of Hamburg, pull on vehicle door handles, enter a vehicle and remove some articles.

Robinson was stopped and various articles were recovered from vehicles in the area.

At the same time, Nicholas J. Ernst, 20, of Hamburg, was observed riding a bicycle, with a CD player on the handle bars. He was stopped and was found to be in possession of a wallet belonging to another man, a GPS and other items.

Robinson and Ernst were both charged with fifth-degree criminal possession of stolen property and two counts of petit larceny. They were arraigned before Justice Gerald Gorman and were both sent to the Erie County Holding Center in lieu of $500 bail.

Bird seed theft

On Thursday, Sept. 13, Village of Hamburg Police Lt. Joseph Wittmeyer and Officer Karen Ruh responded to a call that a man was trying to remove wild bird seed from a local store without paying for it.

Robert McNerney, 23, of Orchard Park, was apprehended after he had broken into a locked dumpster area and removed 31 bags of wild bird seed, valued at $278.

McNerney was charged with petit larceny, criminal mischief, possession of marijuana and controlled substance not in original container.

Criminal mischief reports in the Village of Hamburg

Village of Hamburg Police report that there were three reports of new graffiti on Sept. 8 and Sept. 9: a business on Legion Drive, the side of a building on the Pine Street side of the Hamburg Village Plaza and on a former garage building on East Main Street.

On Thursday, Sept. 13 three flower containers on East Main Street were overturned, damaging the plants.

Brant monthly report

During the month of August the Town of Brant Police handled 1,318 complaints.

This included two accident calls (no injuries), 19 criminal complaints, 12 non-criminal complaints, nine misdemeanor arrests and two violation arrests.

There were 16 first aid, two fire alarms, 18 assists to other agencies, 325 premises checked, 42 money escorts, 46 assists to citizens/motorists, four funeral escorts, one assist to the dog control officer and four court bailiff.

Police officers issued 438 traffic and vehicle violations and patrolled a total of 5,548 miles.

Brant Police remind residents that school has opened and to watch for stopped school buses with children crossing the roads.

Also, there is a truck detour for the Route 5 and Route 20 bridge, which will send all truck traffic down Route 249. This detour will be in effect until repairs are completed on the bridge, Chief Donald D. Hepkins said.

Town of Hamburg report

During the month of August the Town of Hamburg Police Dispatchers took care of 2,829 complaints.

This included 149 accident calls, 232 ambulance calls, 122 alarms, 10 assaults, 26 criminal mischief, 67 domestic incidents, 10 drug, 23 loud music, 48 fire, 34 harassment and 148 larcenies.

There were 94 animal complaints, 21 neighbor disputes, one sex crimes/offense was reported, 21 trespasses, six missing persons, 124 welfare checks, six community policing and 19 lockouts.

Fifty-four prisoners were held in the Town of Hamburg lockup.

There were 104 accidents reported to the state and 405 police reports filed

Police officers issued 662 traffic violations, which included 231 for speeding, 25 were driving while intoxicated related, 63 were license/permit violations, 17 were vehicle registration violation, 35 no inspections, 17 red lights, 53 required motor vehicle equipment, four stop sign, 20 cell phone use and 38 were seat belt violations.

E.C. Sheriff’s report

The Erie County Sheriff’s Office Deputies from the North Collins Substation responded to 130 calls during the week of Sept. 10 through Sept. 17.


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