Restaurant robbery arrest took teamwork
The arrest of the four men allegedly involved in the armed robbery at the Outback Steakhouse in Hamburg at 10:15 p.m. on Sept. 26, 2011, was the result of multiple police departments working together for a common cause, Town of Hamburg Police said.
According to police, Denivorie Jackson, 26, of Lackawanna, who was an employee at the restaurant at the time of the incident, allegedly planned the robbery with Joseph Tucker III, 30, of Buffalo and Jason Brooks, 31, and Willie Martin, 39, both of Lackawanna.
Jackson notified his three accomplices at the time that the rear door would be opened so they could enter into the building, police said.
Two of the men entered the restaurant, one armed with a gun, and forced three employees and Jackson into an office. The third accomplice joined the other two inside the restaurant and bound the employees by the hands and feet with tape, police said.
According to police, Tucker III, Martin and Brooks took over $2,885 worth of items, including cash, cell phones, Bills tickets, wallets and credit cards, and fled the area in one of the employees’ vehicle.
One of the victims was able to get free of the tape and called police. Town of Hamburg Police responded to the call and quickly notified neighboring police agencies.
The stolen vehicle was located and recovered that evening, with the assistance of the Buffalo Police Department, at Maryner Towers in Buffalo. The Erie County Sheriff’s Department responded to assist in the recovery of additional evidence at the Maryner Towers.
Information developed by the Lackawanna Police Department led to the recovery of some of the stolen items and information that Martin was the person who had been in possession of those items.
According to police, Martin admitted to his involvement in the robbery and has since pled guilty to second-degree attempted robbery and is due to be sentenced on Sept. 19 and faces a maximum prison term of 7 years.
Jackson has pled guilty to six counts of second-degree robbery and is scheduled to be sentenced on Sept. 19. He faces a maximum prison term of 15 years.
Brooks, who also pled guilty to second-degree attempted robbery, is scheduled for sentencing on Sept. 19. He faces a maximum prison term of 7 years.
Tucker, who is currently being held in the Erie County Holding Center, is scheduled for trial, beginning on Sept. 24. Tractor operator charged with DWI in Eden
At 5:22 a.m. on Saturday. Sept. 1, Town of Eden Police responded to a call of an accident on Keller Road, involving a farm tractor hauling a load of silage which had overturned.
Lt. John McCarthy and Officer Ryan Young responded to the call and found the tractor but no operator.
After conducting an investigation, the officers were able to locate the tractor operator, James J. Franz, 19, of Eden.
Franz was charged with driving while intoxicated after he registered a .22 blood alcohol content.Dogs rescued from structure fire in Evans
At approximately 1:55 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 29, Town of Evans Police Officer Michael Kauzala responded to a structure fire at a building on S. Main Street and Cain Road.
Six dogs were assisted safely from the residence by one of the people who had called in the fire, police said.
Members from Lake Erie Beach, North Evans, Evans Center, Highland Hose, Brant and Farnham volunteer fire companies and Rural Metro responded to the scene.
Erie County Sheriff’s Detectives/Fire Investigators are investigating the incident.DWI arrest in Hamburg
At 2:24 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 1, Town of Hamburg Police Officer Jonathan Wright observed a vehicle being operated in an erratic manner on Route 179, almost striking the marked patrol car.
The vehicle was stopped and Wright observed the operator, Nabil A. Taher, 49, of Lackawanna had a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage on his breath, along with impaired speech and motor coordination.
Taher was asked to perform several field sobriety tests, which he failed. He also refused to take the breath test.
Taher was charged with driving while intoxicated, operating a motor vehicle without insurance, moving from lane unsafely and refusal to take a breath test.Teen charged with driving ability impaired by drugs
During a routine patrol at 12:10 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 29, Village of North Collins Police observed a vehicle being operated in an erratic manner on Main Street.
The vehicle was stopped and according to police, there was a strong odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle and the operator, a 17-year-old Perrysburg male, was showing signs of impairment, police said.
During the traffic stop, the officer also found the driver to be in possession of two bags of suspected marijuana and a suspected marijuana pipe.
A Department of Motor Vehicle computer check revealed the teen’s license had been suspended.
He was charged with driving while impaired by drugs, aggravated unlicensed operation, unlawful possession of marijuana, failure to maintain lane, obstructed view and unsafe tires.
Two passengers in the vehicle, Michael D. Winkler, 23, of Gowanda and a 17-year-old male from Gowanda, were each found to be in possession of suspected marijuana. Each were charged with unlawful possession of marijuana.
The Erie County Sheriff’s Department assisted with these arrests, police said.Items in unlocked cars in driveways get stolen
All area police departments are again warning residents to lock all vehicle, garage and residence doors to help prevent theft.
The Village of Hamburg Police report that sometime late Monday (Sept. 3) or early Tuesday, (Sept. 4), a vehicle parked in the driveway of a Sherburne Drive and another vehicle on Therin Drive were entered into and items were taken, including a wallet with personal ID and credit cards.
According to police, these thefts are crimes of opportunity because in most cases the vehicles are unlocked.
“The suspects usually grabs a car handle and pulls on it. If it is locked, they move on. If it opens, they take whatever they can get,” Captain Mike Melisz said. “Lock the doors and make it harder for the criminals.”E.C. Sheriff’s report
The Erie County Sheriff’s Office Deputies from the North Collins substation responded to 131 calls from Monday, Aug. 27 to Monday, Sept. 3.
• On Tuesday, Aug. 28, Deputies Amy Klimowicz and George Avery responded to a report of a motorist passed out at the steering wheel of a vehicle on Eckhardt Road in the Town of Boston.
Deputies located the driver of the vehicle, a 17-year-old male Town of Eden resident, who appeared to be intoxicated.
The suspect was charged with driving while intoxicated (he had a blood alcohol content of .17 percent) and operating past 9 p.m. on a junior’s operator’s license. He was released to his parents and is to appear in the Boston Town Court at a latter date.
• On Friday, Aug. 31, Deputies Anthony Yavicoli and Jeff Hicks responded to a call of an intoxicated unwelcome guest at a School Street residence in North Collins.
Deputies located Ranae Martinelli, 45, of North Collins and gave her a ride to her residence.
According to police, Martinelli became unruly and was charged with disorderly conduct, obstructing governmental administration and resisting arrest.
She was transported to the Erie County Holding Center pending arraignment in the Town of North Collins Court.
• On Monday, Sept. 3, Deputy Jeff Ely conducted a traffic stop on Route 219 in the Town of Boston and ultimately charged David Calkins, 29, of Cheektowaga for third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle.DWI arrests in Evans
Town of Evans Police report the following driving while intoxicated/impaired arrests.
• At approximately 8:30 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 31, Evans Police Officer Frederick Garrasi observed a vehicle being operated in an erratic manner at a high rate of speed on Route 5.
According to police, the emergency lights were activated and the vehicle continued to travel a distance before finally pulling over.
The 54-year-old Dunkirk resident failed several field sobriety tests and consented to take the breath test, which registered a .13 percent blood alcohol content.
He was charged with DWI, operating a motor vehicle with .08 percent or more alcohol in blood, failure to keep right and a speed violation.
• At 12:39 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 1, Officer Tracey A. O’Donnell observed a vehicle on Erie Road leave the roadway abruptly, return back to road, then into the passing lane and almost strike another vehicle before pulling back into the driving lane.
When O’Donnell activated the emergency lights, the vehicle failed to pull over, stopping in the center of the driving lane.
According to police, the vehicle operator, Michelle L. Druzbik, 31, of Lackawanna, exhibited poor motor coordination, dilated pupils, slurred speech and failed all field sobriety tests.
She allegedly admitted to taking some medications and five different medications prescribed to her were found in her purse.
Druzbik was charged with operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs, reckless driving, failure to keep right and moving from lane unsafely.
• At 11:56 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 1, Officer Gregory Szarowicz observed a vehicle traveling on Lake Shore Road without head or tail lights on and traveling in an erratic manner.
The vehicle was pulled over and the vehicle operator, Richard P. Schiro, 45, of North Tonawanda, was asked to perform several field sobriety tests, which he failed. He then refused to take the datamaster test.
Schiro was charged with DWI, drinking alcohol in a motor vehicle on a highway, failure to take the breath test, failure to keep right and equipment violation for no/inadequate lights.
DWI and marijuana arrest in North Collins
At 2:36 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 2, while on patrol, Village of North Collins Police observed a vehicle speeding at 68 mph in a 45 mph zone on Route 62 in the Town of North Collins.
According to police, while they were attempting to stop this vehicle, they observed the vehicle swerving back in forth on the road, crossing the double yellow line and then weaving over to cross the white fog line.
After stopping, the vehicle operator, Steven R. York, 23, of Gowanda, exhibited signs of intoxication and failed several field sobriety tests, police said.
According to police, there were also open alcohol containers visible in the vehicle.
York was charged with driving while intoxicated, open alcoholic containers in a motor vehicle on a highway, speeding and failure to maintain his lane.
Two passengers in the vehicle were also charged.
Emily D. Burroughs, 22, of Gowanda was found to be in possession of a suspected marijuana pipe and a small amount of suspected marijuana. She was charged with unlawful possession of marijuana.
Alex W. Haynes, 21, of Gowanda was also found to be in possession of a small amount of suspected marijuana and a suspected marijuana pipe.
According to police, while taking Haynes into custody, he became verbally belligerent towards police, yelling obscenities and became physically combative, refusing to get in the patrol car.
Haynes was charged with second-degree obstructing governmental administration, disorderly conduct and unlawful possession of marijuana.
The Erie County Sheriff’s Department assisted in this arrest.DWI arrest at Seneca Nation Indian Reservation
On Saturday, Sept. 1, Erie County Sheriff’s Deputies Jason Bouton and Todd Jones and Sergeant John Sentz responded to a report of an accident on Snow Road on the Seneca Nation Reservation.
An investigation into the accident revealed that the driver of the vehicle, Luanne M. Isaacs, 28, of Buffalo appeared to be intoxicated, police said.
She was transported to the Erie County Sheriff’s Office substation in North Collins, where she submitted to a breath test. According to police, she registered a .19 percent blood alcohol content.
Issacs was charged with driving while intoxicated and unlawful possession of marijuana.Structure fire in Hamburg
At 7:29 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 2, Town of Hamburg Police and the Scranton Volunteer Fire Department responded to a porch fire at a Garfield Avenue residence.
According to police, it appeared that someone accidently discarded a cigarette, that came in contact with combustibles, which resulted in the fire.
No charges were filed.Buffalo man charged with assault in Evans
At 8:07 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 31, Town of Evans Police Officer Scott DeJohn responded to a possible assault call at a Harding Avenue residence.
According to police, the victim said the suspect came to his house, beat him up in front of his young son and broke his glasses.
DeJohn noticed bruising, swelling and several large welts on one side of the victim’s face. The victim, after coming to the police station to sign charges, became dizzy and had to be transported to the Lake Shore Hospital for treatment of his injuries.
A warrant was requested for the arrest of Jeffrey R. Brown, 30, of Buffalo for the following offenses: third-degree assault, second-degree harassment, fourth-degree criminal mischief and acting in a manner injurious to a child younger than 17. A order of protection was also requested.