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Police Blotter, Nov. 8, 2012 for the towns of Brant, Evans, Hamburg and North Collins

Fatal accident on SNI reservation

The Erie County Sheriff’s Office is continuing their investigation into a fatal accident which occurred on Route 438, near Hawk Meadows Drive on the Seneca Nation of Indians Reservation at 3 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 3.

According to police, Jerrod T. Kennedy, 30, of Gowanda, was killed when he lost control of the 2010 Ford Fusion he was driving, as he tried to negotiate a curve in the road.

The vehicle went into a ditch, striking some trees, which caused the vehicle to spin and then flip, before coming to rest on the roadway, officials said.

Deputies Neil Held and Chris Soluri found Kennedy pinned in the driver’s seat of the vehicle, unresponsive and was found to not have a pulse.

He was extricated from the vehicle by members of the Cattaraugus Reservation Fire Company and was pronounced dead at the scene by a representative of the Erie County Medical Examiners Office.

The 24-year-old passenger from Brant transported by Mercy Flight to the Erie County Medical Center, where he was treated and later released.

Evans couple suspects in cookie caper

At 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 31, Town of Hamburg Police Officers David Olday and Timothy Brooks responded to a call about some suspects who were collecting money for cookies from a invalid brochure.

According to police, the suspects, Michael Litwin, 33 and Brittany Burr, 30 both of Derby, allegedly were selling orders for cookies from a brochure used as a fundraiser from a Lake Shore Elementary School. The sale had already ended on Oct. 22, school officials said.

Litwin allegedly admitted to having spent the money that was previously collected from the cookie sale and he was trying to make more money to pay back the money he had “borrowed.”

According to the school principal, the student who’s brochure the suspects were using, had turned in orders but no money.

Hamburg police met with Town of Evans Police Officer Doug Tubinis, to handle the fraudulent sales which occurred in Evans.

The investigation is continuing and charges are pending.

E.C. Sheriff’s report

The Erie County Sheriff’s Office Deputies from the North Collins substation responded to 153 calls from Monday, Oct.29 to Monday, Nov. 5.

• On Saturday, Nov. 3, Deputies Jason Bouton and Don Hoelscher responded to an anonymous complaint of five children left home alone due to their mother being incarcerated at the Erie County Holding Center.

The caller reported no other family members were able to care for the children, authorities said.

According to police, the deputies located five children, ages 3 to 13, alone in the house.

Further investigation revealed that the mother, Rachel Kraft, 32, of the Town of Boston, had been arrested by another police agency for violating an order of protection, which had occurred in another location.

Kraft was being held at the ECHC for an unspecified amount of time, police were told.

The deputies then contacted Child Protection Services and located the children’s grandparents, who claimed the children.

Kraft was additionally charged with five counts of endangering the welfare of a child and is scheduled to appear at a later date in the Town of Boston Court.

• On Sunday, Nov. 4, Deputy Gary Mosier stopped a vehicle on Langford Road in North Collins, for a traffic violation.

A Department of Motor Vehicle check revealed that the driver, Mary Meyer, 35, of Concord, had a suspended driver’s license from the Town of Concord for failure to pay a fine.

Meyer was charged with third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and is scheduled to appear at a later date in the Town of North Collins Court.

Evans Police looking for witnesses

Town of Evans Police are asking if anyone witnessed the attempted break-in of a business on Lake Shore Road, which occurred sometime after midnight on Friday, Oct. 26.

According to police, someone attempted to burglarize the market by breaking the outside door handle on one of the doors to the business.

Call the Town of Evans Police at 549-3600 or the anonymous tipline at 217-3585 or email

Felony Leandra’s Law DWI

At 8:28 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 3, Town of Hamburg Police Officers John Baker and Robert Paas were dispatched on a reckless operation complaint of a vehicle swerving along Route 20.

According to police, the vehicle was located on Route 20, near Rogers Road and Baker observed it swerving and appearing to be unable to maintain its proper lane in traffic.

The vehicle was stopped and the driver, Ivan King, 48, of Buffalo, was observed to have an odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from him.

In the center cup holder next to King, the officers observed an open can of beer.

King was requested to submit to a series of field sobriety tests, which he failed, police said.

Also inside the vehicle was a 47-year-old female from Buffalo and a 2-year-old.

King was charged with two separate charges of felony aggravated driving while intoxicated with a child passenger less than 16 years old, drinking alcohol in a motor vehicle on a highway and moving from lane unsafely.

DWI arrest in Evans

At 11:47 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 28, Town of Evans Police Officer Joseph LaRosa observed a vehicle move into the left passing lane on Erie Road and then make a left hand turn onto Prescott Manor without using the turn signal.

After stopping the vehicle, the officer noticed the driver, Michelle E. Delnero, 29, of Evans, to have a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from her and appeared to have impaired motor skills.

After failing several field sobriety tests and refusing to take the datamaster test, Delnero was charged with driving while intoxicated, operating an unregistered motor vehicle on the highway, failure to notify the DMV of a change of address and illegal signal from less than 100 feet and illegal signal from parked position.

Garage fire in Hamburg

At 11:10 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 4, Town of Hamburg Police responded to a structure fire at a Burke Parkway address.

According to police, the fire appears to have started in the generator area of a camper parked adjacent to the garage.

The property owner had tried to put out the fire with a garden hose but to no avail, before authorities arrived at the scene, police said.

The fire quickly spread through the camper and into the garage.

Big Tree Volunteer Fire Department arrived at the location and were able to extinguish the fire.

The camper was declared a total lost (value approximately $12,000) and the western wall of the garage was damaged, though according to authorities, the building appears to be repairable.

According to authorities, the fire does not appear to be suspicious in nature.

House fire in Evans

At 1:20 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 3, Town of Evans Police Dispatch received a call that a house on Lincoln Avenue was on fire.

Town of Evans Police Officer Frederick Garrasi attempted to put out the fire with his fire extinguisher, but was unsure if it was out.

Firefighters from the Angola and Evans Center Volunteer Fire Departments responded to the call, checked the walls of the house and reported the fire had been extinguished.

It appeared the fire started when the forced air heat turned on, blowing a window curtain into a light candle, officials said.

Minimal damage was done to the wall, police said.

Marijuana possession

At 9:48 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 30, Town of Hamburg Police Officer Jason Nappo responded to a call from McDonald’s employees at the McKinley Parkway location, that there was a suspicious person in a vehicle parked in the parking lot.

According to police, when they arrived at the scene they noticed a male laying in the reclined driver’s seat.

When Nappo allegedly had to ask the man to open the door several times before he complied.

Once the door was open, police allegedly detected a strong odor of marijuana inside the vehicle.

The suspect. Andrew R. Beilen, 25, of Hamburg, appeared to be lethargic and was not obeying the commands being given to him, police said.

When brought to the rear of his vehicle to be checked for weapons, police found a large plastic sandwich bag containing suspected marijuana in his jacket pocket.

At that point, according to police, Beilen became hostile and began to resist the officer. He allegedly pushed off the vehicle to free himself from police and refused to put his hands behind his back.

He had to be forcibly handcuffed by Nappo and Officer Joshua Eagan and allegedly continued to kick at the officers and refused to get inside the patrol vehicle

According to police, Beilen continued to be uncooperative at the police station, fighting with the officers and when put in the holding cell, was allegedly unruly, beating the walls and door of the cell.

Beilen was charged with second-degree harassment, physical contact; second-degree obstructing governmental administration, fifth-degree criminal possession of marijuana, weight more the 25 grams and resisting arrest.

He was arraigned before Hamburg Justice Walter Rooth and was released on his own recognizance to appear back in court on Nov. 15.

Engine fire in Evans

Town of Evans Police Officer Brian Kauzala responded to a call of a vehicle on fire at a Southwestern Boulevard address at 10:49 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 4.

According to police, upon Kauzala’s arrival the vehicle was fully engulfed in flames.

The victim said he was operating the vehicle and struck a pot hole in the parking lot and heard something “pop” in the engine compartment.

He then said he saw flames coming from under the hood, exited the vehicle and called 911.

Evans Center Volunteer Fire Company arrived at the scene and extinguished the fire.

No-one was injured.

Evans house burglarized

Sometime between 8 a.m. and 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 27, someone broke a window of a Humbolt Avenue residence in Evans and stole some items.

According to police, a bedroom had been entered and a small fire-proof safe was taken.

Detectives are investigating the incident.

Scrap metal stolen

On several separate occasion between Tuesday, Oct. 23 and Saturday, Oct. 27, someone has been removing scrap metal, truck batteries and scrap wire from a business on Erie Road in the Town of Evans.

Value of the missing items was set at $600.

Pool pump taken

Town of Evans Police report that sometime between midnight on Tuesday, Oct. 22 and 1:30 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 29, someone entered a garage on Beach Road and removed a Hayward pool pump, valued at $300.

Blasdell man charged with marijuana possession

At 6:54 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 26, Town of Evans Police Lt. Bradley DiMartino stopped a vehicle on Southwestern Boulevard for a traffic infraction.

According to police, the suspect, Michael R. Stanton III, 24, of Blasdell, admitted to having a bag of marijuana inside the vehicle and that he had just purchased from a person at a parking lot off Route 20.

Stanton was charged with unlawful possession of marijuana.

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