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Police blotter from The Sun week of May 29

Boston house fire
Erie County Sheriff’s Deputy David Barbaritz responded to a report of a house that caught fire after being struck by lightning on Chestnut Ridge Road in Boston.

Boston Fire Department on location reported extensive charring, throughout the home. No injuries were reported.

Youth flips ATV
Erie County Sheriff’s Deputy Tom Vanwie responded to a report of a 15-year-old male who flipped his four-wheel all-terrain vehicle in Collins.

The juvenile received non-life threatening injuries and was flown by Mercy Flight to Children’s Hospital in Buffalo.

Danahy booked for assault
At approximately 4 p.m. on May 13, the Evans town police were dispatched to an Evans address for an assault complaint. The victim stated that a verbal argument with John Danahy, 44, of Evans, had turned physical. The victim reported that Danahy had punched him several times, causing scratches to the offender’s arms.

Danahy was held until sober.

Yoviene gets DWI
Erie County Sheriff’s Deputy Eric Szkatulski stopped a vehicle operated by David Yoviene, 23, of Orchard Park, for an equipment violation. Yoviene exhibited signs of intoxication and was arrested for driving while intoxicated. He consented to a breath test, which resulted in a .13 percent BAC reading.

Yoviene will reappear in the Town of Boston Court, at a later date.

Car damaged at Bennett Beach park
On May 13, at about 6:30 p.m., Evans police responded to a report that a victim’s rental vehicle had been damaged while parked in front of Bennett Beach Park. Upon further investigation and interviewing witnesses, it was determined that Eric Shields, 18, of Buffalo, had engaged in an argument with the victim’s friend at the park and when he and his party were leaving, he kicked the left rear panel, causing a dent and then caused several scratches with a knife, before fleeing the area.

Shields was located at South Shore and transferred to the Evans station, where he was interviewed and released to a family member. He was issued tickets to return to Evans town court, at a later date.

Shirtless, intoxicated man found in the dark
On May 18, Evans town police located Michael Woodworth, 25, of Evans, walking in and out of the paved fog line in the vicinity of Reeves Road. Woodworth appeared to be highly intoxicated, with a strong smell of alcohol on his breath and patrol noted he also appeared to be on some other type of narcotic. He was covered in mud and stated that he did not know what had happened, except that he woke up in a field and started walking. Woodworth also told the police that he had been beat up by several individuals and the last time he remembered anything was being at Mickey Rats, several hours ago.

He did not have a shirt on and was shivering from the cold. The officer advised him that he needed to be taken and turned over to another adult, because he was placing himself in a dangerous situation, walking in the roadway in the dark while intoxicated and shirtless.

When patrol advised Woodworth to get in the back of the patrol car, he became combative, fighting with the police and pushing his body against them. He was placed under arrest for resisting arrest and transported to Lake Shore Hospital by Rural Metro. He was released on appearance tickets, returnable to Evans Town Court, at a later date.

Traffic stop reveals crack pipe, pills
On May 17, at 3:16 a.m., Evan town police patrol saw a vehicle operated by Shane Cherry, 31, of the town of Hamburg, leaving its lane and crossing over the white lines. Upon stopping the vehicle, a glass pipe with burnt residue was seen on the center console. Cherry said he used it to smoke crack. A subsequent search revealed a silver container with one clonazepam and two suboxone inside. The items were confiscated and Cherry was transported to the station and released on appearance tickets returnable to Evans town court.

Bag of weed hidden in Jackson's shoe at a traffic stop
On May 15, at about 2 p.m., a vehicle driven by Matthew Jackson, 25, of Silver Creek, was stopped by Evans patrol. Jackson stated that his license might be suspended and, upon a computer check, it was discovered that his license was suspended a total of seven times. He was placed under arrest and, upon being searched, patrol discovered a clear bag sticking out of his right shoe. When Jackson was asked about the bag, he stated, “It’s a bag of weed.”

Jackson was transported to Evans police department and was later released on $250 cash bail. He was later turned over to the Lackawanna Police Department.

Buffalo man arrested for harassment
On May 11, officers from the town of Evans police department responded to an Evans residence where William Yarling, 32, of Buffalo, was arrested for aggravated harassment for communicating in a manner likely to cause harm.

A complainant reported to the police that Yarling was threatening her via text messages and voicemails and threatening to harm himself, as well. The police contacted Yarling and told him to cease contact, but an hour later, Yarling contacted the complainant again, that he had done himself harm.

Harassment charges were filed by the complainant, while Yarling was taken into custody.

Order of protection issued in Evans
On May 10, Evans police were dispatched to a single-family home, where Robert Cave, 30, of Brant, had threatened to cause bodily harm to the complainant. She stated that the altercation had started in Brant and continued into Evans.

The Brant police department contacted and also interviewed the complainant. She signed charges, which were submitted to court, requesting a summons and order of protection against Cave.

Man with machete arrested for menacing
On May 12 at about 10:30 p.m., the Evans police arrested Stacy Matarazza, 42, of Evans, after a victim stated that a verbal argument turned physical, after Matarazza had been drinking since 7:30 p.m. The victim said that he pushed her down on a bench and threw a set of grilling tongs at the wall near her. When she attempted to call the police, Matarazza threw the phone at the wall, causing the batteries to fall out. The victim did manage to get through to 911, and Matarazza went outside with a machete, stating that he was waiting for the police.

The victim said she was in fear for her safety, and requested an order of protection.
Matarazza was charged with menacing second, criminal mischief with intent to damage property, criminal mischief four, for disabling equipment to prevent a request for emergency assistance and harassment second, physical contact. The machete and tongs were seized by the police and Matarazza was arraigned and released to return to the Evans court, at a later date.

Evans woman brought in for altercation
On May 11, Beverly Grodesky, 55, of Evans, was charged with harassment and criminal obstruction of breathing, after she and the complainant were involved in an altercation at an Evans residence. The victim stated that Grodesky scratched her face, pinned her to the ground and choked her with a towel, after she walked into the residence. The victim left the residence to report the incident.

At the station, Grodesky said that she did not scratch the complainant, that she cut her own face with a knife. Grodesky was charged, after statements were taken.

Loud exhaust leads to DWI arrest
On May 10, Evans police observed a Ford Mustang traveling east on ERie Road, with a loud exhaust. Patrol stopped the vehicle and identified Chelsea Ebling-Mousaw, 29, of the town of Hamburg, as a listed offender, after a license check. He could smell an odor of alcohol emitting from the vehicle, and observed that Ebling-Mousaw had glassy eyes, slurred speech and impaired motor condition. She failed several field sobriety tests and a breath test revealed her blood alcohol content to be .17 percent.

She was put under arrest and taken back to the town of Evans police station, where she was released on appearance tickets.

Rockwood threatens police with AK
While patrolling in the area of Lake Shore Road on May 14, Evans police department patrol saw Mikol Rockwood, 24, of Evans, arguing outside of Stroh’s with three other subjects. When the officer stopped to investigate, all three denied arguing.

A warrant check revealed a valid warrant for Rockwood out of the city of Buffalo and while searching the offender, a switchblade-type knife was found in his shorts. At first glance, it appeared to be a box cutter and after further investigation, it was revealed that it was a spring-activated blade.

Rockwood told patrol, “You better sleep with one eye open, because you’re going to wake up with your throat slit.” He also stated that he was going to “pick up his AK and take patrol out,” along with several other threats.

Rockwood was arrested and the knife was confiscated and filed.

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