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Police Log May 3, 2012

Man charged for pill theft at Brooks Pharmacy, again

At 10:39 p.m. on Tuesday, May 1, Town of Hamburg Police Lt. Nicholas Bundy and Officer William Stowell responded to a burglar alarm going off at Brooks Pharmacy on Lake Shore Road.

According to police, Bundy found Justin M. Middagh, 28, of Hamburg, behind the building in possession of hundreds of loose prescription pills (valued at $782.49) as well as a pair of brass knuckles. Metal cutters were also found on the floor near the pharmacy counter.

Middagh, who had been released from the Erie County Holding Center in Alden earlier that day, has a criminal history in Hamburg, including breaking into Brooks Pharmacy in January.

Middagh was charged with felony second-degree burglary, armed with a deadly weapon; felony second-degree criminal mischief, fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon, seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, resisting arrest, possession of burglar tools and petit larceny.

Police are also investigating the theft of a John Deere Gator, worth $8,000, from St. Francis High School during the evening on May 1. The vehicle was driven into a garage door, causing about $1,500 damage, police said.

The vehicle was found parked in the front yard of Middagh’s residence later that night by Detective Timothy Johnston. Middagh will likely be facing additional criminal charges, police said.

DWI repeat offender

A Hamburg man with eight previous alcohol-related convictions has been charged with felony driving while intoxicated.

According to police, at 11:20 p.m. on Friday, April 20, Orchard Park Police Officer Patrick Fitzgerald stopped a vehicle on Armor Duells Road for allegedly speeding and failure to keep right.

The vehicle operator, James Mazur, 57, of the Village of Hamburg, allegedly provided the officer with a false name but further investigation revealed his real identity and that his driver’s license was suspended due to eight previous alcohol-related convictions, six of which were felonies.

Mazur was charged with three driving while intoxicated charges, which includes a felony DWI, felony aggravated unlicensed operation of a vehicle, no ignition interlock device installed in the vehicle, criminal impersonation and several vehicle and traffic violations.

Mazur also allegedly refused to take a blood test.

Arrest made in food larcenies in Hamburg

Town of Hamburg Police have charged a Buffalo man in connection with a series of petit larcenies in the town.

On Thursday, April 12, Town of Hamburg Police responded to a call from Wegmans that someone had taken $253 worth of steaks without paying for them.

According to the loss control officer of Wegmans, a fresh load of meat product, consisting of rib eye and tenderloin cut steaks was put in the cooler and in a very short time they were all gone.

A security video was checked and it showed a white male putting all the steaks into his cart, then load the items into a cooler, along with four pairs of sunglasses and leave the store without paying for them. The total value of the items was set at $395.

On Thursday, April 19, the Wegmans surveillance video recorded the same suspect placing $97 worth of steaks into a $24.99 cooler and left the store without paying for the items.

Both incidents occurred between 1:30 and 3 p.m.

At 4:41 p.m. on Monday, April 23, police responded to a call of a larceny in progress at Wegmans.

Police were advised that a suspect matching the description of the previous larcenies, had left the store with a shopping cart of merchandise without paying for them.

Officer William Stowell was directed by a motorist to the Chuck E. Cheese/BJs plaza, where the suspect, Clark Echevarria, 45, of Buffalo, was located and taken into custody.

Echevarria was positively identified as the person who had taken the other items from the store.

Further investigation revealed that there was an active warrant for Echevarria from the City of Buffalo for petit larceny. A laptop found in his possession at the time of the arrest was found to have been allegedly stolen from the Best Buy at the McKinley Mall.

He was charged with three counts of petit larceny and fifth-degree criminal possession of stolen property. Hamburg Justice Gerald Gorman set bail at $1,000 and Echevarria was transported to the Erie County Holding Center.

Police scanners found

At about 6 p.m. on Thursday, April 26, Town of Evans Police Officer Gregory Szarowicz stopped a vehicle which had run through a red light on Erie Road.

While speaking to the vehicle operator, Robert H. Caldwell, 48, of Brant, the officer noticed a gold badge hanging from the rear view mirror and also a radio scanner mounted on the dashboard.

According to police, when asked why he had a scanner, Caldwell allegedly responded that he liked radios and then uncovered two other radio scanners mounted on the floor of the vehicle.

At that time, Caldwell was asked to exit the vehicle. He was then taken into custody and was placed in the backseat of the patrol car.

An inventory search of the pickup truck, revealed a portable radio, two radio scanners, a citizens band radio, several pairs of handcuffs and handcuff keys, and a gold bail enforcement badge and case.

According to police, when the scanners were turned on they could hear the police frequencies for the Erie County Sheriff’s Department and Buffalo Police Departments.

Caldwell was charged with equipping a motor vehicle with a police receiver and passing through a red light. He is due back in Evans Town Court on May 14.

Sheriff’s Office report

The Erie County Sheriff’s Office responded to 144 calls between April 23 and April 30,

• On Saturday, April 28, Deputies Joel Schenfield and Jeff Hicks charged Veronica Cook, 21, of Irving with third degree assault following a disturbance complaint at a Hawk Meadows, in the Brant area.

• On Sunday, April 29, Deputies Brad Ballantyne and Ken Hetey stopped a vehicle operated by Daisy Marshall, 22, of Buffalo for a traffic violation on Route 219. A Department of Motor Vehicle check showed she did not have a drivers license and her license plates were suspended due to parking tickets.

Marshall was taken into custody for driving with a suspended registration and other traffic and vehicle summons.

• On Monday, April 30, Deputy Neil Held charged Karl J. Troidl, 51, of Brant, with fourth-degree criminal mischief following a disturbance complaint.

• On Monday, April 30 Deputies Jon Hanna and Todd Jones responded to a report of a vehicle off the road on Route 219.

The vehicle was located and the operator, Ketti Schmauss, 37, of Springville was charged with aggravated unlicensed operation, since she had three suspensions on her license.

• On Monday, April 30, Hetey stopped a vehicle on Route 219 for a traffic violation. The vehicle operator, Michael Olejar, Jr., 22, of Elma, was charged with unlawful possession of marijuana, after he was found to be in possession of alleged marijuana.

Indecent exposure arrest

Town of Hamburg Police have charged Brian J. McCarty, 27, of Hamburg with exposure of a person, following an incident which occurred at 5:50 p.m. on Thursday, April 26 at the Walmart.

According to police, as the victim and her 16-year-old daughter were pulling into the drive-through pharmacy at Walmart, McCarty allegedly walked through the area, obstructing them from pulling in.

He then allegedly gave them the middle finger several times, before dropping his shorts, exposing himself and then mooning both of them.

McCarty was then observed leaving the Walmart area and entering a Lake Heights Drive residence, where he was found by Town of Hamburg Police Officer Jason Nappo and identified by the victims.

DWAI by drugs

At 11:12 a.m. on Thursday, April 26, Town of Evans Police Officer Luke Fioretti stopped a vehicle which was breaking the speed limit on Eden Evans Center Road.

The vehicle operator Alan D. Litzinger, 24, of Angola, was the sole occupant at the time and was observed by the officer to be eating a slice of pizza.

According to police, Litzinger appeared to have glassy eyes, slurred speech and had poor/slow motor coordination.

He did fail all the field sobriety tests, was taken into custody and transported to the police station.

While doing an inventory search, a Dizapam 5 mg pill was found near the driver seat.

At the station he became more lethargic and began to sweat, police said. As a precaution he was transported to the Lake Shore Hospital.

Felony DWI arrests

Town of Hamburg Police made two felony driving while intoxicated arrests.

• At 2:16 a.m. on Sunday, April 22, Officer Daniel Cronmiller stopped a vehicle on Lake Shore Road which was being operated in an erratic manner.

Richard R. Peters, 28, of Angola was charged with felony DWI, felony aggravated DWI with a blood alcohol content of .18 percent or more, failure to use designated lane, failure to keep right and operating a motor vehicle without insurance.

• At 12:44 a.m. on Monday, April 30, Officers Joseph Bloom and David Jasinski observed a vehicle facing south on McKinley Parkway at the intersection of Lake Avenue with the vehicle operator, Keith P. Sterling, 28, of Blasdell, allegedly asleep at the red light.

According to police, Sterling admitted to having taking some Lortiab, Xanax and Methadone about two hours previously and was texting in the vehicle when he fell asleep.

Sterling was charged with felony driving while ability impaired by combined drugs/alcohol, operating a motor vehicle while using portable electronic device and failure to obey a traffic device.

Fight call leads to arrest

Town of Evans Police have charged Jacob T. Hunter, 23, of Evans with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance following a call about a fight on Erie Road at 10:45 p.m. on Thursday, April 26 .
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