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April 25, 2013 police reports from the towns and villages of Angola, Blasdell, Boston, Brant, Eden, Evans, Farnham, Hamburg and North Collins

Illegal alien from Malaysia found in Hamburg

On Sunday, April 21, while investigating an alleged shoplifting incident, Town of Hamburg Police contacted the U.S. Border Patrol for assistance.

According to officials, the agents were able to determine the female suspect from Malaysia had been living in the United States illegally. She had entered the country as a visitor in 1999 and then failed to leave.

She was transported to the Buffalo Border Patrol Station for processing. She will appear before an immigration judge to determine her eligibility to remain in the U.S.

Anyone who observes suspicious activity may report it anonymously to the Border Patrol at 1-800-331-0353.

Fatal crash on NYS Thruway kills three

At about 7:45 a.m. on Thursday, April 18, a van carrying 10 people, all from Buffalo, rear-ended a Thruway Authority truck parked in the median of the highway in Brant, killing three and injuring eight, including the Thruway employee by the truck.

The driver of the van, Luis Arroyo, 27 and one month old Luis Arroyo Jr. were pronounced dead at the scene. Christieann Gonzalez, 29, who was in the front passenger seat, died at Lakeshore Hospital.

According to state police, the vehicle drifted off the highway and hit the back of the state truck as it was parked in the median of the Thruway. The truck was providing cover for two Thruway Authority workers, police said.

Another 24-year-old passenger was taken to the Erie County Medical Center

Six children were flown to Women and Children’s Hospital: a 13-year-old, an 8-year-old, a 6-year-old and a 3-year-old had been listed in critical condition. A 10-year-old and a 2-year-old had been listed in stable condition.

The accident shut down the eastbound lanes of the NYS Thruway between the Silver Creek and Eden, Evans exit for several hours.
 The closed stretch reopened around noon.

DWI alcohol level over four times legal limit

At 12:42 a.m. on Friday, April 19, while patrolling Route 20, the plate reader of the patrol vehicle operated by Town of Evans Police Lt. John H. McCarthy activated on a vehicle with suspended plates.

Jeffrey R. Hein, 50, of Alison Viejo, Calif, formerly of Derby, eventually pulled over at an industrial parking lot and allegedly admitted he knew it was suspended.

According to police, Hein failed the field sobriety tests and the Breathalyzer test resulted in a blood alcohol content of .33 percent, more than four times the legal .08 percent.

Hein was charged with felony aggravated driving while intoxicated, felony first-degree aggravated unlicensed operation (prior DWI conviction two years ago in New York), operating with a suspended registration and operating without a license (his California license was also suspended for an insurance matter).

Hein appeared before Eden Justice Melissa Zittel and was sent to the Erie County Holding Center in lieu of $2,500 bail.

Six-year-old locked out of home by mother

At about 8 p.m. on Sunday, April 21, Town of Evans Police Officers Joseph LaRosa, Graig Leone and Jeffrey Mayer responded to a call that a 6-year-old child had been locked out of the Fairview Street residence.

According to police, when they arrived at the scene, Lori Bevilacqua, 46, of Evans, said she had locked her daughter out of the residence for five minutes because she would not listen.

Police observed Bevilacqua to appear highly intoxicated and was unable to answer basic questions, police said.

When asked to submit to a field test device to determine her alcohol level, she allegedly placed her hands on Leone, pushed the alco sensor away and then forced her way past Leone and LaRosa to try and re-enter the residence.

She was subsequently taken into custody and placed in the back seat of one of the patrol cars.

Child Protective Services was called and the child’s biological father was contacted to take custody of the children (there was also a 6-year-old boy at the residence).

Bevilacqua was charged with second-degree obstructing governmental administration and acting in a manner injurious to a child. Child abuse forms were also filed, police said.

Arrest made in burglary

Town of Hamburg Police have charged Michael W. Johnson, 28, of Orchard Park, with felony second-degree burglary, petit larceny and possession of burglary tools in connection with the burglary of a Clifton Parkway home.

According to police, the resident came home at 9:15 a.m. on Monday, April 22, and found an unknown vehicle parked in the driveway, with a white male standing next to it with a hammer sticking out of his rear pocket.

The suspect, later identified as Johnson, claimed he was looking for someone and then left the area.

The victim observed a door to the residence was ajar and notified police. Money was reported taken from the residence.

Police ran the license plate number of the suspect vehicle through the police computer system and the registered owner was found to be in East Aurora.

East Aurora Police notified Hamburg Police the suspect was using the grandfather’s vehicle and that he lived in Orchard Park.

Hamburg Police Lieutenants Nicholas Budney, Robert Krone and Michael Lavelle and Officer Vincent Pupo as well as two Orchard Park Police Officers responded to the Elm Tree location.

After knocking and receiving no response Budney located the rear door wide open and noticed a strong smell of marijuana coming from the building.

After calling for Johnson and getting no answer, police entered the building and located Johnson passed out on his bed, police said.

Johnson allegedly admitted to entering the Hamburg home and removing the money and spending it.

The suspect was transported to the Hamburg Police Station.

E.C. Sheriff’s report

• On Tuesday, April 16, Deputy Tom VanWie responded to a report of criminal mischief at the North Collins High School of a male intentionally hitting a vehicle with his vehicle. Deputies are investigating this case and possible charged are pending.

• On Tuesday, April 16, Deputy Tom VanWie responded to a single car accident on Milestrip Road. The operator of the vehicle reported no injuries and the vehicle’s windshield was smashed out due to a turkey flying into it.

•On Wednesday, April 17, Deputy Michael Okal stopped a vehicle operated by Jordan Williams, of Irving for a traffic violation. It was found that his vehicle’s registration was suspended due to an insurance lapse.

Williams was charged with aggravated unlicensed vehicle operation and operating a motor vehicle with a suspended registration.

• On Thursday, April 18, Deputy Matt Krypel stopped a vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed and driving along the shoulder of the road on Southwestern Boulevard, in Brant.

Kelly Mallaber, 21, of Gowanda was charged with aggravated driving while intoxicated (her blood alcohol content was more than twice the legal limit), third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, open container of alcohol in a vehicle, driving on the shoulder of the road and speeding.

• On Saturday, April 20, Deputy George Avery took into custody Susan Kohler, 44, of Collins, on a disorderly conduct arrest warrant from the City of Tonawanda.

According to police, while at the North Collins substation, Kohler asked to the use rest room and exited the town hall from the rear of the building.

Avery and K-9 handler Deputy Brad Ballantyne located Kohler at Spruce and Railroad Avenue in the Village of North Collins, where she was taken back into custody.

Kohler was charged with third-degree escape and was turned over to the City of Tonawanda on the warrant.

• While on patrol at 12:22 a.m on Monday, April 21, Deputies Jason Bouton and Ben Pisa responded to a complaint of a property damage crash on Omphalius Road in the Town of Boston.

After investigating the incident, the driver, David J. Kreuder, 31, of Colden was charged with driving while intoxicated and failure to maintain the roadway.

State Police at Boston

• At about 10 p.m. on Thursday, April 18, Trooper Matthew Michalski investigated a single vehicle personal injury accident on Boston State Road in the Town of Boston.

According to police, the vehicle was southbound on Boston State Road when the operator Stephen M. Rieske, 28, of Springville, lost control of the vehicle, went off the east shoulder of the roadway, struck a ditch, continued off the road, went through a wooden fence, then became airborne and overturned onto its side.

Rieske was transported to the Erie County Medical Center, where he did submit a sample of blood.

He was charged with driving while intoxicated, speed not reasonable and prudent, failure to use designated lane and no seat belt.

• At about 2:45 p.m. on Sunday, April 21, Troopers Paul Reilly and Ronald Wolf responded to a call of a disoriented man in the Tops on Boston State Road.

When the troopers arrived, the suspect had left and was described as stumbling and falling down.

The troopers checked the area and reilly observed the vehicle make a left-hand turn without yielding to traffic.

Steven R. Townsend, 43, of Hamburg was charged with driving while ability impaired by drugs and other traffic violations. Also found in the vehicle were 40 oxycodone hydrochloride pills not in the original container.

• At about 5:45 p.m. on Sunday, April 21, Trooper John Clark stopped a vehicle being operated in an erratic manner on Powers Road.

Thomas M. Hull, of Orchard Park, was charged with DWI and several traffic violations.

Vehicles keyed

Town of Hamburg Police are looking for any information into the series of criminal mischief incidents which occurred at the Frontier High School on Wednesday, April 17.

Nine vehicles parked in the school’s lot off Bayview Road, were scratched by a sharp object (keyed) by an unknown person or persons, causing an estimated $3,800 worth of damage.

If anyone has any information about these incidents call the Town of Hamburg Police Department at 648-5118 ext. 2614 or the anonymous tipline at 647-5118 ext. 2847

Felony DWI in Evans

At 7:49 p.m. on Sunday, April 21, Town of Evans Police Officer Gregory Szarowicz was dispatched to locate a red Ford pickup which had allegedly struck two mailbox’s and a road sign on Sturgeon Point Road.

The vehicle was found in a ditch on Delameter Road, with the driver, Curtis E. Schraft, 31, of Evans and a passenger standing by the vehicle.

After failing several field sobriety tests, Schraft was charged with felony driving while intoxicated (two previous DWI convictions in the past 10 years), three counts of operator leaves the scene of a property damage accident, moving from lane unsafely, speed violation and failure to keep right.

Drinking by RR nets arrest

At 8:50 a.m. on Tuesday, April 16, Town of Hamburg Police Officer Scott Weyrough responded to a report of a suspicious person on the roadside on North Creek Road, near the railroad tracks with several bottles of Alcohol.

According to police, when Patrick Gajkowski, 35, of Lancaster, was asked what his name is, he became belligerent and started yelling at Weyrough.

Police said Gajkowski appeared intoxicated and there was a half empty bottle of wine and six more full bottles of Arbor Mist wine on the ground next to him.

When asked where the wine came from, Gajkowski continued to be uncooperative and used vulgar language and swearing at the officer, police said. He was transported to the police station.

Detective Sgt. Thomas Best Jr. did follow up with the Norfolk Southern Police Department and was informed they were currently investigating the theft of tires and wine from a Norfolk Southern westbound train that had passed the North Creek Road earlier that day. It was found that the Arbor Mist wine was in fact taken from the train.

Gajkowski was charged with third-degree criminal trespass of a railroad, fifth-degree criminal possession of stolen property and disorderly conduct.

Harassment charge

At 11:56 p.m. on Monday, April 15, Town of Evans Police Officer Graig Leone responded to a call that a person had been punched in the face.

According to police, the suspect, Mark W. Schukraft, 57, of Evans, appeared to be intoxicated and refused to comply with the officer’s request to come out of the bedroom he was in, and told officers, “no, come and get me.”

Schukraft was taken into custody and was charged with second-degree harassment, physical contact.

DWAI by drugs

At 10:59 p.m. on Wednesday, April 15, Town of Hamburg Police Officer Mindy Jendrowski observed a vehicle drive through the intersection of Southwestern Boulevard and South Park Avenue without its headlights on.

According to police, Jendrowski tried to stop the vehicle, which ignored the patrol car, entered the parking lot at Maplewood Apartments and did not stop until in had passed several buildings.

Adam M. Bova, 25, of Hamburg was not able to produce a valid driver’s license and appeared to be intoxicated.

He failed four of the five field sobriety tests and refused to submit to a chemical test of blood and urine.

According to police, Bova admitted to taking one of his prescribed antidepressant medications that day,

Bova was charged with operating a motor vehicle while impaired by drugs, operation of a motor vehicle by an unlicensed driver, failure to yield the right-of-way to an emergency vehicle and motor vehicle lights do not meeting standards.

Cell phone use ends with drugs charges

At 12:49 p.m. on Thursday, April 18, Town of Hamburg Police Officer Vincent Pupo observed Brittany M. Burr, 30, of Evans, driving while using her cell phone.

After stopping Burr, a Department of Motor Vehicle check revealed her operating privileges were suspended.

According to police, while an inventory was being of her vehicle, a plastic bag with a hypodermic needle, a spoon and cotton balls was found.

Police said Burr allegedly admitted the items where hers and that they were for her heroin addiction.

Burr was charged with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, operation of a motor vehicle by an unlicensed driver and operation a motor vehicle on a public highway while using a mobile phone.


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