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Police blotter from the Feb. 13 edition of The Sun

Petit larceny at Wal-Mart

The town of Hamburg Police Department responded to a shoplifter complaint at 3 p.m. on Jan. 25 at the Wal-Mart on Southwestern Boulevard.

According to a loss prevention employee at Wal-Mart, a female subject took a Dyson vacuum valued at $299 and a package of cupcakes and proceeded to leave the store, passing all points of purchase without paying. The subject, identified as Kellie Branham, left the store in a white sedan. Video of the incident was turned over to the detectives.

Police proceeded to the subject’s residence. Branham’s mother invited police into the home. Police reported discovering a pile of eight boxes of brand-new items, including vacuums. Branham’s mother told police she was selling the items for her daughter and Branham’s boyfriend.

According to Branham’s mother, the boyfriend said he had purchased the items at discount at a warehouse in Pennsylvania. Police contacted Branham, who denied knowing anything about the shoplifting incident at Wal-Mart. She agreed to come to the station, but did not show up. She also did not provide the address at which she was currently staying.

The stolen items were taken to the town of Hamburg Police Department.

On Jan. 29, police interviewed Branham at the station regarding the larceny at that Wal-Mart location. The subject gave a voluntary statement admitting to the theft. After processing, Branham was issued an appearance ticket to appear in Hamburg Justice Court on Feb. 10.

Angola woman arrested

Evans Lieutenant Peter Smith was dispatched to an Erie Road business, in response to employees’ reporting an offender inside the store.

According to staff members, Elaina Alberti, 31, of Angola had committed a larceny on Jan. 31. The subject was seen on security cameras, stealing several items.

Alberti was arrested for petit larceny and was released on an appearance ticket.

Warrant for West Seneca woman

The town of Hamburg Police Department released an issue for an arrest warrant, by request of a resident of the town of Hamburg for her son’s girlfriend, Serena Shearer, 18, of West Seneca.

Officer Thomas Boyer reported that Shearer had made several texts and phone calls to the victim, in reference to a previous domestic incident. The victim told police that Shearer had called her a “stupid c---” and said, “Press all the charges u want, ur gonna look like a fool in court [sic].”

Prior to those texts, the victim had asked Shearer to cease contact with her. Shearer continued to contact the victim, including making 11 phone calls.

The victim asked to press charges against Shearer, and requested an order of protection.

Springville man arrested on warrant

Evans Patrolman Sherry Miller responded to a complaint of fugitive arrest, while a subject was at the Evans Town Hall for his Erie County probation appointment on Jan. 29.

Kieth Brown, 23, of Springville had a bench warrant from the city of Salamanca Court for failure to pay an outstanding fine of $370.

Patrol executed the bench warrant and placed Brown into custody. The subject was then placed into the custody of Sgt. Troy Westfall of the Salamanca Police Department at the Gowanda Police Department.

Man arrested after fight

An altercation recently took place in O’Neill’s Bar on Abbott Road near Southwestern Boulevard.

According to the Orchard Park Police Department, a victim was struck in the head with a beer bottle. He suffered lacerations to his face, and bruising.

Officers Amy Pfeffer and Gregory Sheppard responded to the scene and began investigating.

Ten days later, 27-year-old Shawn Gretzler of Hamburg was arrested, while in Orchard Park Court on a previous driving while intoxicated arrest.

The subject was charged with assault second (a D felony) and was released on bail.

The investigation is ongoing; further charges may be filed.

License expiration leads to arrest

Kevin Kamuda was arrested on Feb. 2 for operating a motor vehicle without an inspection certificate and aggravated, unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle third, by Evans Patrolman Nathan Miller.

After being stopped for a vehicle traffic violation, the subject told police that his license might be suspended. After confirmation of the suspension, Kamuda was arrested and given uniform traffic tickets.

Eden man arrested

Erie County Sheriff’s Deputy Matt Krypel responded to a recent property damage-only car accident on Route 438.

The driver of one of the vehicles involved, 31-year-old Michael Schwanz of Eden, was arrested for driving while intoxicated, after police said he exhibited signs of intoxication.

The subject consented to a breath test, which showed that Schwanz had a blood alcohol level of 0.14 percent.

He was charged with reckless driving and driving while intoxicated, and was released to a sober party.

Hamburg man arrested

At 12:20 a.m. on Jan. 26, Boston troopers with the New York State Police arrested Clayton Russell, 44, of Hamburg for driving while intoxicated, after a traffic stop for failure to yield right-of-way on Pine Street, in the village.

Police said that Russell showed signs of intoxication and failed roadside sobriety tests. The subject submitted a breath sample, which produced a reading of 0.08 percent blood alcohol concentration.

Russell was issued traffic tickets to appear in the village of Hamburg Court, at a later date.

A case of stolen identity

A local individual reported to Evans Patrolman Michael Kauzala that Amber Lewis, 24, of Brant had used her identity.

The victim reported that she was mailed a court notice from Evans Court that she had missed a December court date. The victim said that Lewis had used her identity on the date of arrest.

Kauzala said that mug shots on file for the victims showed two different individuals. The victim said that she and Lewis were former friends.

The subject had been arrested by state police in Chautauqua County; a booking sheet and mug shot of Lewis were faxed to the Evans Police Department.

Charges were filed for criminal impersonation.

Angola man arrested on several charges

Following a report of a vehicle’s leaving the roadway and sticking multiple mailboxes and a utility pole, Erie County Sheriff’s Deputy Theresa Nietzel arrested David Rubeck, 41 of Angola for driving while intoxicated.

Deputies responded to Gowanda State Road in North Collins and found that Rubeck had fled. The subject was later found, hiding in the woods, by Deputy Ken Achtyl.

Among Rubeck’s myriad of charges are felony DWI and felony aggravated, unlicensed operation. The DWI was a felony, due to his having a previous DWI conviction within the last 10 years.

The aggravated, unlicensed operation is a felony, due to the fact that he was driving under the influence of alcohol, while his license was revoked for a previous alcohol related offense.

A breath test revealed that the subject had a blood alcohol content of 0.10 percent. Rubeck was taken to the Erie County Holding Center, pending his arraignment in North Collins Town Court. His charges include four felonies, two misdemeanors and four infractions.


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