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Police Log for week of July 5, 2012

North Collins man injured at Hamburg Airport

A 59-year-old North Collins man suffered several injuries, none critical, during an accident in which his Aerochute, which is a powered parachute type aircraft, ended up on its side at the Hamburg Airport on Heltz Road at 6:50 a.m. on Monday (July 2).

When Town of Hamburg Police arrived at the scene, Daniel McLaughlin was conscious and alert and had sustained injuries. According to the police report, McLaughlin was bleeding from his left ear, had a cut, bruise and swelling to his left eye and a possible break to his right wrist. He was transported to Erie County Medical Center by Rural Metro ambulance.

Town of Hamburg Captain Kevin Trask said at this point, the reason for the crash is undetermined and the investigation has been turned over to the Rochester office of the Federal Aviation Administration.

Eden woman in crash charged with DWI

Annette M. Dangelo, 47, of Eden, is facing a driving while intoxicated charge by the Erie County Sheriff’s Department following a motorcycle crash on State Road in the Town of Colden shortly before 8 p.m. on Sunday, July 1.

The Sheriff’s Department said Dangelo was traveling northbound on State Road when she lost control of her motorcycle along a curve in the road.

Members of the Colden Fire Co., treated Dangelo.

Mercy Flight transported her to Erie County Medical Center, where she was listed in stable condition. She was then charged with DWI.

Brant man charged with DWI in Hamburg

Town of Hamburg Police Officers Jonathan Wright and Daniel Cronmiller initially observed a vehicle driven by Dakota D. Snyder, 25, of Brant traveling 56 mph in a 40 mph zone at 3:22 a.m. on Tuesday, June 26 on Lake Shore Road.

Officers then observed the vehicle move from the center lane into the left lane and back into the center lane.

Officers initiated a traffic stop and when they approached him, observed him to have an odor of an alcoholic beverage on his breath, red glassy eyes and slurred speech.

When police talked Snyder, he told them he left one club and was headed to another.Police said he also admitted to drinking about three beers.

After failing a field sobriety test, he was asked to exit the vehicle. Police said he appeared to be unsteady. Officers observed Snyder to have a case of beer in the vehicle in the front seat with one beer open and its contents spilling onto the floor.

Snyder was then asked to perform, and failed, a couple more field sobriety tests and submitted a breath sample for an Alco-Sensor test, where he registered a .22 blood alcohol content.

Snyder was charged with felony driving while intoxicated for having a previous DWI conviction within the last 10 years (September 2006), aggravated DWI for having a blood alcohol content of .18 or higher, moving from lane unsafely, speeding and drinking alcohol in a motor vehicle on the highway.

Cologne testers stolen from Macy’s

A 60-year-old Buffalo man is facing multiple charges, including petit larceny, after Town of Hamburg Police Officers Jonathan Wright and Michelle Rickard-Puleo responded to a call of a man stealing cologne testers from Macy’s at McKinley Mall at 4:16 p.m. Thursday, June 28.

Police said a complainant observed Hector Rodriguez place the cologne testers in a bag and pass all points of purchase.

Rodriguez had been advised not to return to the store following an arrest on June 5, 2012. He was also advised of an outstanding bench warrant from the Town of Hamburg for failure to appear on April 13, 2012. He was additionally charged with trespass and third degree burglary.

Hamburg man charged with stealing a ratchet

A 26-year-old Hamburg man is facing a petit larceny and seventh degree criminal possession on a controlled substance charge by the Town of Hamburg Police Department after an employee at the McKinley Mall Sears told officers they witnessed him remove a ratchet from a package, put it in his pocket and pass all points of purchase without paying at 4:22 p.m. on Sunday, July 1.

Justin Persico was brought to the Sears loss prevention center and detained, where he was also discovered to be in possession of a socket and 16 Xanax pills that were in a small glass container.

He told Officer Jason Nappo he did not realize he had the Xanax with him, but said he does have a prescription for them.

Hamburg PD catches man who fled on motorcycle

Joseph Budnack, 30, of Buffalo, is facing numerous charges after fleeing from Town of Hamburg Police just before 9:15 p.m. Sunday, July 1.

Hamburg Police Officer Paul Randall was parked at the end of Abbott Parkway watching the area for Budnack when a motorcycle was observed traveling east on Abbott from South Park Avenue.

The motorcycle then pulled up to the end of a victim’s driveway, where she and other people were standing, and shut the engine off. As patrol began to approach Budnack, the motorcycle suddenly started up and made a sharp, left turn.

As officers activated the patrol cars emergency lights, the motorcycle drove onto a nearby yard and out onto Abbott heading west, and began proceeding toward South Park at a high rate of speed.

Budnack then passed the stop sign at the intersection of Abbott and South Park and nearly struck a vehicle traveling north on South Park. He then proceeded north on South Park, weaving in and out of traffic, passed a red light at South Park and Route 179 and headed east on 179 toward McKinley Parkway at a high rate of speed.

He passed the red light on 179 at the Thruway entrance, passing between vehicles. He then passed the red light at 179 and McKinley, causing several vehicles to take evasive action in attempt to avoid hitting him.

Hamburg Police lost sight of him and alerted nearby agencies, including the Orchard Park Police, to be on the lookout for him.

At 9:50 p.m., Orchard Park Police located him walking behind the Quaker Crossing Regal Cinema’s on Amelia Drive, and turned him over to Hamburg Police. He then led officers to his motorcycle, which he attempted to hide behind a business on North Benzing Road.

Budnack was charged with two counts of disobeying a mandate by the Hamburg Police Department, reckless driving, unsafe tires, unlawfully fleeing a police officer in a motor vehicle, moving from lane unsafely, failure to stop at a stop sign, speeding, operating a motor vehicle without an inspection certificate and passing a red light.

Arrests at Walmart lead to grand larceny charges

A 36-year-old man and 34-year-old woman, both from Buffalo, are facing grand larceny charges after leaving the Hamburg Walmart with more than $1,100 worth of merchandise at 5:45 p.m. Sunday, July 1.

Paul J. Nowak and Rebekka Ziolkowski fled the store with the unpaid for items in a blue Chevrolet Impala.

Officers checked the area but were unable to locate them.

They spoke to a loss prevention officer, who witnessed them pass all points of purchase without paying for the items.

A short time later, the vehicle was stopped by Town of Cheektowaga Police. Hamburg Lieutenant Christopher Monaco went to the Cheektowaga Police station and took possession of a grill stolen by the pair. They were then returned to Walmart, identified and transported to the Hamburg Police Station.

A warrant check revealed that Nowak had an outstanding arrest warrant from the Erie County Family Court.

Nowak was arraigned before Town of Hamburg Justice Gerald Gorman and then remanded to the Erie County Holding Center, pending a felony hearing on July 6.

Three fires investigated in the Village of Hamburg

Village of Hamburg Captain Michael Melisz said three fires that happened the previous weekend are still under investigation by the department.

• The first happened at around 12:30 p.m. on Friday, June 22. A detached garage started on fire at a home on Prospect Street. Police said the fire was restricted to the back of the garage and an investigation is ongoing to determine the cause of the fire. The Hamburg Fire Department responded to the scene and extinguished the fire.

Melisz said fire investigators came to the scene, but that no damage amount has been determined at this time.

• Shortly before 1 a.m. on Sunday, June 24, witnesses said heavy smoke was coming from the second floor of a structure at a home on George Street, which was on fire.

A grandmother and her two grandchildren got out of the home safely and the Hamburg Fire Department put out the fire.

Melisz said it was restricted to the second floor area, where there was extensive smoke, fire and water damage.

There is no estimate of damage and the cause of the fire is still under investigation.

•Although a fire that started at 11:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 24 is still under investigation, Melisz said a lightning strike may be to blame for a fire that occurred to a three-car detached garage on Sickmon Avenue, where smoke and flames were visible.

According to Melisz, a car and motorcycle inside of the garage suffered minor damage.

Bench tossed through pizza place in Hamburg

Village of Hamburg Police are trying to determine who is responsible for a throwing a bench through a window at Just Pizza in the Village of Hamburg. The damage was discovered around 10:30 p.m. Friday, June 22.

Police are hoping to locate a suspect, who would face a criminal mischief charge.

Dunkirk man facing DWI charge in Evans

Town of Evans Patrolmen Jeffrey Mayer and Joseph LaRosa observed a vehicle traveling west on Route 5 near Reeves Road at 3:24 a.m. Sunday, July 1 driving in between the driving and passing lanes.

Police said the vehicle also drifted across the fog lines several times as well. When officers activated the emergency lights, the vehicle came to a very slow stop. As officers approached the vehicle, it began to roll forward before the operator of the vehicle, 30-year-old Justin Schuk of Dunkirk, put the vehicle in park.

Police said Schuk had red, glassy eyes, slurred speech, poor coordination and an odor of alcohol on his breath. He told police he was coming from the Reservation and was on his way home to Dunkirk. He told officers he had one beer.

Schuk was then asked to step away from the vehicle to perform field sobriety tests. When Schuk exited the vehicle, police said he stumbled and had to hang onto his vehicle for balance.

After failing field sobriety tests, Schuk was also unable to give a breath sample on an Alco Sensor test. He was then placed into custody.

Schuk was charged with driving while intoxicated, refusal to take a breathalyzer test and moving from lane unsafely.

Grand larceny charges against Evans woman

A 35-year-old Evans woman is facing grand larceny and petit larceny charges by Town of Evans Police following an incident at a Prospect Street location just before 4 p.m. Tuesday, June 26.

Lieutenant Michael Masullo and Patrolman Thomas Crupe were dispatched for a larceny of a wallet.

When officers arrived, the offender, Karen Spratz, was at the location standing outside at the front door.

Patrol interviewed the victim, who said they were sitting in a chair and feeling a “tug” on her purse. The victim said she realized after standing up that the purse felt lighter.

When she checked her purse, she discovered the wallet was missing.

A witness told officers they saw a heavy set female place a dark colored wallet in a basket on the table that was located inside of a cafeteria. The wallet was identified as belonging to the victim. The victim checked her wallet and a credit card, social security card, gift cards and $50 cash were missing.

The offender intially denied stealing the wallet and screamed vulgar words at the officers. After telling her a witness observed her, Spratz reported flushing the credit and social security card down a toilet inside the ladies room.

Patrol checked the bathroom and no items were found. She was then transported to the Town of Evans Police Department.
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