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Police blotter from the Jan. 23 edition of The Sun

Buffalo man arrested in Hamburg
The town of Hamburg Police Department was recently dispatched to respond to a report saying that a male was in the roadway, waving a whiskey bottle in the air and impeding traffic.

Upon arrival, Patrolman Jeffrey Lavelle said he observed Jeremiah Wilkinson, 41, of Buffalo, in the middle of Lakeview Road, intentionally blocking traffic and not allowing cars to pass.

Wilkinson was placed under arrest for disorderly conduct and transported to the town of Hamburg Police Department.

The subject, who police said was intoxicated, was unable to find a person to pick him up from the station. He was held, pending arraignment or a sober person to take custody of him.

He was later arraigned, released on his own recognizance and given appearance tickets.

Man cited for accident

Erie County Sheriff’s Deputy Ken Hetey responded to a report of a car that had hit a telephone pole on Boston State Road in Boston.

Hetey located the car, driven by 81-year-old Robert Bolm of Hamburg. The driver was not injured in the accident. He had also knocked down a mailbox. Bolm was cited in the accident.

Philadelphia woman stopped in Evans
Sharon Moore, 50, of Philadelphia, Pa., was stopped for a traffic violation by Evans Police Lieutenant Bradley DiMartino on Jan. 12.

The subject’s New York driver’s license had been suspended a total of four times on three separate dates, for failure to answer summonses. Her Pennsylvania license had also been suspended. The Pennsylvania Department of Motor Vehicles had not specified the reason for the suspension.

Moore was arrested for aggravated, unlicensed operation second and an equipment violation, inadequate vehicle lights.

The subject posted $250 cash bail and was ordered to return to the Evans Town Court.

North Collins Village Police report
During the month of December, North Collins police officers were on duty for a combined 147 hours.

Police responded to a total of 52 various requests for police, including some traffic stops.

Officers responded to one larceny complaint, three suspicious persons complaints, three court details, three assists to other police agencies, two assists to the North Collins Emergency Squad and three funeral details.

Regular property checks of schools, businesses, public property and vacant properties were also conducted, as were regular curfew checks. The village winter parking ban was also enforced.

The department issued 26 traffic tickets, including for speeding, cell phone use, stop sign violations, seat belt violations, expired inspections, failure to exhibit a driver’s license and parking violations.

Town of Brant Police Department report

The town of Brant Police Department logged a total of 1,127 complaints during the month of December. A total of 6,240 miles were patrolled, during the month, and 578 gallons were utilized by the department.

The officers made 19 money escorts – court, three first aid calls, 19 accidents with no injury, 148 vehicle and traffic arrests, 702 property checks, three details, one funeral escort, 25 citizen assists, 11 assists to other agencies, one assist to dog control and one response to a street light out.

Police warn residents to beware of scams
A complainant recently informed the Evans Police Department about a Craigslist© scam to which she had fallen victim.

She said that she had responded to a help wanted ad that sought a house cleaner, on the site. The suspect told her that he would be moving to the area from Canada and the two exchanged several emails. The subject said that he would send the complainant money for art that she would purchase from a Robert Johnson in Texas.

The complainant was told to deposit a check for $2,000 and to obtain a money transfer for Robert Johnson. The individual complied and transferred said amount, but the check bounced and she ended up being minus $2,000 in her bank account.

A check of the suspect’s phone number on Craigslist showed other ads with the same scam that had been listed in different areas. The case was closed, due to jurisdictional boundaries.

Vandalism at Hamburg church
The Rev. Heather Ramsey Mabrouk has informed the public that Saint James United Church of Christ in Hamburg was recently the subject of vandalism.

A small cross was set on fire outside one of the building’s entrances. The village police department was called and is handling the situation.

Those with information about this matter are asked to contact the Hamburg Village Police Department at 648-5111 ext. 0.

St. James UCC is located at 76 Main St. in Hamburg.

Teen arrested for assault

Two Erie County sheriff’s deputies responded to a report of an assault at a Brant Road residence in the village of North Collins on Jan. 11.

When police arrived on the scene, all parties had left. During the investigation with the homeowner, police learned that an assault had occurred, and also learned a victim’s identity.

A 16-year-old North Collins resident, whose name was withheld due to his age, had discovered that the 22-year-old victim had stolen money from the juvenile. The juvenile struck the victim in the head with a large glass bong device used for smoking marijuana and broke the object over the victim’s head, causing injuries.

The 16-year-old fled the scene and later turned himself in to the investigating deputies. He was charged with assault in the second degree and transported to the Erie County Holding Center, pending arraignment in the town of North Collins Court.

Sheriff’s office warns to stay off the ice
Sheriff Timothy Howard and Captain Kevin Caffery of the Erie County Sheriff’s Office have reported a dangerous situation evolving near the Lake Erie shoreline, with specific attention to the towns of Hamburg and Evans.

Caffery said that he has observed numerous children playing on the ice near the shorelines of Hamburg and Evans, while he was patrolling this area.

He said that, with the ever-changing ice structures, this has become a dangerous situation. Anyone on the ice may fall through or become trapped, so Caffery has advised everyone to stay off the ice.

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