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Police Blotter for Feb. 28, 2013 for the towns of Boston, Brant, Evans, Hamburg and North Collins and the villages of Hamburg and North Collins

Two separate felony DWI arrests in Hamburg

Town of Hamburg Police report they have charged two people with felony driving while intoxicated from the following incidents.

• At 5:47 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 20, Officer Christopher Butera responded to a hit-and-run accident which occurred at South Park Avenue at Sowles Road.

The victim reported he had been rear ended at the intersection by a white pickup truck that had fled east on Sowles Road.

The victim followed the suspect and police were able to pull him over on McKinley Parkway, by Newton Road.

At that time both Lt. Robert Krone and Village of Hamburg Police Officer Anthony Caber responded to the scene.

The suspect,. Ronald F. Oliver, 59, of Orchard Park, was found to be intoxicated and unable to state where he was. Inside the vehicle was found several open cans of beer.

When asked to exit the truck, he was unable to stand and fell, twice. He had to be carried by two officers into the patrol car.

Oliver was taken to the town police station, where he registered a .35 percent blood alcohol content.

He was charged with felony DWI (previous DWI conviction in April 2011), felony aggravated DWI with a BAC of .18 or more, operator leaving the scene of a property damage accident, drinking alcohol in a motor vehicle on a highway and following too close.

• At 2:34 a.m. on Sunday, Feb. 24, Officer Nina Deming was dispatched on a reckless operation of a green pickup truck with a plow, headed west on Lake Shore Road from Woodlawn.

She was able to observe the vehicle operating in an erratic manner on Camp Road before initiating a traffic stop.

A Department of Motor Vehicle computer check revealed the vehicle operator, Christopher M. Charney, 38, of Blasdell, driver’s license had been suspended.

Charney failed several field sobriety tests and was transported to the town police station.

He was charged with felony DWI (previous DWI conviction in August 2008) and felony first-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle.

Man charged in home invasion in village

At about 2 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 16, Village of Hamburg Police responded to a call that someone had entered a Brookwood Drive residence while the owners were asleep inside.

According to police, the homeowners were awakened by the barking of their dogs and a door closing. When one of the residents went downstairs, he observed a man standing inside the house by the back door.

At that time, the suspect then ran through the house, out the front door, around the residence and was confronted by Lt. Richard Schara and Officer Anthony Caber at the back door of the same residence.

According to police, the suspect, Shane Willing, 21, of the Town of Hamburg, resisted them when they tried to take him into custody.

Willing was charged with second-degree criminal trespass, obstructing governmental administration, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct.

Due to his highly intoxicated condition, Willing was transported to the Erie County Medical Center for observation.

Felony DWI in Evans

At 3:32 a.m on Sunday, Feb. 24, Town of Evans Police Officer Jeffrey Mayer observed a vehicle traveling south on Commercial Street from Route 5 being operated in an erratic manner.

After speaking with the vehicle operator, Christian E. Penfold, 38, of Evans, the officer noticed a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from him.

After failing several field sobriety tests, Penfold was transported to the Evans Police Station. He did submit to a chemical breath test, registering a .19 percent blood alcohol content.

Further investigation revealed he had a previous driving while intoxicated conviction in 2003.

Penfold was charged with felony DWI, felony aggravated DWI with a BAC of .18 or more, felony operating a motor vehicle with .08 percent or more alcohol with a previous conviction, failure to keep right on a two-lane road and failure to notify change of address.

E.C. Sheriff’s report

During the week of Monday, Feb. 18 though Sunday, Feb. 24, the Erie County Sheriff’s Office Deputies from the North Collins substation responded to 152 calls.

• On Tuesday, Feb. 19, Deputy Gary Mosier assisted the Brant Police Department on Erie Road in regards to an unspecified traffic stop.

• On Wednesday, Feb. 20, Deputy Chris Soluri responded to a report of a head on accident on Lower East Hill Road in the Town of Boston, involving two vehicles.

Both drivers refused first aid at the scene, saying they would seek medical attention on their own for minor injuries.

The fire department closed the road until the vehicles were towed from the scene.

• On Friday, Feb. 22, the Erie County Sheriff’s Office was requested by the Eden Police Department to assist with a report of a man threatening with a gun, report on Sisson Highway.

Deputies assisted Eden Police in taking the male into custody and recovered the shotgun without incident.

The suspect’s name was not released, due to his age.

• On Friday, Feb. 22, Deputy Neil Held responded to a report of a vehicle on Genesee Road, near New Oregon Road, striking a utility pole, which caused the pole to split in half. The overhead wired were hanging about a foot over the roof of the car, police said.

According to deputies, the driver and the four children in the vehicle did not report any injuries.

The fire department assisted with closing Genesee Road from New Oregon to Taylor Road, until the vehicle could be towed from the scene.

• On Friday, Feb. 22, Deputies Neil Held and Ken Achtyl assisted the Erie County Probation Department Officers at a residence on New Oregon Road, in North Collins.

Deputies removed firearms from the residence, at the request of the Erie County Probation Department, as the subject was in violation of his probation.

The subject’s name was with held, since the investigation is continuing.

• On Sunday, Feb. 24, Deputies Gary Mosier and Tony Yavicoli charged Jennifer Springer, 23, of the Village of North Collins with fourth-degree grand larceny, petit larceny and criminal possession of a weapon.

She was arraigned in front of North Collins Justice Ward Weiser and was taken to the Erie County Holding Center in lieu of $250 bail.

Customer robs man while at Chuck E. Cheese

At 5:23 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 23, Town of Hamburg Police Officer Jonathan Wright responded to a disturbance call in the parking lot of Chuck E. Cheese on Milestrip Road.

While en route, Wright was told the two individuals who were involved were now running north on McKinley Parkway and then east into the Bethford neighborhood.

According to police, Wright located one white male running through the back yard of a house on Ashley Court. When stopped, the suspect, Vincent Fortunato, 35, of West Seneca, said he was being chased by another male and he did not know why.

At that time the second male arrived at the scene, identified himself to police and said he had discovered his car keys had been taken from his coat while he was inside the restaurant. He then told police he went to his car and saw Fortunato in the front passenger side of the car with his keys and sunglasses in Fortunato’s possession, police said.

According to the victim, he tried to stop Fortunato, who then allegedly pushed the victim and threw mud in his face.

During the ensuing foot chase, the victim claims he observed Fortunato throw away his medication and two bottles of cologne.

According to police, Fortunato said he did enter the victim’s vehicle, believing it belonged to a relative but denied taking any property from the vehicle. But he was unable to explain why he was being chased or how the victim’s property was located in the Bethford neighborhood.

When Wright asked Fortunato why he had been in the parking lot, he claimed he was at the restaurant with his 6-year-old son and had left to smoke a cigarette. Fortunato admitted that he had left the young child at the restaurant, alone.

Upon returning to the restaurant, the child was retrieved, the mother called, who arrived to take custody and Fortunato was taken to the Hamburg Police Station.

He was charged with felony third-degree robbery, second-degree harassment, petit larceny and acting in a manner injurious to a child.

Child Protective Services was also called.

Village home struck by vehicle, DWI charges filed

At 2 a.m on Thursday, Feb. 21, Village of Hamburg Police Lt. Richard Schara and Officer Anthony Caber responded to a call of an accident on Parkside Avenue.

According to police, a vehicle operated by Yvette Reynolds, 38, of the Village of Hamburg, left the roadway, crossed through the front yard then hit the concrete patio of a home and then hit a vehicle parked in the driveway.

Reynolds was asked to perform some field sobriety tests and she refused to submit to an alcohol screening test at the scene, police said.

She was charged with driving while intoxicated, operating a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol content above .08 percent, refusal to take breath test, failure to keep right, unreasonable speed and unsafe tires.

Reynolds was released on summons, to appear in court on Feb. 27.

Angola home burglarized

Town of Evans Detectives are investigating the theft of $600 from an Angola residence sometime between 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 19 and 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 20.

Woman charged in American Express scam

Town of Hamburg Police have charged Savonne S. King, 18, of Dobbs Ferry, NY with felony second-degree possession of a forged instrument and petit larceny, following an earlier arrest by the Lancaster Police.

According to police, King and another suspect were caught in possession of 75 forged American Express Travelers checks and a large quantity of merchandise on Wednesday, Feb. 20.

The suspects had a list targeting certain stores where they would purchase items with the forged checks.

On that list was Hamburg’s TJ Maxx and Lowes and in their possession was a receipt from TJ Maxx in Hamburg for $434.98 purchase.

Detective Timothy Crawford contacted TJ Maxx and was informed there were five AMEX travelers checks in their register.

American Express did verify these checks were never sold by them and the signatures matched King’s signature when she was booked in Lancaster.

The investigation is continuing, police said.

Shoplifter charged

Village of Hamburg Police have charged Craig Conklin, 47, of the Town of Hamburg with petit larceny and trespass, after he was apprehended at 6:10 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 23 trying to leave Tops on South Park Avenue without paying for four 30-packs of beer.

According to police, when confronted by the manager, Conklin took off running and ran into Walgreens, where he was apprehended by Lt. Kevin Haberman.

Conklin was arraigned by Hamburg Justice Andrew Flemming and was sent to the Erie County Holding Center in lieu of $200 and for an outstanding warrant from West Seneca Police.

Teen charged for theft of auto accessories

At 2:27 a.m. on Sunday, Feb. 24, Town of Hamburg Police Officers James Lichon, John Miller and Lt. Todd Ehret responded to a call of an attempted larceny from a vehicle on Windsor Terrace.

Ehret and Miller located two youths walking on Durham Road and Exeter Terrace and one of the teens, an 18-year-old male from that neighborhood admitted he had taken items from a vehicle on Morgan Parkway.

The other teen did not have any of the stolen property and said she had tried to talk him out of taking the items.

The male teen was charged with fifth-degree criminal possession of stolen property, petit larceny and attempted petit larceny. The stolen items, a satellite radio and a large silver flashlight were returned to the property owner.

Brant monthly report

During the month of January, the Town of Brant Police handled 1,490 complaints.

This included 10 accident calls (one injury), two criminal complaints, 36 non-criminal complaints, nine misdemeanor arrests and three violation arrests.

There were five first aid, one fire alarm, 17 assists to other agencies, 592 property checks, 24 money escorts, 69 assists to motorists, one assist to the code enforcement officer, one funeral escort, 14 details/community policing and four court bailiff

Police officers issued 367 traffic and vehicle violations, one parking ticket and patrolled a total of 5187 miles.

Evans monthly report

During the Jan. 16 Town of Evans Board meeting, Evans Police Officer William Sills was promoted to lieutenant and Kenneth Kloss and Jeffrey DeVinney were appointed as full-time police officers.

During the month the Town of Evans Police Dispatchers took care of 2,247 complaints.

This included 75 accident calls, 122 ambulance calls, three assaults, nine criminal mischief, one domestic incident, three drug, nine loud music, 20 fire and nine false alarms, 24 harassment and 22 larcenies.

There were 105 animal complaints, five neighbor disputes, eight trespasses, two missing persons, 152 premise checks, 28 assists to motorists, 299 community policing and 16 welfare checks.

Thirteen prisoners were held in the Town of Evans lockup.

There were 100 police reports filed and 21 accidents were reported to the state.

Police officers issued 139 traffic violations, which included 41 for speeding, five were driving while intoxicated related, 16 were license/permit violations, eight red lights, 10 for required motor vehicle equipment, two fro vehicle registration violations, three stop sign, one was a seatbelt violation and there were 53 others.

From the Detective Bureau, there were 40 people charged, mostly for violations of the state’s penal law, alcohol beverage control law and vehicle and traffic laws. Two people were charged with DWI.

The Dog Control Officer issued one appearance ticket.

Town of Hamburg monthly report 

During the month of January the Town of Hamburg Police Dispatchers took care of 2,659 complaints.

This included 157 accident calls, 220 ambulance calls, 122 alarms, nine assaults, 18 criminal mischief, 51 domestic incidents, 11 drug, nine loud music, 28 fire, 19 harassment and 84 larcenies.

There were 68 animal complaints, eight neighbor disputes, 10 trespasses, four missing persons, 101 welfare checks, five community policing and 13 lockouts.

Thirty-nine prisoners were held in the Town of Hamburg lockup.

There were 105 accidents reported to the state and 251 police reports were filed.

Police officers issued 674 traffic violations, which included 190 for speeding, 11 were driving while intoxicated related, 40 were license/permit violations, 16 were vehicle registration violation, 26 red lights, 143 no inspection, 147 required motor vehicle equipment, seven stop sign, five cell phone use, eight were seatbelt violations and 118 snow ordinance violations were issued.

Village of N.C. report

During the month of January, Village of North Collins Police were on duty for 171 hours and responded to 65 calls.

This included one fight, one loud music complaint, one suspicious incident complaint, seven alarms and two attempts to serve warrants.

There six assists to other police agencies, which included assists for driving while intoxicated arrests, domestics and the report of a shooting; three funeral details, four court details and two EMS assists to the North Collins Emergency Squad.

The North Collins Police Department issued 30 traffic tickets, which included 17 tickets for speeding, 12 of which were in the village, six were in the Town of North Collins and Langford; seven tickets were issued for cell phone use, four tickets were issued for expired inspections and one was issued for failure to produce a driver’s license.

The winter parking ban was enforced with a total of two parking tickets.

Regular property checks were conducted of schools, businesses, public property and vacant properties.
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