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Police Log Feb. 16, 2012

Stolen vehicle smashed

At 3:43 a.m. on Sunday, Feb. 12, Town of Evans Police Officer Gregory Szarowicz responded to an auto accident where a vehicle had rolled over on Erie Road at Sturgeon Point Road.

Upon arriving at the scene, Szarowicz found the driver, Nathaniel R. Kazmierczak, 20, of Hamburg standing near the vehicle.

According to police, Kazmierczak was observed to have glassy eyes, impaired speech and coordination, as well as an odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from him.

Given the severity of the accident, Szarowicz requested EMS to the scene to evaluate Kazmierczak, although he said he had no complaints or injuries, police said.

Police then administered several filed sobriety tests, which he failed and Kazmierczak was charged with driving while intoxicated, failure to use designated lane and moving from lane unsafely.

Later that day, the owner of the vehicle appeared at the Town of Hamburg Police Department to report that she had been staying at a family member’s house on Saturday, Feb. 11, when she fell asleep at about 10 p.m.

When she woke up at 8 a.m., she was told that her cousin, Kazmierczak, had taken her car without her consent and had been in an accident.

She filed charges with the Town of Hamburg Police who have issued a warrant for Kazmierczak on third-degree unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.

Mother and son charged in phony burglary case

At 12:36 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 10, Erie County Sheriff’s Deputies James Flowers and Tony Yavicoli responded to a residence on Route 438 on the Cattaraugus Indian Reservation for a reported burglary of the residence, where many items were supposedly taken while the residents were both out of the house for an hour.

Upon arrival and after further investigation, it was found that the whole story of the robbery had been made up by the homeowner Donna M. Delousia, 51 and her son, Jordan A. O’Connell, 28.

According to police, O’Connell had taken some of his mother’s prescription medication and threw them out in the toilet, so the scheme was made up to assist them in replacing the mother’s medication. In additions, no items had been removed from the house.

O’Connell allegedly came up with the plan and his mother agreed, giving a written false statement to the deputies, police said.

O’Connell was charged with third-degree falsely reporting an incident and fourth-degree criminal mischief. He was taken to the Erie County Holding Center, where he was held on $500 bail, pending arraignment at the Town of Brant Court.

Delousia was charged with third-degree falsely reporting an incidents and making a false written statement.

She was released at her residence on an appearance ticket, returnable to the Town of Brant Court at a later date.

Marijuana possession

At 1:45 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 11, Town of Hamburg Police Officer Dennis Horrigan responded to a welfare check of a woman who was reportedly intoxicated at Hamburg Walmart.

Horrigan had been told that a good Samaritan had helped the suspect change a tire in the parking lot and then the suspect vomited before going into the store, police said.

Horrigan found the suspect prior to her leaving the area and smelled a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage emanating from her, along with slurred speech and glassy, bloodshot eyes.

She did submit to an alcosensor, which revealed a .20 percent blood alcohol content.

According to police, she was told that she could not operate her vehicle and that she would be transported to the Evans Police Station, where they would get her a taxi to take her home.

While they were leaving the parking lot, Horrigan observed that the suspect’s vehicles windows were open and stopped to secure it.

Upon entering the vehicle, Horrigan observed a strong odor of marijuana inside the car.

The suspect, Stacy Salamone, 31, of the Town of Boston, admitted the marijuana was hers and it was in the center console.

The suspected marijuana was located and Salamone was charged with unlawful possession of marijuana and released on an appearance ticket to return to Town of Evans Court on Feb. 17.

DWI hit-and-run

At 6:27 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 10, Town of Evans Police Officers Joseph LaRosa, Patrick Atler, Gregory Szarowicz and Jeffrey Mayer responded to a four car personal injury automobile accident.

According to police, upon arriving at the scene, LaRosa observed three vehicles with heavy damage and multiple people injured.

A witness approached the officers and told them a white Chevy truck with heavy front end damage fled the scene west on Route 20, police said.

At that time LaRosa and Mayer began to look for the truck and an attempt to locate was issued to area police officers. About 30 minutes later, dispatch sent them the address of a suspect who was injured in a car crash.

When the two officers arrived at the location, they were met by Arthur J. Petch, 63, of Evans, and observed a truck with heavy front end damage parked in the driveway.

According to police, Petch had very slurred, thick tongued speech, slow motor coordination and an odor of alcohol coming from his breath.

Petch was taken to into custody for driving while intoxicated and other charges and was transported to the Evans Police Station.

He refused to take field sobriety test or a breath chemical test.

Petch was charged with felony concealing/altering/destroying physical evidence, DWI, operator leaving the scene of a personal injury accident, reckless driving, following too close, failure to keep right, driving to the left of pavement markings and refusal to take a breath test.

Another driver involved in the accident, Matthew E. Ovitt, 22, of North Collins, was also charged with third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and operation of a motor vehicle by an unlicensed driver.

The accident investigation revealed that Petch struck the first vehicle in the rear, which then forced it to collide into another vehicle. Petch continued to drive through these two vehicles and struck the third vehicle, which was headed east, head on before driving off, police said.

Driving inside the ditch

While on patrol, at 3 a.m. on Sunday, Feb. 12, Town of Evans Police Lt. Michael Masullo observed a vehicle in a ditch at the corner of Backus and Erie roads.

According to police, the vehicle was being driven back and forth in the ditch at about 10 mph, kicking up mud and snow.

Masullo said he pulled up to the vehicle and was almost struck when the suspect vehicle went into reverse and he had to activate the emergency lights to get the suspect to stop his vehicle.

While speaking to the vehicle operator, Masullo noticed a strong odor of alcohol coming from his breath and he spoke with a very slurred speech, police said.

After failing several field sobriety tests, John M. Gresko, 29, of Evans was charged with aggravated DWI (blood alcohol content.18 percent or more), DWI, moving from lane unsafely and unsafe backing of a vehicle.

Pills possession

At 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 7, Town of Evans Police Officer Luke Fioretti stopped a vehicle on Herr Road for a traffic violation.

According to police, inside the vehicle were several beer cans and some of them were open. There was also a marijuana pipe in plain view, police said.

The vehicle operator, Steven B. Fisher, 41, of Blasdell, admitted he was in possession of 17 hydrocodone pills.

Fisher was charged with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, drinking alcohol in a motor vehicle on a highway and no right side mirror on a omni bus.

Town of Evans report

During the month of January the Town of Evans Police Dispatchers took care of 2,474 complaints.

This included 73 accident calls, 133 ambulance calls, three assaults, seven criminal mischief, six domestic incidents, 10 drugs, three loud music, 21 fire and eight false alarms, 14 harassment and 18 larcenies.

There were 78 animal complaints, four neighbor disputes, seven trespasses, 16 welfare checks, 242 premise checks, 179 community policing and 30 assists to motorists.

Twenty-seven prisoners were held in the Town of Evans lockup.

There were 122 police reports filed and 27 accidents were reported to the state.

Police officers issued 197 traffic violations, which included 47 for speeding, eight were driving while intoxicated related, 34 were license/permit violations, nine seatbelt violations, eight red lights, 16 required motor vehicle equipment, six vehicle registration violations and 62 other.

From the Detective Bureau, there were 63 people charged, mostly for violations of the state’s penal law, alcohol beverage control law and vehicle and traffic laws. Four people were charged with DWI.

The Dog Control Officer issued four appearance tickets.

Town of Hamburg report

During the month of January the Town of Hamburg Police Dispatchers took care of 2,467 complaints.

This included 141 accident calls, 204 ambulance calls, 120 alarms, six assaults, 24 criminal mischief, 41 domestic incidents, 10 drugs, three loud music, 25 fire, 29 harassment and 64 larcenies.

There were 58 animal complaints, eight neighbor disputes, eight trespasses, two missing persons, 127 welfare checks, two community policing and 10 lockouts.

Thirty prisoners were held in the Town of Hamburg lockup.

There were 99 accidents reported to the state. and 238 police reports were filed.

Police officers issued 662 traffic violations, which included 197 for speeding, 19 were driving while intoxicated related, 38 were license/permit violations and 15 were vehicle registration violation.

There were also 42 red lights violations, 156 required motor vehicle equipment violations, 75 no inspection, seven stop sign, five cell phone use and two were seatbelt violations.

Village of N. Collins report

During the month of January, Village of North Collins Police were on duty for 137 hours and responded to 51 calls.

This included two motor vehicle accidents, two violent domestics, six suspicious incidents, one criminal mischief complaint and one illegal trespassing complaint.

The Village of North Collins Police also responded with four assists to the Erie County Sheriff Department and other police departments, two assists to the North Collins Emergency Squad, one assist to a citizen request, one funeral detail and four court details.

Officers issued 15 traffic violations which included eight tickets for speeding, one registration violation, five for cell phone use and one for stop sign violation.

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

State Police Boston Barracks report

The New York State Troopers stationed in the Town of Boston report the following activity for the month of January.

Investigations/calls for service were 469, there were 38 felony arrests, 49 misdemeanor arrest, eight drug offense arrests, eight driving while intoxicated arrests and 19 motor vehicle accident investigations.

There were 903 total traffic violations issued, 56 seat belt tickets issued and 218 speeding tickets.
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