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Police Log for the Week of June 20, 2013

Town of Hamburg Police holding blood drive

The Town of Hamburg Police Department will hold a blood drive in conjunction with Unyts, from 1 to 6 p.m. on Friday, June 21 inside of the Donate Life Express Bus, which will be parked at the Hamburg Town Hall, 6100 South Park Ave.

All presenting donors will be entered to win a Family 4 Pack of Buffalo Bisons tickets.

To schedule an appointment, call Unyts at 512-7940. Walk-ins are welcome and photo identification is required.

Gowanda man facing menacing charge

At just after 4 a.m. on Wednesday, June 12, Town of Hamburg Patrolman J.T. Miller responded to a call that a man on Route 5 at the Route 179 traffic circle with a knife threatened a motorist with the knife.

When officers arrived, they said Blasdell Officer Alan J. Ortiz was in the roadway with a taser pointed at the suspect, who was on the side of the road. Police said Ortiz directed the suspect, Daniel L. Huff, 30, of Gowanda to “drop the knife.”

Officer Miller then got out of the patrol car, drew his gun, told Huff he was an officer and also ordered him to drop the knife. Huff refused several times, and Officer Ortiz then shot him with the taser and he fell to the ground and onto his back.

Officer Ortiz told Miller he did not have another cartridge for his taser, so Miller pulled out his taser.

Huff was still waving the knife and Miller kicked the knife out of his hand and Ortiz approached Huff to handcuff him.

As Ortiz got closer, Huff kicked him in the knee and began trying to punch him. Miller yelled at Huff to stop resisting and when he did not, shot Huff in the stomach with the taser, and officers were then able to get Huff into custody.

Huff was then transported to Erie County Medical Center.

He was charged with second degree menacing, second degree assault with intent to cause physical injury to an officer, fourth degree criminal possession of a weapon with intent to use, fourth degree criminal mischief with intent to damage property, resisting arrest, second degree harassment for physical contact and menacing a police officer or peace officer.

Harassment charge against Angola man

A victim told police that while she was at a Main Street location at 4:42 p.m. on Friday, June 14, in the Village of Angola, Christopher J. Schneider, 24, of Brant asked to use the victim’s phone.

The victim told police that Schneider then began reading text messages from the telephone and called her derogatory names. The two then went outside and began to argue.

Police said the victim then asked Schneider why he went through her phone, and he told her because he “can.” Schneider then broke the phone into several pieces.

At that point, the victim began to walk away and told police Schneider grabbed her by the arms and told her, “I’ll get you a new phone.”

Schneider was charged with fourth degree criminal mischief with intent to damage property, second degree harassment for physical contact and disorderly conduct for using obscene language and gestures.

Drug-related offense in the Town of Hamburg

At 3:07 a.m. on Saturday, June 15, while Patrolmen Jonathan Wright and Nina Deming were traveling east on Route 5 east of First Street, they observed a woman waving at cars in what appeared to be an attempt to get a ride. They stopped and questioned her, who gave police a false name. Officers said she appeared overly nervous and was hesitant when answering simple questions. They advised her of possible consequences of providing a false name and she gave them the false name, Cheryl Connolly, again.

She gave permission for officers to look inside of her purse and they located a New York State interim driver’s license with the name Elizabeth M. Zimmerman. S

he then told police she legally changed her to Cheryl Connolly, but then later said she lied because she was nervous. A warrant check showed that she had an active warrant out of the City of Buffalo.

While searching Zimmerman, 54, of Hamburg, a glass pipe and two Loritabs were found inside of her purse.

She was charged with false impersonation, two counts of seventh degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, and controlled substance not in its original container.

Hamburg man facing harassment charge

While Town of Hamburg Officers Christopher Butera and Jonathan Monaco were investigating a welfare check on Salem Drive. While Patrol was on route to the residence, Lieutenant Robert Krone, who was on scene at the Salem Drive residence, said there was a disturbance.

According to a victim, while entering the Salem Drive residence, he was grabbed by the neck and punched in the face by Douglas T. Michalek, 44, who lived at that address.

Michalek was already in Krone’s custody when patrol arrived back at the residence.

While at the scene, officers did say they observed Michalek in a physical altercation with the victim. Police said Michalek had the victim in a choke hold as he was heading out of the front door. Officers then grabbed Michalek and took him down to the ground.

He was charged with second degree harassment for physical contact.

DWI arrests in the Town of Evans

The Town of Evans were involved in a pair of driving while intoxicated arrests this past week.

• At 2:14 a.m. on Saturday, June 15, Patrolmen Joseph LaRosa and Jeffrey Mayer observed a vehicle that was traveling west on Erie Road near Delameter Road drive to the right of the white fog line three times.

Police then stopped the driver, Jennifer L. Mascio, 44, of Evans. Police said she had glassy eyes, slurred speech and impaired motor skills.

Mascio admitted having two drinks.

Police said she failed several field sobriety tests and that she registered a .14 blood alcohol content on a breath screen test. Mascio was then taken into custody and transported to the station.

She was charged with felony driving while intoxicated for having a previous conviction within the last 10 years. Additionally she was charged with felony operating a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol content of .08 of 1 percent or more, moving from lane unsafely and failure to notify change of home.

• While Patrolman Gregory Szarowicz and Lieutenant Bradley DiMartino were on patrol at 5:32 a.m. on Saturday, June 15, they received a call of an erratic operation complaint on Route 5.

The vehicle was then spotted on Route 5 in the westbound lane in front of Chapel Park. Police observed the vehicle move into the passing lane two or three times without signalling before it made a right hand turn onto Delameter Road.

Police stopped the driver, Michael E. Holden, Jr., 28, of Silver Creek, who said he was coming from work and heading home.

He told police he had nothing to drink. Police observed an odor of alcoholic beverage, slurred speech and bloodshot eyes.

Holden then took and failed a pair of field sobriety tests. He was then asked to step away from the vehicle and yelled that he was a taxpayer. He then refused any additional field sobriety tests. Officers said he had poor balance when standing outside of the vehicle.

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

Evans PD responds to harassment call

At 8:23 p.m. on Sunday, June 16, a victim came to the Town of Evans Police Department to report that she has been receiving harassing telephone calls from Barry T. Moss, 51, of Evans.

She said between June 15 and 16, she received 25 telephone calls from Moss leaving obscene and threatening voice messages.

The victim did play several of the voice messages for officers to show them proof.

Patrol then went to Moss’ residence. When they approached them, police said Moss told them “Ya, I’ve called her probably 10 times.” Moss was then taken into custody by police and charged with second degree aggravated harassment.
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