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Police Log May 17, 2012

‘Click it or Ticket’ May 21 through June 3

Town of Hamburg Police will be participating in the annual New York State “Click it or Ticket” campaign, which runs from May 21 through June 3.

Police will be doing additional seat belt checks during this period.

New York was the first state in the United States to have a seat belt law, which went into effect in 1984.

The law states: all front seat occupants must be restrained, all rear seat passengers under 16 must be restrained, all children under the age of four must be restrained in a federally approved child safety seat (car seat) and all children ages four, five, six or seven must ride in a federally approved restraint system (booster seat).

Children should ride rear facing until they are at least one year old and at least 20 pounds. Children who reach 20 pounds before one year of age should ride rear facing in a convertible seat, as long as the top of the child’s head is at least one inch below the top shell of the car seat. Never place a rear-facing child safety seat in the front seat of a vehicle equipped with passenger air bags.

A child under the age of four who weighs more than 40 pounds may be restrained in a booster seat with a lap and shoulder belt. The child and safety restraint system must meet the height and weight recommendations of the restraint manufacturer.

A child more than 4-feet-9-inches tall, or more than 100 pounds is allowed to use a seat belt that has both a lap belt and a shoulder harness. To use the seat belt, the child must be able to sit straight against the vehicle’s back seat with his or her knees bent comfortably over the edge of the seat.

The lap belt should be placed low and tight across the upper thighs; the shoulder belt should rest tightly but comfortably across the child’s chest and shoulder (collar bone) without touching the throat. If the seat belt does not fit properly, the child should use a booster seat with a lap and shoulder belt. Children should stay in the back seat until at least 12 years old, police said.

Man wanted for taking daughter found in Hamburg

On Sunday, May 13, Town of Hamburg Police were given an attempt to locate a Dennis Skinner, 49 and Theresa Anderson, 45, both from Texas, by the Middlesex Town Police Department in Butler County, Pa. for allegedly abducting Skinner’s 4-year-old daughter from the child’s mother in Valencia, Pa.

At about 10 p.m., the vehicle Skinner was last known to be operating was found at the parking lot of the Red Roof Inn on Commerce Place, in Hamburg.

With the cooperation of the hotel staff, police were able to confirm that Skinner was at the hotel.

Town of Hamburg Lt. James Koch and Officers John Bluman and Howard Widman went to the room and placed Skinner and Anderson under arrest. The little girl was also found in the room.

Skinner and Anderson were charged with felony custodial interference, felony criminal conspiracy and misdemeanor simple assault. Anderson was also charged with felony concealment of the whereabouts of a child.

Both suspects were transported to the Erie County Holding Center pending an extradition hearing, which took place on Monday, May 14.

Child Protection Services took custody of the child until the family arrived from Valencia.

Two DWI arrests in the Village of Hamburg

Village of Hamburg Police Officers made two driving while intoxicated arrests in the village in on May 14.

• At 2:55 a.m. on Monday, May 14, Officer Anthony Caber observed a vehicle that had stopped on Lake Street by Norwood Avenue.

According to police, the vehicle operator revved the engine, squealed the tires, jumped the curb onto the sidewalk and then drove down the sidewalk for a distance.

The vehicle finally stopped for Caber on Church Street. The operator and sole occupant of the vehicle, Heather Zeman, 32, of East Eden, insisted she was not driving the vehicle and became verbally abusive and combative with the officer, police said.

Zeman, who refused to take any field sobriety tests or cooperate with police in any way, was charged with DWI, reckless driving, obstructing governmental administration, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct, refusal to take a breath test, two counts of failure to keep right and several other vehicle and traffic violations.

She was released to a friend and is scheduled to appear in Hamburg Village Court on Wednesday, May 30.

• At 10:30 p.m. on Monday, May 14, Officer Eric Krycia stopped a vehicle on Lake Street which was being operated in an erratic manner.

The vehicle operator, Marina Boutakoff, 50, of Cazenovia, was charged with felony DWI (previous DWI conviction in 2010), aggravated DWI (blood alcohol content over .18 percent), failure to keep right and an equipment violation.

Boutakoff was released on $550 bail to return to court on Wednesday, May 30.

Check point arrest

At 11:21 a.m. on Wednesday, May 9, Town of Evans Police Officer Ralph Maslach was conducting a road check on Versailles Plank Road.

A vehicle operated by Donald J. Chlebowski, 29, of Blasdell, was pulled into the check point and according to police, Maslach could smell an alcoholic beverage coming from the suspect.

While Chlebowski was reaching for his operator’s license, Maslach observed a marijuana pipe in plain view.

According to police, Chlebowski was asked to exit the vehicle and allegedly admitted to consuming a couple of beers and smoking some marijuana.

He then allegedly granted Maslach permission to search the vehicle and an open half full can of beer was found, along with an unlabeled pill bottle with one and a half pills in it.

Chlebowski was charged with drinking alcohol in a motor vehicle on a highway, seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, operation of a motor vehicle by an unlicensed driver and controlled substance in a non-original container.

He was released on appearance tickets to appear in Evans Justice Court on June 4.

Drugs and driving arrest

At 10:28 p.m. on Thursday, May 10, Town of Eden Police Officer Nicholas Blasz observed a vehicle that was being driven in an erratic manner.

While speaking to the vehicle operator, William R. Pratt, 22, of Orchard Park, Blasz noticed a strong odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle.

Pratt was charged with driving while intoxicated, driving while ability impaired by drugs and failure to keep right. He was released on appearance tickets.

Two passengers in the vehicle admitted to owning several plastic bags of suspected marijuana which was found in the vehicle.

Rebecca Boaz, 22, of Hamburg and Kristen Giles, 22, of Holland, were charged with seventh-degree criminal possession of marijuana.

Sheriff’s Office report

The Erie County Sheriff’s Office responded to 168 calls between May 7 and May 14.

• On Monday, May 7 the owner of Hamburg Camp Auto Sales contacted the Sheriff’s Office and reported to Deputy Joel Schenfield that unknown persons had cut the catalytic converters off four vehicles for sale on his lot. Damage was estimated to be $2,500.

• On Thursday, May 10, Deputies Todd Jones and Chris Soluri responded to a complaint that a Jeep vehicle had been located in a hay field off Jennings Road in North Collins, damaging the hay.

While the vehicle was being towed, several of the occupants returned to claim the vehicle.

Barry Brillhart, 24, and Dalton Witczak, 20, both of North Collins were charged with criminal mischief and unlawful possession of marijuana.

William Hasties, 19, of Angola and two 17-year-old males were charged with trespass.

• Following a traffic stop on Friday, May 11, Deputy John Szczepanski charged Grant A. Fiegl, 22, of Hamburg, with aggravated driving while intoxicated on Route 400 in Elma. A blood alcohol content test revealed him to have a .18 percent BAC, more than double the legal limit.

• On Saturday, May 12, Deputies Jason Breinlinger and Neil Held responded to a report of a single vehicle that had struck a telephone pole, shearing the pole in half on Langford Road in North Collins.

Jason Scanlon, 33, of Lackawanna was charged with six counts of seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, two-counts criminally possession of a hypodermic needle, aggravated unlicensed operation (driving with a suspended license) and numerous other infractions of the vehicle and traffic law.

There was also an active warrant for him from the Village of Blasdell Police and Scanlon was turned over to them.

Quick change scam

Town of Hamburg Police report that at 5:15 p.m. on Sunday, May 13, a local gas station on Lakeshore Road reported they were the victims of a quick change scam.

According to police, the suspect gave the cashier $50 and asked for change. He then continued to seek more change while she had the register open and kept talking to her, changing what he wanted.

After he left, the cashier checked the drawer and discovered it was $160 short.

The suspect was described as an older, heavy black male with short cropped black hair and at the time was wearing a plaid button-up shirt and blue jeans. Anyone with information is asked to call the tipline at 648-5118 ext. 2847.

Contempt of court

At 5:30 p.m. on Friday, May 11, Town of Eden Police Lt. John McCarthy responded to a call that a man parked outside a local church was in violation of a keep away order.

According to police, Daniel G. Haney, 53, of North Collins told McCarthy he didn’t care about the order of protection and he was then taken into custody.

Haney was charged with failure to obey a mandate of the court. He was brought before the North Collins Justice Court and was released on his own recognizance.

Trespass and harassment

At 8:18 p.m. on Thursday, May 10, Town of Evans Police Officers Gregory Szarowicz and Joseph LaRosa observed Andrew L. Hessel, 30, of Evans allegedly trying to force open the front door of a Town Line Road residence.

A computer check revealed there was a warrant for arrest for Hessel from the City of Buffalo.

He was taken into custody and the homeowner said it was believed Hessel had stolen two televisions from the house in the past month.

It was also stated that Hessel was harassing the home owner, calling the person throughout the night.

According to police, Hessel was uncooperative and belligerent with patrol, spitting inside the patrol car, repeatedly kicking the side window bars, causing the top of the rear door to buckle away from the body of the car and banging his head repeatedly on the cage and side window bars.

As the offender was transported to the station, he allegedly continued to kick, bang his head and spit in the back seat of the patrol car.

A transport hood was placed on Hessel upon arrival at the station. Police said he continued to be uncooperative and abusive with patrol at the station and allegedly continued to spit at the officers.

While Hessel was handcuffed to the bench at the booking room awaiting transport to meet the Buffalo Police on their warrant, he allegedly kicked the door of the prisoner property cabinet, causing the door hinges to become detached from the cabinet.

Hessel was charged with second-degree attempted criminal trespass, second-degree aggravated harassment, fourth-degree criminal mischief with intent to damage property, reckless endangerment property and trespass.

Vehicle fire

At 2:52 p.m. On Wednesday, May 9, Town of Evans Police and Highland Hose and North Evans fire departments responded to a vehicle fire on Gates Drive. Only minimal damage was reported to the paint on the vehicle and possibly the hydraulic lines.

Eden monthly report

During the month of April, the Town of Eden Police handled 451 complaints.

This included three property damage accident calls, 15 total arrests, which includes two for driving while intoxicated arrests and 19 criminal investigations.

Police officers issued 136 summons, which included 69 for speeding, 10 were inspection/registration violations, 10 equipment violations, three miscellaneous suspensions and eight cell phone violations.

For community policing there were 32 first aid, eight alarms, three assists to other departments, 237 premises checked, three welfare checks, one school related and one lockout.

The Eden Reserve Police Officers logged in 66 hours.

Town of Hamburg report

During the month the Town of Hamburg Police Dispatchers took care of 2,458 complaints.

This included 108 accident calls, 240 ambulance calls, 100 alarms, 14 assaults, 26 criminal mischief, 43 domestic incidents, 17 drug, six loud music, 25 fire, 30 harassment and 97 larcenies.

There were 69 animal complaints, 10 neighbor disputes, three sex crimes/offenses were reported, seven trespasses, three missing persons, 91 welfare checks, seven community policing and eight lockouts.

Forty prisoners were held in the Town of Hamburg lockup.

There were 79 accidents reported to the state.

Police officers issued 648 traffic violations, which included 195 for speeding, 20 were driving while intoxicated related, 55 were license/permit violations, 10 were vehicle registration violation, 50 red lights, 26 no inspections, 147 required motor vehicle equipment, seven stop sign and 18 were seat belt violations.

Village of NC reports

During the month of April, Village of North Collins Police responded to 42 calls.

This included one motor vehicle accident, three reports of a suspicious vehicle, one fight, two erratic vehicle operation reports, one domestic and three parking complaints.

There were 17 traffic tickets, with 13 of them for speeding, two for cell phone use, one for seat belt and one for passing on the right.

There were four funeral details, four court details, two assists to the North Collins Emergency Squad, two assists to other police agencies and two community service details: a presentation to North Collins Senior Citizen organization and a joint program with the Federal Drug Enforcement Agency to collect unused/old/expired medications.

A total of 136 pounds of expired and unused medications, as well as three boxes of old needles meant to be used for diabetic and allergic reaction injections were collected. All drugs and needles were submitted to the DEA for disposal.

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


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