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Police Blotter Sept. 13, 2012 for the towns of Hamburg, Evans, Brant and the Village of North Collins

Brant man arrested on weapons charges

A Brant resident was arrested on weapon charges following a traffic stop on Thursday, Sept. 6.

According to authorities, Erie County Sheriff Deputy Jonathan Hann stopped a motorcycle being operated by Richard C. Scinta near Milestrip and Versailles Plank roads in Brant at about 2 a.m.

Scinta, was found to be in possession of a loaded handgun and was charged with criminal possession of a weapon/firearm.

He was also charged with unlawful possession of marijuana, aggravated unlicensed operation of a motorcycle, operation of a motor vehicle without insurance, operation of an unregistered motorcycle, motorcycle helmet violation, no horn and insufficient lights on his motorcycle.

Scinta also had an outstanding warrant out of Gowanda for petit larceny.

He was taken into custody and transported to the Erie County Holding Center, pending arraignment on the charges.

Burglary in Hamburg

While on patrol at 1:19 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 5, Town of Hamburg Police Officer James Lichon observed the front door of a business on St. Francis Drive had been smashed in.

According to police, an undetermined amount of items was taken, along with damage done to the front door and the inside storage cabinets.

The investigation is continuing and anyone with any information on this and other burglaries which have occurred in the area are asked to call the Town of Hamburg Police at 648-5118 ext. 2614 or the anonymous tipline at 648-5118 ext. 2847.

Evans teen arrested for robbery and harassment

At approximately 7:47 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 7, Town of Evans Police responded to a report that a young teen had been robbed by a 17-year-old Evans youth.

According to police, the victim were allegedly approached by a dark-skinned male with brass knuckles, who then threw him to the ground and demanded money while threatening to hit him with the brass knuckles.

The suspect took the victim’s book bag, fled the scene and got into a small blue vehicle.

A tip was later received about the incident and police have charged Gabriel M. Kollatz, 17, with felony robbery/forcible theft with a deadly weapon, second-degree menacing with a weapon, second-degree harassment, fifth-degree criminal possession of stolen property and petit larceny.

Kollatz appeared before Evans Justice Timothy Cooper and was remanded to the Erie County Holding Center in lieu of $3,000 bail.

The owner of the blue vehicle, a 17-year-old Evans resident, was charged with fourth-degree criminal facilitation.

E.C. Sheriff’s report

The Erie County Sheriff’s Office Deputies from the North Collins substation listed the following activity for the week of Sept. 3 through Sept. 10.

• On Monday, Sept. 3. Deputy Jeff Ely stopped a vehicle on Route 219 in the Town of Boston for a traffic violation.

A DMV check showed the operator, David Calkins, 29, of Cheektowaga to have a suspended driver’s license. Calkins was charged with third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle.

• On Tuesday, Sept. 4, Deputy Ken Achytl responded to an early morning house fire on Brant Angola Road in the Town of Brant.

According to police, members of the Brant Fire Department were on the scene and extinguished the fire on the outside rear wall of the house.

Detectives Shaun Hediger and Steven Meerboth the Sheriff’s Office Fire Investigation Unit determined the fire started in a wood pile at the rear of the home and spread to the house. The fire was ruled as undetermined and the probable cause was related to careless smoking, police said.

• On Wednesday, Sept. 5. Deputies Jeff Hicks and Joel Schenfield responded to a single car accident on Route 438 in the Town of Brant.

According to police, the vehicle had crashed into a culvert and ended up on the front yard of a home.

The driver of the vehicle, Christopher Denea, 25, of Collins, refused medical attention and refused to take a breath test.

Denea was charged with driving while intoxicated, obstructing governmental administration and failure to maintain a lane of traffic.

• On Saturday, Sept. 8, Deputies Gary Mosier and Brendan Connolly stopped a vehicle on Main Street in the Village of North Collins and charged the driver, Carmen Williams,24, of Versailles with aggravated driving while intoxicated, driving a motor vehicle with a suspended registration and operating without insurance.

Williams was arraigned by North Collins Justice John Stevens who set bail at $500.

Car stolen in Hamburg, two from Buffalo found

It was a busy 24 hours for the Town of Hamburg Police as one vehicle was reported and then two others stolen from the City of Buffalo were recovered.

According to police, they received a call around midnight on Saturday, Sept. 8 that a 2010 Ford F150 black pickup truck had been stolen from the driveway of a Highview Parkway home during the night.

Later Saturday afternoon, police returned to the Highview Parkway after a call about a suspicious vehicle was received.

According to residents, a 2011 Ford Focus had been parked on the street all day and nobody recognized it.

City of Buffalo Police reported that the vehicle had been reported stolen and the owner was notified.

Hamburg Detectives are continuing their investigation.

At 2:27 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 9, Police Officer Robert Paas conducting stationary radar on Route 5 in Woodlawn when he observed a vehicle traveling at 59 mph in a 40 mph zone.

When Paas turned the patrol vehicle around to pursue the vehicle, it turned onto Lake Avenue and failed to stop when Paas activated the overhead lights.

According to police, the vehicle began to slow down and pull over to the shoulder when the operator abruptly applied the parking brake, causing the vehicle to skid to a stop.

At that point the operator and front passenger opened the vehicle’s front doors and fled on foot across the yards on Lake Avenue.

Paas called in for back up and pursued the passenger, Shavon Royal, 17, of Lackawanna running through the yards and jumping over several backyard fences.

Royal jumped the fence behind the Woodlawn Fire Company baseball diamond/old Woodlawn Elementary School and attempted to conceal himself in an area of thick brush along the fence line, police said.

Paas observed Royal in the brush, who then jumped back up and took off running, though Paas ordered him several times to stop.

Paas did catch up to Royal and did tackle him to the ground. Royal allegedly continued to actively resist the officer until he was subdued.

A perimeter had been set up by the other responding officers and the vehicle operator, Anwar Jackson, 21, of Buffalo, was taken into custody.

It was determined the vehicle had been stolen from the City of Buffalo sometime between 12:45 and 1:45 p.m. that day.

Jackson was charged with felony fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property (except a motorcycle), unauthorized use of a vehicle without owner consent, operation of a motor vehicle by an unlicensed driver, speeding and illegal signal.

Jackson, who had an outstanding warrant from Town of Cheektowaga, was arraigned before Hamburg Justice Gerald Gorman who set bail at $2,500.

Royal was charged with felony fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property (except a motorcycle), resisting arrest, third-degree unauthorized use of a vehicle without owners consent and unlawful possession of marijuana.

Royal was arraigned before Gorman and released on his own recognizance to appear in Town of Hamburg Court on Sept. 14.

Stolen vehicle leads to recovery of stolen golf cart

At 4:30 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 7, Town of Evans Police responded to a call involving a stolen vehicle from the Town of Evans.

According to police, while waiting for a tow company to arrive, a 16-year-old male suspect from Cherry Creek told the officers he would lead them to where a stolen bicycle and a stolen golf cart were located.

A bicycle, identified as coming from Silver Creek and a golf cart from a business on the Cattaraugus Indian Reservation were recovered.

That teen, along with a 16-year-old male from Silver Creek and a 17-year-old male from Silver Creek were charged with felony fourth-degree grand larceny, auto over $100 and unauthorized use of a vehicle without owner consent.

Marijuana arrest

At 8:27 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 7, while Town of Hamburg Police Officer William Stowell was on bike patrol on Loran Avenue he observed a suspicious vehicle parked at the end of the street.

Officer David Jasinski responded to assist and further investigation revealed that the vehicle operator, Katie L. Suarez, 22, of Hamburg, allegedly was smoking suspected marijuana and there was a small plastic sandwich bag containing suspected marijuana in her possession.

Suarez was charged with unlawful possession of marijuana.

Driving while impaired

At 11:45 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 6, Town of Evans Police Officer John Geary observed a vehicle operating in an erratic manner headed west on Route 5.

After stopping the vehicle, Geary noticed an odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from the driver, who failed several field sobriety tests.

A cooler with open beer cans was also found inside the vehicle.

The 78-year-old male Angola resident was charged with driving while ability impaired by alcohol, drinking alcohol in a motor vehicle on the highway and failure to keep right.

Eden monthly report

During the month of August the Town of Eden Police handled 521 complaints.

This included two accident calls (one injury and one property damage), 26 total arrests, which includes four driving while intoxicated arrests and 19 criminal investigations.

Police officers issued 150 summons, which included 69 for speeding, 23 equipment violations, 11 were inspection/registration violations, four miscellaneous suspensions and four cell phone violations.

For community policing there were 38 first aid, four alarms, 14 assists to other departments, 103 premises checked, eight welfare checks, two school related and 10 lockouts.

The Eden Reserve Police Officers logged in 485 hours.

Village of North Collins monthly reports

During the month of August, Village of North Collins Police were on duty for 250 hours and responded to 87 calls.

This included one stabbing, one burglary, three unlawful possession of marijuana, one driving under the influence of drugs, one motor vehicle accident, one fire, one reckless operation complaint, one driving with a suspended license, one fight, one report of a suspicious person, three reports of suspicious vehicles, one child endangerment complaint, three disturbances, two neighbor disputes, one loud music complaint, one welfare check, two property checks with open doors, three alarms, four EMS assists to the North Collins Emergency Squad, five assists to other police agencies with one of these assists being to the Erie County Sheriff Department for the report of a man with a gun, one assist to the code enforcement officer, two funeral details and four court details.

Officers issued 70 traffic violations which included 42 tickets for speeding (23 were in the Village of North Collins), one third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation, one for unlicensed operation, seven for cell phone use, one ticket for texting, two tickets for expired registration, one for driving while impaired by drugs, three for failure to drive in lane, three for unsafe tires, one seatbelt, one loud exhaust and one for a fractured windshield.

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


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