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Police Log Feb. 9, 2012

Burglary in the village

Sometime overnight on Tuesday, Jan. 31 and early Wednesday, Feb. 1, someone broke a window to get into a business in the Village of Hamburg.

According to Village of Hamburg Police, the suspect removed a key and took a truck belonging to the business.

The truck was found by the Buffalo Police Department with considerable front end damage after striking a concrete light support in the City of Buffalo.

The investigation into the incident is continuing, police said.

Two felony DWI arrests

Town of Hamburg Police report the following felony driving while intoxicated arrests.

At about 6 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 5, Town of Hamburg Police Officer Thomas Boyer responded to a call from the Orchard Park Police Department of a reckless operation complaint of a vehicle heading into Hamburg down Armor Duells Road.

While responding to that call, police were alerted the vehicle was seen westbound on Clark Street, had almost struck a guard rail on numerous occasions and had stopped dead in the road before restarting in traffic.

Boyer then observed the vehicle in question pass him and pull into a driveway on Clark Street.

While speaking to the vehicle operator, Kim B. Dash, 55, of Williamsville, Boyer noticed a strong odor of alcohol coming from her.

After failing several field sobriety tests, she was charged with DWI.

At the station, Dash refused to take the Breathalyzer and a computer check revealed she had two prior DWI convictions. She was then charged with felony DWI.

At 2:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 7, Town of Hamburg Police Officer Dennis Horrigan observed a vehicle on Abbott Road at Roseview that had a loud muffler, was weaving within the driving lane and the driver allegedly refused to dim the high beams.

Upon stopping the vehicle and approaching the vehicle, the lights were dimmed down, revealing the driver’s side light was out, police said.

When asked to produce documents, the driver was unable to do so and said his name was Christopher W. Deyoe with a date of birth being Nov. 18, 1984.

While speaking to Deyoe, Horrigan noticed a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from the vehicle and asked Deyoe to complete several field sobriety tests, which he failed.

After being placed under arrest, Horrigan did a standard pat down of the suspect, where a New York State identification was found on him with the name of Roman P. Deyoe, date of birth Jan. 11, 1978.

Further investigation showed that Deyoe’s license had been revoked and that he had previous DWI convictions.

Deyoe was charged with felony DWI, felony driving while ability impaired combined drugs/alcohol, felony first-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, false personation and five vehicle and traffic violations.

Accident linked to DWI

At around 4 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 2, Town of Evans Police Officer Joseph LaRosa responded to the scene of a personal injury auto accident at South Creek Road in Evans.

Upon arriving at the scene, LaRosa observed that both vehicles had heavy damage to the front and left front of the fenders and wheels.

Russell T. Mogavero, 54, of Evans, was unable to get out of his vehicle because the driver’s side door would not open due to the accident.

The door was cut open by members of the North Evans and Highland fire companies.

Once the door was removed, LaRosa spoke to Mogavero and noticed a very strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from him.

According to police, Mogavero refused to perform any standard field sobriety tests, the field breath screen or a chemical blood test.

Mogavero allegedly became uncooperative with the emergency medical services personnel and was subsequently handcuffed in the back of the Rural Metro Ambulance.

He was then transported to the Erie County Medical Center with a possible broken left leg.

Mogavero was charged with driving while intoxicated, failure to keep right, no seat belt, moving from lane unsafely and refusal to take breath test.

The driver and passenger of the second vehicle was transported to South Buffalo Mercy Hospital by the Highland EMS.

Felony DWI on Reservation

At 10:26 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 1, Erie County Sheriff’s Deputy Eric Szkatulski responded to a report of a white truck driving recklessly up and down Jimerson Lane on the Cattaraugus Indian Reservation and playing loud music.

The vehicle was found on Woodchuck Road and the vehicle operator, Harland R. Jimerson, 45, was charged with felony driving while intoxicated. Jimerson also refused to submit to a breath test.

Woman grabs over $2,000

At 3:44 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 20, a white female along with three white males entered the customer service counter of Walmart on Southwestern Boulevard in Hamburg, with a bottle of water and a Red Bull energy drink.

According to police, two of the men allegedly distracted two cashiers while the female and other male were speaking to the third cashier.

The female gave the cashier a $50 bill and then began to speak with a heavy accent.

She then allegedly reached into the drawer, took out a stack of large bills, shook the money while she was speaking and then returned it to the cash drawer.

The cashier gave the woman her change and all four left the store, police said.

At the end of the night the drawer was shore $2,056. Police are continuing their investigation into the incident.

Apartment robbed

On Thursday, Feb. 2, Town of Evans Police received a report that a woman accidently locked herself out of her apartment.

According to police, she asked assistance from a man living in a neighboring apartment, who was able to get her into the apartment by using her credit card.

The victim reported she secured the deadbolt on the door when she left and when she returned home, she found the door was kicked in.

Reported taken was money, a computer and other items.

Police are continuing their investigation into the incident.

Teen allegedly shot girl with BB gun on purpose

Town of Hamburg Police report they have charged Dino A. Bruscia, 18, of Blasdell, with felony second-degree assault with intent to cause physical injury with a weapon, second-degree harassment, second-degree menacing with a weapon and acting in a manner injurious to a child less than 17.

According to police, Bruscia allegedly purposely shot a 15-year-old girl in the leg with a BB gun. The BB allegedly punctured the skin and caused bleeding and pain.

Bruscia was arraigned before Hamburg Justice Walter Rooth on Feb. 5 and was sent to the Erie County Holding Center in lieu of $10,000 bail. Bruscia was scheduled to reappear in court on Feb. 9.

ATVs stolen in Evans

Sometime between 11 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 30 and 6:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 31, someone removed two ATVs at a Schuyler Drive residence.

According to police, one ATV is an off-road model with home-made foot runners and the second ATV is purple, gray, white and black camouflage in color.

Anyone with any information is asked to call the Evans Police Department at 546-3600 or the anonymous tip line at 217-3585.

Drug bust in apartment

At 2:05 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 2, members of the Hamburg Narcotics Unit, Detectives Timothy Johnston, Thomas Brown, Timothy Crawford, Captain Kevin Trask and Officers Nicholas Borowski, David Jasinski and Kevin Gleason executed a search warrant at a Lakeheights Drive apartment, due to suspected cocaine and marijuana sales being held at that location.

At the time of the warrant being executed, Guy T. Gray, 20, was the only occupant in the apartment.

Guy granted the police permission to search his vehicle and found in the trunk was over four ounces of marijuana, a box of plastic bags, a digital scale and $450.

Inside the apartment was found two cut straws with suspected narcotics residue in them and a metal pill crusher.

According to police, one straw tested positive for cocaine and the other had suspected Lortab residue inside.

Gray was charged with two counts of seventh degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, fourth-degree criminal possession of marijuana, weight more than two ounces, and second-degree criminal use of drug paraphernalia.

Semi and vehicle collision

At 4:19 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 1, Town of Evans Police Lt. Michael Masullo was called to investigate a personal injury auto accident on Southwestern Boulevard (Route 20).

According to police, upon arriving at the scene, Masullo observed one tractor-trailer parked on the north side of Route 20, facing west, the second vehicle was in the westbound lane on Route 20, facing east and had been seriously damaged and the second tractor-trailer was located half in the north ditch and half on the westbound lane on Route 20 with heavy front end damage.

Emergency medical personnel were able to extract the driver of the second vehicle from her car, who was conscious and complaining of rib pain.

Officers Ralph Maslach and Luke Fioretti were on the scene and interviewed both drivers and had them perform standardized field sobriety tests. It was ruled out that neither were driving while intoxicated or impaired by alcohol or drugs.

Further discussion with the drivers revealed that tractor-trailer operator Ricky C. McFarland, of Georgia, was driving west on Route 20 approaching Eden Evans Center Road. He allegedly looked over at another vehicle pulling out of the convenient-mart onto Route 20 and that when he looked straight ahead again, he realized there was a small black car and a tractor trailer in front of him.

McFarland allegedly “slammed” on his brakes and steered to the right but was unable to avoid the collision, slamming into the rear of car which caused it to ram into the back of the other tractor-trailer.

Captain Charles Danzi was also at the scene, and the Town of Hamburg Accident Investigation Unit and the New York State Police Truck Squad were called to assist in the accident investigation.

According to the New York State Police, McFarland’s driving privileges had been suspended in New York for failure to answer summonses in 1984.

McFarland was charged with third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and following too close.

He was arraigned before Evans Town Justice Timothy Cooper and remanded to the Erie County Holding Center in lieu of $2,500 bail.

Shoplifter caught with goods

At 5:07 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 2, Town of Hamburg Police responded to a larceny call at Macy’s store at the McKinley Mall.

Upon arriving at the scene they were told by the loss prevention officer that he observed Edward J. Weber, Jr., 28, of Evans, slip a bottle of cologne on his person and then exit the doors into the mall parking lot.

According to police, Weber was confronted by the loss prevention officer (who allegedly identified himself) and Weber then allegedly punched the man in the chest and attempted to leave.

At that time the employee, along with other loss prevention employees were able to subdue Weber and escort him to Macy’s security office, where the property was found in Weber’s possession.

Weber was charged with felony third-degree burglary, second-degree harassment and petit larceny.

He was arraigned before Hamburg Town Justice Gerald Gorman who released Weber without bail to return to court on Feb. 12.

Hanging out at vacant buildings bring charges

At 9:39 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 31, Town of Hamburg Police Officer Nicholas Borowski observed a vehicle parked in the rear of the vacant Walmart on Big Tree Road.

While speaking to the two occupants, Borowski noticed an odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle.

When asked if there was any in the car, the passenger, Matthew Ellman, 30, of Buffalo removed a small bag of alleged marijuana from his jacket pocket.

The driver, Kathy A. Schwarzmueller, 31, of Hamburg, said she did not know if there was any more drugs in the vehicle, but K-9 Endy found another bag of alleged marijuana in the glove compartment.

Schwarzmueller and Ellman were charged with unlawful possession of marijuana.

Eden monthly report

During the month of January the Town of Eden Police handled 420 complaints.

This included 20 accident calls (one injury and 14 property damage), 18 total arrests, which includes two for driving while intoxicated arrests and six criminal investigations.

Police officers issued 134 summons, which included 26 for speeding, 35 were inspection/registration violations 12 equipment violations, four miscellaneous suspensions and two cell phone violations.

For community policing there were 54 first aid, 16 alarms, 12 assists to other departments, 85 premises checked, seven welfare check, one funeral escort, five school related and 11 lockouts.

The Eden Reserve Police Officers logged in 276 hours.

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