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Police Log for the Week of June 27, 2013

Fatal accident leads to arrest in the Town of Brant

A 20-year-old Kenmore man is facing vehicular manslaughter and driving while intoxicated charges following a fatal accident on Route 5 in the Town of Brant just after 6 p.m. on Friday (June 21).

Town of Brant Police, who are working in conjunction with the Erie County Sheriff’s Department, said that a vehicle driven by Robert Mooney was traveling eastbound at a high rate of speed when it lost control and went into the westbound lane, began to vault, rolled over and came to a rest upside down.

Police said the passenger, Joseph Cavalleri, 20, of Tonawanda, was ejected from the vehicle, a 2003 Jeep Liberty, and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Mooney was flown by Mercy Flight to Erie County Medical Center and agreed to take a blood test. He was then charged with vehicular manlaughter and DWI.

Town of Brant Justice Peter Gugino traveled to the hospital Saturday morning (June 22) and remanded him to the Erie County Sheriff’s Department on $75,000 bail.

Hamburg man faces DWAI charge

Town of Hamburg Patrolman Robert Palmer responded to a a call that a vehicle struck a pole at McKinley Parkway and Quinby Drive just after 10:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 22.

When police arrived, the operator of the vehicle, Kimberly L. Grabar, 42, of Hamburg, was in the passenger seat. Police said she admitted to driving the vehicle.

Officers said the vehicle struck a mailbox and large stone on Quinby Drive. It also struck a Erie County Highway Department sign at McKinley and Quinby.

Grabar performed and failed several field sobriety tests. She was transported to the station for further testing but refused to submit to a blood test for drugs.

While at the station, officers started a drug recognition exam. They said she passed out for short periods of time, her speech was slurred and thick and her eyelids were droopy.

Eventually, police said Grabar admitted to taking four Xanaz and two Oxycodone pills during dinner and thought it was only 7:30 p.m.

She was charged with operating a motor vehicle impaired by drugs, driving on the shoulders/slopes of a controlled access highway and leaving the scene of a property damage accident.

Brant man charged with trespassing

At about 1:52 p.m. on Monday, June 17, Town of Evans Patrolman Nathan Miller responded to a complaint of a suspicious person attempting to enter parked vehicles in a parking lot on Erie Road.

A victim confronted the offender, Christopher J. Schneider, 24, of Brant, while he was on his property. According to the victim, Schneider was allegedly advised on June 3 not to be on his property or he would file charges.

Schneider then left the victim’s property and followed him to a nearby business. The victim then flagged down patrol in the parking lot.

Schneider cane outside and was charged with trespass.

Fires in Evans, including same house twice

Town of Evans Police responded to three house fires in the last week, including:

• At 11:44 p.m. on Thursday, June 20, several patrolmen were dispatched to a possible structure fire.

When police arrived, they observed fire and smoke coming from the second floor deck of the west side of a building on Main Street in Angola.

The complainant was inside of the building and summoned the residents, who were evacuated.

Patrolmen Joseph LaRosa, Gregory Szarowicz and Graig Leone entered the building and extinguished the fire with fire extinguishers.

The Angola, Lake Erie Beach, Evans Center and Brant Volunteer Fire Companies, as well as Rural Metro, all responded to the scene.

The Angola Fire Chief requested a fire investigator at the scene and Det. Meerboth from the Erie County Sheriff’s Department handled the investigation.

The cause of the fire and estimate of damage is unknown at this time.

• At about 5 p.m. on Thursday, June 19, patrol were dispatched to a structure fire on Chaffee Court. Police said flames were protruding from the attached garage area up into the second floor. Heavy smoke was also ventilating from all upstairs windows, which broke out due to the heat.

There were no occupants at home at the time of the incident, but two dogs perished upstairs in the home.

The Erie County Sheriff’s Department Fire Investigator was requested at the scene, along with the Red Cross to assist victims of the fire.

Highland Hose, Lakeview, Brant and Lake Erie Fire Companies all responded to the scene.

Police were dispatched to a reported rekindle of a structure fire at the Chaffee Court residence at 11:39 a.m, on Friday, June 21.

Officer Brian Kauzala, who responded to the scene, said light smoke was emanating from gaps around plywood and from the roof.

The owner was on location to pick up mail from the neighbots and observed the smoke.

Highland Hose Fire Company arrived at the scene first and forced entry through the front door and former garage door area to begin extinguishing any fire. North Evans, Evans Center, Brant, Eden and Lake Erie Beach Companies assisted at the scene.

Police said extensive overhaul and salavage operations were performed by fire personnel.

The cause of the fire has not been determined, but police said it did not appear to be suspicious.

Pair of DWI arrests in the Town of Evans

Town of Evans Police was involved in two driving while intoxicated arrests in the last week, including:

• At 6 a.m. on Friday, June 21, Patrolman Ken Kloss responded to Holland Road on a report of a property damage motor vehicle accident.

When officers arrived, they observed a vehicle with its front end resting under the guardrail by the sharp curve, which is located between Route 5 and the first bridge. Police said the hood of the vehicle was peeled back from the car body and was resting by the windshield.

The front end was also severely damaged along with the damage to the guardrail. The operator, Tammi M. Thompson, 40, of Brant was outside of the vehicle. She had minor scratches to her hand and arms.

While speaking with Thompson, police said they observed an odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from her breath. She admitted to police she was drinking at a friends house and that she was driving too fast. Police said she was traveling south on Holland and failed to make the sharp curve.

An alco sensor test revealed a .16 blood alcohol content, while a datemaster test showed a .15 blood alcohol content.

Thompson was charged with first degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, driving left on a crest grade/curve, felony operating a motor vehicle of .08 of 1 percent or more for having a conviction in the last 10 years, second degree aggravated unlicensed operation (alcohol related) and felony driving while intoxicated, for having a prior conviction within the last 10 years.

• At about 9 p.m. on Saturday, June 22, Lieutenant Peter Smith and Patrolman Jeffrey Devinney were dispatched to Lake Shore Road for an injury accident.

When they arrived, they discovered a vehicle in a concrete wall of the roadway. Officers observed a man against the heavily damaged vehicle, 48-year-old Dennis R. Brown of Evans, who said he was the sole occupant of the vehicle. He told police he passed out after coughing.

Police said he had glassy and bloodshot eyes and a strong odor of beer coming from his breath. He admitted to officers he “chugged four beers before leaving my friends house.” EMS checked out Brown, who complained of severe shoulder pain and wished to be checked out at a hospital.

Brown agreed to take an alco sensor test and it registered a .18 blood alcohol content before he was transported to Erie County Medical Center.

Brown was charged with driving while intoxicated and failure to use designated lane.

Hamburg PD seeking those responsible for grafitti

Town of Hamburg Patrolman Robert Palmer said he observed beer cans and two spray paint cans on the ground near spray painted playground equipment and a sidewalk on Innesbrooke Court at 6:30 a.m. on Tuesday, June 18.

Officers said words and symbols were spray painted which included some that were vulgar, racist and sexually explicit.

Police interviewed a witness, who said there were a group of youths near the park about 2 a.m., who were smoking and drinking at the playground.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Town of Hamburg Police Department’s anonymous tip line at 648-5118, ext. 2847 (ATIP) or at ext. 2614.

Evans woman steals several items from Tops

At about 10:26 p.m. on Thursday, June 20, Town of Evans Patrolmen Joseph LaRosa and Gregory Szarowicz said that Brittney M. Hammond, 22, of Evans, was in possession of a white plastic Tops bag full of merchandise, but was unable to produce a receipt for the items.

Officers then took the bag to Tops for identification and to review security camera footage with management.

The footage showed Hammond at the self-checkout register placing the items in the bag without scanning them.

Hammond allegedly attempted to steal almost $160 worth of items. She was charged with petit larceny.

Earlier, police had been called to another nearby store on the report that Hammond was sitting down in the aisles and spraying perfume into the air.

A witness told police she had seen Hammond hide the white plastic Tops bag outside of the store prior to Hammond entering.

While checking Hammond’s purse, police discovered four oval pills, which they said was a controlled substance.

Officers also located several items outside of the purse which the store manager said possibly belonged to that store. Hammond was unable to produce receipts for those items. Management told Evans Police they would review their tapes and follow up with them to determine if any items were stolen.

Hammond was charged in this case with seventh degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and controlled substance not in its original container.


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