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Police Blotter for May 30, 2013 for the towns and villages of Angola, Blasdell, Boston, Brant, Eden, Evans, Farnham, Hamburg and North Collins

Nursing home employee charged with burglary

Following an investigation, Village of Hamburg Police have charged Lisa Walker, 39, of Buffalo with second-degree burglary, a class-C felony and petit larceny in connection with the theft of money from residents rooms at a local senior living facility.

According to police, Walker, who was employed as an aide, would allegedly entered the resident’s room when it was unoccupied and then remove the money.

The investigation, which began in December 2012, was handled by Detective Matthew Cullen, with the assistance of Thurston Investigative Agency in Hamburg.

Walker is scheduled to return to Hamburg Village Court on June 5.

Man charged in theft of historical documents

Daniel J. Witek, 50, of Buffalo has been charged with mail fraud in connection with the theft of at least five historical letters from the Buffalo History Museum.

According to the Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael DiGiacomo, who is handling the case, Witek is associated with various museums and libraries in Western New York. He allegedly tried to sell the stolen letters to Lion Heart Autographs in New York City.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation requests that public or private collectors of rare books, letters or artwork who believe an item or items are missing from their collections, to contact them at 856-7800.

Heroin and money seized in Hamburg traffic stop

At 2:40 p.m. on Tuesday, May 28, Town of Hamburg Police Officer Howard Widman stopped a red Dodge Caravan on Camp Road, near the cemetery for an unsafe lane change.

Responding to the scene were Detectives Timothy Crawford and Jeffrey Paluch and Captain Kevin Trask, as the vehicle was identified as having been involved in an arrest in Buffalo last month.

According to police, the three occupants in the vehicle were reportedly heading back into Hamburg after purchasing heroin in the Black Rock section of Buffalo.

Police said, Matthew Gramza, 22, of Hamburg, admitted he drove out to Lancaster to pick up Andrew S. Canzoneri, III, 22 and Ashleigh N. Samson, 21 and then headed to the Black Rock Pharmacy, where they were to meet with a man to buy bundles of heroin.

After purchasing the heroin, Gramza said he and Canzoneri shot up in the parking lot and then headed to Hamburg. They stopped at a gas station in Lackawanna, where Gramza said he helped Samson get high by injecting the heroin into her arm, police said.

According to police, both Samson and Gramza admit she was handed numerous bags of heroin to hid on her person, which she did in various sections of her clothing.

At the police station, Officer Michelle Rickard-Puleo escorted Samson to a cell, where Samson removed a total of 56 baggies containing suspected heroin from her clothing.

Inside the van were found an additional seven bags of suspected heroin as well as two spoons, a hypodermic needle and $2,277.

Canzoneri was charged with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and moving from lane unsafely. Gramza and Samson were each charged with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. All three were released on appearance tickets to return to Hamburg Town Court on June 10.

Arson suspected in fire

At 10:36 p.m. on Sunday, May 26 Town of Evans Police Officer Matthew Stonitsch responded to a structure fire at a Garfield Avenue in Evans.

According to police, when Stonitsch arrived at the scene, he found a sleeping bag on fire inside the rear entrance way of the building. He grabbed a garden hose and extinguished the fire, police said.

The victim told police he had left his house around 6 a.m. and had left the back door unlocked.

When he returned home at 10:30 p.m., he heard the smoke detectors going off and saw the sleeping bag on fire. He then called 911.

Responding to the call were Lake Erie Beach, Evans Center, Brant and Farnham fire companies.

The Erie County Sheriff Department Fire Investigators Detectives Steven Meerboth and Scott Kuhlmey were also contacted to process the scene.

The Town of Evans Police Detective Bureau is investigating the incident.

DWI arrest during afternoon rush hour in Eden

At 5:03 p.m. on Wednesday, May 22, the license plate reader in the patrol car Town of Eden Police Officer Chris Schreiber was driving went off for a suspended license plate.

After stopping the vehicle, Schreiber approached the driver to speak to him.

According to police, the vehicle operator, Timothy J. Woods, 46, of Eden, appeared to be intoxicated and was asked to perform several field sobriety tests, which he failed.

In addition, a check with the Department of Motor Vehicles revealed that Woods’ driver’s license was also suspended.

At the police station, Woods did consent to taking the breath test, which resulted in a 2.8 percent blood alcohol content reading, more than three times the legal limit of .08 percent.

Woods was charged with aggravated DWI, third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license and consuming alcohol in a motor vehicle while on a highway.

Hamburg man charged in North Collins

During a routine patrol at 8:10 p.m. on Sunday, May 26, Village of North Collins Police observed a suspicious vehicle in the area of the state owned dam on Genesee Road.

As this vehicle left, patrol stopped the vehicle, operated by Justin T. Frank, 31, of Hamburg.

A Department of Motor Vehicle computer check revealed Frank’s license was suspended pending prosecution of a recent driving while intoxicated arrest. He was charged with second-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle.

E.C. Sheriff’s report

The Erie County Sheriff’s Office Deputies from the North Collins substation responded to 167 calls between Sunday, May 19 through Monday, May 27.

• On Monday, May 20, Deputy Joel Schenfield responded to a report of an assault on Shirley Road, in North Collins. The victim reported that he had documentation from the hospital to substantiate his boss assaulted him while he was at work. Upon interviewing all parties involved, the victim refused to cooperate.

• On Saturday, May 25, Deputy Todd Jones responded to a report of a barn fire on Milestrip road in Brant.

Upon arriving at the scene, the barn was fully involved and the Brant Fire Department, as well as numerous neighboring fire departments, responded to put out the fire, police said.

The Erie County Sheriff’s Office Fire Investigation Unit also responded to the scene and the cause of the fire is under investigation.

• On Monday, May 27, Deputy Gary Mosier responded to a complaint from a clerk at the Big Indian Smoke Shop in Brant that someone had removed his cell phone from the counter. The investigation is continuing, police said.

Jeep gets stuck in Smoke Creek by Woodlawn Beach

At 12:44 a.m. on Tuesday, May 21, Town of Hamburg Police Officer Paul Randall responded to a report of a disabled vehicle, which was stuck on the beach at Woodlawn Beach Park.

According to police, the Jeep was located stuck in the middle of Smoke Creek, at the east end of the park.

According to police, David C. O’Donnell, 26, of Hamburg, told them he had entered the beach from the west end, next to the office and had traveled east along the beach and across the creek.

The vehicle became stuck in the creek as they attempted to return across it. According to police, they found the entire Jeep in the creek and stuck in approximately 3-feet of water.

Park Manager Ray Pawlowski responded to the scene to open the east gate and assist patrols.

According to police, AAA had been called by the vehicle owner, Lauren M. Wojcik, 21, of Hamburg, prior to police arriving at the scene, but when it arrived they were unable to access the vehicle, due to its location.

Evans Mechanical Towing were called and were able to remove the vehicle from the creek and beach area.

O’Donnell and Wojcik were each issued appearance tickets for entering park property after hours, returnable to Hamburg Town Court on June 10.

The New York State Department of Environment and Conservation were contacted and possible ENCON violations could be pending.

Tire slashing and vandalism in Evans

Sometime during the evening of Saturday, May 25 and the early morning hours of Sunday, May 26, someone slashed the tires of five vehicles on Beach Road in Evans.

Along with slashing tires of vehicles that were parked in residential driveways, some of the vehicles were spray painted with black spray paint.

The Town of Evans Police Detective Bureau is investigating the incidents and if anyone has any information, call the police at 549-3600 or the tipline at 217-3585 or the anonymous email tipline at www.detectives@evanspoliceny.com.

Click it or Ticket detail nets 45 summons in Eden

From noon to 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 25, Town of Eden Police conducted a seatbelt traffic stop/checkpoint on Route 20.

During that time period, police officers issued 45 summons, ranging from no seatbelt, to license suspensions, expired registrations and no inspections.

This detail was part of the state-wide “Click it or Ticket” campaign that is being held throughout the state until June 2.

Hamburg police looking for mailbox masher

Town of Hamburg Police are looking for any information about the person or persons responsible for trashing several mailboxes and posts along Woodlawn Drive in Hamburg, sometime between 2 and 8 a.m. on Saturday, May 25.

According to police, someone went down the road and pulled mailboxes and posts from the ground, or damaged the mailboxes.

Police are asking if anyone has any information about these incidents to call 648-5118 ext. 2614 or the anonymous tipline at 648-5118 ext. 2847.

Unlawful possession of marijuana

At 7:18 p.m. on Saturday, May 25, Town of Evans Police Officer Nathan Miller stopped a vehicle on Southwestern Boulevard when he observed the driver using a cell phone.

While speaking to the driver, Miller noticed a suspected odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle and went to the front passenger side of the vehicle and spoke to Jacob D. Johns-Sargent, 18, of Hamburg.

Miller observed a black bookbag by Johns-Sargent’s foot and asked him if he could open it, which he did.

Inside the bag was a clear glass jar that contained suspected marijuana, as well as a thermos container that contained suspected marijuana and several piped with burnt residue.

Johns-Sargent admitted the items were his and was removed from the vehicle. He was charged with unlawful possession of marijuana.

Speeding nets arrests

At 8:06 p.m. on Sunday, May 26, Town of Hamburg Police Officer John Baker stopped a vehicle which was traveling at about 60 mph in a 45 mph zone.

When asked to produce his license and registration, Baker observed the front passenger, hand the driver his license, which was then handed to Baker.

According to police, Baker told the driver he wanted his license, not the passenger’s, which he replied, he did not have one.

When asked what was his name and birth date, he said his name was Eric Taylor and his birth date was Aug. 3, 1981.

At that time, Baker reported the suspect appeared nervous and deceptive and when Lt. Nicholas Bundy arrived at the scene, the suspect was advised of the consequences of providing a false name and date of birth.

The suspect continued to claim he was Eric Taylor, but following further investigation, it was revealed his actual name is Keith W. Griffin, 32, of Buffalo and there are outstanding warrants our of Buffalo and Amherst for him for false personation and criminal possession of stolen property, among other charges.

A Department of Motor Vehicle check also revealed his operating privileges had been suspended 14 times on five dates. Griffin was transported to the police station.

A check on the passenger, Donald Clemons, 20, of Buffalo, revealed a valid stay away order of protection was in effect against Clemons and the second passenger in the vehicle.

Clemons was taken into custody for criminal contempt and taken to the police station and charged with disobeying a mandated court order.

He arraigned before Hamburg Justice Walter Rooth and was released on his own recognizance to appear back in court on May 31.

Griffin was charged with second-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, operation of a motor vehicle by an unlicensed driver, false personation, failure to notify change of home address and speed violation.

He was arraigned before Rooth and was remanded to the Erie County Holding Center in lieu of $200 bail. The holding center was advised of the outstanding warrants out of Buffalo and Amherst. He was told to appear at Hamburg Town Court on May 31.

DWAID arrest in Hamburg

While on patrol at 12:18 a.m. on Wednesday, May 22, Town of Hamburg Police Officer Jonathan Wright observed a pickup truck being operated in an erratic manner on Lake Shore Road.

After stopping the vehicle and speaking to the operator, Patrick D. Isenhart, 21, of Evans, Wright observed Isenhart to have impaired speech and motor coordination, as well as appearing confused.

Isenhart said that he had taken his suboxone, a prescribed medication at 6:30 p.m. that evening.

Isenhart failed several field sobriety tests and a Department of Motor Vehicle inquiry revealed his license was suspended.

He was transported to the town’s police station and he refused to take a chemical test.

Isenhart was charged with operating a motor vehicle impaired by drugs, third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and driving on the shoulder of a controlled-access highway.
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