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Police blotter from the Nov. 7 edition of The Sun

Sparks ignite fireworks, causing fire
Evans Patrolman Jeffrey Mayer responded to a Brandywine Drive location for a structure fire at 12:43 a.m. on Oct. 1.

When patrol arrived, heavy smoke was emanating from the garage. Police was met by a witness, who said that the fire was out. The individual said that he had been working on a mini-bike with a grinding wheel, when a spark ignited a box of fireworks that were being stored in the area. As a result, a fire started in the garage.

The fire was put out by the subject, before fire units arrived. No structural damage occurred.

North Evans and Highland fire units responded to the scene.

Warrant served on local woman
Laurie Douglas, 47, of Angola, was taken into custody on a Hamburg bench warrant at 9:30 p.m. on Sept. 30. The arrest was made by Evans Patrolman Jeffrey Mayer.

The subject was turned over to the Hamburg Police Department.

Information needed by police

Evans Police Detective Bruce Green observed vehicle tire tracks in the grass of soccer fields on the east side of the Wendt Beach Park driveway on Oct. 26. The park is located at 7676 Lake Shore Road.

Erie County was notified about the affected area. Police do not know when the incident occurred.

Anyone with information about this property damage is asked to call the Evans tip line at 217-3585.

Silver Creek woman arrested

Evans Patrolman Jeffrey Mayer observed a vehicle, driven by Chelse Wilcox, 28, of Silver Creek, cross over the fog lines several times at 8:26 p.m. on Oct. 2.

Police learned that the driver’s license was suspended. Wilcox was taken into custody and released on uniform traffic tickets.

Frontier bus vandal arraigned for felony
On Oct. 7, a witness reported the vandalism of the buses at Frontier High School.

The witness said that, when he arrived, fire extinguishers had been discharged inside the bus, vulgar images were spray-painted on the school building, glass doors were broken and the buses were tagged with graffiti.

School Resource Officer Horrigan located a video of the suspected subject and a still photo of the individual was emailed to all officers involved.

Hamburg Police Department detectives went to the home of Andrew Lathrop, 18, of Hamburg, and asked the subject if he knew what happened at Frontier, during the night of the vandalism. Lathrop told police, “I vandalized all the school buses.” Evidence from the incident, including a skateboard, jacket, hat and shorts, all of which had orange paint stains, was collected.

Lathrop returned to the station and gave a written statement of admittance. The suspect was processed and placed in a cell.

On Oct. 8, Lathrop was arraigned and a felony hearing date was set. He was transported to the Erie County Holding Center.

Evans resident arrested on several charges
Evans resident Clifford Norton, 38, was arrested by Evans Patrolman Joseph LaRosa at 6:57 p.m. on Sept. 29 for illegal signal, failure to keep right, driving to the left of pavement markings, moving from lane unsafely and driving while intoxicated with a previous conviction.

LaRosa said that he smelled alcohol on Norton and said that the subject had slurred speech and poor motor coordination. The offender said had “a few beers and a shot of tequila” at a friend’s house, had been at a bar, and was then going home.

Norton failed field sobriety tests and tested positive for the presence of alcohol on a field breath test screen device, with a blood alcohol level of 0.16 percent. He was taken into custody and refused to submit to a chemical test.

The subject had a 2008 DWI conviction out of Erie County. DeVinney found a pill bottle containing marijuana and a pipe with cannabis residue in the vehicle. The car was towed and the offender was booked until sober. He was issued uniform traffic tickets and will appear in court at a later date.

Blasdell man arrested for DWAI and heroin
Trevor Donaldson, 25, of Blasdell, was stopped for an uninspected motor vehicle by town of Hamburg Police at 12:57 p.m. on Oct. 10.

Police said that the subject, who had glassy, pin-point eyes, became evasive and agitated toward the officers, when they asked if he knew why he was stopped. When asked to exit the vehicle and if he was on any drugs that would hinder his ability to drive, he responded that he had shot four bags of heroin a few hours prior to the incident.

Donaldson was asked to perform field sobriety tests. He passed the alphabet test, failed finger dexterity, failed the walk and turn and passed the one-leg stand.

After a car search, police found four bags of suspected heroin and a metal cap with a cotton ball containing heroin residue. A glass pipe used for smoking marijuana was also confiscated.

Donaldson was transported to the police station in the town of Hamburg. Police saw a fresh needle puncture on his right arm. While being given further tests, the subject fell into a wall. He later admitted to also having smoked a bowl of marijuana, earlier that morning.

Disorderly conduct arrest

Evans Patrolman Brian Kauzala was dispatched to a residence in response to a suspicious vehicle complaint at 5:54 p.m. on Oct. 21.

The caller reported that a vehicle was parked in the driveway, blocking access to the property.

Police asked the owner of the 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt, Geoffrey Panfil, 20, of Evans, to move the vehicle.

According to Kauzala, Panfil became irate and belligerent, and said, “F--- you. I know my f------ rights. I’ll have your f------ job.”

Panfil fought with patrol, but was then taken into custody. He was charged with resisting arrest and disorderly conduct/obscene language/gestures. He was later released on an appearance ticket.
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