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Police Blotter for May 9, 2013 for the towns and villages of Boston, Brant, Eden, Evans, Hamburg and North Collins

Missing girl found

The Town of Hamburg Police Department report that Shaunice D. Gamblin. 13, who was reported missing Tuesday, May 7, after she ran away from home following an argument has been found unharmed.

Assault gun and clips found after DWI arrest

At 4:38 a.m. on Saturday, May 4, Town of Hamburg Police Officer Paul Randall observed a vehicle parked in a lot on Southwestern Boulevard with a person slumped over the wheel.

Upon approaching the vehicle, Randall observed that the person was asleep in the driver’s seat.

According to police, it took several times knocking on the driver’s side window to rouse the man, who was later identified as Gregory D. Golde, 29, of Grand Island.

Golde appeared to be intoxicated and a Department of Motor Vehicle check revealed his driver’s license had been revoked for a refusal to submit to a chemical test on Feb. 21.

After Officer Robert Palmer arrived at the scene and approached the passenger side of the vehicle, he noticed an AK-47 assault rifle laying along the center console on the passenger’s side. According to police, the weapon had not been visible from the driver’s side of the vehicle.

Golde told police the weapon was his and that it was not loaded. Randall confirmed the rifle was not loaded, but while taking possession of the gun noticed there was a multi-colored glass pipe with residue and a glass baby food jar containing suspected marijuana on the center console.

According to police, Golde admitted the suspected marijuana was his, but he told the officers there was no ammunition for the weapon in the vehicle.

Golde was taken into custody and an inventory of the vehicle was done and laying under some clothing on the center of the back seat was a loaded black metal 30 round magazine.

An olive green military style duffle bag was found in the back seat area and inside was a military style kevlar helmet, military clothing and a black combat-style vest that contained two black metal 30 round magazines, also loaded.

All three magazines held 7.62 caliber ammunitions, with the first magazine holding 29 rounds, the second had 27 rounds and the third with 19 rounds.

Golde was charged with felony third-degree criminal possession of an assault weapon, felony third-degree criminal possession of weapon – ammunition feeding device and unlawful possession of marijuana.

He was arraigned before Hamburg Justice Gerald Gorman and was sent to the Erie County Holding Center in lieu of $1,500 bail.

DWI arrest in Evans

At 2:16 a.m. on Monday, April 29, Town of Evans Police Jeffrey De Vinney was dispatched to an injury accident at Keene Road at Burns Road.

Upon arriving at the scene, the suspect, Travis J. Cahill, 20, of Evans, was seated in the back seat of another vehicle.

Cahill admitted to having drunk some alcoholic beverages earlier that day and he failed all the field sobriety tests. He also refused to take the chemical breath test at the police station.

Cahill was charged with driving while intoxicated and moving from a lane unsafely.

National Grid was also notified, as a utility pole had been damaged in the accident.

E.C. Sheriff’s report

The Erie County Sheriff’s Office Deputies from the North Collins substation responded to 183 calls between Tuesday, April 30 through Sunday, May 5.

• On Tuesday, April 30, Deputy Theresa Nietzel stopped a vehicle for an improper exhaust violation on Boston State Road.

Further investigation resulted in the vehicle operator, Lawrence Pajak, 42, of the Town of Boston being charged with seventh-degree possession of a controlled substance and prescription not in its original container.

• On Tuesday, April 30, Deputy Ryan Rogers investigated a petit larceny complaint at the Seneca Gaming Complex on Erie Road in the Town of Brant.

A patron of the facility reported having money taken by another person and the incident was recorded on security video, police said. A warrant has been requested for the suspect.

• On Friday, May 3 Deputy Tom Van Wie charged Devin Sutter, 26, of Silver Creek with petit larceny following an incident at the Seneca Hawk Gas Station on Southwestern Boulevard in the Town of Brant.

• On Friday, May 3, Deputy Neil Held received a report of a larceny of items removed from a vehicle in the parking lot of Crescent Manufacturing in North Collins. The incident is under investigation.

• On Saturday, May 4, Deputy Gary Mosier responded to a call that an i-Phone was taken while the victim was working at Save-a-Lot in North Collins. The case remains under investigation.

Wild ride wins multiple charges for 21-year-old

At 10:20 p.m. on Friday, May 3, Town of Hamburg Police Officer Robert Paas observed a full-size extended cab white pickup truck traveling southbound on South Park Avenue heading towards the Big Tree Road roundabout.

The truck entered the roundabout in the wrong direction, traveled up over the curb onto the rotary circle, while other vehicles were in the roundabout and then headed east on Big Tree Road at a high rate of speed, police said.

Paas followed the truck and activated the patrol car’s emergency lights when he entered the roundabout.

According to police, at that time the truck accelerated and the vehicle’s headlights were turned off.

The truck made an abrupt left turn onto Burke Parkway without signaling and then continued down the road at a high rate of speed in the 30 mph zone with the headlights still off, police said.

The truck then continued through the intersection with Dorchester without stopping and continued straight through the easement at the dead-end of Burke Parkway adjacent to the old McKinley Park Inn parking lot.

Paas then observed the truck stop and park in the lot along the tree line as if trying to conceal its location from police.

Pass removed the driver, Taylor J. Braun, 21, of Hamburg, from the vehicle, who told police he had panicked when he had seen the patrol car’s lights on in the distance behind him. Braun was also found to be in possession of a small bag of suspected marijuana.

Braun was charged with operation of a motor vehicle by an unlicensed driver, reckless driving, unlawful possession of marijuana and five vehicle and traffic violations.

Accident results in charges

At almost 9 p.m. on Sunday, May 5, Town of Town of Evans Police Officer Gregory Szarowicz was dispatched to a hit-and-run accident on Eden Evans Center Road.

According to police, a witness followed the suspect until he pulled over and remained until police arrived.

Upon a Department of Motor Vehicles check, police were told the suspect, Michael B. Corkins, 30, of Evans had a revoked driver’s license.

He was taken into custody and while being searched a round green pill was found in his possession.

Corkins was charged with second degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, operator leaving the scene of a property damage accident, operating on a public highway while using a mobile phone and a controlled substance in non-original container.

DWI and no license

While on patrol along Route 5 near Hoover Road at 10:33 p.m. on Monday, April 29 Town of Hamburg Police Officer Jonathan Monaco observed a vehicle being driven in an erratic manner.

The vehicle was stopped and while speaking to the driver, Monaco noticed an odor of alcohol coming from him.

Herbert J. Mendolera, 56, of Hamburg, was asked to perform several field sobriety tests, which he failed three, passed one and refused to take the chemical test.

A check of Mendolera’s driver’s license showed it had expired on April 18. He was charged with driving while intoxicated, operation of a motor vehicle by an unlicensed driver and moving from lane unsafely.

Saxophone stolen

Town of Evans Police report that on Sunday, May 5 a saxophone, belonging to Highland Elementary School was taken from a Putnam Drive residence.

According to police, the victims left the residence in a hurry and forgot to put the saxophone in the vehicle. It was in a black case and had Highland Elementary School written on it.

If anyone has any information on this incident, call the Town of Evans Police at 549-3600, the tipline at 217-3585 or email at

DWI arrest on Lake Shore

At about 2 a.m. on Sunday, May 5, Town of Hamburg Police Officer Jonathan Wright observed a vehicle traveling on Lake Shore Road in an erratic manner and almost striking a mailbox.

After stopping the vehicle and speaking with the driver, Cathy J. Jones, 34, of Orchard Park, Wright asked her to perform several field sobriety tests, which she failed.

Jones, who refused to submit a breath sample at the police station, was charged with driving while intoxicated and driving on the shoulders of a highway.

Lock it or lose it

Town of Evans Police are again reminding all residents to lock the doors of their homes, garages and vehicles at all times.

Police have received numerous calls of items being taken from unlocked vehicles and homes, including a May 4 incident on Grissom Court in Derby.

According to police, someone entered the unlocked vehicle overnight and removed a wallet that contained a debit card, driver’s license, pistol permit and state ID.

Cab fare jumper wanted by PA parole board

At 5:06 a.m. on Friday, May 3, Town of Hamburg Police Officer Daniel Gallardo responded to a call for customer trouble involving a taxi and a fare that had jumped out of the car and ran off without paying on the East Allen Street area.

Gallardo was able to locate the suspect, who said his name was Bryan B. Alexander, 30, of Blasdell, hiding in the basement of a nearby apartment building.

Alexander was identified by the victim as the person who had fled without paying for his fare, who said he would not press charges if he was paid. Alexander, after calling three different people to try an borrow the money, was unable to pay the fare and was taken into custody.

According to police, Alexander was unable to produce any photo identification and refused to provide them with any background information.

Police said the suspect was extremely uncooperative with them and would not answer questions.

Following an investigation by Detective Sergeant Thomas Best Jr., it was found the actual name of the suspect was Brian A. App, 30, of Blasdell and was wanted by the State of Pennsylvania Board of Parole and Probation, for a violation of parole.

App was charged with intent to fraud for provided services without paying, false personation and second-degree obstruction of governmental administration. He was transported to the Erie County Holding Center to be held on the warrant.

Harassment charges

At 8:23 a.m. on Thursday, May 2 Town of Evans Police Officer Michael Kauzala responded to a call that a school employee was being harassed at the school grounds.

According to police, Steven Adamski, 29, of Cheektowaga, confronted the victim at the school and then took the victim’s $450 telephone out of her hand and left the area.

Charges were to be filed for second-degree harassment, fourth-degree criminal mischief, disabling equipment and preventing an emergency call to protect one from physical harm and petit larceny.

An order of protection was also requested.

TV thieves caught on tape

On Thursday, April 25, three subjects left Walmart with two 32-inch Vision televisions in a shopping cart, without paying for them.

The incident was recorded by the Walmart security cameras and when two of the suspects returned to the store on May 1, they were detained by the store’s loss control employee and Town of Hamburg Police were notified.

Detective Sgt. Thomas Best Jr., arrived at the scene and Wendylis Gonzalez, 27 and Ramon A. Ramos, 27, both of Dunkirk admitted to the April 25 theft as well as two others at Walmart in April (including Tuesday, April 23). Both were charged with petit larceny.

Eden monthly report

During the month of April the Town of Eden Police handled 423 complaints.

This included four accident calls, all property damage, 18 total arrests, which includes three for driving while intoxicated and five criminal investigations.

Police officers issued 212 summons, which included 104 for speeding, 14 were inspection/registration violations, 11 miscellaneous suspensions, three stop signs/red lights and seven cell phone violations.

For community policing there were 62 first aid, 12 alarms, six assists to other departments, 311 premises checked, one welfare check, one funeral escort, three school related incidents and two lockouts.

The Eden Reserve Police Officers logged in 119 hours.


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