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Police reports for May 23, 2013 for the towns and villages of Eden, Evans, Brant, Boston, Hamburg and North Collins

The FBI seeking information on Vickers

The FBI’s Child Exploitation Task Force is seeking the public’s assistance in determining if David Allen Vickers, 49, of Stanley, NY, has attempted to or has had contact with additional children. If you know of children who have had contact with the defendant, or, if you are now an adult and had contact with the defendant when you were a minor, call the FBI at 716-856-7800.

Vickers was charged by criminal complaint with transportation of a minor with intent to engage in sexual activity on Friday, May 17,

This investigation is being conducted by Special Agents and Task Force Officers of the FBI’s Child Exploitation Task Force under the direction of Richard M. Frankel, Acting Special Agent in Charge; Special Agents of the U.S. Secret Service, under the direction of Tracy Gast, Special Agent in Charge; and Detectives of the Batavia Police Department, under the direction of Police Chief, Shawn Heubusch. The agencies that comprise the Child Exploitation Task Force include the FBI; the Niagara County Sheriff’s Office, under the direction of Sheriff James Voutour; the Buffalo Police Department, under the direction of Commissioner Daniel Derenda; and the Cheektowaga Police Department under the direction of Chief David J. Zack.

The fact that a defendant has been charged with a crime is merely an accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

Dog reunited with owner

Town of Evans Dog Control Officer Michael Franey reports the Australian Shepherd male dog which was shown in the May 16, edition of The Sun, has been reunited with his owner.

According to Franey, the owner had reported the dog missing from her vehicle on March 10, when she returned from shopping at some stores in the Town of Hamburg.

Where the dog was found in Oak Grove in Evans on May 10, he was in the general area of the owner’s home.

“It appears he was trying to get back home,” Franey said.

Felony DWI, lewdness charges following accident

At 2:57 p.m. on Saturday, May 18, Town of Hamburg Police Officer Timothy Brooks was dispatched to a report of an auto accident where Officer David Olday was already on location at Old Lakeshore Road. Olday reported he saw where a 2000 Dodge Caravan had gone over a guard rail, crashed through a fence and came to rest in a set of bushes and trees west of Crescent Terrace.

A male passenger was on the ground near the rear of the vehicle, apparently injured, complaining of substantial pain. He was transported by Rural Metro to the Erie County Medical Center.

Olday was informed the vehicle operator had fled the scene on foot, heading into a wooded area.

According to police, Captain Peter Dienes and Officers John Bluman and Jeffrey Bullard located the suspect, Douglas T. Kersten, 42, of Lackawanna, running along the beach.

When police approached Kersten, he ran into the lake about 50 feet and refused to exit the water. He allegedly pulled down his shorts, exposing himself to police and yelled obscenities,

The Erie County Sheriff’s helicopter was called in and when Kersten was distracted, Olday came up behind him and grabbed him.

According to police, a deputy in the helicopter also jumped into the water to assist Olday with the struggling suspect until the other officers came to his assistance.

It was later found that the vehicle mini van had been reported stolen from the grass auxiliary parking lot at Lake Erie Beach Park in Evans at 2 p.m. that day.

According to the victim, Kersten was “getting wild and flaking out” and took the victim’s keys from a picnic table and with Thomas J. Brady, 53, of Evans drove off in the victim’s vehicle.

Brady was charged by Town of Evans Police with felony fourth-degree grand larceny, auto and third-degree unauthorized use of a vehicle without owners consent.

Kersten was charged by Town of Hamburg Police with felony first-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, felony operator leaving the scene of an accident resulting in a serious injury, felony driving while intoxicated, second-degree obstructing governmental administration, public lewdness, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct, using a vehicle without interlock device, operation of a motor vehicle by an unlicensed driver and failure to keep right.

Kersten was charged by Town of Evans Police with felony fourth-degree grand larceny, auto and third-degree unauthorized use of a vehicle without owners consent

Criminal sex act arrest

On May 13, Village of Hamburg Police charged Joseph V. King, 28, of Buffalo with third-degree criminal sex act, an E-felony; first-degree disseminating indecent material to a minor, a D-felony and acting in a manner injurious to a child.

According to police, King was engaging in sexual conduct with a female juvenile village resident and sending sexually implicit material to her electronically.

Police said they believe this behavior has been going on between the two since early fall 2012.

The original complaint was not filed until December and Detective Matthew Cullen has been handling the case.

King turned himself in (coming to the Hamburg Village Police Station with his attorney) and appeared before Hamburg Justice Andrew Fleming who released him on his own recognizance to appear back in court on July 10.

Multiple arrests following traffic stop in Evans

At 12:50 p.m. on Wednesday, May 15, Town of Evans Police Officer Nathan Miller stopped a vehicle that was speeding on Southwestern Boulevard.

Upon speaking to the driver, Adam G. Joseph, 23, of Forestville, Miller observed a strong odor of suspected marijuana coming from the vehicle.

Joseph was removed from the vehicle and several burnt suspected marijuana cigarettes were in the ashtray,

Inside a book bag was found a container that several bags of suspected marijuana inside it.

Joseph was charged with unlawful possession of marijuana and was turned over to the Village of Hamburg Police on an active warrant.

Two locals arrested in Operation Strike Force

During an Operation Strike Force the City of Buffalo at 7 p.m. on Monday, May 20, Erie County Sheriff’s Deputies Simon Biegasiewicz and Emily Nelson charged Scott Rozmos, 42, of Evans with criminal possession of a hypodermic instrument. He was taken to the Erie County Holding Center in lieu of $500 bail.

In an unrelated arrest, a few hours later, during a routine traffic stop at West Ferry and Hampshire streets in Buffalo, the same deputies charged Kristen Arlotta, 23, of Hamburg and David Castilloux, 25, of Buffalo, with possession of a controlled substance outside the original container and two counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance. Both were released on appearance tickets.

Two felony DWI arrests on Saturday in Hamburg

Town of Hamburg Police report two felony driving while intoxicated arrests in the early morning hours of Saturday, May 18.

• At 12:53 a.m. Officer David Jasinski was responding to a call of a possible domestic. As the patrol car was traveling on Southwestern Boulevard, he was passed by a vehicle, traveling 65 mph in a 50 mph zone.

According to police, Jasinski activated the emergency lights and sirens and it took the vehicle he was pursuing at least two blocks before finally coming to a stop.

While speaking to the driver, Brandon W. Roth, 28, of Blasdell, he noticed a smell of alcohol coming from the driver.

After Roth failed several field sobriety tests, he was charged with felony DWI, felony first-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, operation of a motor vehicle by an unlicensed driver, operating a motor vehicle with registration suspended, operating a motor vehicle without financial security and speed violation.

• At 6:11 a.m. Officer James Lichon was dispatched to a subject sleeping in his car at the Tops Market on McKinley Parkway.

According Lichon, when he arrived at the scene, he observed a vehicle with the engine running and a person sleeping on the back seat.

With the assistance of Officer Daniel Cronmiller, it took the two of them several minutes to wake him up.

After failing several field sobriety tests and registering a .29 blood alcohol content with the chemical test, John Gallagher, 21, of Hamburg, was charged with felony DWI, felony aggravated DWI with a BAC of .18 percent or more and drinking alcohol in a motor vehicle on a highway.

Fire on Dudley Avenue

At 4:20 a.m. on Sunday, May 19, Village of Hamburg Police and the Hamburg Volunteer Fire Department responded to a call that the front of a house on Dudley Avenue was engulfed in flames.

Lt. Kevin Haberman and Officer Eric Krycia responded to the call and removed the tenant from the rear apartment of the building. The four occupants of the apartment in the front of the house had already been evacuated.

The fire was extinguished by the HVFD and is currently under investigation by Lt. Richard Schara.

Lake Erie Beach puts out bonfire by Cradle Beach

At 6:04 p.m. on Sunday, May 19, Town of Evans Police Officers observed a large, uncontrolled driftwood fire on the beach in front of Cradle Beach Camp.

According to Officer Joseph LaRosa, the fire was burning in an area of approximately 60-feet long by 5-feet wide and was spreading toward the wooded area where several Cradle Beach cabins were located.

Patrol requested Paul F. Stepniewski, 44, of Evans and James S. Delelys, 28, of Brant, who were stacking driftwood in a nearby pile, to put out the fire.

According to police, the suspects did not comply at first, but when they did try to extinguish the fire, they were unable to do so.

Evans Center Fire Company was requested to respond and they were successful in knocking out the fire.

The two were charged with holding a bonfire on private land less than 35-feet from a structure.

E.C. Sheriff’s report

The Erie County Sheriff’s Office Deputies from the North Collins substation responded to 154 calls between Monday, May 13 through Sunday, May 19.

• On Wednesday, May 15 Deputy Jeff Hicks responded to a report of a vehicle that had struck a tree on Versailles Road in Brant. The driver was treated at the scene by first aid for minor injuries.

• On Friday, May 17, deputies responded to a report of a fight on Old Lake Shore Road at Snyder Beach in the Town of Brant, where a 20-year-old male from Salamanca had been stabbed.

The male was transported to Lake Shore Hospital, where he was then flown by Mercy Flight to the Erie County Medical Center and was treated for a non-life threatening injury.

The incident remains under investigation by the Erie County Sheriff’s Office Detective Bureau.

• On Saturday, May 18, Deputy Tim Christian was requested to Lake Shore Hospital to investigate an auto accident that had occurred on Route 438 in the Town of Brant, which had injured an 11-year-old male.

According to police, the investigation revealed that the juvenile was sitting on the ground and the driver of the vehicle did not see him and ran over his foot. The injuries were not life threatening.

DWI/reckless driving

Responding to a call from the Town of Evans Police Department of a vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed in an erratic manner on Route 5, Town of Evans Police Lt. Todd Ehret and Officer Robert Palmer responded to the call and Ehret found the vehicle traveling at about 74 mph in a 40 mph zone.

Upon activating the siren and lights, the subject, David J. Saluzzo, Jr., 24, of Springville, did pull over, but nearly went over an embankment at the road side, police said.

After failing field sobriety tests and acting unruly with officers at the police station, Saluzzo was charged with aggravated driving while intoxicated, DWI, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct, second-degree obstructing governmental administration, moving from lane unsafely and speeding.

Town of Hamburg report

During the month of April the Town of Hamburg Police Dispatchers took care of 2,515 complaints.

This included 129 accident calls, 216 ambulance calls, 106 alarms, six assaults, 35 criminal mischief, 53 domestic incidents, 10 drug, 10 loud music, 34 fire, 33 harassment and 78 larcenies.

There were 75 animal complaints, 17 neighbor disputes, four sex crimes/offenses were reported, 14 trespasses, six missing persons,112 welfare checks, three community policing and eight lockouts.

Forty-three prisoners were held in the Town of Hamburg lockup.

There were 87 accidents reported to the state and 304 police reports were filed.

Police officers issued 663 traffic violations, which included 246 for speeding, 14 were driving while intoxicated related, 47 were license/permit violations, 36 were vehicle registration violation, 34 red lights, 124 required motor vehicle equipment, 81 no inspection, 16 stop sign, 39 cell phone use and 31seatbelt violations.

Local police agencies in ‘Click it or Ticket it’

Local police agencies in the Southtowns, including the Town of Evans, Town of Eden, Town of Brant and the Town of Hamburg Police Departments will be participating in the 2013 Buckle Up New York Click It or Ticket It program.

The statewide enforcement program will be targeting day and night safety belt use from now until June 2.

According to Town of Evans Police, they will have special patrols checking for seat belt compliance during both shifts.
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