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Police Blotter reports for May 2, 2013

Hit-and-run call ends with caller charged with DWI

At 7:55 a.m. on Sunday, April 28, Town of Hamburg Police Officer Dennis Horrigan responded to a hit and run accident call on Route 179 at Lake Shore Road.

According to police, upon arriving at the scene, Horrigan observed the 2000 Lincoln Continental had damage to the driver’s side front bumper/quarter panel area and the vehicle operator, Michael L. Burris, 34, of Hamburg, was beside the car.

Burris’ hand was bleeding and a strong odor of an alcohol beverage was coming from the vehicle, police said.

When asked what had happened, Burris allegedly said that a black vehicle had sideswiped him and fled the scene, police said.

According to Horrigan, the damage to the car was not consistent with that information and a concrete barrier separating the east and west-bound lanes of Route 179 had fresh scuffing on it, consistent with the Burris’ vehicle damage.

During the course of the investigation, it was determined that Burris had not been struck by another car, but had struck the barrier, police said.

After failing several field sobriety tests, Burris was charged with driving while intoxicated and failure to keep right on a two-lane road.

Gas kiosk burglarized

Village of Hamburg Police are seeking information into the burglary of cash, lottery tickets and cigarettes from a gas kiosk on Camp Road.

According to police, at about 2:40 a.m. on Wednesday, April 24, a white male, in his mid-20s to mid-30s wearing a black or dark blue hoodie over a white shirt and wearing white sneakers, threw a rock through the glass door of the gas kiosk.

With the suspect was another white male, also thought to be in his mid-20s to mid-30s wearing a white hoodie over a striped shirt.

Anyone with any information about this incident is asked to call the Village of Hamburg Police at 649-4501.

Estimated value of the taken items was set at $2,500.

No license and marijuana

While on patrol at 5:38 p.m. on Tuesday, April 23, Town of Evans Police Officer Jeffrey DeVinney stopped a vehicle on Southwestern Boulevard for a traffic violation.

A NYSPIN check revealed that the driver’s license of Mark R. Dennis, 27, of Buffalo, had expired in February 2012 and had also been revoked in November 2006 for driving while intoxicated.

According to DeVinney, he could also smell a marijuana odor coming from the vehicle and was told by Dennis there was marijuana under the driver’s seat.

Dennis was charged with unlawful possession of marijuana, second-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, operation of a motor vehicle by an unlicensed driver and operating a motor vehicle with an obstructed view.

E.C. Sheriff’s report

The Erie County Sheriff’s Office Deputies from the North Collins substation responded to 175 calls between Monday, April 22 through Monday, April 29.

• On Tuesday, April 23, Deputy Jeff Hicks responded to a report of a suspicious vehicle abandoned on a private road in the Town of Brant, which was found by some utilities workers.

Upon further investigation, it was learned the vehicle was reported missing out of the Town of Amherst.

Police are continuing the investigation.

• At about 8 a.m. on Friday, April 26, Deputies Joel Schenfield and Jeff Hicks responded to a report that a vehicle had struck the front of a church and then a garage on Seneca Street, in North Collins.

The vehicle operator, a 17-year-old female (her name is being withheld due to her age) from North Collins, fled the scene on foot, but was taken into custody by Seneca Nation Marshals a short distance away.

According to police, the teen appeared to be highly intoxicated and was uncooperative with officials.

She was transported to the North Collins substation, where she refused to take the breath test. Further investigation revealed the vehicle, a 2005 KIA, had been reported as stolen.

The suspect was charged with driving while intoxicated, leaving the scene of a property damage accident, unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, criminal mischief, refusal to take a road-side breath screening device and failure to maintain a lane of traffic.

• On Sunday, April 28, police responded to a call of a 15-year-old male from Irving having been struck by a vehicle on Route 5 near the Seneca Gaming Complex.

The teen was transported by Mercy Flight to the Erie County Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries.

The accident is under investigation.

Marijuana odor leads to charges

At about 2 p.m. on Saturday, New York State Trooper Christopher Sullivan responded to a complaint of the smell of marijuana coming from an apartment on Boston State Road in the Town of Boston.

Sullivan, assisted by Trooper Matthew Michalski, located the origin of the odor coming from one of the apartments and knocked on the door.

While interviewing the resident, the suspect, Michael T. Carpentieri, 20, of Boston, allegedly admitted he had been smoking marijuana and voluntarily turned over a plastic bag containing almost 4 ounces of marijuana.

The troopers than observed numerous used marijuana smoking items in plain view as well as another plastic bag containing several grams of suspected marijuana, officials said.

Carpentieri’s roommate, Sean M. Fairl, 22, was contacted and responded to the Boston State Police Station.

Carpentieri was charged with fourth-degree criminal possession of marijuana and Fairl was charged with unlawful possession of marijuana.

Criminal trespass arrest

At 7:03 p.m. on Thursday, April 25, Town of Hamburg Police Officer Robert Paas responded to a report of a burglary in progress call at a Fairgrounds Road residence.

According to police, when Paas arrived at the scene, he observed a white male suspect in the residence with his back to the front window and it did not appear as if he was aware of Paas’ arrival.

Pass went towards the back of the residence, entered through an unlocked door and then observed the suspect, Todd M. Yetman, 50, of Hamburg, attempt to exit through the front door, at which time he was ordered to the ground by gunpoint and taken into custody without incident, police said.

The victim said that Yetman is a neighbor and co-worker and had appeared intoxicated in the driveway and began screaming at the victim.

Yetman was told to leave the area and the victim told police that it appeared as if was leaving but a short time later, the victim walked into the living room and found Yetman there. He was told several times to leave and instead sat down on the couch, which is when the victim called police.

Yetman was taken to the police station and charged with second-degree criminal trespass, entering/remaining unlawfully in a dwelling.

Menu sign snatched

Village of Hamburg Police are seeking information into the theft of a menu board from inside a restaurant on Buffalo Street on Saturday, April 13.

According to police, two white males, both in their 20s, about 5-foot-9-inches tall, weighing about 160 pounds entered the building about 12:45 a.m.

The one suspect, with short brown hair, wearing a dark T-shirt, reached over the counter, removed a menu board, valued at $300, and then walked out of the building.

The second suspect, with brown hair and wearing a green T-shirt, stayed behind, ordered ice cream and paid for it before leaving the store.

According to police, no-one noticed the sign was missing until later in the morning.

Anyone with any information about this incident is asked to call the Village of Hamburg Police Department at 649-4501.

DWI arrest in Evans

At 11:14 p.m. on Friday, April 26, Town of Evans Police Officer Jeffrey DeVinney was dispatched in an attempt to locate out of the Town of Hamburg a west-bound a black Explorer.

According to police, the vehicle was found in the Erie Road McDonald’s parking lot, parked across a handicapped parking spoke.

While speaking to the vehicle operator, a 57-year-old male Town of Evans resident, DeVinney noticed an odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from him and impaired motor coordination.

He failed the field sobriety tests and did take the Breathalyzer test.

He was charged with driving while intoxicated and his vehicle was impounded.

Dispute ends with drugs seized and charges filed

At 6:02 a.m, Town of Hamburg Police Officer Paul Randall was refueling at a local gas station on Camp Road, when a witness advised Randall two persons were inside the store who appeared to be intoxicated and having a dispute.

According to police, Officer Nina Deming was already in the store and was advised of the complaint.

One of the suspects, Megan A. Maghran, 26, of Colden, had already left the store and the other suspect was attempting to find money to pay for several items, when Randall entered the building.

Randall approached the male suspect and was told the two had been at his house when they decided to come to the store to get something to eat.

While speaking to Maghran, who said they were having a disagreement over what to buy, Randall said he noticed her speech was garbled at times, her face was flushed and her pupils were constricted.

Maghran allegedly said she takes prescription Xanax and produced the prescription bottle containing the medication.

Deming found two glass alleged crack pipes, with filter material and residue in Maghran’s vehicle, police said.

When asked if she had any other drugs on her person or in her car, Maghran allegedly said no and allowed Randall to search her purse.

A chrome card case was found containing rolling papers and one blue-colored oval tablet, which Poison Control identified as dextrose amphetamine/amphetamine, a scheduled II controlled substance.

At this time Maghran, who claimed the pill was her father’s but could not produce a written prescription or the original container, was taken into custody and charged with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.

During a check of her person, a hypodermic needle was observed in her right rear pants pocket as well as several needle marks on both of her arms.

A check of her purse revealed tow yellow-colored paper envelopes, containing a white powder residue,

Deming then located another dextrose amphetamine/amphetamine tablet in the center console of the vehicle.

Maghran was also charged with controlled substance in non-original container.

Marijuana found during metal screening at Evans

While Town of Evans Police Officer Nathan Miller was on magnetometer detail (metal/security screening at the Evans Town Hall) at 6:19 p.m. on Monday, April 22, a tinfoil cigar pouch was placed in a bin to clear the screening before entering the Evans Town Hall.

Miller did look inside the pouch and observed a marijuana cigarette inside.

Bruce K. Pawlak, 54, of Evans was charged with unlawful possession of marijuana.

Town of Evans report

During the month of March the Town of Evans Police Dispatchers took care of 2,333 complaints.

This included 41 accident calls, 132 ambulance calls, nine criminal mischief, four domestic incidents, five drug, four loud music, 34 fire and four false alarms, 18 harassment and 18 larcenies.

There were 120 animal complaints, three neighbor disputes, seven trespasses, one sex offense was reported, 190 premise checks, 321 community policing, 35 assists to motorists and 15 welfare checks.

Eleven prisoners were held in the Town of Evans lockup.

There were 104 police reports filed and 26 accidents were reported to the state.

Police officers issued 174 traffic violations, which included 54 for speeding, seven were driving while intoxicated related, 24 were license/permit violations, 10 red lights, 21 required motor vehicle equipment, five vehicle registration violations, 10 stop signs, 40 other violations and three was a seatbelt violation. There were 13 parking tickets issued.

From the Detective Bureau, there were 40 people charged, mostly for violations of the state’s penal law, alcohol beverage control law and vehicle and traffic laws. There were three DWI arrests.

The Dog Control Officer issued one appearance ticket.


The following police blotter item was incorrect in the April 25, 2013 edition of The Sun. This is the corrected version.

DWI alcohol level over four times legal limit

While patrolling Route 20, at 12:42 p.m. on Friday, April 19, the plate reader of the patrol vehicle operated by Town of Eden Police Lt. John H. McCarthy activated on a vehicle with suspended plates.

Jeffrey R. Hein, 50, of Alison Viejo, Calif, formerly of Derby, failed to intially stop when the police lights were activated, but eventually pulled over at an industrial parking lot and allegedly admitted to McCarthy he knew was suspended.

According to police, Hein failed the field sobriety tests and the Breathalyzer test resulted in a blood alcohol content of .33 percent, more than four times the legal .08 percent.

Hein was charged with felony aggravated driving while intoxicated, felony first-degree aggravated unlicensed operation (prior DWI conviction two years ago in New York), operating with a suspended registration and operating without a license (his California license was also suspended for an insurance matter).

Hein appeared before Eden Justice Melissa Zittel and was sent to the Erie County Holding Center in lieu of $2,500 bail.

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