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Police Log for the Week of July 18, 2013

Motorcyclist dies after striking home in Hamburg

A 60-year-old woman died in a motorcycle accident in the Village of Hamburg Friday afternoon (July 12).

According to Village of Hamburg Police, the motorcyclist was traveling with a group when she turned onto Evans Street and suddenly accelerated, before it struck a house on Evans Street and threw the victim from the bike.

The Hamburg Volunteer Fire Department and Rural Metro responded to the scene with Rural Metro transporting her to Erie County Medical Center with head and neck injuries.

The woman, who is not from the Buffalo area, died from her injuries around 6:30 p.m.

The Hamburg Village Police Department is continuing the investigation and is nor releasing the victim’s name at this time.

Reward offered for information about murder

The Town of Hamburg Police, in conjunction with Greater Buffalo Metropolitan Crime Stoppers and Toys R Us, announce a $26,000 reward for information leading to the successful prosecution of the person responsible for the murder of Store Manager Laurence Wells on June 29 at about 5 a.m. at the McKinley Parkway location.

The Greater Buffalo Metropolitan Crime Stoppers will offer their maximum amount of $1,000 along with Toys R Us and their generous and caring reward contribution of $25,000 for a total of $26,000.

Wells was fatally attacked with a sharp instrument inside the store when he entered an office after the suspect had entered to presumably disable the surveillance system. The suspect left the hat he was wearing at the scene which contained a DNA profile, however, that profile was not a match in the current database.

Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to call the Crime Stoppers Tip Line at 867-6161 or www.gbmcrimestoopers.com or the Town of Hamburg Police at 648-5111 ext. 2502.

Blasdell man sentenced to 24 months for possession of child pornography

U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced that Jeremy Marsillo, 30, of Blasdell, who was convicted of possession of child pornography, was sentenced to 24 months in prison and five years of supervised release by Chief U.S. District Court Judge William M. Skretny.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Aaron J. Mango, who handled the case, stated that on May 19, 2012, the Hamburg Police Department received a report that the defendant left behind a SIM card at a residence he had been staying at. The report also indicated that the SIM card contained images of child pornography. In addition to the SIM card, Marsillo also had an electronic tablet also containing child pornography. A forensic analysis of the SIM card and the tablet uncovered approximately 100 images of child pornography stored on the SIM card, and an additional 174 images of child pornography stored on the tablet. The defendant obtained these images over the internet. Certain images contained depictions of violence against children.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice. Led by United States Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.

The sentencing is the culmination of an investigation on the part of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations, under the direction of James C. Spero, Special Agent-In-Charge; and the Town of Hamburg Police Department, under the direction of Chief Michael Williams.

Eden Police charge man on two separate days


Town of Eden Police Chief Michael Felschow responded to a violent domestic incident at a Hickox Road residence where they say Michael Fuller had been involved in a physical confrontation with two people who reside at that address.

Lieutenant John McCarthy assisted at the scene and arrested Fuller, who was charged with second degree harassment. He was arraigned before Town of Eden Justice Michael Cooper, who released him on the conditions of a stay away Order of Protection, preventing Fuller from being at the residence or near the victims.

While Eden Police were patrolling Hickox Road around 11 a.m. on Friday, July 12, Lt. McCarthy observed Fuller standing in the Hickox Road garage, and they pulled into the yard to inquire as to why he was violating the order.

When Fuller observed the police, they said he went out the rear of the garage and entered the residence through a back door.

Eden Police then took him back into custody for violating the Order of Protection.

He was then brought back in front of Judge Cooper and arraigned on a second degree criminal contempt charge. Bail was then set at $1,500.

Erie County Sheriff’s Department report

The Erie County Sheriff’s Department responded to a total of 172 calls last week, including:

• A caller reported seeing a black bear run into a corn field in the area of Eckhardt Road and Heinrich Road in the Town of Boston on Sunday, July 14.

Residents are reminded that food sources a bear may be attracted to include bird feeders, garbage cans and dirty grills. Residents are urged not to approach any bear and call the Erie County Sheriff’s Office Dispatch at 858-2903 to report any future sightings.

• Deputy Joel Schenfield responded to a two car auto accident involving injuries on Erie Road in Brant on Friday, July 12.

All parties in the accident complained of minor injuries. Both vehicles were towed from the scene and all involved in the accident refused medical treatment or transport to the hospital.

• Deputy Ryan Rogers responded to an ATV accident with injury on Versailles Plank Road in the Town of Brant involving a 15-year-old male whose name is withheld due to his age on Saturday, July 13.

The male was transported to Children’s Hospital by Mercy Flight with non life threatening injuries.

• Deputy Jeff Hicks stopped a vehicle on Brant Reservation Road operated by 43-year-old Scott Lay of Gowanda and arrested Lay for Aggravated Unlicensed Operation in the Second degree after a DMV computer check of Lay’s driver license indicated it was suspended/revoked due to a previous driving while intoxicated arrest from 2011.

Lay was released to appear at a later date in court.

The incident happened on Thursday, July 11.

• Sgt. Joe Belden responded to an ATV accident on Sisson Highway in North Collins where an elderly male was riding his ATV on his own property at which time the elderly male suffered a medical emergency causing him to drive his ATV over an embankment.

89-year-old Stanley Paradowski was transported to Erie County Medical Center by Mercy Flight with non-life threatening injuries.

The incident happened on Tuesday, July 9.

Assault charge levied against Blasdell man

At about 12:45 a.m. on Friday, July 12, Town of Hamburg Patrolmen John Miller and James Lichon responded to a disturbance call on Bender Court. When police arrived, both parties were separated and the victim was in the driveway with cuts to his face, swelling to his cheeks, lips and eyes, and his lips were bleeding.

A witness told officers that the victim and Dillon J. Pacella, 20, of Blasdell, were yelling at each other when Pacella attacked the victim, punching him in the face numerous times and causing injuries.

Police charged Pacella with third degree assault with intent to cause physical injury and second degree harassment for use of physical contact.

Evans woman facing DWI charge

At 12:31 a.m. on Tuesday, July 9 on Erie Road in Evans, Town of Evans Patrolmen Joseph LaRosa and Graig Leone observed a vehicle stopped at the red light traffic signal, northbound on North Main Street and Route 5. Police said the vehicle made a wide right turn onto Route 5, entering the left passing lane and crossing to the left of the double-yellow pavement markings.

The vehicle then drove sharply to the right, entering the right driving lane without signaling then sharply to the left passing lane, all without signaling.

Officers activated the emergency lights and the vehicle continued turning into Triton Valley Angola. Patrol then activated the siren and the vehicle then stopped in the roadway.

Police approached the vehicle that was driven by Julie A. Gajkowski, 30, of Evans. They said she had glassy eyes, slurred speech and a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage on her breath.

Gajkowski said she had been coming from a cemetery and had been drinking. Police did observe an open, partially-full can of beer on the passenger seat. They also noticed damage to the passenger-side door, consisting of a large dent, yellow paint, and the molding and mirror were missing, which another person in the vehicle said was not the case when she left.

Gajkowski then performed and failed several field sobriety tests.

A breathalyzer test revealed she had a nearly .27 blood alcohol content, which is more than three times the legal limit. As Gajkowski was being taken into custody, she became argumentative and combative and began yelling obscenities at her boyfriend and then at police, who struggled getting her into the patrol car. Police said Gajkowski then continuously kicked the windows and cage in the backseat of the patrol car.

She was then charged with driving while intoxicated, three counts of making an illegal turn from a parked position, driving to the left of pavement markings, three counts of moving from lane unsafely, improper right turn at the intersection, drinking alcohol in a motor vehicle on the highway and disorderly conduct for using obscene language or gestures.

Two men charged with disorderly conduct


At about 10:19 p.m. on Tuesday, July 9, Town of Evans Lieutenant Bradley DiMartino and Patrolman Joseph LaRosa observed Shawn D. Theobalds, 33 and William J. Merecki, 27, of Gowanda, yell obscene language numerous times over about a 20 minute span.

Both were charged with disorderly conduct and Theobalds was additionally charged with unlawful possession of marijuana after he told the officer that he had marijuana in his pocket.

Depew man faces charge in the Town of Evans

At about 2:23 a.m. on Wednesday, July 10, Town of Evans Patrolmen Jeffrey Mayer and Scott DeJohn observed a vehicle in a dark section of a parking lot on South Creek Road.

As officers approached, they said the vehicle backed up abruptly and attempted to leave.

While speaking with the operator, Yanislav V. Yankov, 20, of Depew, they learned that the female passenger was 14-years-old. Police learned that the victim was not allowed to be with Yankov and that he was trying to find a place to take the victim to “hang out.” The victim’s parents were contacted and police drove her home. The parents told police they were unfamiliar with Yankov.

Yankov was then charged with acting in a manner injurious to a child less than age 17.

Petit larceny charges are brought in Hamburg

At 11:45 p.m. on Monday, July 8, Town of Hamburg Patrolmn Robert Palmer and Lieutenant Robert Krone responded to Jeffrey Boulevard on a report of four people entering vehicles.

A statement provided by one of the suspects, an 18-year-old Lakeview woman, said that three other people were involved in the thefts. The suspect had a blue colored tool box in her possession that she said belonged to Darren Huttenmaier, 18, of Hamburg.

Darren J. Kuhl, 18, of Hamburg came to the police station to give a written statement. He claims that Huttenmaier was the person who entered the vehicles and stole all of the property. He also claims Huttenmaier stole the grey tool box from a vehicle on Martin Avenue.

Blasdell Police had received a call of a theft of property from a Martin Avenue resident, and at the same time, a Lake Avenue resident called to report a larceny from a vehicle, which included a detachable black radio head and two folding knives. Officers said they remembered the Lakeview woman had these items in her purse at the time of her giving a statement.

After getting her to return to the station, she admitted that Huttenmaier gave her the items to hold. Officers also discovered a blue wallet that did not belong to her in her purse.

In the meantime Huttenmaier and a fourth underage suspect called the station saying they needed a ride in order to give a statement. Police said the four gave conflicting reports against each other.

Huttenmaier and Kuhl were each charged with petit larceny.

Reckless driving cited by Town of Hamburg Police

At 12:45 p.m. on Friday, July 12, Town of Hamburg Patrolmen Norbert Schnorr and David Olday observed Bryan T. Weber, 20, of Hamburg eastbound on Lake Shore Road traveling 63 mph in a 40 mph zone. Patrols made a “U” turn to stop him.

Police said Weber then made a quick right turn onto Norton without signaling and accelerated at a high rate of speed in a 30 mph zone and then made a quick right turn onto Mt. Vernon Boulevard at a high rate of speed in an attempt to evade and elude patrol. Officers then put on emergency lights and siren, Weber made a left turn onto Cain and accelerated. He finally came to a stop after he left the road on Chapman Parkway. After backing out, police attempted to block his path and police chased him on a few more streets before he stopped.

He was charged with reckless driving, failure to stop at a stop sign, failure to yield the right-of-way to an emergency vehicle, speed not reasonable and prudent, speed violation for speeding in zone and unsafe turn/failure to signal.
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