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Police Blotter for March 14, 2013 for the towns of Boston, Brant, Eden, Evans, Hamburg and North Collins

Brant resident pleads guilty to vehicular manslaughter

Danielle N. Kellogg, 24, of Brant has plead guilty to first-degree vehicular manslaughter in connection with the vehicle accident Nov. 27 which left 7-month-old Baylee Marie Dion dead and her mother, Denise Hine, 31, of Hamburg seriously injured.

At the time of the accident, which occurred on Southwestern Boulevard (Route 20) on the Cattaraugus Indian Reservation, Kellogg was charged with driving while intoxicated and second-degree vehicular manslaughter, a lower charge than what she eventually pled guilty to.

According to authorities, Kellogg admitted to have previous been drinking and smoking marijuana before the accident and lost control of her vehicle, crossing the center line and crashing into the vehicle driven by Hine. The impact was so severe it split the Hine vehicle in half.

Kellogg also had a previous conviction of driving while ability impaired in 2010 in Chautauqua County.

She faces a maximum of 15 years in prison and is scheduled to appear before Erie County Court Judge Michael D’Amico at 9:30 a.m. on May 22 for sentencing.

Salamanca man charged in death of 3-year-old

Justin Crouse, 30, of Salamanca has been charged with second-degree murder in connection with the death of Gage Seneca, 3, of the Cattaraugus Indian Reservation.

According to the Erie County Sheriff’s Office, detectives responded to a 911 call from the victim’s home on the reservation at about 8:19 a.m. March 5 when the mother called to report her son was not breathing.

The 3-year-old was taken to Lake Shore Community Hospital, where he was pronounced dead minutes later.

Authorities said that the autopsy on the boy revealed he died from blunt force trauma to the head and

Crouse was charged March 6 and was arraigned at the Brant town court.

Eden teen charged after police find hashish

On Sunday, March 10, Town of Eden Police Officer Sam Beiter responded to a call of a suspicious person in a vehicle on Welch Drive.

The vehicle was located and an 18-year-old male Eden resident was found to be in possession of concentrated cannabis (hashish) and was taken into custody.

He was charged with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and possession of marijuana.

Erie County Sheriff Deputy Neil Held assisted police.

DWI accident causes power outage in Hamburg

At around midnight on Sunday, March 10, Town of Hamburg Police Officer Jason Nappo was dispatched to the area of Route 5 and Big Tree Road for a vehicle which had struck a utility pole, causing a wide-spread power outage in the area.

Upon arriving at the scene, Nappo observed a vehicle which had severed a utility pole at the base but no driver.

According to police, the driver, Chester M. Isaacs, III, 42, of the Town of Evans, was quickly located standing in the parking lot of Hoak’s Restaurant with his German Shepherd.

Isaacs initially claimed his dog jumped onto his lap, causing him to lose control of the vehicle and then he later said someone cut him off, causing him to lose control, police said.

Isaacs was asked to perform five standard field sobriety tests and failed them all, police said.

Isaccs was charged with aggravated driving while intoxicated (he had a blood alcohol content of .18 percent), DWI, drinking alcohol in a motor vehicle on a highway and failure to keep right.

DWI accident in Evans

At 12:41 p.m., Town of Evans Police Officers Thomas Castle and Luke Fioretti observed a black car up against a utility pole support wire, with the engine still running and the driver still sitting behind the steering wheel.

Lynn M. Metzger, 44, of the Town of Evans, told police she did not know how she had hit the pole and admitted to have been drinking.

Metzger failed all the field sobriety tests and refused to submit to a breath screening rest.

She was charged with driving while intoxicated and refusal to take the breath test.

E.C. Sheriff’s report

During the week of Monday, March 4 though Monday, March 11, the Erie County Sheriff’s Office Deputies from the North Collins substation responded to 186 calls.

• On Monday, March 4, Deputy Gary Mosier stopped a vehicle for an unspecified traffic infraction on Route 438 in the Town of Brant.

While running a check on the passengers, it was revealed that Andrew Hooper of Brant was wanted on a warrant out of the City of Lackawanna for aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle. He was taken into custody and turned over to the City of Lackawanna Police Department.

• On Saturday, March 9, Deputies Neil Held and Ryan Rogers responded to a report of a two car motor vehicle accident with injury on Route 20 in the Town of Brant.

Once at the scene, they observed a vehicle operated by Frank Thompson, 42, of Irving, had rear ended another vehicle.

According to police, Thompson’s vehicle was found to be in reverse and the deputies had to break a vehicle window to get at Thompson, who was passed out.

Thompson allegedly showed signs of being intoxicated and he refused to take the breath test. He was charged with driving while intoxicated and various violations of the vehicle and traffic laws.

Speeding results in DWI arrest in Hamburg

At 8:20 p.m. on Sunday, March 10, Town of Hamburg Police Officer Jeffrey Lavelle observed a vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed on Lakeview Road approaching Route 20.

Radar confirmed the vehicle was traveling at approximately 63 mph in a 45 mph zone.

The vehicle was stopped and the driver, Ashley Gorham, 25, of Evans was asked to perform standard field sobriety tests.

After failing five of the six tests, Gorham was charged with driving while intoxicates, taken into custody and transported to the Hamburg Police Station.

A Department of Motor Vehicle check revealed that Gorham’s driving license was suspended (with hardship privilege) based on a previous DWI arrest, police said.

She was charged with felony first-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, aggravated DWI, DWI and speeding.

Potted pot plants picked

While responding to a disturbance call at 5:36 a.m. on Friday, March 8 at a High Street apartment in the Village of Angola, Town of Evans Police found a small marijuana growing operation.

According to police, when Lt. Michael Masullo and Officers Ralph Maslach, Matthew Stonitsch and Jeffrey DeVinney arrived at the scene, while still outside they could hear loud yelling coming from inside the second story apartment.

They observed Christine Rohauer, 30, of Lackawanna at the top of the stairwell crying and she said she and her friend were fighting and that the male was dragging her around so she punched, scratched and kicked him.

The officers said they observed there was blood on the man’s face along with scratches and Rohauer was taken into custody. She was charged with second-degree harassment and disorderly conduct.

During the investigation, DeVinney reported seeing 10 marijuana plants in pots out in plain view in the apartment.

Along with the plants was found a plastic container with suspected marijuana inside.

Joseph A. Capasso, 33, of Angola allegedly told police the plants were his and that he grows them for his own use.

The plants were pulled from their pots and taken to the police station.

Capasso was charged with unlawful growing of cannabis.

Teen charged narcotics/marijuana possession

At 12:48 p.m. on Friday, March 8, Town of Hamburg Police Officer David Olday responded to a report of a shoplifter running from Walmart.

Patrols searched the area and Olday observed a vehicle leaving the Hamburg Trailer Park with three subjects inside, with one matching the suspect’s description.

The vehicle was stopped, with the assistance of Officers Vincent Pupo and Jeffery Paluch and the suspect was removed from the front seat.

Ryan W. Murray, 20, of Hamburg, allegedly admitted to police he did take an item from Walmart but threw the item away in the woods. He was charged with petit larceny.

According to police, the vehicle operator, Cody J. Barrett, 18, of Blasdell, was unable to produce a driver’s license and became belligerent with Olday while he was being asked some questions.

Barrett was removed from the vehicle and was patted down by Olday for weapons when inside a pocket was found a bag of suspected marijuana.

Inside Barrett’s car was found a bag in brown powder, which was later confirmed to be hashish.

Barrett was charged with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, unlawful possession of marijuana, operation of a motor vehicle by an unlicensed driver and no right side mirror on an omni bus.

Barrett was released on appearance tickets.

Murray was released on $200 bail.

Copper pipes taken from inside Evans residence

While investigating a suspicious vehicle/person complaint at 10:30 p.m. on Sunday, March 10, Evans Police Officers Joseph LaRosa, Jeffrey Mayer and Gregory Szarowicz observed a window and door were open at a vacant residence.

While checking the area the officers saw that the coverings over the doors and window had been removed and two piles of copper pipe were piled outside.

Inside the building the officers found evidence of someone having gone through the building and various items were recovered.

The Evans Detective Bureau is continuing the investigation into the incident.

Hit-and-run suspect found a month later

At 2:55 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 7, Town of Hamburg Police were informed that a vehicle had been struck while parked in the lot of the Tops Market on McKinley Parkway and the suspect vehicle then fled the area.

A partial plate number was reported and detectives continued their investigation.

On March 2, Detective Scott Kashino located the suspect vehicle at a collision shop in Orchard Park.

Pictures of the vehicle were taken and the vehicle was identified by a witness who saw the original accident.

According to police, the vehicle owner, Cassandra A. Plumb, 31, of Hamburg, had been arrested in Orchard Park the day after the accident and was charged with driving while intoxicated and other vehicle and traffic infractions.

On March 7, Plumb did sign a statement regarding her involvement in the Feb. 7 crash, police said.

Evans police find heroin

At 1:09 a.m. on Sunday, March 10, Town of Evans Police Officer Joseph LaRosa observed a vehicle being operated in an erratic manner on Lake Shore Road.

The vehicle was stopped on Peppertree Drive and Aaron J. Jaremka, 30, of Tonawanda, was identified as the vehicle operator.

A computer check revealed that his driver’s license had been suspended in January for an insurance lapse.

According to police, Jaremka told LaRosa there was heroin inside the car and a package of suspected heroin was found in the driver’s side door storage compartment.

Jaremka was charged with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, operation of a motor vehicle by an unlicensed driver and failure to keep right.

A computer check revealed a warrant for Jaremka from Austin, Texas for failure to appear for a driving while intoxicated.

Smell of smoke but no fire found in Evans townhouse

At 6:28 p.m. on Saturday, March 9, Town of Evans Police responded to a possible structure fire at one of the attached townhouses on Independence Drive.

Also responding were North Evans, Highland and Lakeview fire companies, as well as Rural Metro and North Evans 10.

Attempts were made to contact the residents, to no avail and a forced entry was made into one of the townhouses. No one was found in the structure and although there was a strong odor of smoke in the residence, no signs of smoke or fire was found.

Evans 10 was also unable to determine the cause or origin of the smoke, police said.

An emergency enclosure was made to secure the residence and police were to continue their attempt to contact the property owners.

Car seat safety check March 23 in Boston

The Boston Emergency Squad is hosting a child car seat safety check from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, March 23 at their hall at 8500 Boston State Road.

This safety check is open to anyone.

Eden monthly report

During the month of February the Town of Eden Police handled 284 complaints.

This included 12 accident calls (three injury and nine property damage), seven total arrests, which includes two for driving while intoxicated arrests and seven criminal investigations.

Police officers issued 59 summons, which included 24 for speeding, six were inspection/registration violations one miscellaneous suspension and five stop sign/red lights violations.

For community policing there were 28 first aid, 10 alarms, five assists to other departments, 374 premises checked, two welfare checks, four school related and four lockouts.

The Eden Reserve Police Officers logged in 96 hours.


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