Former Bills player charged with DWI
Town of Hamburg Police have charged former Buffalo Bills and All Pro-Bowl football player Ruben Brown, 40, of Orchard Park, with driving while intoxicated following an accident at 11:19 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 29.
According to police, when Officer Jason Nappo arrived at the scene of an rear-end collision accident at Abbott Road near Thurston Avenue, he saw one of the vehicles resting on its roof in the roadway with the driver already outside.
The driver of that vehicle was evaluated by emergency squad personnel after he complained of pain in his hands.
Brown, the operator of the second vehicle, said he was not injured, but did have a slight odor of an alcoholic beverage on his person, police said.
After failing several field sobriety tests and refusing to submit to the Data Master test, Brown was charged with driving while intoxicated, following too close and speed not reasonable and prudent.
Further investigation revealed that Brown’s license showed a revocation for DWI from out of state in 2008. Police have requested information to see if there was a DWI conviction in that state.Tractor trailer and car accident in Eden
A tractor-trailer and car accident at Route 20 at Shadagee Road in Eden has left one man in critical condition.
According to Town of Eden Police Sgt. Shawn Bishop, at 1:08 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 2, a 2007 Freightliner tractor-trailer operated by James Kipfer, 60, of Cowlesville, ran the red light at the intersection of Route 20 at South Creek and Shadagee roads and struck a 2004 Chevrolet Caviler operated by a 20-year-old Derby man which had entered the intersection from South Creek Road.
The victim was extricated from his vehicle by members of the Eden Fire Department and transported to the Erie County Medical Center by Mercy Flight, where he is listed in critical condition in the trauma intensive care unit.
The crash is still under investigation and charges are pending against Kipfer, Bishop said.Tools from truck taken
At 10 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 24, Village of Hamburg Police were informed that someone had entered a service truck parked on Main Street and removed a variety of tools, including a chain saw and an impact drill.
Value of the missing items was set at $500.Guns and coins taken
Sometime between 8 a.m. and 6:20 p.m on Friday, Sept. 28, someone entered a residence on Argyle Avenue, Evans ,and removed several long guns, old coins and a gold/diamond ring.
According to Town of Evans Police, the guns were removed by breaking into gun safes.
The Evans Detective Bureau is continuing their investigation into the incident.Speeding leads to DWI charges in N. Collins
During a routine patrol at 3:30 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 30, Village of North Collins Police observed a vehicle traveling at 57 mph in a 45 mph zone.
According to police, the vehicle was observed crossing the double solid yellow line numerous times before it finally stopped for the patrol officer.
Chris J. Martin, 26, of Wilson, failed several field sobriety tests and was charged with driving while intoxicated, speeding and failure to operate in lane.Pharmacist from Hamburg turns in license
Following the Board of Regents disciplinary actions early in September, William Frank Kania, of Hamburg, and listed owner/pharmacist of Ridgewood Pharmacy in Lackawanna, surrendered his license.
According to the New York State Education Department, Kania did not contest the charge of having been convicted of criminal diversion of prescription medications.E.C. Sheriff’s report
The Erie County Sheriff’s Office Deputies from the North Collins substation responded to 162 calls from Sunday, Sept. 23 to Monday, Oct. 1.
• On Wednesday, Sept. 26, Deputy Gary Mosier responded to a report of a hit-and-run accident, where a vehicle had struck and damaged a guardrail on Route 438.
The driver of the vehicle, John Donnelly, 53, of Silver Creek, was located and asked to perform several road sobriety tests, which he failed, police said.
Donnelly was charged with aggravated driving while intoxicated (he had a blood alcohol content of .18 percent), leaving the scene of a property damage accident and speed not reasonable and prudent.
• On Thursday, Sept. 27, Deputies Jason Bouton and Kenneth Achtyl responded to a report of a rollover injury/accident on Boston State Road in the Town of Boston.
According to police, a vehicle operated by Keith Conrad, 22, of Boston, left the west shoulder of Boston State Road, striking a telephone pole and a tree, at which time the vehicle overturned and struck the front porch of a residence.
Conrad was transported by a Rural Metro ambulance to Erie County Medical Center for non-life threatening injuries.
Boston State Road was closed for a short period of time while National Grid removed the downed power lines from the roadway.
According to police, the accident was caused by driver inattention and Conrad was charged for speed not reasonable and prudent.
• On Monday, Oct. 1, Deputies responded to a report of a garage fire at a Southwestern Boulevard address in the Town of Brant, which had been called in by a passerby.
Members of the Brant Volunteer Fire Department responded to the call. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.Accident on Route 219 leads to DWI charges
At about 7 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 29, New York State Troopers responded to a two-car property damage auto accident heading north on Route 219 in the Town of Boston.
According to police, the driver of one of the vehicles, Donald P. Rott, Jr., 52, of Buffalo, appeared to be intoxicated and was given several field sobriety tests.
Rott was charged with driving while intoxicated.Vehicle stolen from driveway in Hamburg
Sometime between 9 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 26 and 6 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 27, someone stole a 2008 maroon four-door Saturn from the driveway of a Midshore Drive home in the Town of Hamburg,
According to police, the owner of the vehicle said he left the keys in the car by mistake as he was packing for a trip for the next day.
When he woke up he found the vehicle gone, along with his wallet, a $2,000 set of golf clubs and personal papers.DWI arrest in Evans
At 3:01 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 26, Town of Evans Police Lt. Bradley DiMartino observed a vehicle traveling on Erie Road, traveling at 60 mph in a 40 mph zone in an erratic manner.
According to police, when DiMartino activated the patrol vehicle’s emergency lights, the vehicle continued traveling down Erie Road before turning into the parking lot of an apartment complex, then continued driving between the buildings before coming to a stop in the rear of the lot.
According to police, the driver, Mikol V. Rockwood, 22, of Evans, immediately exited the driver side of the vehicle and was told by DiMartino to get back into the vehicle.
At that time, Rockwood allegedly became belligerent, used obscene language at the officer and had to be subdued and handcuffed.
Rockwood allegedly continued to be belligerent at the police station and failed several field sobriety tests which were administered at the station.
Rockwood was charged with driving while intoxicated, second-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle (previous conviction), disorderly conduct, speeding, driving on the shoulders of a highway and moving from lane unsafely.Bills tickets stolen
On Monday, Oct. 1, Village of Hamburg Police were informed that someone had stolen a Holiday Lane resident’s Buffalo Bills season tickets.
According to the victim, he had last seen them on Friday, Sept. 21 and when he went to get his ticket for the Sunday, Sept. 30 game, they were gone.
Value of the missing tickets is $2,000.Unlocked homes and vehicles beg to be robbed
Local police agencies again urge all residents to lock their vehicles, even in their driveway and do not leave any keys inside them.
Also lock all doors to your homes, including garage entry doors.
There has been a marked increase in criminal activity in the area, and leaving doors unlocked is an open invitation to be robbed, police said.
Some of the latest incidents that were reported to the Town of Hamburg Police from Wednesday, Sept. 19 through Tuesday, Sept. 25 include unlocked cars entered into on Columbia Street, Seventh Street, Windsor Terrace, Stratford Terrace, Mt. Vernon Boulevard, Rogers Road and Chapman Parkway.
Reported taken were: cash, a violin, iPod, radar detectors, CPS units, cell phones, a digital camera, music CDs, a racquet ball, sunglasses, stadium chairs and various other items, with a total value of over $3,000.
An unlocked garage at another Chapman Parkway address was also entered into on Sept. 19 and tools, two mountain bikes and a set of roller blades were reported taken. Value of those items was set at $1,219. Truck driver charged with DWI in Evans
At 3:50 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 28 Town of Evans Police Office Joseph LaRosa observed a pickup truck, towing a flatbed, goose-neck trailer, bearing a Michigan registration, being operated in an erratic manner on North Main Street in the Village of Angola.
Upon stopping the vehicle, LaRosa observed that the driver, Jeffrey J. Nowicki, 30, of Michigan, appeared to be intoxicated.
After failing several field sobriety tests, Nowicki was charged with driving while intoxicated, refusal to take breath test, driving left of pavement markings, moving from lane unsafely, illegal signal from parked position, log book violations and excessive driving hours.
He was arraigned before Evans Justice Dennis Glascott and was remanded to the Erie County Holding Center in lieu of $250 bail.Hamburg man charged in garage burglary
Town of Hamburg Police responded to a call of a burglary of a garage at a Durham Road residence on Tuesday, Sept. 25, where approximately $2,500 worth of items were reported taken.
According to police, following an investigation, search warrants were issued for two residents in Hamburg, as well as a Ford Windstar. Inside one of the homes, items were found belonging to the victims.
John H. Morey, 44, of Hamburg, was charged with felony fourth-degree grand larceny, felony third-degree burglary, fifth-degree criminal possession of stolen property and petit larceny.Here are our Police Blotter policies
Over the years numerous readers have asked why things are or are not in the Police Log. In an attempt to address some of these questions, here is how we decide what to print and what we leave out.
All information we receive for the Police Log comes from the various Police Departments in our area, including the New York State Police, the Erie County Sheriff’s Department along with all of our local town and village Police Departments.
We do not accept information from individuals through the mail, email or in person. If someone comes into our office with a complaint and it sounds valid, a reporter will contact the appropriate Police Department. This is a safety precaution not only for The Sun but also for individuals who may be innocent of any charges.
We also do not accept personal requests to not print information we receive from the police departments. If the information we receive from the police agencies fits our parameters, it will be printed.
There have been numerous requests that we list the name of every person who is arrested for driving while impaired or intoxicated. Since we have limited space, we need guidelines on what information to publish.
We list felony DWIs , DWIs which result in an accident, DWIs with drugs, DWIs where the person refuses to cooperate with police (refusal to take a breath/chemical/blood test, belligerent, resisting arrest, etc.) and in some cases DWI where the blood alcohol content is two times or more over the limit. A felony DWI means that the operator of the vehicle has been convicted of DWI at least one other time in the past 10 years.
In the case of criminal possession of an illegal or controlled substance or possession of marijuana we list the suspect’s name unless it’s a minor (under the age of 16) or if police are working with the suspect in pending arrests.
For petit larceny we usually list losses of $50 or more. If there happens to be a series of smaller crimes — perhaps taking place in the same neighborhood, for example — we will print that to warn the residents of a problem.
For shoplifting incidents, we usually waive the $100 threshold, since local businesses are severely impacted by these incidents. By listing suspects who have been apprehended it sometimes is a deterrent against future theft.
Stolen vehicles are often not listed because they are recovered in less than 24 hours. Also, vehicles have been reported stolen at the McKinley Mall, for example, only to be found later that day in a different part of the parking lot because the owner forgot where they had parked.
Domestics are handled on an individual basis and typically are only listed when arrests are made, especially if assaults, imprisonment or threats to children occur.
Fires are usually listed if there is major damage to the structure or criminal activity is suspected. Typically, auto accidents are listed only when there are injuries or serious driver infractions.
When the police make an arrest following an investigation, we usually list that information because we feel the readers are interested in follow up stories of criminal activity in the area.
Sometimes names are withheld from the public and press because of ongoing investigations, the suspects are juveniles or there are plea deals with the court.
For each issue we take all the information we receive and choose which fit our criteria.
These guidelines are simply that — guidelines. Incidents that may be unusual or out of the ordinary may also appear even though they don’t fit the guidelines.