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Police blotter from the April 17 edition of The Sun

Investigator rules Evans fire not accidental
Evans police were requested to appear at a Garfield address on April 9, in response to a report of a garage fire. When Patrolman Jeffrey DeVinney arrived, he saw units from the Lake Erie Beach Fire Department on site, fighting the blaze.

A witness told police that she heard a loud bang approximately five minutes prior to the start of the fire, and thought that a car accident had taken place or that someone had slammed a door loudly. Other interviewed neighbors said that they did not hear or see anything out of the ordinary.

A subject, whose name has not been released, told police that, after returning from the beach earlier in the evening, he was in his home all night. He said that the burning home’s two-car garage was set up as a party area.

A second suspect was interviewed by police and said that she had heard a loud bang that may have come from the garage. She said that she was in that garage a few years ago, and had seen several paint cans, which may have been the source of the explosion.

A fire investigator arrived on the scene and determined that the fire was not accidental. The home has been vacant for a year. The initial firefighting personnel said that the structure’s door was unlocked, when they arrived. This case remains open.

Kelly Nephew arrested
Evans Patrolman Luke Fioretti said that he noticed a suspicious vehicle on the evening of April 10. He later witnessed Kelly Nephew, 19, of Gowanda exit a building and begin vomiting in the parking lot.

After patrol went to check on the subject’s welfare, he also discovered that the subject was wanted on a warrant out of Cheektowaga.

Nephew was taken to the Evans Police Station, where he was later picked up by the Cheektowaga Police Department.

Evans man arrested
Evans Patrolman Luke Fioretti stopped a vehicle operated by Matthew Guiher, 30, of Evans on Erie Road.

Police found that the subject had a suspended driver’s license. After Guiher was asked to exit the vehicle, Fioretti discovered five white, oval pills lying on the driver’s seat. The medication was identified as Acetaminophen/Hydrocodone. Unsecured cash was lying several inches from the pills.

Guiher was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance, equipment violation and aggravated, unlicensed operation third.

He was processed and released on appearance tickets.

Possession arrest

Erie County Sheriff’s Deputy Matt Krypel stopped a vehicle operated by 49-year-old David Wiley of Angola for a traffic infraction.

Wiley was also cited for unlawful possession of marijuana. He is scheduled to appear in court, at a later date.

Possession of marijuana
Evans Patrolman Joseph LaRosa stopped a vehicle for several violations. The operator of the vehicle was 16-year-old Jacob Aronica of Lancaster.

LaRosa reported observing a prescription bottle filled with marijuana on the floor of the passenger side front seat of the vehicle.

Although Aronica had a learner’s permit, he was unlicensed and did not have a licensed driver in the vehicle.

The vehicle was towed and Aronica was transported to the police station, where he was booked and released to his father on an appearance ticket, returnable to the Evans Town Court.

North Collins man arrested
While investigating a struck deer complaint on Feddick Road in Boston, Erie County Sheriff’s Deputy Ken Achtyl located cannabis inside the car that had hit the animal.

The driver, 20-year-old William Sywak of North Collins, was cited for unlawful possession of marijuana.

Sywak was ordered to appear in court, at a later date.

Evans police serve warrant
While serving another outstanding warrant on April 10, Evans Patrolman Matthew Stonitsch saw Joshua Diorio, 25, of Evans exit a building.

Patrol discovered that Diorio was wanted on a valid warrant out of the city of Buffalo, for failure to pay a fine.

The subject was turned over to the Buffalo Police Department.

Hamburg man arrested on several charges
On April 12, Evans Patrolman Ralph Maslach observed a vehicle on Kennedy Avenue that had a headlight out on the passenger side. After stopping the car, driven by Glenn Kent, 42, of the town of Hamburg, Maslach observed open cans of beer in the center console of the vehicle, and said that he could smell alcohol on the offender’s breath.

Kent produced a conditional driver’s license, which he confirmed he was violating, by drinking beer in his vehicle. He also admitted to having a past driving while intoxicated conviction.

Maslach said that Kent had glassy eyes, slurred speech and poor motor coordination. Although he passed the finger count, the subject failed several other field sobriety tests. Police discovered that Kent’s driver’s license had been revoked for the previous DWI.

After the subject was arrested, police inventoried his vehicle and discovered a bag of marijuana inside the center column.

Kent was charged with unlawful possession of marijuana, operating a motor vehicle with a 0.08 percent or more blood alcohol concentration, DWI: previous conviction, operating in violation of a conditional license, drinking alcohol in a motor vehicle on the highway, equipment violation and aggravated, unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle.

Arrest made in Brant
Erie County Sheriff’s Deputy Gary Mosier stopped a vehicle operated by 26-year-old Amber Izzo of Colonie, N.Y. on Brant Road in Brant for a traffic infraction on April 5.

A department of motor vehicles check showed that Izzo’s license was suspended.

The subject was arrested for aggravated, unlicensed operation in the third degree. She was released and ordered to appear in court, at a later date.

Police locate marijuana

A New York state trooper stationed at the Collins barracks initiated a traffic stop for inadequate/loud exhaust on Route 62 in the village of North Collins.

While issuing the ticket to 34-year-old Brandon Willet of Hamburg, the trooper observed a metal smoking pipe containing marijuana inside the vehicle.

Willet was processed at the scene and was issued an appearance ticket, returnable to the North Collins Town Court.

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