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Police Log June 26, 2012

Village house fire

Hamburg Fire Department responded to a house fire early Sunday (June 24) morning on George Street. All the residents of the house were able to exit safely. The fire appeared to be confined to the upper story and was knocked down quickly by firefighters.

Pedestrian killed on Sowles Road

Town of Hamburg Police are continuing their investigation into a fatal pedestrian/vehicle accident which occurred at approximately 3:30 a.m. on Friday, June 22.

According to police, Cameron John, 24, of Hamburg was struck by a vehicle while he was on Sowles Road in the Town of Hamburg.

The Hamburg Accident Investigation Unit was at the scene within minutes of the fatal accident and they are continuing their investigation to determine why John was along the roadway.

The name of the vehicle driver has not been released at this time because the investigation is currently ongoing and no charges have been filed at this time.

Charges filed against Eden man on growing operation

Robert L. Osika, 46, of Eden, Jorge Melendez, Jason Elardo, and Gale Elardo have been charged in a 10 count indictment with conspiracy to manufacture more than 1,000 marijuana plants, manufacturing more than 100 marijuana plants, maintaining a premises for drug purposes, and possessing marijuana with the intent to sell it. The charges carry a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years in prison, a maximum of life, a fine of $8,000,000 or both.

Defendants Jason Elardo and his wife, Gale Elardo, were also charged with possessing firearms in furtherance of drug trafficking for firearms located in their residence in close proximity to marijuana packaged for sale. This charge carries an additional mandatory minimum sentence of five years in prison, a maximum of life, a fine of $250,000 or both. If convicted, the sentence would run consecutive to any other imposed sentence.

All four defendants were arraigned on Monday, June 25 and are due back in court on Aug. 6 at 10 a.m. Gale Elardo is schedule to return to court on June 28, 2012 to appear with an attorney.

‘Hit the Beach’ July 11

The 28th annual Evans Police Benevolent Association “Hit the Beach” summer fundraiser will be held from 2 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, July 11.

Prizes this year include a 32-inch Hivac HD LCD-TV, courtesy of Shultz Hardware; LSDA digital fire safe, donated by A Village Locksmith and a Garmin E-tech hand-held GPS donated by Olson Bros Marine.

Cala’s Kitchen and catering will be serving roast beef at approximately 5 p.m. There will be Lakeside Market sausage, hot dogs and hamburgers, as well as clams, pop and beer (must be 21 to consume alcoholic beverages). There will also be a two-man team horseshoe contest with prizes and there will be live music by The Strangers,

Police are reminding residents this event is for adults only and there is free parking at the South Shore Inn Captain Kidd’s.

Tickets are $25 advance donation and may be purchased from any Evans police officer.

All proceeds are donated back to needy organizations in the Evans community.

Anyone wishing to donate door prizes may contact any Evans Police Officer.

Signs are missing in Evans

Town of Evans Police report that sometime over the past week, two “Police Station” directional signs were taken.

One was located on Lake Shore Road near Wendt Beach Park. The other was located on Lake Shore Road near the Evangola State Park entrance on the Evans side.

The signs, which have only been up for a month, are described as being blue in color, with a male officer wearing a hat on the top, with the words Police Station and an arrow on the bottom.

Anyone with information about the signs is asked to call the Evans Police Department at 549-3600.

Drugs found in teen’s car

At 12:19 a.m. on Saturday, June 23, Village of North Collins Police observed a vehicle being operated in an erratic fashion on Route 62 in the village.

According to police, when they stopped they vehicle they observed that the driver, Gunner C. Hubbard, 17, of North Collins to be in possession of four small bags of suspected cocaine.

He was also found to be in possession of an alleged marijuana pipe and a small amount of suspected marijuana.

Hubbard was charged with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, unlawful possession of marijuana and failure to drive in lane.

According to police, the passenger, Shawn P.R. Cushman, 16, of Orchard Park was found to be in possession of a small bag of suspected cocaine. He was charged with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.

Both were released on an appearance ticket to appear in Town of North Collins Court.

The Erie County Sheriff Department assisted in this incident.

E.C. Sheriff’s report

The Erie County Sheriff’s Officer reports the following incidents.

• On Thursday, June 21, Erie County Sheriff’s Deputies Brandan Connolly and Tony Yavicoli responded to a report of a house fire on Brant Road in the Village of North Collins.

Upon the deputies’ arrival all occupants of the house were safely evacuated.

The fire was extinguished by the North Collins Fire Department.

The Erie County Sheriff’s Fire Investigation Unit determined the fire was started by an unattended candle. The fire caused a unknown amount of damage.

• On Saturday, June 23, Deputies Joel Schenfield and Jeff Hicks responded to a report of an injured jet-skier at Snyder Beach in Brant.

According to police, the victim’s leg was fractured and he was transported to the Erie County Medical Center. He reported that he was hit by another jet-ski or vessel, which caused him to fall off his jet-ski and injure his leg.

Deputy Tim Dusza of the Erie County Sheriff’s Marine Unit is handling the investigation.

Accident in Big Tree roundabout drug related

At 1:35 p.m. on Friday, June 15, Town of Hamburg Police officer David Olday responded to an accident on the Big Tree Road traffic circle on South Park Avenue.

According to police they found the suspect, Steven D. Martin, 40, of Buffalo staggering around outside his truck saying his back was in pain.

Rural Metro responded and Martin signed off on the injury.

According to police, Martin had driven over six traffic signs and hit a car in the traffic circle before coming to rest on the island of the circle.

A check of the suspect’s license showed an I.D. only, with the license being revoked on Dec. 28, 2010 for driving while intoxicated.

A search of the vehicle revealed some prescription methadone and neurontin, and xanax in a headache pill bottle that was not prescribed to Martin.

According to police, Martin had also been involved in a hit-and-run accident on Southwestern Boulevard, where his vehicle allegedly struck the rear end of another vehicle at a traffic light before taking off.

Martin was charged with felony driving while ability impaired by drugs, felony first-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, operation of a motor vehicle by an unlicensed driver, seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, failure to yield right of way at a traffic circle and moving from lane unsafely.

Series of car larcenies

Town of Evans Police report there were a series of car larcenies in the Roat Drive and Bennett and Lake Shore roads area from Tuesday, June 19 through Monday, June 25.

According to police, items taken include a GPS device, a radar detector, iPods, CDs, a camera, a laptop computer and three computer hard drives, video tapes, a briefcase, credit cards, personal papers and cash.

Value of the missing items was set at over $2,100 dollars.

According to police, the vehicles were unlocked at the time the articles were taken.

Car smashed local bar

At 9:50 p.m. on Wednesday, June 20, Town of Hamburg Police responded to disturbance call at a local drinking establishment on Clark Street.

According to police, the suspect, Jennifer A. Giuliani, 25, of Batavia, threw a drink at a man in the bar and then left. In the process of leaving, she allegedly struck the door of the establishment with her vehicle, causing an estimated $255 worth of damage.

Giuliani was found at the Buffalo Raceway at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, June 21 and was charged with fourth-degree criminal mischief and second-degree reckless property damage.

No shooting arrows in residential areas

Town of Hamburg Police warn residents to not shoot arrows or pellet guns in residential areas, due to the close proximity of neighbors.

Case in point, while a young teen was shooting arrows in the backyard of a Morgan Parkway home, an arrow was fired incorrectly, bounced off a fence and lodged in the side of a neighboring garage.

No-one was injured, but police warn that offenders found shooting arrows, BBs and pellet guns in close quarters could be charged with second-degree reckless endangerment.

Criminal sale of cocaine

At 8:24 p.m. on Thursday, June 21, Town of Evans Police received information of possible drug activity at a motel on Erie Road.

Lt. Michael Masullo, along with Officers Patrick Atler, Joseph LaRosa, Jeffrey Mayer and Gregory Szarowicz set up surveillance.

A vehicle, which police were going to pull over for a traffic stop, pulled into the motel lot and a person quickly exited the building and approached the passenger-side window.

Police investigated the incident and police observed a clear plastic bag of suspected crack cocaine on the lap of a suspect, who then allegedly reached under his seat where a second bag of suspected crack cocaine was located.

Carlos A. Figueroa, 21, of Buffalo, was charged with third-degree felony criminal possession of a narcotic drug with the intent to sell and felony fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, cocaine.

Eden monthly report

During the month of May the Town of Eden Police handled 603 complaints.

This included 12 accident calls (two injury and 10 property damage), 19 total arrests, which includes one for driving while intoxicated arrest and 21 criminal investigations.

Police officers issued 229 traffic summons, which included 85 for speeding, 38 were inspection/registration violations, 26 equipment violations, five miscellaneous suspensions and 12 cell phone violations.

For community policing there were 42 first aid, 14 alarms, nine assists to other departments, 296 premises checked, eight welfare checks, three funeral escorts, three school related and 10 lockouts.

The Eden Reserve Police Officers logged in 182 hours.


In a June 21 Police Blotter item it was incorrectly listed that a John Kniery, 23, of Lackawanna, was charged with second-degree scheme to defraud and violation of local law for vendors (he did not have the town’s soliciting permit) for a job to cut down some trees, grind the stumps, perform a maple tree injection and do a complete cleanup, which the victim claimed had not been done.

The person actually hired was John F. Kniery, 50, of Lackawanna and no charges were filed. Police recommended the victim to resolve the incident civilly through small claims court in Lackawanna.

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2012-06-28 | 14:59:23
Fire in village
What was the cause of the fire?
2012-06-29 | 11:48:55
Nice correction on the John Kniery story, you really botched the details quite severely. You should apologize to Mr. Kniery.
2012-08-25 | 19:48:58
john kniery
FYI. Mr. Kniery- AKA- "TreeService by John"- Continues to go door to door in Lackawanna soliciting tree removal and stump grinding for which he takes cash and DOES NOT finish the work or return phone calls. The LA> Police should do their jobs
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