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Police blotter from the Dec. 19 edition of The Sun

Justin MacFarland
Clarence trooper arrests Blasdell man for DWI

A Clarence trooper stopped a black Toyota Tundra on Main Street in Clarence for failing to stop at a stop sign and moving from lane unsafely.

The incident occurred at 12:05 a.m. on Dec. 7.

The operator, Justin MacFarland, 35, of Blasdell, showed signs of intoxication and failed roadside sobriety tests, according to police.

The subject was placed under arrest for driving while intoxicated. He refused to submit to a breath test at the Clarence station.

MacFarland was issued traffic tickets to appear in the town of Clarence Court and will additionally be scheduled for a department of motor vehicles hearing, for the breath test refusal.

Two-vehicle injury crash under investigation
Erie County Sheriff Timothy Howard has reported that the Erie County Sheriff’s Office Crash Investigation Unit is investigating a two-vehicle injury crash.

Lori Burgos, 50, of Lackawanna was driving westbound on Route 5 in the town of Brant on the morning of Dec. 14, when she lost control of her 2000 Ford Contour and entered the eastbound lane.

The subject’s vehicle was struck by a 2004 Ford Expedition, driven by 53-year-old Tracey Irvin of Silver Creek.

Burgos was transported to the Erie County Medical Center by Rural Metro Ambulance and is listed in critical condition. A passenger in her vehicle, 58-year-old Debbie Higgins of Derby, and Irvin were both transported to Lakeshore Hospital by the village of Farnham Volunteer Fire Company, with minor injuries.

The cause of the crash is still under investigation.

Ongoing investigation into recent car accident
The town of Hamburg Police Department is investigating a car accident that occurred at 1:30 a.m. on Dec. 13.

A 2006 Chevrolet Blazer, operated by Raymond Barrett, 47, of Evans, was traveling westbound on Lakeshore Road near Buckskin Trail, when it crossed over the double yellow markings and struck an eastbound 2013 Mitsubishi Lancer, head on.

The drivers of both vehicles had to be extricated by emergency personnel. The driver of the Mitsubishi, Neil Wansor, 20, was transported by Mercy Flight Western New York to the Erie County Medical Center, with serious injuries. His passenger, Jessica Borowski, 18, was also transported to the hospital, but was released with minor injuries.

Barrett was taken to the ECMC by Lakeview Fire, with an ankle injury. He was arrested for driving while intoxicated, felony aggravated unlicensed operation, driving to left of pavement markings and moving from a lane unsafely.

The town of Hamburg Police Accident Investigation Unit continues to investigate and further charges may be forthcoming, after consultation with the district attorney’s office.

Two Evans residents arrested

Robert Culver, 26, of Evans was arrested for criminal possession of a controlled substance and marijuana possession at 1:34 p.m. on Dec. 3.

Gregory Clandon, 22, of Evans was also arrested, and charged with criminal possession of a hypodermic instrument.

The arrests were made by Evans Patrolman Ralph Maslach, who recovered a Fentanyl patch, marijuana, hypodermic needles, $5,918 in cash, an empty Lidoderm® box, partial Methylprednisolone box, cell phones and glass mirrors with residue.

Both offenders were ordered to appear in Evans Town Court.

Son steals rent check from mother
An Evans resident told Evans Patrolman Michael Kauzala that her son, 25-year-old Steven Klopp, had stolen a rent check from her purse.

When the victim discovered the theft, she confronted Klopp and recovered the stolen check. She signed a complaint for petit larceny and requested a criminal summons.

Controlled substance arrest
Evans Patrolman Ralph Maslach, under the direction of New York probation, was on hand and helped conduct a search of 25-year-old Joshua Diorio’s Evans residence on Dec. 2.

Police recovered an 8-mg./2-mg. Suboxone® sublingual film from the subject’s bedroom.

Diorio was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance and the film was confiscated.

Blasdell man arrested for DWI

A Boston New York state trooper stopped a blue Dodge Stratus for failing to signal a turn on Abbott Road in Orchard Park at 5:40 a.m. on Dec. 7.

The operator, 22-year-old Jacob Stabler of Blasdell, showed signs of intoxication and failed roadside sobriety tests, according to police.

Stabler was placed under arrest for driving while intoxicated. A breath test revealed that he had a 0.09 percent blood alcohol concentration. He was issued traffic tickets to appear in the town of Orchard Park Court, at a later date.

Fire destroys Evans home

An Evans resident reported that he glimpsed smoke and flames emanating from the side of a Derby Road residence at 1:50 a.m. on Dec. 5.

When Evans Police patrols arrived on location, a rear window had been broken out and flames were concentrated on the rear north corner of the building. The house was vacant; all other windows were boarded up.

Patrol attempted to extinguish the fire, but was unsuccessful.

Highland, North Evans, Eden and Brant fire departments were on scene and knocked down the fire. The building inspector also responded to the scene.

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