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Police Log May, 10, 2012

Three charged in graffiti making spree in Hamburg

Town of Hamburg Police have charged three teenagers in the recent graffiti making spree that occurred between Wednesday, May 2 and Thursday, May 3.

According to police, graffiti was sprayed on buildings or property at St. Mary’s of the Lake School and Church, Wanakah Pharmacy, Cloverbank Elementary School, Bible Fellowship Church, Lake Shore Library and Walmart.

Police reported receiving an anonymous tip regarding the incident and were able to corroborate the information from evidence gathered at Walmart that Samuel Echeverria, 19, of Hamburg left Walmart with an allegedly stolen spray paint can and got into a white Ford Taurus with Zachery Wasyl, 19, and Sean Ratcliff, 19, of Angola.

According to police, they have evidence that the three exited the car and started to paint graffiti on the Walmart building.

The three were charged with making graffiti, third-degree criminal mischief and first-degree aggravated harassment for the defacement of the churches.

Town of Hamburg Justice Gerald Gorman released all three on their own recognizance.

Felony (Leandra’s Law) DWI arrest in Boston

At 7:50 p.m. on Wednesday, May 2, Erie County Sheriff’s Deputy Theresa Nietzel stopped a vehicle driven by Gregory Durrett, 41, of Hamburg, for failure to use a turn signal on Creekside Court in the Town of Boston.

According to police, while speaking with Durrett, he appeared to be intoxicated with alcohol. Nietzel also observed there were open alcoholic beverages in the vehicle and a 15-year-old female was in the back seat, not wearing a seatbelt and had also allegedly been consuming alcohol.

Durrett was charged with felony aggravated driving while intoxicated (Leandra’s Law-driving drunk with a person 15 years or younger in the vehicle), felony DWI (previous DWI conviction), endangering the welfare of a child, marijuana possession and multiple traffic infractions. A breath test revealed his blood alcohol content to be .20 percent, over twice the legal limit.

He was processed at the Boston Town Court and was transported to the Erie County Holding Center in lieu of $250 bail.

Two other occupants in the vehicle, Joseph D. Wahler, 30, of Orchard Park and an 18-year-old male (police did not release his name), were also charged with endangering the welfare of a child. Wahler was also charged with marijuana possession.

Nietzel was assisted by Deputy Doug Grube during the investigation.

Arrest made in can theft

On April 24, Village of Hamburg Police were notified that an unknown male had removed six clear plastic bags of crushed cans from the loading dock behind the Rite Aid pharmacy.

According to police, an employee of the store confronted the man, who identified himself as being an employee of a recycling company that picks up the items. He then went on to explain he was using his personal vehicle because the company truck had broken down.

The license plate of the vehicle was given to police and Village of Hamburg Police Officer Sean Gallagher confronted Michael Post, 42, of Orchard Park at his residence.

Post allegedly admitted to taking the cans and was charged with petit larceny and criminal impersonation. He was released on an appearance ticket.

Hallucinogen mushrooms

At 1:14 a.m. on Monday, May 7, Town of Evans Police Officer Gregory Szarowicz located a suspicious vehicle parked at Hobuck Flats with two occupants.

One of the occupants was upset and crying, while the other suspect acted nervous.

Szarowicz was granted permission to search the vehicle and he found about 400 milligrams of suspected hallucinogenic mushrooms in an orange pill container located in a hidden compartment below the dashboard on the passenger side of the vehicle.

Shane R. Cherry, 29, of Evans was charged with felony, fourth-degree criminal possession of a hallucinogen.

Also located inside the vehicle were several boxes of brass lightswitch covers. Police were investigating to see if this property legally belonged to the suspects.

Teen assaulted at party

At 2 a.m. on Saturday, Town of Hamburg Police responded to a call of an assault of a 17-year-old Hamburg resident.

According to police, the victim was attacked by at least three individuals with hockey sticks while at a party on Meadowbrook Parkway.

The victim sustained several blows to the head and body and blacked out during the attack, he said. He gained consciousness outside behind a business and found his guitar smashed on the ground next to him.

Police are continuing their investigation.

DWI accident

At 11 p.m. on Sunday, April 29, Village of Hamburg Police Officer Anthony Caber responded to an automobile accident call at Marengo and Pleasant avenues.

According to police, when Caber arrived at the scene, he observed a vehicle that had struck a utility pole, shearing it off at the base.

The vehicle operator, Darius Duggan, 30, of the Village of Hamburg, was charged with aggravated driving while intoxicated (blood alcohol content over .18 percent), DWI and failure to keep right.

Beer rip-off arrest

At 2:43 p.m. on Thursday, May 3, Town of Evans Police Officer William Sills responded to a complaint that a teenager tried to take off with a shopping cart full of beer at the Tops Market on Erie Road.

According to police, the suspect, Craig K. Skinner, 18, of Hamburg, was stopped by a Tops employee outside the store and was asked to produce a receipt for the products in the cart.

Skinner allegedly took off running across the parking lot with the cart and $95.43 worth of beer, cookies and Gatorade and got into a vehicle.

When the employee yelled out police were being called, Skinner allegedly got out of the vehicle, put the beer on the ground, left the cart containing the other items and left the area.

Police were able to locate Skinner and he was charged with petit larceny.

He was released on an appearance ticket to return to Evans Town Court on May 21.

Sheriff’s Office report

The Erie County Sheriff’s Office responded to 174 calls between May 1 and May 6.

• On Tuesday, May 1, Deputies Chris Soluri and Neil Held stopped a vehicle on Route 438 in North Collins, operated by Alex Daley, 19, for violations of the vehicle and traffic laws.

Through a Department of Motor Vehicle check, police were informed that the vehicle Daley was driving had improper and switched plates on it.

A passenger in Daley’s vehicle, Samantha Guizzotti, 19, of Yorkshire, was charged with unlawful possession of marijuana.

• On Wednesday, May 2, Deputy Edward Krypel, following a traffic stop on Boston State Road, charged Kris Anders, 48, of Boston, with aggravated unlicensed operation for having a suspended license for failure to answer a summons from the Village of Hamburg Court.

• On Sunday, May 6, Deputies Jim Flowers and Chris Lysy responded to a complaint and charged Taylor E. Weyand, of Boston, for driving while intoxicated.

Weyand’s vehicle was impounded, as it had fresh damage on it, appearing as if it had recently struck something. According to police, they are continuing their investigation into the incident.

• At 7:54 a.m. on Sunday, May 6, Deputy James Flowers responded to a call that a male driver was sleeping at the wheel of a vehicle stopped at the intersection of S. Abbott and Herman Hill roads.

While Flowers was en-route, the vehicle was reported to have left the scene, heading south on S. Abbott Road. Flowers located the vehicle a short time later in the parking lot of the North Boston Market.

Upon further investigation and field sobriety tests, it was determined the 18-year-old, Orchard Park resident was intoxicated and he was charged with driving while intoxicated. He did submit to a Breathalyzer test, which revealed his blood alcohol content to be .15 percent.

Assaulted over drugs

At about 1 a.m. on Saturday, May 5, Town of Hamburg Police Officer Daniel Gallardo responded to a possible fight outside of the Econo Lodge on Milestrip Road.

According to police, the fight originated in the bathroom of the hotel as three men were all allegedly snorting cocaine.

One of males allegedly snorted the last of the cocaine, angering the two others attacked him.

The victim asked a woman who was in the room to call the police and Nicholas J. Finnegan, 25, of Lackawanna allegedly grabbed the phone from her hand and struck her in the face with it, breaking her nose.

Finnegan made restitution of $110 to Econo Lodge for the damage to the bathroom door during the fight and he was charged with felony second-degree assault, with intent to cause physical injury.

Car trashed in driveway

Sometime overnight on Saturday, April 28, a vehicle parked in the driveway of residence on Burton Lane, in the Village of Hamburg was vandalized.

According to Village of Hamburg Police, the entire vehicle inside and out was smeared with some type of oil-like substance.

The front and back seats in the vehicle were also slashed. It was unknown the cost of damage and police are continuing their investigation.

Tip leads to arrest

At 4:21 p.m. on Monday, April 30, Town of Evans Police Officer Jeffrey De Vinney responded to a tip about possible drug activity at a parking lot on Erie Road.

Upon arriving at the scene, De Vinney observed a vehicle matching the description that had been given out.

According to police, was told to go to the back of the vehicle, Alan D. Litzinger, 24, of Angola, reached into his pant’s front pocket and allegedly threw a plastic bag of suspected crack cocaine onto the ground.

Litzinger was charged with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.

Police warn of scam

Town of Hamburg Police are warning residents of a scam regarding property rental.

According to police, the scam works like this.

A residence is listed on a website, like Craig’s List, to be rented or sold. The person who listed the property does not own it, but is hoping to gather information from prospective tenants or buyers, such as social security numbers, credit cards, bank information, to then take money.

According to police, these types of scams are very complex and it is almost impossible to identify the perpetrators and to recover any stolen property or money.

Police remind all residents to never give out personal information to unknown individuals, especially over the phone or computers.

Memorial tree mangled

On Monday, April 30, Village of Hamburg Police were advised that sometime over the weekend someone vandalized the red maple tree at the Union Pleasant Elementary School.

The tree, which was planted as a teacher’s memorial, had limbs snapped off and was partially uprooted.

It was unknown if the tree would survive.

Neighbor dispute

At 10:47 a.m. on Friday, May 4, Town of Evans Police responded to a call of a neighbor dispute on Taurus Avenue.

According to police, the suspect, Cheryl A, Evans, 44, of Evans, was charged with second-degree harassment, physical contact.

Mother charged with endangering two infants

At 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 5, Town of Hamburg Police Officer Jeffrey Lavelle responded to a call from Wegmans that a woman appeared to be impaired by alcohol or drugs was there and had two young children in her care.

According to police, Erin L. Linkowski, 30, of Orchard Park, was by the front service desk, searching through her wallet, looking for something, while dropping items on the floor from her wallet and having no idea she was doing so.

She appeared to have slow, slurred speech, very poor motor coordination, was unsteady on her feet and appeared confused, police said.

Linkowski did identify the crying1-year-old boy and 2-year-old boy standing in the grocery section of the cart as being her children.

She also allegedly admitted to being alone with them when she drove to the store in her car.

According to police, when asked, Linkowski told them she had taken three Xanax, three Trimadol pills and had drunk three of four beers that day.

Linkowski was charged with two counts of acting in a manner injurious to a child less than 17.

The children were turned over to their grandparents. They also took possession of Linkowski’s vehicle.

She was released to her mother on an appearance ticket to return to Hamburg Town Court on May 8.

Child Protection Services was also notified.

Town of Evans report

Officer Joseph LaRosa was the Evans Police Department recipient of the Erie County Stop DWI Award at the 21st annual Erie County STOP-DWI Awards Breakfast, April 27.

During the month of April, the Town of Evans Police Dispatchers took care of 2,248 complaints.

This included 28 accident calls, 132 ambulance calls, 15 criminal mischief, four domestic incidents, six drug, five loud music, 23 fire and 16 false alarms, 28 harassment and 25 larcenies.

There were 100 animal complaints, 12 neighbor disputes, two sex offenses were reported, 13 trespasses, one missing person, 183 premise checks, 246 community policing, 19 assists to motorists and 13 welfare checks.

Twenty-two prisoners were held in the Town of Evans lockup.

There were 132 police reports filed and 20 accidents were reported to the state.

Police officers issued 264 traffic violations, which included 65 for speeding, 16 were driving while intoxicated related, 34 were license/permit violations, 10 vehicle registration violations, 37 required motor vehicle equipment, eight red lights, six stop signs, 12 seatbelt violations and 76 other.

From the Detective Bureau, there were 66 people charged, mostly for violations of the state’s penal law, alcohol beverage control law and vehicle and traffic laws. Eight people were charged with DWI.

The Dog Control Officer issued one appearance ticket.


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2012-05-11 | 15:29:41
400 milligrams of suspected hallucinogenic mushrooms? Are you trying to make it sound as if they had a massive quantity? Why not just say they had less than a half gram, which isn't a lot by any means.
2012-05-13 | 23:00:51
Great job guys, im really glad your getting these dangerous (sarcasm) shrooms off the streets, give him a felony and let the dude with 39 xanax and some tabs the misdemeanor. Hamburgs finest, obviously protecting the citizens.
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