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Police reports from the towns of Evans and Hamburg and the Village of Hamburg for Aug. 23, 2012

Woman and teen charged in fatal accident

Erie County Sheriff’s Deputies have charged a 27-year-old Dunkirk woman and a 16-year-old teen in connection with the fatal motorcycle accident which occurred at 11:02 p.m. on Saturday, July 21, on Route 20 in the Cattaraugus Indian Reservation.

According to authorities, a 2000 Ford Mustang, while making a left-hand turn, pulled in front of a motorcycle being operated by Charles H. Phillips, 53, of Derby, striking him.

Members of the Cattaraugus Indian Reservation Volunteer Fire Department treated and transported Phillips to Lakeshore Health Care Center, where he was later pronounced dead.

Jessica N. Mann and the teen, (whose name has not been released by police) where charged with providing a false written statement, obstructing governmental administration and conspiracy after it was found that Mann was allegedly driving the vehicle at the time of the accident.

Originally at the scene of the accident, police had been told the teen had been operating the vehicle.

Mann was arraigned in Brant Town Court and was released on $2,500 bail. She was also issued tickets for failure to yield the right-of-way and unlicensed operation.

Two charged following theft of golf carts and tools

On Saturday, Aug. 18, Town of Hamburg Police responded to a call that $18,825 worth of tools and equipment had been taken from a construction trailer at the Wanakah Country Club, 5161 Lakeshore Road.

According to authorities, an estimated $1,200 worth of damage was done to the trailer by the suspects when they broke into it.

At about the same time, it was reported that two golf carts were also removed from the maintenance building at the rear of the property, near the railroad tracks.

While searching the brush in the area, some of the missing articles were found and a male suspect was confronted. When questioned, the suspect, Phillip T. D’Angelo, 24, of Hamburg, then fled the area in a vehicle, though the license plate number was retrieved and the owner was contacted.

Police were able to track the vehicle and found Nicholas C. Connors, 26, of Hamburg and D’Angelo inside the vehicle parked behind Connors’ residence.

According to police, when they tried to take D’Angelo into custody, he became uncooperative and then combative with the officers and had to be tasered before he could be handcuffed.

The two golf carts were found on the property behind Connors house and returned to the country club.

According to police, Connors and D’Angelo were taken back to the scene of the theft and they allegedly showed officers where the rest of missing property was.

Connors and D’Angelo were charged with felony fourth-degree grand larceny of an auto, felony fourth-degree grand larceny of property over $1,000, felony third-degree burglary, two counts of fourth-degree criminal mischief with intent to damage property, third-degree unauthorized use of vehicle without owner consent and third-degree criminal trespass.

D’Angelo was also charged with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and resisting arrest.

Connors and D’Angelo were arraigned before Hamburg Justice Walter Rooth and both were sent to the Erie County Holding Center in lieu of $20,000 bail.

Copper wire stolen from store’s electrical box

Town of Hamburg Police are looking for any information into the theft of $1,200 worth of copper wire which was removed from the electrical box of the Dollar General Store on Camp Road sometime between 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 18 and 7 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 19.

Anyone with any information is asked to call the anonymous tipline at 648-5118 ext. 2847.

House fire in Evans

At approximtely 5 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 19. Town of Evans Police received a report of a structure fire at a Wayne Drive residence.

Upon arriving at the scene, police observed smoke coming from the exterior attic vents, heavy smoke coming from the basement and heavy visible smoke on the first floor.

Responding to the fire were members of the North Evans, Lake View, Highland and Brant fire departments.

Erie County Sheriff’s Office Fire Unit Detectives said the fire was not of suspicious nature and could have been caused by some type of chemical reaction involving stored items adjacent to the washer and dryer in the basement.

Graffiti at playground

Village of Hamburg Police report that sometime overnight on Saturday, Aug. 18, someone painted obscene words and drawings with white and black paint on the plastic slides located at the Woodview Avenue Park playground.

E.C. Sheriff’s report

The Erie County Sheriff’s Office Deputies from the North Collins Substation responded to 131 calls between Aug. 11 and Aug. 18.

• On Saturday, Aug. 11 Deputies Kenneth Achtyl and Ryan Rogers, while assigned to patrol the Erie County Fairgrounds, charged Joshua Kalenda, 20, of Buffalo and a 17-year-old female for seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, unlawful possession of marijuana and a violation of the public health law for a prescription narcotic drug outside of its original container.

According to authorities, both subjects were in possession of the controlled substance pain killer, Opana. Both are to appear at a later date in the Town of Hamburg Court.

• On Thursday, Aug. 16, Deputies Ken Achtyl and Ryan Rogers, while assigned to patrol the Erie County Fairgrounds, charged Jason Lang, 30, of Orchard Park with public lewdness, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct.

According to authorities, Lang was observed urinating in public while being observed by fair patrons and children.

He was transported to the Erie County Holding Center pending arraignment in the Town of Hamburg Court.

• On Friday, Aug. 17, Town of Hamburg Police requested Air One helicopter to search the area of Lake Erie off Hamburg Beach, after an unmanned windsurfer was found.

Captain Kevin Caffery and Tactical Flight Officer Art Litzinger responded to search the area and the windsurfer was found swimming to shore unharmed.

• On Saturday, Aug. 18, Deputies Todd Jones and Simon Biegasiewicz responded to a complaint of a disturbance at a Versailles Plank Road residence.

According to the complainant, a woman came into her residence and attempted to assault her.

Deputies then received a report from the Gowanda Police Department that Anita Parker, 32, of Brant, was at their station to report she was the victim of an assault on Versailles Plank Road.

Deputies responded to Gowanda and ultimately charged Parker with third-degree burglary, third-degree assault and second-degree harassment.

She was transported to the Erie County Holding Center until she was arraigned at the Brant Town Court.

Loss prevention agent charged following scheme

On Tuesday, Aug. 21, New York State Police charged Richard H. Roehm, 29, of Buffalo, with felony first-degree falsifying business records and petit larceny.

According to authorities, Roehm, while working for Walmart as a loss prevention agent in Clarence, allegedly made several false pricing codes to pay less for numerous items from the Walmart in Hamburg.

Roehm then allegedly sold the items by advertising them on Craig’s List.

According to police, Roehm allegedly attempted to sell the stolen items to State Police at his residence in South Buffalo.

Roehm was processed at the State Police barracks in Clarence and is scheduled to appear in Hamburg Town Court on Sept. 4.

DWI arrests in Evans

The Town of Evans Police report the following driving while intoxicated arrests.

• At 8:18 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 6, Town of Evans Police received a reckless operation complaint of a vehicle on Putnam Drive, near Route 5.

According to police, the 20-year-old Orchard Park resident passed two of the field sobriety tests, had a positive breath test screening and agreed to a blood test at Lake Shore Hospital.

He was charged with DWI.

• At 1:53 a.m. on Sunday, Aug. 12, Town of Evans Police Officer Joseph LaRosa observed a vehicle weaving over the fog line three times and then over the center yellow line twice on Lake Shore Road.

Upon stopping the vehicle, the driver, Thomas W. Stevens, 50, of Brant, failed the majority of the field sobriety tests and refused to take the breath test.

Stevens was charged with DWI, driving to left of pavement markings, moving from lane unsafely and refusal to take breath test.

• At 5:36 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 13, Town of Evans Police Officer Patrick Atler responded to a property damage only hit-and-run accident.

According to police, the vehicle was located at a gas station on Erie Road.

After speaking to the driver, Charles E. Carfley, Jr., 44, of Buffalo, Atler noticed an odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from him, as well as Carfley allegedly displaying poor coordination as he produced his driver’s license.

After failing several field sobriety tests, Carfley was charged with DWI, operator leaving the scene of a property damage accident and refusal to take a breath test.

DWI arrests in Hamburg

Town of Hamburg Police report the following driving while intoxicated arrests.

• At 11:59 p.m. Friday, Aug. 17, Town of Hamburg Police Officer David Jasinski received a call of a vehicle being operated in a reckless manner headed west on Lakeshore Road.

Another caller reported the vehicle had possibly struck a guard rail on Old Lakeshore Road before the Town Park and was observed swerving from lane to lane.

Jasinski located the vehicle, observed that it could not stay in lane and almost struck the concrete barrier on the bridge on Lakeshore Road just before the Evans town line.

The vehicle was stopped a short distance into Evans and when the driver, Shaun J. Gruber, 36, of Buffalo was unable to produce proper identification when asked.

According to police, Jasinski observed an open container of Four Loco, a dink which contains 12 percent alcohol.

After failing several field sobriety tests and allegedly admitting that he had taken 2 mg of clonopin and 100 mg of methadone earlier that day, Gruber was charged with driving while ability impaired (combined influence of drugs or alcohol/drugs), third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, operation of a motor vehicle by an unlicensed driver, drinking alcohol in a motor vehicle on a highway and moving from lane unsafely.

He was turned over to the Niagara Frontier Transit Authority on an outstanding bench warrant.

• At 4:13 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 18, Town of Hamburg Police Officer Jonathan Wright observed a vehicle being operated in an erratic manner on Southwestern Boulevard just west of Route 62.

According to police, the driver failed to pull over initially and continued down the road, turning left onto South Park Avenue before stopping.

According to police, as Wright was approaching the vehicle, he observed the passenger attempt to exit the passenger seat and enter the driver’s seat, while the driver, Joseph C. Benzinger, 27, of Blasdell, tried to get into the passenger seat.

Benzinger was charged with felony DWI (previous DWI conviction), felony first-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, operation of a motor vehicle by unlicensed driver, drinking alcohol in a motor vehicle on highway, refusal to take breath test, operating a motor vehicle with no insurance, no seat belt - driver and failure to keep right.

The passenger, Suzanne L. McNerney, 24, of Hamburg, was charged with third-degree facilitating aggravated unlicensed operation and no safety belt.

Burglary of muffler business in Evans

Town of Evans Police are looking for information into the burglary of the Monroe Muffler on Erie Road in Evans.

According to police, the building was broken into and a Redline Smoke Pro Machine, a Snap On Solis Ultra Diagnostic Machine and eight Goodyear tires were stolen from inside the building.

Value of the missing items was set at $11,368.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact the Evans Police Department at 549-3600 or call the anonymous tipline at 217-3585.

Arrests made in theft

At 5 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 19. Town of Hamburg Police Officer Michelle Rickard-Puleo was dispatched for a suspicious vehicle by Brierwood Liquor Store.

Inside the vehicle were two juveniles sitting on top of two boys bicycles, which still had tags on them, along with other items from Walmart, all without any receipts.

Further investigation revealed that William Garcia, 16, of Buffalo had allegedly threatened the younger boys with physical injury unless they helped take the bikes from the store.

Garcia was charged with second-degree coercion: fear of physical injury to a person, fifth-degree criminal possession of stolen property and petit larceny.

The vehicle operator, Yolando Maldonado, 33, of Dunkirk was charged with fifth-degree criminal possession of stolen property.

Citizens police academy in Evans

The Town of Evans Police Department will conduct the citizen police academy beginning Thursday, Sept. 13 and it will continue each week through Thursday, Nov. 9.

The academy will meet once a week at 7 p.m., and classes will be approximately three hours. Some of the topics covered will include patrol functions, detective bureau operations, crime scene investigation, accident investigation, domestic violence, court procedures, sex offenders and marine unit operations.

Applicants must be at least 18 years of age, have never been arrested, be of good moral character and pass a background investigation. Anyone interested in attending may pick up an application at the Town of Evans Police Station, 8787 Erie Road, Angola, NY 14006. Class size will be limited. The deadline for submitting applications is Friday, Sept. 7.

Those interested are asked to forward all completed applications to Patrolman LaRosa.


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