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Police Log July 26, 2012

Derby man killed in motorcycle accident

Erie County Sheriff’s Deputies are investigating a 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 operated by a 16-year-old Dunkirk resident was traveling west on Route 20 when the driver made a left-turn, pulling in front of a motorcycle being operated by Charles H. Phillips, 53, of Derby.

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

The driver and the 27-year-old passenger were not injured in the accident.

Evans man killed after being struck by a train

Town of Evans Police are investigating the death of a 44-year-old Evans man, who was struck by a train at the Eden Evans Center railroad tracks.

According to police, they received a 911 call at 1:22 p.m. on Wednesday, July 18, that a man had been struck by a CSX train that was westbound on CSX track No. 2.

The victim was pronounced dead at the scene.

Eden police pull teen from E. Church Street bridge

At about 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, July 15, Town of Eden Police Officer Ian Hodkin responded to a call of a disorderly male youth at the East Church Street bridge.

According to police, when Hodkin arrived at the scene, he observed a 15-year-old standing on the opposite side of the railing of the bridge, allegedly threatening to jump.

When another police vehicle arrived at the scene, the youth was distracted and Hodkin reached over, grabbed the teen and got him away from the bridge area, police said.

The youth was treated for minor lacerations and was sent to a local hospital for observation.

Police looking for vandal tipping village planters

Village of Hamburg Police report that approximately around 1 a.m. on Thursday, July 19, someone knocked over six of the concrete planters by Memorial Park, spilling the flowers all over.

According to police, Officer Ethan Rog, who responded to the incident, was able to put the planters right-side-up and replaced most of the flowers.

Police are asking if anyone has any information about the incident to call the office at 649-4501.

Looking for hit-and-run info at McKinley Plaza

Town of Hamburg Police are looking for information about a hit-and-run accident which occurred behind the McKinley Plaza between 11 p.m. on Saturday, July 21 and 8 a.m. Sunday, July 22.

According to police, a large electrical box, located behind the plaza, near Poppyseed Restaurant, was struck by a vehicle, knocking it off its concrete foundation. Also struck and knocked down was a yellow protective pole.

The suspect vehicle left the area without reporting the incident.

Damage to the electrical box was estimated at $2,000.

Anyone with information about this incident should call the Town of Hamburg Police tip line at 648-5118 ext. 2847.

E.C. Sheriff’s report

The Erie County Sheriff’s Office Deputies responded to 201 calls between July 16 and July 23.

• At approximately 9:15 p.m. on Sunday, July 22, Deputies Todd Jones and Ken Achtyl responded to a report of a single car injury accident on Route 438 in the Town of North Collins.

According to police, a pickup trick which was towing a trailer and jet ski overturned and the two occupants received minor injuries.

The vehicle operator, Scott Weaver, 40, of Blasdell, was charged with driving while intoxicated.

• On Sunday, July 22, Deputy Doug Grube responded to a complaint of a vehicle being operated in an erratic manner on Boston State Road in the Town of Boston.

Grube was able to locate the vehicle and observed it commit various violations of the vehicle and traffic law.

After failing several field sobriety tests and taking a breath test, the 21-year-old Boston resident was charged with aggravated DWI.

Woman shot in eye with water balloon sling-shot

Town of Evans Police report that during the “Pirate Raid” off shore of the South Shore Beach Club on Wednesday, July 18, a woman was injured by a water balloon which struck her in the eye.

According to police, the victim was in waist-deep water by her boat when someone fired a water balloon from a sling-shot (water cannon) striking her eye, causing it to bleed.

The victim was transported to the Erie County Medical Center.

Evans Police are asking that anyone with information on who shot the water cannon, to call the police at 549-3600 or call the anonymous tip line at 217-3585.

Resident helps nab running suspect in Eden

At about 2 p.m. on Thursday, July 19, Town of Eden Police responded to a call of a suspected larceny at an Oakland Drive residence.

When Lt. John McCarthy confronted the suspect, Jordan L. Lavigne, 21, of Cheektowaga, he then fled on foot, running through yards and into Flowers Park.

According to police, Andrew Minier, of Eden, saw the suspect running from McCarthy and tackled Lavigne, holding him until police arrived at the scene.

Lavigne, who had an outstanding warrant from the Erie County Sheriff’s Department, was taken into custody and turned over to the Sheriff’s Department.

The Eden Police Department said it was due to Minier’s quick action that they were able to take Lavigne into custody.

Baby formula theft

Village of Hamburg Police are continuing their investigation of the theft of about $400 worth of baby formula from the Tops Market on South Park Avenue at about 9 a.m. on Friday, July 20.

According to police, the male suspect loaded a card with about 13 cans of baby formula, ran out the store door, put the cans into a red car and left the area.

Two charged in separate graffiti making sprees

Following a series of graffiti incidents in the McKinley Parkway area late Sunday, July 15 and early Monday, July 16, Town of Hamburg Police report they have made an arrest.

According to police, a 17-year-old Orchard Park male was taken into custody for an unrelated incident and admitted that he and a younger cousin had used a black spray can of paint to write on Wegman’s Food Market, the windows at America’s Best and the West Herr Ford’s corporate building.

He was charged with three counts of making graffiti and three counts of criminal tampering.

The juvenile was issued an appearance ticket to appear in Family Court.

In a separate incident, on Monday, July 23, Town of Hamburg Police charged a 17-year-old Hamburg male with making graffiti after responding to a call of youths at the Osborne Playground.

Graffiti, with the paint still wet, was found on the playground building, park bench and slide.

Estimated damage to the playground was set at $200.

Tubs of pot plants found

At 11:43 p.m. on Sunday, July 23, Town of Evans Police received a complaint that several keg tubs (large buckets commonly used to hold cool kegs of beer) were found along Town Line Road with suspected marijuana plants growing out of them.

The Town of Evans Detective Bureau is continuing their investigation.

Shoplifter has loaded handgun in pant’s pocket

At 8:40 p.m., Friday, July 20, Town of Hamburg Police responded to a call that a man had been stopped by the Walmart loss prevention employee as he left the store with items in his cargo short’s pocket.

According to police, the suspect, Gregory E. Pelechaty, 27, of Evans, told the employee that he did posses a loaded handgun that was also in his pocket.

A .357 Ruger revolver was removed and unloaded by the employee and was secured in the security office filing cabinet until police arrived.

According to police, Pelechaty does possess a valid New York State pistol permit which is restricted to hunting/target shooting.

The pistol, the rounds and Pelechaty’s pistol permit were taken by police for safe keeping.

Pelechaty was charged with petit larceny and is due back in court on Friday, July 27.

Stop signs vandalized

On Tuesday, July 17, a Town of Evans Highway Department employee found six stop signs defaced at the following intersections: Brandywine and Darlington; Brandywine and Waring; Brandywine and Glidden; Glidden and Darlington; Darlington and Glidden and Brandywine and Elwood Drive.

The Brandywine and Darlington sign was spray painted and had to be replaced, at a cost of $100. The remaining five signs could be restored.

Town of Evans Police are asking anyone with information about this incident to call the station at 549-3600.

Hamburg man charged with assault

Town of Hamburg Police have charged Donald A. Ciesla, 20, of Hamburg, with third-degree assault, following an incident which occurred at 9 a.m. on Monday, July 16.

According to police, the victim claims he had slept over at his girlfriend’s house and was attacked at 9 a.m. by Ciesla, who allegedly struck him in the head five to 10 times.

Ciesla was arraigned before Justice Gerald Gorman and was released on his own recognizance to appear back in court on Aug.2.

Couple charged after removing jewelry

At 6:10 p.m. on Saturday, July 21, a Sears loss prevention employee observed a male hand a female a ring, which she allegedly concealed and then the male allegedly took two pairs of earrings, putting one in his wallet and the other set in his pocket.

The pair were observed leaving the store and were stopped in the corridor by Best Buy.

The pair were returned to the store where the taken merchandise, worth $120, was recovered and were turned over to Town of Hamburg Police.

Charged with petit larceny were, Christopher J. Schneider, 23, of Bradenton, Fla. and Bethany M. West. 18, of Silver Creek.
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