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Police blotter from The Sun week of June 12

Stebbins caught not paying
On May 22 at 1:04 p.m., Evans Police Department Officer Luke Fioretto arrested Arthur Stebbins, 59, of Evans, at the Tops Markets on Erie Road in Evans, for attempting to leave with $43 worth of items, without paying for them.

He was released on an appearance ticket.

Hunt booked on warrant
On June 8, at about 11 p.m., Evans Police Officer Jeffrey Mayer stopped a vehicle operated by William Hunt, 30, of South Dayton, for failure to maintain its lane.

He was found to have a valid arrest out of Gowanda and was turned over to that department.

Force used to arrest suspect
At about 10:23 p.m. on June 5, A West Seneca woman presented herself at the Evans Police Department with a domestic violence complaint.

The complainant told officers that she and Robert Rydzewski, 39, of West Seneca, had an argument and he entered her vehicle while she and her 10-year-old child were inside and began revving the motor. He then began to drive at her and stopped within inches of hitting her.

She said that the offender then exited the vehicle where the argument continued, and then she got into her vehicle and went to the Evans Police Department. Dispatch notified patrol that there was a non-offensive order of protection in place, issued by the town of Orchard Park Justice Court, expiring on March 27, 2015.

While being interviewed, the victim became anxious and observed Rydzewski’s truck entering the parking lot. She and the child asked patrol to “get us away from him.”

Rydzewski entered the department and asked for the victim, then went back into the parking lot to see if he could find her vehicle, when patrol asked him what was going on.

When Officer Gregory Szarowicz attempted to interview Rydzewski, he resisted and refused to comply with a request to put his hands behind his back.

Szarowicz had to apply a taser and use softening body blows to effect the arrest.

Rydzewski was treated at Lake Shore hospital and processed at the Evans department. He was held, pending arraignment.

Unlicensed driver arrested
Erie County Sheriff’s Deputy Ken Hetey stopped a vehicle operated by Michelle Nowakowski, 44, of Boston, for passing a red light. A department of motor vehicles check showed Nowakowski’s license to be suspended for a previous alcohol-related arrest.

Nowakowski was arrested for aggravated unlicensed operation in the third degree, as well as for passing a red light. She was cited and released to appear in the Boston Town Court, at a later date.

Group home fire ruled accidental
The town of Evans police department and fire patrol were dispatched to an Evans address on June 8 for a structure fire. Officer Kenneth Kloss, Lake Erie Beach and Evans Center Volunteer Fire Companies arrived to find smoke in the residents.

Volunteers from both fire departments entered the building to find a dryer on fire, which Lake Erie Beach firemen removed and distinguished.

The residence was checked for structural damage, but none was found. It operates as a Suburban Adult Services group home, and all residents were accounted for without any injuries reported.

The dryer was examined, and it was discovered that excess lint had caught on fire. The resident manager said that staff had been using the dryer, but no suspicious behavior had been observed. It was ruled accidental.

Hamburg police trained in naloxone
The town of Hamburg Police, the village of Hamburg Police, village of Blasdell Police and the nine Hamburg fire companies participated in joint training during the week of May 19 to certify first responders to administer the drug naloxone via an intranasal spray. Over 160 first responders were trained in five sessions held over three days. Naloxone will be supplied via the Erie County Department of Health.

Naloxone - brand name: Narcan(R) - is a lifesaving medication that can save lives by reversing the effect of overdoses that may be caused by heroin or other opioids, such as hydrocodone and oxycodone prescription drugs.

Previously, naloxone was administered only by paramedics using an injection. A new law now allows police officers and basic emergency medical technicians to administer naloxone using an intranasal spray. This will allow for faster and easier administration of that life-saving medication.

“The success of these joint training sessions illustrates the close working relationship between our fire and police departments, and shows their commitment to the care of opiate overdoses in our community,” said Dr. Brian Clemency, medical director of the Emergency Medical Services for the Hamburg fire companies.

Hamburg resident Clemency is a physician for the Specialized Medical Assistance Response Team. SMART is Erie County’s volunteer public health emergency response organization, which is sponsored by the ECDOH and the Department of Emergency Medicine at Erie County Medical Center Corporation.

“With the dramatic increase in overdose deaths attributable to opioid abuse, having a readily available supply of naloxone that can be administered by trained first responders in literally ‘life and death’ situations will definitely save lives in Erie County,” said Erie County Health Commissioner Dr. Gale Burstein, who had worked against narcotic addiction and response specifically, in her capacity. “I commend our partners from the Hamburg and Blasdell communities for proactively participating in this training to help respond to opioid overdose emergencies.”

“The town of Hamburg Police Department recognizes the importance of a rapid response and treatment in opioid overdoses” stated Police Chief Michael Williams.

“The police department was happy to collaborate with these partners to get our officers trained to help reduce the lethality of these overdoses. We are determined to do whatever we can to limit the effects of this horrible drug.”

Three New York state agencies are partnering with the ECDOH and ECMC to provide naloxone training to additional police officers, to better respond to narcotic overdose in the state and Erie County, in particular.

Three days of mass training in the proper administration of naloxone use took place June 2-4 for first responders from Erie County and other locations. New York state will provide agencies that can send their officers to those trainings with supplies of naloxone at no cost to those individual departments.

The training curriculum was developed by the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services, ECDOH, and the Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services, along with the national Harm Reduction Coalition and other partners. Additional information on the training will be released by the department on its website, at www.criminaljustice.ny.gov.

For more information on the Erie County Department of Health, visit www2.erie.gov/health/. For more information about Erie County SMART, visit www2.erie.gov/smart/.

For more information from the New York State Department of Health, visit www.health.ny.gov/diseases/aids/providers/prevention/harm_reduction/opioidprevention/regulations.html.

Cocaine leads to arrest

On May 25 at about 12:18 a.m., Jeffrey Mayer of the Evans police department observed Patrick Demmerley, 22, of Evans, acting suspicious inside his vehicle. When Mayer walked up, he observed Demmerley with a quantity of cocaine. He stated that he had been getting ready to do a line, when Mayer pulled up.

Demmerley was placed into custody and held in lock-up.

Trespass at school

At about 11:45 a.m. on June 5, Heather Duffey, 19, of Evans, entered the Lake Shore Senior High building without the consent of the administration. She had been previously warned not to appear on the premises.

Duffey was charged with criminal trespass third: school and was advised as to the proper procedures to gain admittance into the school building.

Driving without a license

Erie County Sheriffs Deputy Gary Mosier stopped a vehicle operated by Michael Nocero, 33, of Carroll, for an unspecified traffic offense. A department of motor vehicles check showed Nocero to have a suspended license for failure to pay a fine.

Nocero was arrested for aggravated unlicensed operation in the third degree and released to appear in North Collins Court, at a later date.

ATV rolls over woman

Rosemarie Klimowicz, 37, of the Seneca Nation of Indians, of orchard meadows was injured after losing control of an all-terrain-vehicle she was operating. It was reported the ATV rolled over her. The Seneca Nation Ambulance transported the victim to Erie County Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries. The Erie County Sheriffs Special Service ATV Unit is completing the investigation into this accident.

Harassment charges at Angola residence

Between 6-7 a.m. on the morning of June 3, an Angola resident experienced harassment by Sara Page, 31, of Angola. He said that, during that time, while he was getting ready for work, Page banged on the ceiling of her apartment, the floor of his apartment, and called him vulgar names. She then rang his doorbell 10-15 times. Page then left a vulgar message on his cell phone, which the victim had saved. Harassment charges were filed and an order of protection was filed.

Buffalo, Benton both arrested

Erie County Sheriff Deputy Gary Mosier stopped a vehicle operated by Inez Buffalo, 29, of Irving, for an unspecified traffic offense. A department of motor vehicles check showed Buffalo to have a revoked license. Buffalo was charged with Aggravated Unlicensed Operation.

Buffalo was released on traffic tickets, to appear in Brant Town Court, at a later date.

A passenger in Buffalo’s car, Josh Benton, was taken into custody on an outstanding Criminal Mischief Warrant from North Collins Court. Benton was arraigned in North Collins Court and released on appearance tickets.

Stop discovers drugs

Erie County Sheriff’s Deputy Eric Szkatulski stopped a vehicle operated by Tristan Walsh, 24, of Cheektowaga, for an unspecified traffic offense. A department of motor vehicles check showed Walsh to have a suspended permit. He was taken into custody and charged with aggravated unlicensed operation in the third degree.

Walsh was also found to be in possession of heroin and marijuana and was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance, unlawful possession of marijuana and criminal possession of a hypodermic instrument. Walsh was released, to appear in Brant Town Court, at a later date.

Mussers arrested in raid

In the town of Boston, Erie County Sheriffs Deputies, assisted by Hamburg Police Detectives, raided a Boston residence. During the execution of the warrant, officers seized marijuana, cocaine, miscellaneous drug paraphernalia and weapons.

Arrested were Jamie Musser, 33; Lawrence J. Musser, 31; Thomas Musser, 22, and Lawrence H. Musser, 60. Three members of the Musser family: Jamie, Lawrence J. and Lawrence H., are charged with two felonies and various misdemeanors. Thomas Musser is charged with resisting arrest and obstruction of governmental administration, for attacking Hamburg detectives, during the execution of the warrant.

Officers indicated that this is the third warrant execution at this address for suspected illegal activity.

Senior Detective Alan Rozansky said, “We haven’t seen LSD in blotter form in several years. Also, we are noticing continued growth of crystal meth use outside of the city; this is becoming a real issue in the rural areas.”

All individuals have been transported to the Erie County Holding Center, pending arraignment.

Shoplifter apprehended at Sears

Town of Hamburg Police Officer Andrew Hochworter responded to Sears at the McKinley Mall in Hamburg for a reported shoplifter in custody. David Jensen, a loss prevention agent for Sears, said he observed Jade Martin-Lopez, 23, of Colden, conceal merchandise in a stroller and proceed past all points of purchase. When apprehended, Jensen discovered merchandise totalling $116.99.

Martin-Lopez had her baby with her, and called her boyfriend, Robert Swiers to pick up the child. Martin-Lopez was transported to the Hamburg Police Department for processing and was released on appearance tickets, returnable to the Hamburg Town Court.


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