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Police Log June 21, 2012

Hamburg man charged with child porn possession

On Friday, June 15, Jeremy Marsillo, 29, of Hamburg, was charged with receipt of child pornography.

According to Assistant U.S. Attorney Aaron J. Mango, the investigation began when the Hamburg Police Department obtained a SIM card (a portable, exchangeable memory chip, often used in cell phones) allegedly belonging to Marsillo.

A review of the card allegedly revealed images of child pornography, including graphic images involving toddlers, authorities said.

Police said that during a subsequent interview, Marsillo allegedly admitted that he received the images of the child pornography over the Internet.

Felony DWI in Eden

At 2:40 a.m. on Wednesday, June 13, Town of Eden Police Officer Samuel Beiter observed a vehicle on Route 62 which appeared to have headlights that were bouncing around in the brackets.

After stopping the vehicle, the operator, Daren Gajewski, 35, of Buffalo, appeared to be intoxicated and refused to take the breath test.

Further investigation revealed that Gajewski had two previous felony driving while intoxicated convictions in the past 10 years and did not have a valid driver’s license.

He was charged with felony DWI, felony aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, no license and dazzling headlights.

DWAI by drugs in Evans

At about 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 16, Town of Evans Police Officer Joseph LaRosa responded to a one car roll-over accident on Erie Road.

According to police, upon arriving at the scene, the vehicle was found on its roof in the east bound ditch alongside the road.

The driver, William D. Armstrong, 40, was the sole occupant of the vehicle and had to be removed from the vehicle by members of the Highland Fire Department and Rural Metro emergency personnel. He was transported by Mercy Flight to the Erie County Medical Center.

According to police, Armstrong had admitted to taking some muscle relaxers and pain pills prior to being in the accident.

Armstrong was charged with operating a motor vehicle impaired by drugs and moving from lane unsafely.

Drugs and alcohol

At 9:03 p.m. on Saturday, June 16, Village of North Collins Police observed a vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed on Route 62.

The vehicle was stopped and the officer noticed a strong odor of marijuana coming from inside the vehicle.

The operator, Michael J. Langfelder, 21, of Williamsville, failed several field sobriety tests, An open bottle of vodka was found in the rear seat of the vehicle and a small amount of marijuana was found in Langfelder’s possession.

Langfelder was charged with driving while his ability was impaired by drugs, unlawful possession of marijuana, open container of alcohol in a motor vehicle on a highway and speeding.

E.C. Sheriff’s report

The Erie County Sheriff’s Officer reports the following incidents.

• On Tuesday, June 12, Eire County Sheriff’s Deputies Brendan Connolly and Anthony Yavicoli responded to a 911 complaint.

The investigation revealed that a male worker had set up a covert video camera to film a female co-worker in the bathroom of the workplace in North Collins.

It was when the victim discovered the camera that the Sheriff’s Office was called.

Benjamin K. Kreutter, of East Otto, was charged with felony second-degree unlawful surveillance.

• Early in the morning of Friday, June 15, Deputy Timothy Colling responded to a report of a one car accident on Herman Hill Road in the Town of Boston, where the car had overturned.

According to police, the vehicle was found on its side in the road. After failing several field sobriety tests, Jonathan Zeis, 23, of Boston was charged with aggravated driving while intoxicated (his blood alcohol content was .22 percent, almost three times the legal limit of .08 percent) and other vehicle and traffic violations.

• At about 3 a.m. on Saturday, June 16, while on patrol on the Cattaraugus Indian Reservation, Deputies Neil Held and Ken Achtyl observed a vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed (estimated to going over 100 mph) on Route 438.

After a short pursuit, the driver, Anthony R. LeRoy, 31, of Brant, stopped at a Lane Drive residence.

LeRoy was charged with felony aggravated unlicensed operation (revoked license for a prior alcohol related arrest), DWI, drinking alcohol while driving, speeding (exceeding 100 mph), reckless driving and failure to maintain the roadway.

After further investigation, LeRoy and his passenger, Rachel L. Jemison, 26, of Brant, were additional charged with criminal possession of marijuana.

Deputies were told the residence they were at was where LeRoy and Jemison resided and that there were three children, all under the age of four, asleep in the house.

According to police, Jemison and LeRoy were each charged with three counts of endangering the welfare of a child and the children were turned over to a relative.

The Seneca Nation Marshals assisted in this incident.

Public lewdness occurs in store bathroom

Town of Hamburg Police have charged John P. Tedesco, 47, of Blasdell with public lewdness, exposing oneself to be seen in a public place, following an incident at a public restroom at 2:55 p.m. on Sunday, June 10.

According to police, the victim had gone to use the men’s public restroom in a store on Milestrip Road, when he heard the door to the handicap access bathroom stall open. At that time he allegedly saw a male purposely expose himself.

The victim quickly left the bathroom, but was allegedly followed by the suspect, who approached him and asked if he wanted his e-mail. The victim went to find a manager of the store, but the suspect had left.

During the ensuing investigation, Town of Hamburg Detective Todd Ehret was made aware of a posting on Craigslist about the incident and was able to track down Tedesco.

Employee takes money from Eden store

Town of Eden Police have charged Patsy Bogue, 61, of Eden, with fourth-degree grand larceny, following a series of incidents which occurred at a store in Eden.

According to police, Bogue was taken into custody at 11:25 a.m. on Saturday, June 16, after she had been observed pocketing money from the store cash register.

Police said store management had noticed that money was missing and had been observing Bogue for awhile.

She allegedly admitted to police that she had taken about $2,000 from the store.

DWI auto accident

At 5:04 a.m. on Friday, June 15, Town of Evans Police Officer Frederick Garrasi III responded to a call of an auto accident on Erie Road, in the vicinity of Ace Hardware and Lakeshore Family Medicine.

Upon arriving at the scene, Garrasi had the vehicle operator, Alawi A. Albakri, 25, of Evans, allegedly admit to having some alcoholic beverages and he said he was on his way home and fell asleep. The vehicle then went off the road and struck a drain pipe.

Albakri was asked to perform several field sobriety tests, failing three.

Albakri was charged with driving while intoxicated, failure to keep right and moving from lane unsafely.

Loud muffler leads to arrest in North Collins

While on routine patrol at 3:20 a.m. on Monday, June 18, Village of North Collins Police stopped a vehicle operated by Robin C. Austin, 36, of Gowanda on Route 62 in Lawtons, for a loud muffler.

During the traffic stop, a Department of Motor Vehicles check revealed that Austin’s driver’s license had been suspended seven times on four occasions for her failure to appear in various courts for traffic violations.

Austin was charged with second-degree aggravated unlicensed operation and loud exhaust.

Internet fraud

Following a complaint call from the Susquehanna Police, in Pennsylvania, about a possible eBay fraud in Hamburg.

According to police, the victim said he was selling a $4,500 Panasonic video recorder on eBay to a James More at an Oxford Terrace residence.

A fraudulent e-mail was sent to the victim, saying that his Pay Pal account had been credited, so he mailed out the recorder. When he released his account had not been accredited, he contacted police.

Town of Hamburg Police Officer David Olday was able to track down the address of the suspect.

At the home he found a woman who said she was being paid by the suspect, More, to forward packages she receives to his Fed Ex account in Jensean Beach, Fla.

Police were able to retrieve the video recorder, along with other property, and the investigation is continuing.

DWI accident in Eden

At 1:08 a.m. on Sunday, June 10, Town of Eden Police responded to an accident call on Marsh Road.

According to police, a vehicle driven by Conor Finnegan, 21, of Eden, left the roadway and went into a ditch on Marsh Road.

Finnegan was transported by ambulance to the Erie County Holding Center for head lacerations.

According to police, Finnegan refused to take a blood test at the hospital. He was charged with driving while intoxicated, unlicensed driver and failure to keep right.

Dog left in broiling car

At about 3 p.m. on Monday, June 11, Town of Evans Police received a call of a small dog locked inside a vehicle in the sun, with the windows only opened a small amount.

When Officer Luke Fioretti arrived at the scene, he found the vehicle parked in a spot without shade and two windows opened about 4-inches.

According to police, at the time the temperature was in the upper 80s with clear skies and when Fioretti placed his hand inside the vehicle, the temperature appeared to be significantly higher inside the vehicle than outside.

The witness said the dog had been observed in the vehicle for about 20 minutes and Fioretti was there for an additional 10 minutes before the dog’s owner, Anne M. Cummings, 63, of Angola was found.

Cummings was charged with torturing or insuring an animal/failure to provide sustenance.

Disorderly conduct

At 10:57 p.m. on Tuesday, June 5, Town of Hamburg Police responded to a Hoover Road business for a disturbance.

Upon arriving at the scene, they observed Jacob C. Laud, 37, of Buffalo, who was allegedly belligerent, using obscene language and refusing to cooperate with police.

Laud was charged with resisting arrest, second-degree obstructing governmental administration and disorderly conduct.

Sixteen year old charged with harassment

At 10:15 p.m. on Sunday, June 17, Town of Eden Police responded to a domestic call where a 16-year-old female allegedly assaulted her mother at their residence.

The teen was charged with second-degree harassment and arraigned before Eden Justice Michael Cooper. She was sent to the Erie County Holding Center in lieu of $750 bail.

House fire in Evans

At 10:22 p.m. on Saturday, June 16, Town of Evans Police were dispatched for a possible structure fire on Center Street in the Village of Angola.

Police observed smoke coming from both the upper and lower windows and flames coming from a rear west side basement window.

According to police, there was no one in the building, which houses two apartments, at the time.

Responding to fire were Angola, Brant, Lake Erie Beach, Evans Center, Highland, North Evans, Farnham, Eden, Sunset Bay, Lakeview, Scranton, Lake Shore, Reservation and Hamburg fire departments and fire companies.

Fire investigators were requested to the scene and the American Red Cross was aiding the victims.

Suspended registration leads to other charges

While on patrol Town of Evans Police Officer James Pierce was alerted by the license plate reader that a vehicle had a suspended registration.

After stopping the vehicle, Pierce observed a bag of suspected marijuana and a clear bag of suspected narcotics sitting in the open inside the vehicle.

Jackie Colwell, 26, of Angola was charged with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana, driving while license suspended and driving with a suspended registration.

Playstation taken

Sometime between 1 p.m. and before midnight on Sunday, June 17, someone entered a Beach Road residence in Evans and removed a Playstation 3 and a game, totally $630.

Town of Evans Police Detectives are continuing their investigation.

Jean larceny at JC Penny’s

Town of Hamburg Police have charged Joann M. Reville, 65, of Lackawanna, with petit larceny after she allegedly tried to remove two pairs of jeans from the J.C. Penny’s store in the McKinley Mall on Saturday, June 16.


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