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Police Log, June 14, 2012

Another DWI accident at a village roundabout

At about 1 a.m. on Friday, June 8, Village of Hamburg Police Officer Eric Krycia responded to a call of a motorcycle accident inside the roundabout at Clark, Division and Buffalo streets.

Upon arriving at the scene, Krycia observed a motorcycle on the ground close to the center of the roundabout with the operator, David Jump, 45, of Eden, standing on the north side of the roundabout.

Jump failed several field sobriety tests and was transported to the Erie County Medical Center after telling police he thought he possibly injured his hand in the accident.

At the hospital, Jump refused to submit to a blood or breath test.

He was charged with felony driving while intoxicated (previous DWI conviction in 2005), driving without a proper motorcycle license and unsafe lane change.

He was due for arraignment at Hamburg Village Court on Wednesday, June 13.

Robbery suspect nabbed

Town of Hamburg Police have charged a Blasdell man in connection with a robbery, an attempted robbery and a burglary in the area.

According to police, at about 1:43 a.m. on Thursday, June 7, a white male entered the 7-11 at Southwestern Boulevard and allegedly threatened the clerk, saying that he was holding a handgun (which was covered with a knit hat) and that she was to turn over all the cash in the register.

Police officers, the K-9 Unit and detectives responded to the scene and searched the area.

At 7:07 a.m. on Thursday, June 7, police responded to an attempted robbery call, where a white male claiming he had a handgun tried to rob another convenient store on McKinley Parkway.

At that time, the attendant allegedly grabbed the hat from the suspect, revealing there was no weapon in his hand and the suspect fled.

Town of Hamburg Police responded to the call, recovered some evidence and continued their search, with K-9 Endy tracking scent in the area.

Within hours of these events Officer Joseph O’Brien responded to an unrelated call involving Christopher R. Trevett, 26, of Blasdell and observed that Trevett fit the basic description of the suspect in the robberies.

Further conversation and investigation ultimately resulted in Trevett admitted to having committed the two incidents that day and a burglary in Blasdell, police said.

Trevett was charged with felony second-degree robbery, displaying what appeared to be a firearm, felony second-degree attempted robbery displaying what appeared to be a firearm and petit larceny.

He was arraigned before Hamburg Justice Walter Rooth and remanded to the Erie County Holding Center in lieu of $50,000 bail.

Sounds too good to be true, then it’s a scam

“If it sounds too good to be true, then more than likely it is a scam,” Evans Police Captain Charles Danzi said as a warning to residents.

Recently an Evans resident reported to police they had received a letter in the mail saying they were a beneficiary of an unclaimed settlement along with a $2,379.69 check.

The letter said for the resident to deposit the money into the checking account and then send a personal check for a certain amount to the sender for processing fees, but not to tell anyone or else.

The resident did not cash the check and came to the police department.

“This is an ongoing scam,” Danzi said. “People get these checks, deposit them and then send back money to the ‘company/business person’ for handling fees. Then it turns out the original check is no good and the victim is out the money.”

Danzi reminds all residents that if they receive calls or letters from unknown agencies or people claiming you will receive money by sending money, contact your local police agency right away.

E.C. Sheriff’s report

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

• While on patrol on the Cattaraugus Indian Reservation, on Thursday, June 7, Deputy Neil Held stopped a vehicle which failed to dim its high beams on Milestrip road.

The 19-year-old Brant resident was charged with driving while intoxicated and traffic infractions.

During the DWI investigation, the passenger of the vehicle, Jerrod T. Kennedy, 30, of Collins, was charged with first-degree unlawfully dealing with a child for providing alcoholic beverages to the 19-year-old driver.

• On Friday, June 8, CSX Railroad reported a train stopped on the tracks near Erie Road (Route 5) and Old Lake Shore Road in Brant that had a traction fire in the motor on the third car from the front of the train.

According to police, train personnel attempted to extinguish the fire, but it kept reigniting. It was finally extinguished by the Cattaraugus Indian Reservation Fire Company.

• At 9:33 p.m. on June 10, Deputies Amy Klimowicz and Tim Colling stopped a vehicle that matched a call for a possible intoxicated driver who had left a domestic disturbance in the Town of Hamburg.

According to police, following a breath test which resulted in a blood alcohol reading of .19 percent, more than double the legal limit of .08 percent, the vehicle operator, Jenny Hilty, 38, of Hamburg, was charged with aggravated driving while intoxicated, and other vehicle and traffic violations.

Felony DWI arrest

At 6:21 p.m. on Wednesday, June 6, Town of Hamburg Police Officer Timothy Brooks stopped a vehicle matching the description he had been given for an assault incident and observed the vehicle operator, David M. Janosz, 44, of Elma had an odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from him.

After failing some field sobriety tests and following a computer check, Janosz was charged with felony driving while intoxicated.

DWI arrest in Evans

At 11:31 p.m. on Saturday, June 9, Town of Evans Police Officer Michael Kauzala was dispatched to a reckless operation complaint and observed vehicle tailgating another vehicle.

According to police, the vehicle was unable to maintain its lane of travel and nearly struck several mailboxes and then crossed over the center lane and nearly struck oncoming traffic as Kauzala then activated lights and sirens.

The vehicle in front of the suspect pulled over and the suspect vehicle then struck the back of it. As the patrol car pulled alongside, the vehicle then struck the passenger side door of the patrol car in an attempt to leave the area, police said.

Tammy L. Slater, 46, of Depew was charged with driving while intoxicated, second-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, refusal to take breath test, drinking alcohol in a motor vehicle on the highway, failure to yield right-of-way to emergency vehicle and other vehicle and traffic violations.

Brant monthly report

The Brant Police Department just completed the Buckle Up New York two-week wave and issued 95 seatbelt tickets, issued 103 other traffic violations and made several penal law arrests.

Police are reminding residents they are starting a selective traffic enforcement program to address aggressive driving violations and there is a cell phone/texting blitz which occur soon.

Also police are warning all residents to be on the watch for children and others riding bicycles and jogging along the roadways.

During the month of May the Town of Brant Police handled 1143 complaints.

This included one accident call, seven felony arrests, seven criminal complaints, 22 non-criminal complaints and 19 misdemeanor arrests.

There were eight first aid, one fire alarm, 25 assists to other agencies, 363 property checks, 34 money escorts, 31 assists to motorists, one assist to the code enforcement officer, six assists to the dog control officer, five court bailiff, nine details/community policing and one funeral escort.

Police officers issued 331 traffic and vehicle violations and patrolled a total of 4,187 miles in the three vehicles.

Town of Evans report

The Evans Police and the Erie County Sheriff’s Department held joint beach and traffic details at Bennett Beach and Lake Shore Road.

The Evans Police participated in the N.Y.S. Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee “Click-it or Ticket” detail this month.

The Evans Police Marine Unit participated in the N.Y.S. Homeland Security’s “Open Spider” detail, along with the N.Y.S. Encon, U.S. Border Patrol and the Erie County Sheriff’s Marine Patrol Unit.

During the month the Town of Evans Police Dispatchers took care of 2,879 complaints.

This included 38 accident calls, 134 ambulance calls, three assaults, 17 criminal mischief, two domestic incidents, five drug, 18 loud music, 29 fire and 20 false alarms, 33 harassment and 42 larcenies.

There were 158 animal complaints, 14 neighbor disputes, two sex offenses were reported, 13 trespasses, four missing persons, 161 premise checks, 296 community policing, 31 assists to motorists and 15 welfare checks.

Seventeen prisoners were held in the Town of Evans lockup.

There were 163 police reports filed and 19 accidents were reported to the state.

Police officers issued 251 traffic violations, which included 48 for speeding, 11 were driving while intoxicated related, 27 were license/permit violations, 59 seatbelt violations, 13 red lights, 21 required motor vehicle equipment, eight stop signs, seven vehicle registration violations and 57 other. There were 164 parking tickets issued.

From the Detective Bureau, there were 64 people charged, mostly for violations of the state’s penal law, alcohol beverage control law and vehicle and traffic laws. Four people were charged with DWI.

The Dog Control Officer issued six appearance tickets.

Town of Hamburg report

During the month of May the Town of Hamburg Police Dispatchers took care of 2,940 complaints.

This included 113 accident calls, 221 ambulance calls, 115 alarms, four assaults, 32 criminal mischief, 48 domestic incidents, 16 drug, 21 loud music, 24 fire, 30 harassment and 85 larcenies.

There were 114 animal complaints, 22 neighbor disputes, four sex crimes/offenses were reported, 10 trespasses, six missing persons, 104 welfare checks, 12 premises checked, 12 community policing and 12 lockouts.

Forty-one prisoners were held in the Town of Hamburg lockup.

There were 65 accidents reported to the state and 306 police reports were filed.

Police officers issued 950 traffic violations, which included 307 for speeding, 27 were driving while intoxicated related, 70 were license/permit violations, 75 no inspection, 23 were vehicle registration violation, 63 red lights, 128 required motor vehicle equipment, five stop sign, 38 cell phone use and 68 seatbelt violations.

Village of North Collins

During the month of May, the Village of North Collins Police Department was awarded a grant from the Erie County STOP DWI Program for DWI Enforcement. This grant provides funds for staffing supplemental DWI patrols, as well as equipment for the department. At the end of the month, late night DWI enforcement patrols were added and during the first shift provided by this grant, a felony DWI arrest was made.

During the month of May, officers were on duty for 213 hours and responded to 75 calls.

This included: one motor vehicle accident, three reports of a suspicious vehicle, one suspicious person, one disturbance, one erratic vehicle operation report, four alarms, one animal complaint, one monitor a custody exchange, two found properties, two assist to citizens, one loud music complaint, a trespass complaint, two assists to the North Collins Emergency Squad, four assists to other police agencies including one to the Erie County Sheriff’s Department at Snows Marina on the Cattaraugus Indian Reservation for a serious assault with numerous subjects involved, the return of a 7-year-old wandering child to parents, a mental health arrest, detail to escort the tractors for Tractor Day at the high school, Memorial Day Parade details, traffic control due to closed road because of flooding, four alarms, three funeral escorts and four court details.

Officers issued 38 traffic violations which included 20 tickets for speeding, one for felony DWI, felony aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and one alcohol interlock system violation, three for cell phone use, three for texting, three tickets wee issued for expired inspections, two for broken windshields, one for stop sign violation and two seatbelt violations. Regular property checks were conducted of schools, businesses, public and vacant properties.


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