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Police Log for the Week of Feb. 14, 2013

Stand off resolved in Hamburg

The Town of Hamburg Police, with the assistance of the Erie County Sheriff’s Office, has peacefully resolved the situation with a barricaded male on Victorian Drive in Hamburg.

The incident began sometime before midnight Sunday, Feb. 10 when the subject’s girlfriend came to the Town of Hamburg Police station to report that the man was distraught, had access to a shotgun and had made suicidal threats.

Hamburg patrol responded to the home and observed the armed subject inside.

At that point a perimeter was set and the Hamburg S.W.A.T. team was called out. Negotiations continued on and off for 15 hours until about 3 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 11, when the 42-year-old subject surrendered peacefully. He was transported to ECMC for evaluation.

Two shotguns were confiscated from the residence.

Hamburg man charged with felony menacing

At about 4:55 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 3, Town of Hamburg Officer Jonathan Wright was called to the Walmart parking lot, where a complainant told police that a white male had been involved in a disturbance and displayed a knife.

The male allegedly left in a blue Chevrolet Blazer west on Route 20.

While talking with the victims, they reported that an unknown white male in his 30s, wearing a white jacket, approached them and called them a derogatory name. They said an argument began, the male pulled a knife and told them to “go back to where you came from.”

Following an investigation and working with other local police departments, the suspect was identified as John M. Queen, 30, of Hamburg.
Queen was charged with second-degree felony menacing, displaying a weapon as a hate crime.

Evans PD searching for burglary suspect

Town of Evans Patrolman Frederick Garrasi III and Lieutenant Michael Masullo responded to a call of a burglary at a Lake Shore Road residence at midnight on Wednesday, Feb. 6.

When they arrived they spoke to a victim, who said she had stopped by to check on her vacant property. When she arrived, she discovered that her kitchen door had been pushed in and someone had entered the residence.

The victim said she had previously stopped at the location earlier in the day and noticed someone had broken into the side door. She then told officers when she left, she had closed all of the interior and exterior doors and climbed out of the window.

When she returned, all of the interior doors in the house were open including the kitchen door. The lock on the kitchen door was damaged during the break in, though the complainant said nothing appears to be missing or out of order.

Hamburg man faces trespassing charge

At 6:49 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 7, Town of Evans Patrolman John Miller was dispatched to a Darlington Drive location for a trespass complaint.

The complainant said the offender, Steven M. Weiskerger, 43, of Hamburg, who had been evicted from the residence a few days prior, entered it.

The victim said the thermostat was shut off and the power to the house was shut off at the breaker box.

The complainant also told police there were cigarette butts in the kitchen sink and pitchers on the kitchen table that had not been there the day before.

Police said there was a ladder that had been recently outside with snow on it in the garage, under the attic. Nothing appeared to be missing, but the complainant said Weiskerger also did leave his dog inside of the residence.

A short time later, police charged Weiskerger with second degree criminal trespass.

Erie County Sheriff’s Department report

The Erie County Sheriff’s Department responded to several calls. These include:

• Deputy Dan Walczak responded to a single car accident on Herman Hill Road in the Town of Boston on Friday, Feb. 8. Sheriff’s say the car struck a telephone pole, causing a power outage in the area.

The operator of the vehicle reported no injuries, and she said she lost control of the vehicle due to slippery road conditions. The road was shut down while NYSEG repaired the pole.

• Deputy Chris Ginnane responded to a report of a vehicle that struck a dumpster, pushing the dumpster into two other vehicles in the Tops parking lot in Boston on Friday, Feb. 8.

The vehicle was located a short time later. Wayne Tesi, 40, of Boston was cited by the Sheriff’s Department.

• An Erie County snow plow truck struck a vehicle on Zimmerman Road near Meyer Road on Wednesday, Feb. 6. No injuries were reported in the incident.

• Deputies Neil Held and Ryan Rogers responded to a report of a vehicle off the road in a wooded area on Seneca Road in the Town of Brant on Monday, Feb. 4.

Deputies said the vehicle sheared off a telephone pole and blood was found in the vehicle. The operator of the vehicle fled the scene. The vehicle was impounded and the driver of the vehicle came forward later in the day.

An 18-year-old resident of Irving was charged with leaving the scene of an injury accident, open alcohol containers in the vehicle, speed not reasonable and prudent and lane violations. The subject was released and will appear in North Collins Court at a later date. National Grid replaced the telephone pole.

• Deputies Ryan Rogers and Neil Held responded to a vehicle that struck another vehicle and fled the scene at Southwestern Boulevard and Erie Road in the Town of Brant on Sunday, Feb. 10.

No injuries were reported and Seneca Nation Security stropped the vehicle that reportedly left the scene of the accident.

Darwin John, 50, of North Collins was charged with resisting arrest, obstrucion governmental administration, driving while intoxicated, leaving the scene of a property damage accident and various other violations of the vehicle and traffic laws.

John refused to take a breath test, and Deputies learned he was also wanted by the State Police in Collins on an arrest warrant for criminal mischief.

He was transported to Erie County Holding Center pending arraignment.

Man charged with DWI twice on the same day

At 8:15 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 10, State Police responded to a call of a personal injury auto accident on Boston State Road in the Town of Boston.

The operator, Earl D. Williams, 52, of Springville, was found to be intoxicated and had an open container of alcohol in the vehicle. Troopers said Williams was southbound on Boston State Road and drove his vehicle off the east shoulder of the road and into a ditch.

Williams was transported to Erie County Medical Center for back pain. He also gave a blood sample to test his blood alcohol content level.

A search of the vehicle led to a discovery by troopers which indicated that he had also been arrested for DWI by the Erie County Sheriff’s Department at 2 a..m. earlier on Feb. 10 in the Town of Concord.

He will appear in Boston Town Court on Feb. 25 to answer to the charges against him for his DWI arrest in Boston.

Hamburg man faces graffiti charges in pair of incidents

Sean P. Figiel, 20, of Hamburg is facing a pair of charges for making graffiti stemming from two separate incidents by the Town of Hamburg Police.

The first happened sometime between 6 p.m. on Jan. 29 and just after midnight on Jan. 30 after walls of a seaway tunnel were spray painted on Lake Shore Road. Police said the complainant, who lives across the street, told them there were several things spray painted. Several of them were in white paint, the rest in red paint.

At 1:54 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 7, Town of Hamburg Officer Paul Randall observed a white male dressed in dark clothing, riding a skateboard on Big Tree Road near the railroad overpasses.

When police stopped to talked to Figiel, they noticed several bulges in his pockets. When asked what they were, Figiel produced a 10 ounce can of interior/exterior white spray paint. The can had an odor of fresh paint use about it and the nozzle had white paint residue on it.

When asked if he had been spraying, Figiel said he had made some markings on the railroad overpass.

He admitted to spray painting a number of locations throughout the area and admitted that he and a friend, who he would not identify, had also been responsible for the incident on Jan. 29.

He was additionally charged with possession of a graffiti instrument for the Feb. 7 case.

Larceny charges after theft from Toys ‘R’ Us

24-year-old Tyler A. Getman of Hamburg man is facing a petit larceny charge following an alleged theft at Toys ‘R’ Us on McKinley Parkway at 1:11 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 25.

At the time of the incident, an employee of the store said that an unknown suspect stole a pair of iPods from the store. The employee described the suspect, whom police later learned may have been Getman.

Detectives received information from Patrolman Nicholas Borowski that Getman may have been the person responsible after finding out he may have committed similar thefts of electronics.

On Jan. 31, police interviewed Getman at the Erie County Holding Center, where he admitted he did steal the iPods and then traded them for narcotics.

On Feb. 4 charges were filed with the Town of Hamburg Court.

Getman is being charged with petit larceny for the Hamburg case.


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