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Police Blotter for March 28, 2013 for the towns of Boston, Brant, Eden, Evans, Hamburg and North Collins

Blasdell resident Scott Henry recently graduated from the Erie County Basic Correction Academy and has been assigned to the Jail Management Division within the Erie County Sheriff’s Office. Pictured from left are: Erie County Legislator Lynne Dixon, Jail Superintendent Tom Diina, Henry and Erie County Sheriff Tim Howard.
Firearms stolen from Evans home

Town of Evans Police are looking for any information into the theft of six firearms from a Town of Evans residence.

According to police, sometime between 10 p.m. on Saturday, March 23 and 6 a.m. on Sunday, March 24, someone broke a window of an Evans residence and removed a .22 caliber Marlin 60, a Winchester Century, a 50 caliber Connectic Optima, a 30-30 Marlin 336W, a Weatherby eighty-two and a Weatherby shotgun.

If anyone has any information call the Evans Police Department at 549-3600 or call the anonymous tipline at 217-3585.

Buffalo man pleads guilty to Hamburg bank robbery

Timothy Ernle, 51, of Buffalo, has pled guilty to the two Evans National Bank robberies in Hamburg, which occurred within 10 days of each other in July 2010.

The bank branch, located on South Park Avenue, was first robbed on July 3, 2010 when the suspect, wearing regular clothing plus a baseball cap, latex gloves and a stocking over his face to disguise himself, jumped over the teller window and removed $12,500.

At the time he allegedly threatened the tellers with a sharp metal crowbar type instrument.

On July 13, 2010 Ernle came into the bank again disguised with a baseball hat, latex gloves and stocking over his face, jumped over the teller’s counter and emptied the drawer, exactly the same as before. This time he did not threaten anyone, police said.

On Monday, March 25, Ernle pled guilty to the charges before U.S. District Judge Richard Arcara to bank robbery. The charge carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

According to Assistant U.S. Attorney Melissa M. Marangola, who is handling the case, Ernle not only admitted to robbing the Hamburg Evans National Bank, but also robbed a M&T Bank branch on Delaware Avenue in Kenmore that July. A total of approximately $27,000 was taken in those three robberies.

Ernle is currently serving a state prison sentence for a bank robbery which occurred in Niagara County.

Sentencing is scheduled for Oct. 18 at 1:30 p.m. in front of Arcara.

The plea is the result of an investigation by special agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Christopher M. Piehota.

Hamburg man charged with felony DWIA

At 9:55 p.m. on Monday, March 18, Town of Hamburg Police Officer Jonathan Wright observed a vehicle being operated in an erratic manner on Route 5 near St. Francis High School.

The vehicle was stopped and the driver, Richard J. Galasso, 48 was asked to perform several field sobriety tests, failing most of them.

According to police, Galasso allegedly admitted to taking a prescribed medication but refused to submit to a blood test.

A computer check revealed Galasso had a previous conviction for driving while ability impaired by using drugs in December 2007 as well as a driving while intoxicated conviction in October 2007.

Galasso was charged with felony driving while ability impaired by drugs and moving from lane unsafely.

Hamburg teen charged after hotel room trashed

At 9:45 p.m. on Sunday, March 17, Village of Hamburg Police Lt. Richard Schara and Officer Anthony Caber responded to a complaint of people damaging property at the Super 8 Hotel on Camp Road.

Police stopped a vehicle as it was being driven over the grass between the hotel and Holiday Lane.

A passenger, of the vehicle, Lawrence Gillen, 19, of the Town of Hamburg allegedly admitted to police that he was responsible for the damage at the hotel, which included breaking ceiling tiles, ripping off aluminum molding, damaging an exit door, removing some piping from an area where construction was being done and damaging carpeting.

Gillen was charged with felony criminal mischief and is due back in Hamburg Village Court on March 27.

E.C. Sheriff’s report

During the week of Monday, March 18 through Sunday, March 24 the Erie County Sheriff’s Office Deputies from the North Collins substation responded to 162 calls.

• On Tuesday, March 19, Deputy Jordan Grabar responded to a report of a single car accident on Route 219 in the Town of Boston, where a vehicle had slid off the roadway into a tree.

The operator of the vehicle, an East Otto resident, was cited for failure or maintain a lane of traffic and speed not reasonable and prudent.

He was transported by ambulance to the Bertrand Chaffee Hospital in Springville with a minor head injury.

• On Friday, March 22, Deputy Timothy Colling responded to a report of a vehicle that had struck a tree in front of a home on Abbott Road in the Town of Boston.

The vehicle operator, Christopher Maier, 30, of Buffalo, was charged with driving while intoxicated.

• On Sunday, March 24, Deputies Ryan Rogers and Neil Held responded to a report of a single car motor accident which had struck a telephone pole on Route 438 in the Town of Brant with two minor injuries.

The vehicle operator, Kelsey Lay, 21, of Collins, was charged with aggravated driving while intoxicated (she registered a .19 percent blood alcohol content) and other vehicle and traffic violations.

While at the scene of the accident, a pedestrian not involved in the incident was interfering with medical personnel at the scene and being disorderly, police said.

According to police when Steven E. Young, 28, of Lawtons was confronted by the deputies and the Seneca Nation of Indian Marshals, he became hostile and uncooperative. He allegedly struggled with the police officers and was taken into custody.

Young was charged with disorderly conduct, obstructing medical emergency personnel, obstructing governmental administration and resisting arrest. He was transported to the Erie County Holding Center and was held, pending arraignment.

North Collins man charged with DWI

On Friday, March 22, after 10:30 p.m. New York State Police Trooper Stephen Przystal responded to a call of a vehicle stuck in the front lawn of a Springville Boston Road residence.

Upon arriving at the scene, he located the driver, A.F. Mauro, of North Collins, trying to get the vehicle from the lawn.

According to police, they administered several field sobriety tests to Mauro and he refused to take a chemical (breath) test.

He was charged with driving while intoxicated, was arraigned before a Town of Concord justice and his driver’s license was suspended for refusing to take the breath test.

Switched plates and no license garner tickets

At approximately 2 p.m. on Thursday, March 21, Town of Evans Police Officer Nathan Miller stopped a 1997 Honda Civic for a license plate display violation on Erie Road.

According to police, when they ran the plate through the Department of Motor Vehicles it came up as being registered to a 1997 Nissan 200 sx. On display on the dashboard was another licence plate, which was registered to a 2004 Chevy Colorado.

When the driver’s license (Henry W. White, 23, of Buffalo) was run through the DMV, it came up with 14 suspensions/revocations.

Further checks revealed that White and his passenger, Scott S. Polanowski, 33, of Buffalo, had warrants out for their arrest from the West Seneca Police Department.

White was charged with second-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a vehicle (alcohol related), operating a motor vehicle with improper plates, operating an unregistered motor vehicle on a highway, operating a motor vehicle without insurance and registered plate display violation.

Both White and Polanowski were turned over to the West Seneca Police Department.

DWI and felony AUO

At 11 p.m. on Wednesday, March 13, Village of Hamburg Police Officer Eric Krycia responded to a complaint of a person operating a vehicle in a reckless manner.

Krycia observed the vehicle and pulled it over on Lake Street.

After failing several field sobriety tests and refusing to take the breath test, the vehicle operator, Brian Thurn, 40, of the Village of Hamburg, was charged with felony first-degree aggravated unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, driving while intoxicated and open container of alcohol in a motor vehicle on a highway.

He was scheduled to appear in Hamburg Village Court on March 27.

Shoplifting team

At around 9 p.m. on Saturday, March 23, Town of Hamburg Police Officer Jeffrey Lavelle responded to a call from the Sears loss prevention associate they had two females in custody after they were observed removing over $300 worth of clothing from the store without paying for them.

According to police, Angela L. Lubecki, 32, of West Seneca and a 15-year-old female were observed taking 24 miscellaneous clothing items into a dressing room and then coming out of the area with no items.

When the pair left the store they were confronted by the store employee, who said Lubecki fought him and tried to enter a vehicle to leave the area.

Lubecki was charged with felony third-degree robbery, petit larceny and acting in manner injurious to a child less than 17. The teen was charged with petit larceny.
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