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Police and fire reports from the Feb. 27 edition of The Sun

Evans woman arrested for aggravated DWI
Shelly Cummings, 48, of Evans was recently arrested on several charges by Evans Patrolman Jeffrey Mayer.

The subject’s vehicle was observed driving in the rain without headlights or taillights on. Mayer said that, after he pulled over the vehicle, he observed that Cummings had red, glassy eyes; poor coordination; slurred speech and an odor of alcohol on her breath.

Cummings told police that she was driving to Derby from Fredonia and had forgotten to turn on her lights. She failed several field tests and had a positive read for alcohol on the police’s sensor.

She was arrested for driving while intoxicated, operating a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol level greater than 0.08 percent, equipment violation (lights) and aggravated driving while intoxicated, due to having a BAC of greater than 0.18 percent. She was later released and given an appearance ticket.

Boston woman strikes boyfriend with her car
At 10 p.m. on Feb. 17, a Boston state trooper responded to a complaint that a woman had run over a man’s leg with her car. The incident occurred on Liebler Road in Boston.

The trooper interviewed the complainant, who said that he and his girlfriend, Lisa Snyder, 51, had been at the Boston Hotel on Boston State Road, when they got into an argument about his eating her sub. Snyder’s boyfriend attempted to speak to her, as she started to pull away in her vehicle. He said that he slipped and the vehicle began to run over his leg, causing pain.

Police interviewed Snyder, a Boston resident, who gave a similar story. She said that her boyfriend claimed she had struck his leg with the tire of her car.

The trooper completing the accident report said that Snyder showed signs of intoxication and failed sobriety tests.

Snyder was placed under arrest for driving while intoxicated; a breath sample showed that she had a blood alcohol concentration of 0.14 percent. She was issued traffic tickets and will appear in the town of Boston Court, at a later date.

Hamburg fire investigation
The town of Hamburg Police Department responded to a report of a house fire at approximately 8 p.m. on Feb. 12 on Milestrip Road.

Officers determined that no one was home, during that time. Volunteers from Newton Abbott, Armor, Big Tree, Scranton, Blasdell, Woodlawn, Lakeshore, Windom and Orchard Park fire companies responded, to help extinguish the fire.

No injuries were reported, but the home did suffer extensive damage, police said. The town of Hamburg Police Department’s Fire Investigation Unit will continue investigating the cause of the fire.

Teen arrested for possession
Axavier Rudyk, 17, of Evans was arrested for unlawful possession of marijuana by Evans Patrolman Kenneth Kloss.

When questioned about the smell of marijuana coming from his vehicle, the subject produced a plastic bag containing cannabis. He was issued an appearance ticket returnable to the town of Evans Justice Court.

Angola man arrested
At 1:30 a.m. on Feb. 22, New York state troopers arrested 24-year-old Anthony Szarpa of Angola for driving while intoxicated, following a traffic stop on Garfield Avenue.

Troopers stopped the car after Szarpa failed to signal a turn; after speaking with him, police determined he had been drinking.

The subject failed a series of field sobriety tests and was subsequently arrested. He is due in Evans Town Court, later this month.

Derby man arrested on several charges
After being pulled over by Evans Patrolman Joseph LaRosa for failure to keep right on a two-lane road, Depew resident Mark Jachimiak was observed to be intoxicated, according to police.

The subject did not acknowledge LaRosa’s request to produce a driver’s license, registration and insurance card, until after the third attempt. Jachimiak, 43, told LaRosa that he was coming from happy hour and was going to his girlfriend’s house.

The subject passed the alphabet sobriety test, but failed several other tests. He refused the walk-and-turn, saying that he had a physical disability from a brain surgery. He was taken into custody and registered a 0.16 percent blood alcohol concentration.

Jachimiak was charged with driving while intoxicated, operating a special vehicle with a greater than 0.08 percent BAC, operating a motor vehicle without a license, failure to keep right and moving from lane unsafely.

Wanted Eden man arrested in Grand Island
Detective Brian O’Hara of the Erie County Sheriff’s Grand Island substation responded to a suspicious vehicle complaint at the Tim Horton’s on Grand Island Boulevard.

The vehicle was partially blocking the lane of traffic. O’Hara observed a male subject passed out, inside the vehicle. Deputy Chris Lysy arrived on location, to assist the detective.

The driver was reported to have come to, begun to curse at the officers and attempted to throw his shifter into reverse. A struggle to prevent him from doing so ensued; he was removed from the vehicle and patted down for weapons.

The driver was found to be in possession of a knife and a quantity of suspected cocaine. Police said that he exhibited signs of impairment, appearing to be under the influence. He was taken into custody and a drug recognition expert was requested.

Deputy Simon Biegasiewicz, the DRE for the Erie County Sheriff’s Office, was called in to assist with an evaluation, which proved to be positive.

Ernest Ruffin, 35, refused to submit to a blood test to determine the presence of a narcotic.

In addition to the driving while intoxicated charge, he was also charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance seventh, criminal possession of a weapon fourth and reckless endangerment second, all class A misdemeanors.

He was found to be operating on a non-driver ID and had revoked privileges, due to numerous suspensions.

A computer check also revealed that Ruffin was wanted on a warrant by the New York State Division of Parole, for a violation for robbery.

He was transported to the Erie County Holding Center to be held, pending his arraignment date in the town of Grand Island Court.

Report from the Erie County Sheriff’s Office
Sheriff Timothy Howard announced that the civil enforcement division reached a four-year high in revenue, topping $1 million for the county’s 2013 general fund account.

As the sheriff is the state-mandated enforcement officer for all courts in New York state, the CED performs service and enforcement functions for its civil courts, including the service of summonses and subpoenas, collection of money judgments and enforcement of court orders, including warrants of eviction.

Service/enforcement and mileage fees, plus a “poundage” fee of 5 percent on all money collected, are forwarded to the county comptroller each month.

Last year’s total was $1,037,704.70, representing an 11 percent increase from 2012’s revenues.

Howard also reported an 11 percent increase in new cases (7,409) from the last fiscal year, and credited the hard work of his staff, new initiatives designed to better serve the citizens of Erie County and improving economic conditions in Western New York.

Those monies are placed in the general fund and returned to the taxpayers.
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