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Police blotter from the March 6 edition of The Sun



Springville man struck by Angola vehicle

Erie County Sheriff Timothy Howard reported that a March 1 crash resulted in the death of 32-year-old Joseph Pinelli of Springville.

At 10:30 p.m. on Saturday, the victim was operating a small car southbound on Route 240 in the town of Concord. Witnesses reported that the vehicle veered to the right side of the southbound lane and then across the roadway, into the northbound lane. Pinelli’s vehicle was struck broadside by a pickup truck driven by a 21-year-old Angola resident. The impact sent the victim’s vehicle into a ditch.

Several motorists stopped and attempted to assist the victim, who was trapped in the car. Members of the East Concord Fire Company extricated Pinelli, who was transported to Bertrand Chaffee Hospital in Springville, where he died a short time later. This investigation is continuing.

At the time of the collision, the roadway was wet from falling snow, but had not become snow-covered. The initial investigation has determined that the victim was not wearing a seatbelt.

Teens arrested at underage drinking party

Erie County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a report of an underage drinking party on Patchin Road in Boston from the underage drinking tipline on Feb. 17.

Police located the party and notified approximately 15 parents to pick up their children, aged 16 and 17. Additional 18-year-old subjects were present, but not charged. One 17-year-old town of Hamburg teen was charged with alcohol possession and unlawful marijuana possession. His name is being withheld, due to his age; he was turned over to his parent, and ordered to appear in the town of Boston Court, at a later date.

The homeowner was away at the time, and was not charged in the incident, due to not being aware of the party that her two children decided to host.

Barn fire under investigation

Erie County Sheriff’s deputies Gary Mosier and Joel Schenfield responded to a barn fire in North Collins on Feb. 18.

The metal outbuilding belonging to Proline Concrete was extinguished by the local fire department. The fire chief on scene requested a fire investigator from the Erie County Sheriff’s Office Fire Investigation Unit.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

Eden crash involves snowplow

Erie County Sheriff’s Deputy Eric Kaderli from the Erie County Sheriff’s Office Crash Investigation Unit responded to assist the town of Eden Police Department on a minor injury accident involving an Erie County Highway Department snowplow.

The incident took place on Southwestern Boulevard at Shadagee Road on Feb. 18.

Hamburg warrant arrest made

Erie County Sheriff’s deputies Jeff Hicks and Matt Fuqua responded to a report of an unwelcome guest on Sherman Avenue in the village of North Collins on Feb. 20.

Police arrested 21-year-old Delia Smith of no permanent address on an outstanding warrant from the city of Buffalo Police. Joseph Bialaszewski of no permanent address was also arrested on an outstanding arrest warrant from the town of Hamburg.

The latter subject was turned over to the town of Hamburg Police Department.

North Collins vehicle crash

Erie County Sheriff Timothy Howard has reported a two-car crash that sent two men to the Erie County Medical Center, for treatment of their injuries.

At 12:20 p.m. on Feb. 28, a 1990 Chevrolet Caprice, operated by 57-year-old Bernard Mazurczak of Blasdell, was traveling southbound on New Oregon, when the driver failed to yield the right-of-way to a westbound 2006 Ford plow truck at the intersection of Genesee Road.

The truck and car collided within the intersection. Mazurczak was taken by Mercy Flight Western New York to the ECMC, for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.

The operator of the truck, 40-year-old Jason Smith of West Valley, was transported by ambulance to the ECMC, for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.

The crash remains under investigation by the Erie County Sheriff’s Office Crash Investigation Unit and charges may be pending.

Intoxicated mother hits Boston Free Library

On Feb. 24, New York State troopers out of the Boston barracks arrested Julie Turner, 41, of Boston for driving while intoxicated.

On that day, troopers were called to the Boston Free Library because a woman, later identified as Turner, was reported to not be able to find her children; she came into the Boston Free Library saying she hoped they were there.

Library officials told Turner they were calling the police. Turner left the library; as she was driving away, she hit the building with her vehicle.

Moments later, police arrived at the library and interviewed the staff. Police spoke to Turner and determined that she was intoxicated. Police drove the subject back to her home to find her children.

Once at the house, Turner found a message from her children on her cell phone saying that they would be at a neighbor’s house. The officer took Turner to the neighbor’s house to check on the children. After the children were determined to be in good care, police transported the subject to the station, where she refused to submit to a chemical test to determine her blood alcohol concentration.

Turner was arrested for driving while intoxicated, refusing to take a breath test and speed not reasonable and prudent. She will appear in the town of Boston Court at a later date, to answer the charges.

Lawtons man arrested after domestic

New York state troopers arrested 18-year-old Lucas Beaver of Lawtons for second degree unlawful imprisonment and second degree harassment on Feb. 20, following a domestic dispute on Feb. 17, at his home.

Beaver reportedly got into an argument with his girlfriend at the residence, about her returning to her home. During the dispute, he took the victim’s cell phone and physically kept her from leaving, for more than an hour.

The female was able to get the phone and call a family member. While she was waiting for her ride, Beaver began throwing her clothes out of the house, and hit her in the face with a boot.

The woman reported the incident to police on Feb. 19, and Beaver turned himself in the next day. He was processed at the Collins barracks and is due back in North Collins Town Court.

Daniel Chowaniec receives DWI charges

Evans Patrolman Jeffrey Mayer responded to a property damage-only incident on Feb. 20. Daniel Chowaniec, 46, of Evans was attempting to drive his vehicle out of a ditch, when police arrived. Mayer said that he saw an empty bottle of whiskey lying on the ground next to the subject’s car.

After Chowaniec was unable to produce a driver’s license, Mayer said that he observed the subject’s slurred speech, glassy eyes, poor coordination and odor of alcohol. The offender refused to exit the car for field tests. He told police several times, “F--- you.” When he got out of his car, Chowaniec could not stand on his own.

The subject told police that he drank whiskey and ingested cocaine and marijuana. “I’m f----- up, dude,” he told Mayer. “I’ve been drinking all day.”

He was arrested and taken to the police station, where he refused the data master test, and said, “F--- you. I don’t give a f--- about your warnings.” Due to his level of intoxication, Chowaniec was transported to the Erie County Medical Center. He was charged with driving while intoxicated, DWI: previous conviction designated offense within 10 years, use of a vehicle without an interlock device, failure to use designated lane and aggravated, unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle first.

Money wired to unknown person

Erie County Sheriff’s deputies filed a report of fraud from a Boston Cross Road resident on Feb. 21, after the individual reported receiving a call from an unknown person, saying that a family member was involved in a driving while intoxicated accident and needed money wired to them.

After $5,000 was sent electronically, the caller contacted the victim again and requested an additional $6,000. PayPal™ blocked this second transaction and noted it as fraud.

The Erie County Sheriff’s Detective Bureau is investigating this crime.


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