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Police Blotter for the week of August 8

Business robbed in Evans
Responding to a report of a man’s walking in the woods with a flashlight, at 10:37 p.m. on July 21, Evans Police Department patrol discovered the subject on Erie Road.
The officers located an open rear door at Monroe Muffler, which appeared to have been pried open. Inside the business, a red tool box that had been broken into was located inside the mechanics bay. Patrol cleared the building and the acting lieutenant requested additional police personnel.
The business’s district manager and assistant manager responded to the scene and identified miscellaneous tools that were valued at $3,000. Other items that were stolen and later recovered were a $5,000 scanner, a $1,500 emissions testing tool, $100 in cash and other pieces of property.
Several items of evidence, including a hammer that detectives said may have been used to pry open the door for entry, were bagged. That evidence was transported to the Evans Police Station, where they were processed.
Anyone with information about this case is asked to call the Evans tipline at 217-3585.

Cannabis discovered by police
An Erie County Sheriff’s pilot and Air 1 notified the Evans Police Department that several marijuana plants had been located in a wooded area on Southwestern Boulevard at 3:19 p.m. on July 23.
Two officers responded to the specified address and retrieved the plants. They obtained the name of the vacant land’s owner from a nearby neighbor.
The landowner told police that he has no idea who runs the grow operation and that he uses his 110 acres of vacant land for hunting and timber only.
A police officer walked the area, to find paths’ leading into the area where the grow was located, but found negative results.
In an unrelated case, the Evans Police Department was informed that another marijuana grow was located in the back of a Bennett Road location by an Air 1 helicopter.
Police located 20 marijuana plants’ growing in a fenced backyard. They seized and secured the cannabis plants.
Wayne Thomas, 63, of Evans was charged with unlawfully growing cannabis. He is scheduled to return to the town of Evans Court on Aug. 12, to answer the charges.

DWI charge elevated to aggravated
An Evans Police Department officer observed a vehicle lying on its driver’s side on the sidewalk on the north side of Lake Shore Road at 6:17 a.m. on July 26.
The driver and sole occupant, Jamie Zangerle, 28, of Lackawanna, was temporarily trapped inside the vehicle. She said that she was driving home from a friend’s house and had last consumed alcohol at 1 a.m. She also said that she did not remember how the accident occurred.
The officer reported that Zangerle became “belligerent” and repeatedly called him a foul name. He helped her exit the vehicle through a
broken rear window.
Police said that Zangerle exhibited glassy eyes and slurred speech, in addition to smelling like alcohol. A 12-ounce bottle of beer was found inside her vehicle.
Rural/Metro Medical Services Paramedic Lynne Potoczak evaluated the subject and determined that Zangerle had a possible head injury and required transportation to the hospital. No field sobriety tests could be administered, due to Zangerle’s injuries.
The subject was charged with driving while intoxicated, aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle first and third, failure to keep right, moving from lane unsafely, a license restriction violation and drinking alcohol in a motor vehicle on the highway.
She was also charged with DWI: previous conviction, due to her having a prior conviction from 2012.
Zangerle’s blood alcohol levels were later tested and the results are pending. She was released on summons, at the Erie County Medical

Brant man arrested for possession
Patrol responded to Lake Shore Road, after being alerted to a possible fight.
While officers were walking into the area, Robert Ruff, 26, of Brant was observed discarding an item, as patrol approached him.
Police said that Ruff had dropped an unmarked pill container containing 21 morphine pills and 19 Xanax™ pills.
Ruff was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance and controlled substance in a non-original container. He was held in the Evans lockup. The pills were placed into an evidence locker.
Evans fire leaves minor damage
The Evans Police Department was dispatched to a structure fire on Erie Road at 8:20 a.m. on July 27.
Heavy smoke and flames were reported coming from the floor of the front deck. Police reported witnessing several neighborhood residents’ pouring and spraying water onto the fire.
Evans Center and Lake Erie Beach fire personnel later arrived on the scene and contained the fire.
Police interviewed two individuals, who were reported to reside at the location in question. One said that he was awoken by screams from outside, informing him that the house was on fire. He said that he ran outside and began to spray water onto the fire.
The second individual, who was woken up by the first, said that he came home from work at 7:30 a.m. and noticed a smell of wood burning, but thought it was a neighbor having a fire. He said that he had a cigarette, but put it out in the grass and went to bed.
Police spoke with the second individual’s girlfriend, who is the primary renter. She provided police with the owner’s information.
The damage was contained to the front deck. The cause of the fire is currently unknown.

Eden woman arrested for DWI
Evans Police Department patrol observed a vehicle, driven by Jaclyn Bettinger, 23, of Evans on Dennis Road, leaving the highway and driving onto the shoulder, several times. The car nearly struck a mailbox and a guardrail, according to police.
After police stopped Bettinger’s vehicle, the officer noted that the odor of alcohol was emanating from the car and the subject had slurred speech.
Bettinger was asked to recite the alphabet, beginning with L and ending with W. She could not do so successfully, and also failed all pre-exit and sobriety tests.
A pre-screen breath test showed that Bettinger’s blood alcohol level was .21 percent. She was taken into custody and her vehicle was
The subject was processed and charged with driving while intoxicated, operating a motor vehicle with a greater than .08 percent BAC, driving on the shoulder of the road and aggravated DWI.
She was released, on appearance tickets.


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