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Police Log May 31, 2012

Blasdell teen admits drinking beers on day of fatal accident in January

Bradley Maloney, 19, of Blasdell, has pled guilty to felony first-degree vehicular manslaughter, felony first-degree vehicular assault, felony second-degree vehicular assault and driving while intoxicated following the Jan. 28 accident which left one teen dead and one other seriously injured.

According to officials, at about 4:20 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 28, a 2001 Ford Mustang convertible operated by Maloney, left Versailles Plank Road in the Town of Brant and went down the embankment, throwing the three backseat passengers out of the vehicle. According to police none of the back seat passengers were wearing seat belts.

Angela Keim, 14, of Hamburg and a Frontier School District student, was pronounced dead at the scene, officials said.

A 13-year-old female Hamburg resident sustained critical injuries and was transported to Women & Children’s Hospital, officials said. She eventually recovered and was released.

The third teen received less serious injuries and she, along with the other vehicle occupant, were treated at local hospitals and released.

According to officials, Maloney and about 15 other young adults/teens had left a party that morning to go to a cottage in Chautauqua County.

According to police, Maloney cooperated fully with police at the time of the accident. He admitted later to authorities he had been drinking some beers before driving off with his passengers.

Maloney will appear before Erie County Court Clerk Michael Pietruszka on Aug. 27 for sentencing.

Felony DWI arrest

At 6:33 a.m. on Sunday, May 27, Town of Hamburg Police Officer Daniel Gallardo responded to a single vehicle accident on Lake Shore Road.

According to police, he found the car facing south in the eastbound culvert and had substantial damage to the front end and roof, which indicated it had rolled over.

Located in the rear passenger seat was a young boy, who had minor lacerations on his arms and was transported to Children’s Hospital.

The driver, Daniel C. Giczkowski, 47, of Cheektowaga, appeared confused and disoriented police said.

Giczkowski denied consuming any alcohol but did admit to taking two prescription clonazepam about 30 minutes prior to the crash, police said.

A Department of Motor Vehicle check revealed that Giczkowski’s driver’s license had been suspended on Aug. 28, 2011 for driving while ability impaired by alcohol.

Additionally, it was discovered that there was an outstanding arrest warrant for him from the City of North Tonawanda for seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.

He was transported to Erie County Medical Center, where he refused toxicology, police said.

Giczkowski was charged with felony aggravated driving while intoxicated, with a child passenger less than 16 (under the Leandra Law), felony aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, acting in a manner injurious to a child less than 17, operating a motor vehicle without insurance, operation of a motor vehicle by an unlicensed driver and failure to keep right in a two-lane road.

Pool vandalized in village

Sometime during the night of Saturday, May 26 and morning of Sunday, May 27, someone punched four 1-inch holes through the sides of a 4-foot-deep above ground pool at a Crownview Terrace residence in the Village of Hamburg.

According to police, the damage to the pool was significant, causing the water to drain out of the pool. No cost estimate was set for the damage.

Tires slashed at Teachers Lane in Hamburg

Sometime between Thursday, May 24 and Monday, May 28, someone slashed the tires of two vehicles which were parked in the lot of a Teachers Lane apartment complex.

According to Town of Hamburg Police, the tires were slashed with a sharp instrument, making cut marks up to 2-inches in length.

If anyone has any information about these incidents, call them at the Town of Hamburg Police Department’s anonymous tipline at 648-5118 ext. 2847

More graffiti at plaza

Village of Hamburg Police report that sometime between Friday, May 25 and Sunday, May 27, someone spray painted lettering on the back of one of the stores at the Hamburg Village Plaza on Buffalo Street.

Arrest made at Bennett Beach in Evans

On Monday, May 28, while on patrol of the Bennett Beach area, Erie County Sheriff’s Deputy Chris Soluri charged Michael A. Giordano, 31, of Buffalo, Kayla A. Field, 19, of Grand Island and Matthew L. Ortiz, 22, of Buffalo with fifth-degree marijuana possession, seventh-degree narcotics possession (suspected cocaine) and endangering the welfare of a child, after Soluri noticed a strong smell of marijuana coming out of the vehicle.

According to police, the suspects attempted to conceal the marijuana in the clothes of a 3-year-old female that was a passenger in the vehicle.

All suspects were processed at the North Collins substation. Fiel and Giordano were released on appearance tickets and Ortiz was transported to the Erie County Holding Center and held for proper identification purposes.

The child was turned over to her mother and a Child Protection Services was filed concerning the incident. Deputies Neil Held and Ken Achytl assisted in the arrests.

Drugs confiscated

At 3:39 a.m. on Saturday, May 26, Town of Hamburg Police Officer James Lichon responded to a Meadowbrook address for four to five people who were fighting in a parking lot.

Upon arriving at the scene, the suspects dispersed and were interviewed by Lichon, police said.

According to police, Lichon located a pipe, with suspected heroin inside, under a bush. Police confiscated the pipe for lab testing.

Crystal M. Buck, 30, of Hamburg, was charged with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.

Bird feeder pinched and flower pot smashed

Sometime during the night on Thursday, May 24 or early Friday, May 25, someone removed a bird feeder hanging by a Lake Street residence in the Village of Hamburg.

During the same time period a cast iron flower pot was taken from in front of a residence on North Street and was smashed on the roadway. Value of the item was set at $100.

Accident leads to arrest

At 5:12 p.m. on Sunday, May 27, Town of Hamburg Police responded to an accident where a street sign had been knocked down.

According to police, while speaking to the driver and passenger, police were given a bottle containing suspected soboxin, xanax and fentanyl patches which were later identified by poison control.

Further investigation revealed a small plastic bag of pills.

A Department of Motor Vehicle check revealed that the vehicle operator, David C. Morris, 23, of Hamburg, had a suspended license for failure to answer a summons from the Town of Tonawanda.

Police K-9 Endy was led to the car and indicated there were additional drugs/paraphernalia in the vehicle. Additional pills were found in the glove compartment and a half of a fentanyl patch was found in a sweatshirt.

Morris was charged with third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and Glenn C. Jones, 23, of Evans was charged with three counts of seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.

Credit cards taken

Sometime after 10 p.m. on Tuesday, May 22, someone entered an unlocked vehicle on Long Avenue in the Village of Hamburg and removed credit cards that were inside a backpack.
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