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Police Log March 29, 2012

Hit-and-run DWI

At 10:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 22, Village of Hamburg Police Lt. Richard Schara and Officer Anthony Caber responded to a call of a hit-and-run accident which had occurred in the roundabout at Buffalo Street and Prospect Avenue.

According to the victim, a man in a pickup truck rear-ended her vehicle several times, bumping it as she was negotiating the roundabout.

When she pulled over, the other driver allegedly got out of the vehicle and started yelling at her, then got back in the truck and drove away.

He was located by the Town of Hamburg Police at the Mobile gas station on South Park Avenue a short time later and was turned over to Village of Hamburg Police.

After failing several field sobriety tests, William Porter, 31, of the Village of Hamburg, was charged with driving while intoxicated, DWI with a blood alcohol content above .08 percent, leaving the scene of an accident and following too closely.

He was held overnight and released in the morning.

Angola man charged in purse snatching cases

Town of Hamburg Police have charged Neil E. Dommell, 38, of Angola with felony fourth-degree grand larceny, credit card; two charges of felony fourth-degree criminal possession of a credit card, felony third-degree attempted robbery, third-degree menacing, fourth-degree attempted grand larceny, property from person and two charges of petit larceny.

According to police, at 12:20 p.m. on Sunday, March 25, they received a report from a victim and two witnesses who allegedly saw the suspect pull into the lot of the Tops Market on McKinley Parkway and grab a purse from the shopping cart of the victim while she was putting groceries in her vehicle.

A similar incident had been reported 20-minutes earlier at Walmart, with the suspect matching the description of Tops suspect.

At that time, the victim was loading some bags into the trunk of her vehicle, when the male suspect, operating an older model white Chevy Chavalier pulled up very close to her. He then allegedly, without getting out of the vehicle, reached over and grabbed the victim’s arm in an attempt to pull the purse away from her.

The victim was able to pull away the purse, thwarting the attempt.

The suspect then fled the area, the victim said.

The license plate number came back to a vehicle that had been reported stolen from a location in Cheektowaga and Dommell was the suspect in that incident.

Further investigation revealed the suspect had used the victim’s credit card to purchase a Sony Playstation 3 at Best Buy and also used it at a Sunoco Station on McKinley Parkway. Surveillance cameras were used to garner information and Dommell was identified.

On Monday, March 26, Town of West Seneca Police apprehended Dommell for a similar incident.

Dommell was then charged by Hamburg.

Felony DWI in Evans

While on patrol on Herr Road at 9:22 p.m. on Saturday, March 24, Town of Evans Police Officer Patrick Atler observed a vehicle swerve into the patrol car’s lane of travel before swerving back into the proper lane.

Atler turned the patrol car around and observed the vehicle being driven in an erratic manner. He turned on the overhead lights to initiate a traffic stop, but the vehicle would not stop.

According to police, Atler then turned on the siren and followed the vehicle until it pulled into the owner’s driveway.

The vehicle operator, Karl E. Schenk, 63, of Evans, was taken into custody and was transported back to the station.

At the station, Schenk failed several field sobriety tests and refused to take the Breathalyzer/Data Master test.

He was charged with felony driving while intoxicated, felony first-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, third-degree unlawful fleeing a police officer in a motor vehicle, reckless driving, failure to obey police officer, refusal to take breath test, moved from lane unsafely, operation of a motor vehicle by an unlicensed driver, failure to keep right on a two-lane road and failure to keep right on a four-lane road.

Crash on Clarksburg Road

The Erie County Sheriff’s Office Accident Investigation Unit is investigating a two vehicle crash on Sunday, March 25 on Clarksburg Road, in the Town of North Collins, injuring the driver and three passengers.

According to police, the 18-year-old driver from Orchard Park was traveling south on Clarksburg Road when he failed to negotiate a curve in the road. This caused him to enter a private driveway and strike a parked tractor-trailer.

After impact the car and tractor-trailer started on fire; the driver and three teenage passengers from Orchard Park, Blasdell and Hamburg were able to get out of the car.

Rescue crews from the Langford Fire Company, North Collins Emergency Medical Squad, Gowanda Ambulance Service and Eden EMS and Rescue assisted by sheriff’s deputies treated the victims.

Three youths were transported to Erie County Medical Center where they were listed in stable condition. The fourth youth was transported to South Buffalo Mercy Hospital, where he was treated and released.

According to police, they are waiting the completion of the accident investigation, as well as toxicology results to determine if there will be charges against the driver.

DWI accident in village

Village of Hamburg Police Lt. Richard Schara and Officer Anthony Caber responded to an injury accident call at 4 a.m. Friday, March 23 on Sherburn Drive in the village.

According to police, when they arrived at the scene, they observed that a vehicle driven by Joseph McGraw, 25, of the Town of Hamburg, had struck a parked vehicle, causing extensive damage.

McGraw failed several field sobriety tests and refused to submit to a Breathalyzer test at the police station.

McGraw was charged with driving while intoxicated, aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, driving outside set restrictions of the driver’s license (suspended license with conditions) and unsafe lane change.

He posted $60 bail and was released to the custody of a friend.

Arrest made in January drug store burglary

Town of Hamburg Police have charged Justin M. Middagh, 28, of the Town of Hamburg in connection with the burglary of Brooks Pharmacy on Jan. 7 and the recent burglary of Lakeshore Tire and Auto.

According to police, on Thursday, March 22, Officer David Olday responded to the site of the Lakeshore Tire and Auto burglary.

There he observed a smashed window on a Porsche, along with a broken window on the business.

Reported taken from the store was $152, several car diagnostic scanners, charging cords and computer items. Total amount listed for the stolen and damaged items was $11,148.

Footprints were found at the site, along with other evidence, which was collected by Detective Timothy Johnston and sent to the Erie County Central Police Services Lab for analysis.

The evidence was also compared to the evidence collected earlier this year at the Brooks Pharmacy, where $30,000 worth of narcotics and computers were taken (along with $500 damage to a door).

Police continued to follow up on leads and they began to suspect Middagh in February.

On March 23, the Erie County CPS Lab contacted police to let them know that they had identified Middagh as the suspect for both incidents.

Johnston and Detective Scott Kashino picked Middagh up at his home and transported him to the police station.

He was charged with felony third-degree burglary, for illegal entry with intent to commit a crime, felony third-degree grand larceny and felony third-degree criminal mischief.

He was arraigned before Hamburg Justice Walter Rooth and remanded to the Erie County Holding Center in lieu of $25,000 bail.

Evans teens charged with marijuana possession

At 6:11 p.m. on Tuesday, March 20, Town of Evans Police Officer Joseph LaRosa observed a vehicle in the parking lot of Herman Park with a fictitious NY inspection sticker displayed on the windshield.

Following an investigation at the scene, where suspect marijuana was found and alcoholic beverages, police charged Patrick M. Swan, 19, of Evans with unlawful possession of marijuana, unlawful possession of alcohol for a person under the age of 21, operating a motor vehicle without inspection and displaying a forged certificate without inspection.

A 16-year-old Evans male, was charged with unlawful possession of marijuana.

Kayak taken

Village of Hamburg Police report that sometime between Sunday, March 18 and Friday, March 23, someone removed a red kayak, between 8 and 10-feet long, from the backyard of a Brookwood Drive home.

The kayak is valued at $200.

DWI arrest in Eden

On Friday, March 2, while patrolling Route 62, near Route 75 in Eden, Erie County Sheriff’s Deputy Eric Szkatulski observed a vehicle being driven in an erratic manner.

The 63-year-old female resident of the Town of Hamburg failed several field sobriety tests. She submitted to a Breathalyzer test, which resulted in a .13 blood alcohol content.

She was charged with driving while intoxicated, unlicensed operation and failure to keep right.

Car walked all over

Village of Hamburg Police report that sometime between 4:30 and 8:10 a.m., someone walked/jumped on the roof and hood of a Hamburg Central School District employee vehicle parked at the rear of the Hamburg High School, near the loading dock. According to police, there were major dents left in the vehicle.

Car taken, needle found

At 6:45 p.m. on Saturday, March 24, Town of Evans Police were dispatched to a call of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle at a Friend Street address.

Upon arriving at the scene, the vehicle had been returned and the passenger, Brooke M. Fuller, 22, of Evans, was found to be in possession of narcotics and a hypodermic needle was on the floor by her feet.

According to police, when taken into custody, she became uncooperative and kicked at the window bars and ceiling of the patrol car.

Fuller was charged with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and possession of a hypodermic instrument.

Bike stolen from school

Village of Hamburg Police report that sometime between 8 a.m. and 5:45 p.m., someone removed a black Diamondback Outlook 24-inch mountain bike from the Hamburg Middle School. The bike is valued at $200.

Resisting arrest

Town of Evans Police have charged Ryan N. Leroy, 22, of Irving with resisting arrest, second-degree obstructing governmental administration and disorderly conduct following a physical domestic at 9:31 p.m. on Tuesday, March 20 at a Washington Street home.

Town of Evans report

During February, the Town of Evans Police Dispatchers took care of 2,220 complaints.

This included 53 accident calls, 120 ambulance calls, two assaults, 13 criminal mischief, two domestic incidents, three drug, one loud music, 17 fire and 14 false alarms, 17 harassment and 21 larcenies.

There were 94 animal complaints, two neighbor disputes, two sex crimes were reported, 11 trespasses, 228 premise checks, 164 community policing, 17 assists to motorists and 15 welfare checks.

Fifteen prisoners were held in the Town of Evans lockup.

There were 119 police reports filed and 21 accidents were reported to the state.

Police officers issued 250 traffic violations, which included 45 for speeding, 19 were driving while intoxicated related, 47 were license/permit violations, 37 required motor vehicle equipment, 16 red light violations, eight vehicle registration violations, eight stop signs, five seatbelt violations and 65 other. There were also 20 parking tickets issued.

From the Detective Bureau, there were 47 people charged, mostly for violations of the state’s penal law, alcohol beverage control law and vehicle and traffic laws. Eight people were charged with DWI.

The Dog Control Officer issued eight appearance tickets.


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