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Police Blotter for Jan. 24 for the towns of Brant, Eden, Evans, Boston and Hamburg and Village of North Collins

Hamburg woman indicted on fraud and tax charges

A 17-count indictment has been issued by the federal grand jury in Buffalo against Sheri L. Becirovic, 46, of Hamburg, charging her with conspiracy to defraud the United States, conspiracy to file fraudulent tax returns, filing a fraudulent tax return, misuse of Social Security numbers and aggravated identity theft.

According to Assistant U.S. Attorney Trini E. Ross, who is handling the case, the defendant allegedly obtained the social security numbers of seven family members and friends. Becirovic allegedly provided those numbers to a co-conspirator, who then allegedly used them to file fraudulent tax returns for the 2011 tax year.

The charges carry a maximum penalty of 20 years, a mandatory minimum of two years for each aggravated identity theft conviction and a fine of $250,000.

As in all cases, the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

Stolen ATV recovered by Eden Police Department

Following an investigation by Town of Eden Police Sgt. Shawn Bishop, the side-by-side all-terrain vehicle stolen from the Eden Corn Festival on Aug. 5 has been recovered and a Hamburg man has been charged in connection with the theft.

According to police, they received a tip about the missing ATV from the U.S. Border Patrol.

After speaking with Kenneth T. Pagliei, 23, of Hamburg, who cooperated with police, the ATV was located in a barn on Hemlock Road in Eden.

Pagliei was charged with felony third-degree grand larceny and felony third-degree criminal possession of stolen property.

His mother, Mary Jo Pagliei, 56, of Eden, was charged with third-degree possession of stolen property and second-degree obstruction of governmental administration.

DWI accident

At around 8:17 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 15, Town of Evans Police Officer Gregory Szarowicz was dispatched to a vehicle in a ditch on Rosewood Avenue.

According to police, upon arriving at the scene, Szarowicz spoke with the vehicle operator, Nicole M. Annarino, 23, of Angola, who had an odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from her person.

After failing several field sobriety tests, Annarino was charged with aggravated driving while intoxicated (blood alcohol content .18 percent or higher), DWI, operating an unregistered motor vehicle on a highway, failure to keep right on a two-lane road, improper left turn and moving from lane unsafely.

Taser donated to NCPD by North Collins Town Court

In an effort to enhance court room security, the Town of North Collins Court has purchased a taser to be available for all court sessions. The taser has been donated to the North Collins Police Department to be used by officers assigned to court details, as well as used by all officers during regular patrol duties.

All officers of the North Collins Police Department were recently trained and certified on the use of this taser.

According to police, the taser will now be utilized at all court sessions as well as being used for all patrol duties.

Old-fashioned detailed police work IDs serial 7-Eleven thief

On Nov. 21, Town of Hamburg Police received a call from the manager of the 7-Eleven store in Wanakah, that they appeared to have been the victim of an ongoing scam.

According to police, the suspect tells the cashier that he has a leaky propane tank and that he already spoke to the manger, who had authorized a refund.

The suspect is then given the money and leaves the area, without returning a propane tank.

According to Detective Timothy Crawford, from information gathered by Officer Paul Randall, similar incidents have occurred at other 7-Eleven stores in Niagara Falls and South Buffalo.

Crawford was able to print a photograph of a suspect from a store video and took it to area 7-Eleven stores to see if he had been in them either.

According to police, they were told by one store manager that 25 separate stores had been hit by an individual using the propane tank or a firewood scam. Then a person at one of the stores thought the suspect in the photograph was a person they knew from Buffalo.

Crawford was able to search through the police computer system and on Dec. 6 was able to identify a suspect matching the descriptions, who had a valid warrant from the Village of Blasdell.

He was then contacted by a Village of Blasdell Police Detective James Mazur that the suspect, Edward J. Murphy, 44, of Buffalo, had been arrested in Cheektowaga on Dec. 5 for a larceny from a Unimart in their town.

Murphy was identified as the suspect who scammed the original 7-Eleven in Wanakah and a warrant was issued, charging him with petit larceny.

E.C. Sheriff’s report

The Erie County Sheriff’s Office Deputies from the North Collins substation responded to 187 calls from Monday Jan. 14 to Monday, Jan. 21.

• On Tuesday, Jan. 15, deputies served an arrest warrant on Holiday Drive in the Town of Boston and took Jeffrey Bieler, 45, into custody for failure to pay fines stemming from an assault and criminal possession of a weapon arrest. He was transported to the Erie County Holding Center, pending his next court appearance.

• On Tuesday, Jan. 15, Deputy Jeff Hicks took a harassment report from a Town of Brant resident that a person came to the victim’s residence and threatened to kill the complainant. A warrant will be requested from the Town of Brant Court.

• On Wednesday, Jan. 16, Deputies Theresa Nietzel and Ken Achtyl stopped a vehicle on Boston State Road, where a passenger, Myron McCollum, of Springville, was observed allegedly trying to conceal a needle in a vacuum that was in the vehicle.

A check of McCollum resulted in the locations of suspected heroin wrappers with residue and other prescription medication not in their original containers.

McCollum was charged with criminally possession of a hypodermic instrument, criminal possession of a controlled substance and Public Health Law violations.

• On Wednesday, Jan. 16, deputies responded to a report of seven to 10 people fighting in the parking lot of the Seneca Gaming and Entertainment.

One person was slashed in the head with a hockey stick.

• On Thursday, Jan. 17, a North Collins resident reported that a firearm was taken from his residence. The firearm was entered into the New York State Police Information Network Computer.

Arrests made in shoplifiting incidents

Over the past week, four people have been charged in different shoplifting episodes at the Walmart on Southwestern Boulevard in Hamburg.

• On Wednesday, Jan. 9, Town of Hamburg Police were notified by the Walmart loss prevention person that a suspect had removed four laptop computers, valued at $1,312 and left the store without paying for them.

It was unknown how the suspect gained entry into the locked cage which holds the items.

Following an investigation handled by Detective Joseph Kleinfelder, the suspect was identified as Clark Echevarria, 45, Buffalo and is the prime suspect in numerous other thefts from area Walmart stores.

Echevarria was charged with felony fourth-degree grand larceny and fourth-degree criminal mischief with intent to damage property.

• On Saturday, Jan. 12, the loss prevention employee for Walmart reported to police that a suspect had been observed taking two televisions from a shelf and leaving the store without paying for them. Value of the items was set at $1,056.

The suspect. Paul J. Nowak, 37, of Buffalo, who has been banned from all Walmart locations because of similar activity, was charged with felony third-degree burglary and felony fourth-degree grand larceny.

Nowak was arraigned before Hamburg Town Justice Walter Rooth and was remanded to the holding center until Jan. 24 without bail.

• While responding to a larceny in progress call at Walmart on Tuesday, Jan. 16, Officer Jason Nappo observed a vehicle leaving from the area and pulled it over.

Following an investigation, the passenger, Lawrence T. Zielinski, 39, of Buffalo, admitted to the theft, but claims he left the merchandise at the store. He was charged with petit larceny.

• At 7:05 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 18, police responded to a male in custody at Walmart, where a 17-year-old Lake View was apprehended taking some merchandise from the store without paying for it. He was charged with trespass (for a previous larceny) and petit larceny

Burglaries in Evans

At 3:20 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 15, a Town of Evans resident returned to her home on Dawn Avenue and discovered that the home had been broken into and over $1,500 worth of items taken.

On Saturday, Jan. 19, a resident reported to police that $350 was taken from his Central Avenue residence sometime after 6 p.m.

In both cases windows were reportedly broken to gain access to the homes.

Town of Evans Police are continuing their investigation into the incidents.

Village of North Collins monthly report

During the month of December, Village of North Collins Police were on duty for 200 hours and responded to 100 calls.

This included three motor vehicle accidents, three suspicious incident complaints, one suspicious vehicle complaint, one erratic operation complaint, two alarms, one welfare check, one attempt to serve a warrant and three domestic incidents. There were five funeral details and three court details, two EMS assists to the North Collins Emergency Squad, two assists to the North Collins Fire Department and two assists to other police agencies.

Regular property checks were conducted of schools, businesses, public and vacant properties. Regular curfew check were conducted and the winter parking ban regulations were regularly enforced.

There were 42 traffic tickets were issued. These included 29 speeding tickets, one for imprudent speed, which resulted in an accident: three for cell phone use, one for stop sign violation, one for switched license plates, one for unregistered vehicle, one for uninsured vehicle, one for unsafe backing, two fir fractured windshields, two for failure to produce a driver’s license and one for failure to keep right.


In the Police Blotter of the Jan. 17, 2013 issue of The Sun, some information was incorrect in the attempted arson report.

It was Town of Evans Police Officer Nathan Miller who located the source of the fire and Lt. Peter Smith and Detective Lt. Douglas Czora investigated the incident and were able to identify the suspect, who was subsequently charged.

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