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Police blotter for the Aug. 14 edition of The Sun



Man arrested for stalking

On July 21 at approximately 10:40 p.m., a New York State Trooper based out of the Boston barracks received a complaint from a Boston woman, who stated that she had been followed continuously for the whole day by an ex-boyfriend, and that it has been going on for the past three months.

The trooper arrested Richard Cerrone, 22, of Colden, for stalking fourth degree, a Class B misdemeanor. Cerrone was issued an appearance ticket, to appear in the Boston Town Court, at a later date.

Hollis arrested for sexual assault

Erie County Sheriff detectives arrested Barry Hollis, 35, on a separate sexual assault incident involving a minor.

On Aug. 7, Detective Dan Brinkerhoff arrested Hollis for raping and sexually assaulting a minor. After that, detectives received several tips on the Erie County Sheriff’s Confidential Email/Tip service.

One of those tips led Brinkerhoff to investigate incidents that happened in the late summer and early fall of 2013. The first incident allegedly happened at a Hamburg beach. Hollis initiated a relationship with the minor, posing as a 17-year-old boy. After gaining the victim’s trust, Hollis supposedly raped his victim. Hollis continued to misrepresent himself as a teenage boy to further the relationship and take advantage of the victim, for a second time.

Hollis, with his attorney present, turned himself in at the Sheriff’s Grand Island substation to Brinkerhoff. Later, he was transported to the Erie County Holding Center, pending his arraignment. Hollis is charged with a felony count of second degree rape of a minor, felony count of criminal sexual act with a minor and a misdemeanor for injuring a minor.

Working with the District Attorney’s office, the Sheriff’s office obtained a search warrant for Hollis’ vehicle. The vehicle is impounded and will be processed for evidence, at a later date. Anyone with further information regarding Hollis may contact the sheriff’s confidential tip line at www.erie.gov/sheriff/index.php?q=send-confidential-emailcrime-tip.

Pair arrested for assault

The town of Evans Police Department arrested Heather McMullen, 28, of Evans, for assault in the third degree.

On July 27, McMullen called the police, stating that John Danahy, 44, of Evans, was highly intoxicated and had cut her face with a knife. After arriving on the scene, the patrol observed Danahy with severe facial laceration and bleeding. Danahy said that McMullen had punched him repeatedly. Both of the offenders denied assaulting the other, each stating the injury was self-inflicted.

McMullen did not require medical attention. She was arrested for an active village of Angola warrant and assault. Danahy was transported to Lake Shore Hospital for his facial wounds with a warrant request from the patrol for assault.

Brennan arrested for stalking ex-wife

The town of Evans police department arrested James Brennan, 43, of Evans, on July 23 for menacing in the second degree.

The victim of a hit and run told the patrol that she had noticed her ex-husband following her in a vehicle at high speed. The victim slowed down to make a left hand turn when the offender rear-ended her. Brennan was seen laughing and continued to follow the victim at a high rate speed, bumper to bumper. After following the victim for a ways, Brennan stopped following the victim and left the scene.

Brennan was arrested for reckless endangerment, stalking and leaving the scene of a property damage accident. Brennan has been transported to the Erie County Holding Center until arraignment.

Man arrested in Evans

On July 28, Patrick Isenhart, of Evans, was taken into custody on a town of Hamburg bench warrant which had previously been issued by Judge Walter Rooth, by the town of Evans Police Department.

He was turned over to the Hamburg Police Department.

Boticello falsely reports incident

On July 25, Brittany Botticello, 23, of Angola, was arrested by the town of Evans police department for falsely reporting an incident.

Botticello reported a possible suicidal female who had a fight with her boyfriend. The patrols did a search of the area thoroughly for approximately 2-3 hours with negative results. Botticello then informed the patrol that the subject had been picked up by her mother and was being taken back to North Tonawanda.

The police contacted the so-called boyfriend and he stated he had not seen the subject since the winter.

After being called into the station, Botticello confessed that she lied because she wanted the police to stop looking for the subject so Botticello herself could find her. She also admitted that the subject never said she was going to harm herself.

She said that she was upset because the subject left her house and told Botticello she never wanted to see her again. Botticello was arrested and a criminal summons was requested.

Missing family member found

On July 26, the town of Evans police department received a complaint that a listed vehicle was being operated erratically and was parked on the sidewalk. The patrols observed the vehicle parked partially on the lawn and across the sidewalk. The owner of the vehicle was found and was confused, unable to answer basic questions.

The dispatch confirmed that the subject had been reported missing from the town of Tonawanda earlier that day. The town of Tonawanda police department and the subject’s family were contacted immediately.

The subject was transported to the station and reunited with her family a short time later. Family members picked up the listed vehicle, as well.

Brunetto arrested for Eden burglary

On July 24 at approximately 3:30 a.m., town of Eden Police with the assistance of Erie County Sheriffs, responded to a complaint of a white male entering and taking property from vehicles in the town of Eden.

While checking the area on foot, Patrolman Nicholas Blasz witnessed Zachary Brunetto, of Angola, exit the from door of an unoccupied residence on Hunt Avenue and flee into the backyard of a neighboring home.

When Blasz ordered Brunetto to stop, he did not comply. After a brief foot pursuit, the suspect was apprehended and found to be in possession of a phone he had taken from inside the Hunt residence, along with a small amount of cash he had taken from the vehicles.

Brunetto was charged with burglary second degree and petit larceny. After he was arraigned by Eden Court Justice Michael Cooper, he was taken to the Erie County Holding Center on $25,000 bail.


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2014-08-20 | 16:31:40
paul stepniewski
way to go bro
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