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Police blotter from the Oct. 3 issue of The Sun



Lackawanna man wanted by police

Evans Patrolman Scott DeJohn responded to an aggravated harassment complaint at 8:58 p.m. on Sept. 17 and was met by the caller, who said that Leonard Jurgielewicz, 56, of Lackawanna had left a threatening voice mail on her phone.
Police listened to the message, which said, “Just to let you know, when you go to work tomorrow, you are dead. You are f------ dead.”
DeJohn attempted to call Jurgielewicz, but the offender hung up on the police. Blasdell Officer Dan Bluff was contacted and made aware of the situation, due to the fact that the victim works in Blasdell and that Jurgielewicz has a history of violence.
The Lackawanna Police Department also attempted to contact the subject, without success. A stay-away order of protection was requested and a warrant was signed.

Buffalo man arrested for assault
Mark Grigas, 25, of Buffalo was arrested for assault in the third degree: with intent to cause physical injury, at 10:58 p.m. on Sept. 20.
A witness told Evans Patrolman Scott DeJohn that, while several individuals were camping, Grigas got into an altercation with several Herr Place patrons. When he returned to the campground, Grigas began to yell and scream at another camper.
When one of the individuals attempted to calm Grigas down, the subject struck the person with a stick.
The victim later filed charges against Grigas.

Man unable to produce valid driver’s license
Brian Belleisle, 29, of Eden, attempted to avoid a “Stop DWI” road check performed by the Evans Police Department on Derby Road in Evans at 12:13 a.m. on Sept. 1.
Patrolman Ralph Maslach pulled over Belleisle’s vehicle; the individual failed to produce a valid driver’s license.
Police later learned that the driver had a suspended license. Belleisle was arrested for aggravated, unlicensed operation (alcohol related), processed and released on an appearance ticket.

California man arrested in Evans
While Evans Patrolman Michael Kauzala was investigating a report of a suspicious person at 4:39 p.m. on Sept. 10, he interviewed John Frank, 50, of Mount Shasta, Calif.
The subject swore several times in the presence of children, during the interaction. He was arrested for disorderly conduct and obscene language/gestures.
Frank was arraigned before Angola Judge Dennis Glascott and transported to the Erie County Holding Center.

License suspended nine times
Ryann Mascio, 20, of Evans was arrested at 1:23 a.m. on Sept. 10 for operating a motor vehicle by an unlicensed driver, operating a motor vehicle without stop lamps and aggravated, unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle second.
The subject was stopped by Evans Patrolman Nathan Miller for having a taillight out.
Her driver’s license had been suspended a total of nine times on four dates. She was arrested, issued traffic tickets and released on bail.

Tonawanda man arrested in Evans
Evans Patrolman Scott DeJohn responded to a report of an unruly patron at Captain Kidds on Sept. 2.
Police saw Ryan Franklin, 22, of Tonawanda on the ground in the parking lot; several bouncers were attempting to restrain the individual.
DeJohn arrested Franklin for disorderly conduct, fighting and violent behavior.
According to the bouncers, Franklin was outside in the parking lot and threw a rock at a vehicle. When security confronted the individual, Franklin began to fight with the bouncers.
The subject was brought to the Evans Police Station and placed into lockup until sober. He was released on an appearance ticket.

Hamburg man arrested for possession
Hamburg Police Officer Timothy Brooks received an anonymous report of marijuana plants’ being grown near South Shore Drive. Upon arriving at the location in question at 8:20 a.m. on Sept. 15, Brooks spoke with Dennis Kazmierczak, 43, of Hamburg, and advised the subject of the report.
Kazmierczak told police that he had a few marijuana plants growing in his garden, “all for personal use.” He showed police the three plants, which were 3 1/2 feet high and 2 1/2 feet wide.
The subject was charged with unlawful possession of marijuana and unlawfully growing cannabis. His girlfriend denied having any knowledge about the plants.
The marijuana growths were cut down and secured. They will be dried and weighed and, depending on the aggregate weight after drying, additional charges may be put forth. Kazmierczak was released on an appearance ticket.

Blasdell man arrested for criminal possession
Donald Haley, 20, of Blasdell was arrested for criminal possession of a controlled substance at 7:49 p.m. on Sept. 10.
Town of Hamburg Police Officer Nicholas Borowski stopped Haley’s vehicle for having the front side windows tinted. The tint meter reading was reported at 14 percent.
Police said that Haley appeared nervous; his hands shook and he was sweating. The police officer also said that the individual has a history of marijuana possession.
When Borowski removed Haley from the vehicle and patted down the subject, he discovered a wad of cash in the subject’s pocket. Approximately $2,000 was located on Haley’s person; the subject said that he was saving the money for school.
Police said he would bring the K-9 out to sniff the vehicle. At that time, Haley said, “I’ll give you what’s in the car; can I just get a ticket?” He told police that he had “personal use hash” in the glove box and a pipe in the center console.
Haley and his passenger were moved to the rear of the car. K-9 conducted an exterior sniff of the vehicle, indicating on the open passenger side window.
Concentrated cannabis was found in the glove box and a marijuana pipe was discovered in the center console. Haley was placed under arrest. His parents pulled up and were advised of the situation, later arriving at the station to pick up their son.
Haley was released on an appearance ticket.

Hamburg resident arrested for felony DWI
At 3:20 p.m. on Sept. 24, Erie County sheriff’s deputies responded to a call of a property damage accident on Hillcrest Avenue in the town of Boston.
Police discovered that a vehicle had left the roadway, driven across the home’s lawn and struck a well cover. The driver was passed out behind the wheel of the car.
The driver, Keith Mandeville, 36, of Hamburg, refused to complete field sobriety tests at the accident scene. He was subsequently arrested for driving while intoxicated. Police also learned that the subject’s driver’s license had been suspended, pending prosecution for an unrelated DWI arrest. As a result of this suspension, Mandeville was also charged with felony aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle.
The subject refused to submit to a breath test to determine his blood alcohol content. He was taken to the Erie County Holding Center, pending arraignment.

Female horse rider dies in town of Eden accident
The town of Eden Police Department, assisted by the Erie County Sheriff’s accident investigation unit, is investigating an early morning crash that claimed the life of an Eden woman.
At 6:41 a.m. on Sept. 28, Kathryn Tyrrell, 49, was riding her horse on Route 75, south of East Church Street, when she was struck from behind by a farm truck that was hauling silage.
The driver of the truck told police that he saw something brown on the right side of the lane at the last minute, but did not know what it was, at the time of the collision. There was no reflective material on Tyrrell or her horse. Police said that Tyrrell had in ear buds.
While they were investigating the scene, police received information from another motorist who said that an hour or so before the crash, he had to take evasive accident to prevent a collision with a horse and rider.
Tyrrell was pronounced dead at the scene. The horse also died at the scene a short time after the crash. The highway was closed to traffic for five hours.
The investigation is ongoing and the truck driver has not been charged.

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