Dog wakes family as fire destroys home in village
Residents of a George Street home in the Village of Hamburg are lucky to be alive, said Mayor Thomas Moses, following a devastating fire early Saturday, Oct. 13.
According to Moses, the family dog started barking at about 3 a.m., rousing the residents who discovered the house was on fire.
“Everyone was able to escape unhurt,” Moses said. “Thankfully they had the dog to alert them to the fire.
“This is why it is so important that everyone have a working fire alarm and carbon monoxide detectors in their homes,” he said.
According to Village of Hamburg Police, the fire fully engulfed the home and flames were coming from under the roof of the second-story structure.
Kurt Allen, supervising code enforcement officer, said that structurally the house was not a total loss and that he was told the homeowners are planning to rebuild.Blasdell woman to pay back embezzled money
Instead of being sentenced to a jail term for embezzling an estimated $176,000 from her employer, Debra Michalski, 55, of Blasdell, has been told to pay $50,000 immediately and $300 a month for the next 10 years to her former employer, Team Freight Inc. of Buffalo.
According to authorities, Michalski pled guilty to second-degree grand larceny for taking the money from her employer between April 2003 and September 2011.Drugs and needles collected at drop off
At the recent unused and expired medication drop off in the Village of North Collins, 64 pounds of medication was collected and 17 pounds of needles were turned in.
The event was coordinated with the Village of North Collins Police Department, the Federal Drug Enforcement Agency and the State Health Department.
All the medication and the needles were turned over to the DEA for disposal, authorities said.Roll over accident in Eden leads to DWI arrest
At approximately 10 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 2, Town of Eden Police responded to a one car motor vehicle accident on March Road.
According to police a 2006 Ford Mustang, operated by Russell Boedo, 51, of Angola, was being operated at a high rate of speed, when he lost control of the vehicle and struck a tree and culvert. The vehicle then overturned on the roadway and came to rest on the front lawn of a residence.
Boedo was extricated from the vehicle by the Eden Emergency Squad and was transported to the Erie County Medical Center, where he was listed in critical condition.
Boedo was charged with driving while intoxicated.Felony DWI arrest
While on patrol, at 5:01 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 12, Town of Hamburg Police Officer Robert Paas received a call that a person who appeared to be intoxicated had just left a bar and had driven off in a car, heading for Lake View.
Paas located the vehicle and did observe it weaving over the fog lines and then drive onto the shoulder of the road before he stopped it on Route 5.
The vehicle operator, Ronald R. Imiola, 62, of Hamburg, failed several field sobriety tests and was transported back to the police station.
Imiola was charged with felony driving while intoxicated (previous DWI conviction in the past 10 years), felony first-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and driving on the shoulder of a controlled access highway.Teens charged with alcohol possession in Evans
At about 11:51 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 12, Town of Evans Police Officer Joseph LaRosa observed a vehicle traveling in an erratic manner on Delamater Road.
Observed in the vehicle was an open empty can of beer, a bottle of vodka and a bottle of raspberry rum.
Charged with unlawful possession of alcohol for a person under the age of 21 was an 18-year-old male Evans resident and a 16-year-old female resident of Angola.Hamburg man charged with smashing business
At about 11 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 6, Village of Hamburg Police received a call that a man was causing damage to a business on Buffalo Street.
Upon arriving at the scene, Lt. Kevin Haberman and Officer Eric Krycia observed a large amount of damage, including some wood and a railing by the door being pulled from the wall, along with some patio-style chairs broken apart and thrown in the parking lot. A window was also broken and interior wooden blinds inside the business were damaged.
Police located Jack Eckl, 22, of the Village of Hamburg, near his residence at about 1 a.m., not too far from the vandalized business.
Eckl was charged with felony criminal mischief and is scheduled to appear back in court in November.Hit-and-run arrest shows departments team work
At about 2:30 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 13, Village of Hamburg Police sent a call out on a hit-and-run vehicle accident which had occurred on Prospect Avenue.
The suspect was seen striking a parked vehicle, twice, with his grey Chevrolet and then fleeing the scene.
Town of Hamburg Police Lt. Nicholas Bundy and Officer Kevin Gleason responded to the call and the vehicle was stopped at Webster Road in the Town of Eden.
Town of Eden Police Officer Jim Pierce then responded to Hamburg’s call and charged the vehicle driver, Joshua Porter, 31, of Collins, with driving while intoxicated, unlawful possession of marijuana, refusal to take a breath test and failure to notify change of address.
According to Village of Hamburg Police, additional charges are pending.Threatening texts bring on harassment charges
Town of Evans Police have charged Michelle A. Tasseff, 38, of Lackawanna with second-degree aggravated harassment after she was found to be sending threatening and harassing text messages to an Evans resident.DWI arrest in N. Collins
At 9:40 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 13, Village of North Collins Police stopped a vehicle that failed to stop at a stop sign and pulled right in front of the patrol vehicle.
Scott J. Feltz, 46, of Hawaii, was charged with driving while intoxicated and failure to stop at a stop sign.Looking for info on graffiti on old Walmart store
Town of Hamburg Police are looking for information about graffiti that is being sprayed on the old Walmart store on McKinley Parkway and Big Tree Road.
Anyone with any information is asked to call the Town of Hamburg Police tipline at 648-5118 ext. 2847.E.C. Sheriff’s report
The Erie County Sheriff’s Office Deputies from the North Collins substation responded to 130 calls from Monday, Oct. 8 to Monday, Oct. 15.
• On Friday, Oct. 12, Deputy Tony Yavicoli responded to a report of a pedestrian having been struck in the parking lot of the Seneca Bingo and Gaming Complex on Erie Road, on the Seneca Nation Indian Reservation.
A 68-year-old Gowanda resident was transported to Lake Shore Hospital with a head injury after being struck by a vehicle while in the lot.
• On Friday, Oct. 12, Deputies Jeff Hicks and Tony Yavicoli responded to a report that a vehicle was keyed in the parking lot of Wolfs Run Gas Station on the Seneca Nation Indian Reservation.
The incident, which was caught recorded by parking lot security cameras, lead deputies to charge Jordan O’Connell, 29, of Irving, with criminal mischief.
• On Saturday, Oct. 13 Deputies Todd Jones and Jason Breinlinger responded to a serious single car accident on Belcher Road in North Collins.
According to police, the five occupants in the vehicle were transported to the Erie County Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries.
One of the occupants, a 21-year-old Hamburg resident, who was sitting in the rear middle seat, was ejected from the vehicle in the accident. He was transported to ECMC by Mercy Flight with back injuries.
The vehicle operator, Kelsey Mueller, 20, of Hamburg, was issued two traffic summons as a result of the accident.
According to police, the cause of the accident appears to be that the driver was unfamiliar with the road.
• On Saturday Oct. 13, Deputies Jason Breinlinger and Todd Jones responded to a report of a single car accident, with the vehicle on its side with extensive damage, on Versailles Plank Road on the Seneca Nation Indian Reservation.
Deputies located the driver of the vehicle, Ian Johengen, 32, of Versailles, after Johengen allegedly attempted to report his vehicle stolen to State Police in Collins.
According to police, the deputies interviewed Johengen, at which time he admitted to driving his vehicle prior to the accident.
Johengen was issued traffic summons and charged with unlawful possession of marijuana.Eden monthly report
During the month of September the Town of Eden Police handled 406 complaints.
This included four accident calls (one injury and three property damage), 26 total arrests, which includes one for driving while intoxicated arrest and seven criminal investigations.
Police officers issued 129 summons, which included 60 for speeding, 18 were inspection/registration violations 14 equipment violations and four miscellaneous suspensions.
For community policing there were 43 first aid, 14 alarms, six assists to other departments, 136 premises checked, two welfare check, four school related and nine lockouts.
The Eden Reserve Police Officers logged in 200 hours.Town of Hamburg report
During the month of September the Town of Hamburg Police Dispatchers took care of 2,473 complaints.
This included 121 accident calls, 197 ambulance calls, 100 alarms, 14 assaults, 22 criminal mischief, 70 domestic incidents, 13 drug, 32 loud music, 24 fire, 39 harassment and 119 larcenies.
There were 93 animal complaints, 21 neighbor disputes, one sex crimes/offense was reported, eight trespasses, seven missing persons, 109 welfare checks, three community policing, five premise checks and 14 lockouts.
Forty-six prisoners were held in the Town of Hamburg lockup.
There were 77 accidents reported to the state and 340 police reports were filed.
Police officers issued 542 traffic violations, which included 197 for speeding, 16 were driving while intoxicated related, 40 were license/permit violations, 10 were vehicle registration violation, 29 red lights, 29 no inspections, 71 required motor vehicle equipment, 17 stop sign, 17 were seatbelt violations and 15 cell phone use.Village of N.C. report
During the month of September, Village of North Collins Police were on duty for 289 hours and responded to 115 calls for the following activity and arrests.
This included two motor vehicle accidents, three reports of suspicious vehicles, three unlawful possession of marijuana, one driving while under the influence of drugs, three driving while intoxicated, one felony driving with a suspended license, one criminal possession of a weapon, one government obstruction and resisting arrest, one arrest for the mental health law, one loud music complaint, one disturbance, one fight, one domestic incident, one neighbor dispute, one unattended death, one loose dog complaint, three funeral details, four court details, two school details (during the first two days of school), four EMS assists to the North Collins Emergency Squad, two assists to the North Collins Fire Department, five assists to other police agencies and regular property checks were conducted of schools, businesses, public and vacant properties. Regular curfew checks were conducted.
Officers issued 93 traffic violations which included 66 tickets for speeding, three for DWI with a blood alcohol content over .08 percent, three for common law DWI, one for first-degree aggravated unlicensed operation, four for failure to drive in lane, two for open alcohol containers, four for cell phone use, one for expired registration, one for expired inspection, three for stop sign violations, one for a red light violation, one seatbelt, one for loud exhaust and one for a junior operator operating a vehicle at 1:12 a.m., past the 9 p.m. limitation for junior operators.