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Police Blotter for March 7, 2013 for the towns of Boston, Brant, Eden, Evans, Hamburg and North Collins

Man charged with assault in Village of Hamburg

At approximately 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 28, Village of Hamburg Police Lt. Joseph Wittmeyer and Officer Ethan Rog responded to a call of an assault of a resident at Holiday Lane.

According to police, the suspect, Kevin Elledge, 27, of Niagara Falls, entered the victim’s apartment, a fight ensued, with the victim allegedly being struck several times with a security-type baton.

Elledge was charged with felony first-degree burglary, felony second-degree assault and criminal possession of a weapon.

He was arraigned before Justice Andrew Fleming, who set bail at $500. He was to appear back in court on March 6.

Police work gets it done

A suspect has been arrested in connection with a series of car larcenies in the Roundtree area of Cumberland Lane and Deerfield Road.

According to police, on March 4 a resident of Heatherwood Drive found a men’s wallet in the snow near his home and police were called.

Town of Hamburg Police Officer Paul Randall responded to the call and observed a set of footprints in the snow, leading up to vehicles in the driveway of a Heatherwood Drive home. The resident told police that someone had entered his vehicle and camper but nothing had been taken.

Further investigation revealed the owner of the wallet, who lived at a Deerfield residence. At that location, another set of prints were found in the snow, matching the original set at Heatherwood.

Randall and Officer John Baker followed the footprints throughout the Heatherwood, Deerfield and Cumberland Drive area, which went up to several vehicles at multiple residences. Photographs of the prints were taken by Detective Angelo Butera and Baker.

In a related incidence, while on patrol, Lieutenant Todd Ehret observed a vehicle parked along the roadway in the Roundtree area very early in the morning, issued a parking ticket and ran information on the plates.

That information revealed the vehicle came from the same address of a person police have had dealings with before.

Butera did attempt to contact the suspect at his residence and discovered footprints in the snow did resemble those at the scene.

On March 5, Randall was parked on Emerling Drive in an attempt to locate the suspect vehicle when he found it parked, with the engine running in a driveway with two people in it.

The vehicle then left and after Randall observed the vehicle being operated in an improper manner, with the driver wearing stereo-type headphones, Randall then pulled the vehicle over.

According to police, Brandan Broadbent, 19, of Blasdell, the vehicle operator, was asked to exit the vehicle an perform several field sobriety test. He allegedly admitted to police he had smoked marijuana earlier and a glass bowl with suspected marijuana residue was found in his possession. A bag of suspected marijuana was found in the center console of the vehicle.

Randall observed the sneakers Broadbent was wearing had a similar tread as the ones at the scene of the vehicle larcenies.

A Department of Motor Vehicle check revealed that Broadbent’s driver’s license had been suspended.

Broadbent was transported to the station, where police said he admitted to being in the Roundtree area and taking the wallet.

Broadbent was charged with felony fourth-degree grand larceny, operating a vehicle without a license, petit larceny and several other vehicle ant traffic violations.

He was arraigned before Hamburg Justice Walter Rooth and remanded to the Erie County Holding Center in lieu of $5,000 bail. He was set to return to court on March 7.

Trespasser at high school

At approximately 8;30 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 25, Town of Evans Police Officer Doug Tubinis responded to a call of a teen trespassing at the Lake Shore Senior High School Building.

The 16-year-old male Angola resident was removed from the school and was charged with third-degree criminal trespass. He was released on an appearance ticket and was turned over to the City of Buffalo Police on a warrant.

Team of men ripping off area stores

Town of Hamburg Police are investigating a series of thefts involving four white males at Best Buy and Sears.

According to police, two suspects, Justin A. Ford, 21 and Christopher R. Elvers, 22, both of Lackawanna have been observed at least two separate times allegedly removing X-Box games and hand-held video consoles from Best Buy between Feb. 20 and Feb. 27.

Two other males, who have not been identified yet, were also observed trying to remove items from Best Buy.

According to police, the four are also suspects in the theft of some video/gaming items from Sears during the same time period.

Warrants have been issued for Ford and Elvers and the investigation is continuing.

E.C. Sheriff’s report

During the week of Sunday, Feb. 24 though Monday, March 4, the Erie County Sheriff’s Office Deputies from the North Collins substation responded to 186 calls.

• On Tuesday, Feb. 26, Deputy Brendan Connolly responded to a report of a vehicle that struck a pole on Gowanda State Road.

The 47-year-old female driver of North Collins was cited for driving on a suspended registration, as a DMV check revealed the registration had been suspended for parking violations.

• On Tuesday, Feb. 26, Deputy Jonathan Hanna responded to an auto accident where a vehicle had struck a mailbox and guardrail on Boston State Road.

According to police, the vehicle operator, Jocelyn Dash, 24, of Buffalo, failed several roadside sobriety tests and was taken into custody.

Dash consented to a breath test, which revealed a .18 percent blood alcohol content, police said.

She was charged with aggravated driving while intoxicated and failure to maintain a lane of traffic.

• On Wednesday, Feb. 27, Deputy Gary Mosier stopped a vehicle speeding on Hawk Meadows Drive in the Town of Brant.

A DMV check revealed the vehicle operator, Barbara Ramsey, 44, of Brant, driver’s license had been revoked in 2006 for driving while ability impaired by alcohol.

Ramsey was charged with second-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, third-degree unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and speeding.

• On Saturday, March 2, Deputies Brendan Connolly and Matthew Krypel responded to the request for backup of the Town of Eden Police Department for a fight at the VFW Post on March Road, involving 15 people.

According to police, when the deputies arrived all was calm.

• On Saturday, March 2, Deputies Jason Breinlinger and Brendan Connolly responded to complaint from a Longhouse Road, Brant resident that Desmond Jimerson, 40, would not return a car he had borrowed to its rightful owner.

Jimerson was charged with fourth-degree grand larceny and third-degree unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.

• On Sunday, March 3, Deputies Jonathan Hanna, Nick Coniglio, Brad Ballantyne, Todd Jones and Tim Colling responded to a disorderly person’s complaint on Hickory Drive in the Town of Boston.

A complaint had been reported of a loud underage drinking party taking place, as well as a fight.

Numerous underage persons were cited for unlawful possession of alcohol and released to a parent to appear in the Town of Boston Court, at a later date.

An 18-year-old male was arrested for obstructing governmental administration, disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and unlawful possession of alcohol. His name was withheld by the arresting department.

• On Monday, March 4, Deputy Tom Van Wie stopped a vehicle on Route 438 in Brant, where the operator, Joshua John, 31, of Gowanda exited the vehicle and fled from the officer.

After a foot chase, John was taken into custody by Van Wie and was charged with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, unlawful possession of marijuana and various violations of the vehicle and traffic law.

John was transported to the Erie County Holding Center in lieu of $500 bail.

Man throws crow bar at Evans Police Officer

At about 10:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 2, Town of Evans Police Officer Frederick Garrasi responded to a family disturbance at a Hartley Drive home.

After arriving at the scene, while on the front porch, Ryan T. Budziszewski, 21, of Evans, allegedly raised a crow bar at the officer before Garrasi could enter the house.

According to police, when Garrasi tried to go into the house, Budziszewski allegedly threw the crow bar at Garrasi, ran upstairs and hid in the bathroom.

He was taken into custody and charged with third-degree menacing, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct and second-degree harassment.

DWI arrest and accident

At 11:53 p.m. on Saturday, March 2, Town of Hamburg Police Officers John Baker and James Lichon responded to a vehicle accident on South Park Avenue.

According to police, a vehicle, driven by Alicia N. Jeswald, 24, of Blasdell, crossed over the lanes of traffic, left the roadway and struck two vehicles parked in the driveway of a residence.

Jeswald said she had been struck by her passenger prior to the accident.

The passenger countered by saying Jeswald and he were arguing over a person texting his cell phone and she allegedly struck him in the mouth, causing her to lose control of the car and then striking the two parked cars.

Police said that when asked about the accident, Jeswald allegedly said she was not paying attention because she was drunk

Jeswald either failed or refused to take the field sobriety tests administered by Baker and she was charged with driving while intoxicated and moving from lane unsafely.

DWI arrest

At about 11 p.m. on Friday, March 1, Erie County Sheriff Deputy Matthew Fuqua stopped a vehicle after he observed it crossing over the center line and entering the oncoming lane of traffic in the Town of Newstead.

Glen Allen, 49, of Blasdell was charged with driving while intoxicated, as well as vehicle and traffic tickets.

Hit-and-run accident

At 3:45 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 26, Town of Evans Police Officer Sherry Miller responded to a complaint of a vehicle in a wooded area at Jamestown and Kennedy, possible with the occupant intoxicated.

Upon arrival, the vehicle was found to be unoccupied and the keys were missing.

According to police, dispatch did attempt to speak with the registered owner, there was no answer and a message was left and the vehicle was impounded.

Gregory M. Brown II, 21, of Evans, came down to the station and admitted to operating the vehicle and he was charged with operator leaving the scene of a property damage accident, third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and moving from lane unsafely.

DWI arrest in Hamburg, handgun seized

At 4:55 a.m. on Friday, March 1, Town of Hamburg Police Officer Daniel Gallardo observed a vehicle traveling in an erratic manner on South Park Avenue, crossing over the yellow lines on three separate occasions.

The vehicle operator John J. Ricotta, 54, of Elma, failed all five field sobriety tests and refused to take the breath test.

Ricotta was placed under arrest and at that time, he told Gallardo he was wearing an ankle holster with a loaded.38 caliber S&W revolver and did not have a firearms permit with him, that it was at work, police said.

The revolver was removed and placed into a temporary locker at the station.

Ricotta was charged with driving while intoxicated, refusal to take breath test, failure to keep right and failure to use designated lane.

A request has been made to the Erie County Pistol Permit Department (a part of the Erie County Clerk’s Office) to send a letter stating that due to the incident the Hamburg Police Department is not authorized to return Ricotta’s weapon. They were initially denied but the Hamburg Police officials have asked that the case be reviewed.
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