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Police blotter from the April 24 edition of The Sun

Buffalo man arrested

At 10:31 a.m. on April 3, Evans Patrolman Nate Miller stopped Raymond McCool, 56, of Buffalo for speeding.

Police found that McCool was in possession of nearly 2 ounces of cocaine, packaged in individual bags, and more than 100 Hydrocodone pills in an unmarked container.

The subject was charged with two felony counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance, one count of having a controlled substance in an unmarked container and several vehicle and traffic charges.

McCool was arraigned and sent to the Erie County Holding Center, in lieu of $5,000 bail.

Man arrested for possession

Evans police were asked to locate a red 2002 four-door Pontiac that had been seen swerving and almost striking another vehicle on Erie Road on April 15.

A traffic stop was initiated and the driver was identified as Patrick Keefe, 21, of Evans. Patrolman Jeffrey DeVinney saw a burnt spoon containing suspected narcotics (heroin) inside the glove box, which the driver had opened.

The offender was arrested for criminal possession of a controlled substance and released on appearance tickets.

Buffalo warrant arrest
Evans Patrolman Luke Fioretti located Steven Snyder, 26, of Evans on Herr Road on April 7.

The subject had an active warrant out of the city of Buffalo. He was turned over to the Buffalo Police Department.

Pedestrian hit in Hamburg
Camp Road in Hamburg reopened early in the morning of April 22, after a pedestrian-automobile accident occurred at 9:30 p.m. the evening before.

A 31-year-old woman was hit while crossing the road. Police said that the driver did stop, after hitting the woman, who was later identified as Jacqueline Dotzler of Batavia.

The victim is currently being listed in critical condition at the Erie County Medical Center’s trauma intensive care unit.

The town of Hamburg Police Department said that there will not be any charges against the driver of the motor vehicle. Any future updates about this situation will be listed on the police department’s Facebook page.

Evans police make arrest
Evans Patrolman Ralph Maslach pulled over a vehicle operated by Thomas Oakley, 54, of Buffalo at 2:59 p.m. on April 18.

The subject told police that he had not been drinking, and refused a breath screening test. He failed several field sobriety tests, but continued to say that he had not been imbibing.

Oakley was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated, refusal to take a breath test and failure to keep right on a two-lane road.

Evans fire in vacant house
After recently responding to a Lake Shore Road address in response to a report of a working structure fire, Evans patrols observed heavy, black smoke and flames emanating from the upstairs rear of the building. Flames were also seen in the first floor of the structure.

Police spoke to neighbors, who said that the building was vacant. They also advised patrol that the house was possibly condemned. A building inspector confirmed that the structure was vacant.

Evans Detective Bruce Green Jr. and Erie County fire investigators responded to the scene. Lake Erie Beach, Farnham, Brant, Evans Center, Highland, North Evans, Angola and Sunset Bay fire companies also responded.

Lake Erie Beach Chief Michael Emhoff was in command of the incident.

Hamburg man arrested

A Boston state trooper stopped a green Dodge Stratus on Route 62 in the town of Hamburg for failure to keep right and driving on the shoulder of the roadway, at 2:20 a.m. on April 13.

Police said that the driver, Matthew Byrne, 21, of Hamburg showed signs of intoxication and failed roadside sobriety tests. The subject was placed under arrest for driving while intoxicated. A breath sample submitted for testing revealed that his blood alcohol concentration was 0.08 percent.

Byrne was issued traffic tickets and ordered to appear in the town of Hamburg Court, at a later date.

Silver Creek resident DWI

When responding to a report of a vehicle in a ditch at 4:46 a.m. on April 19, Evans Patrolman Graig Leone discovered that the driver, Jessi Garlow, 35, of Silver Creek, was intoxicated.

The offender failed several field sobriety tests and registered a 0.19 percent blood alcohol concentration.

She was arrested for driving while intoxicated, moving from lane unsafely, aggravated DWI and operating a motor vehicle with a greater than 0.08 percent BAC.

Boston DWI arrest made
Erie County Sheriff Timothy Howard reported the arrest of an Eden man for driving while intoxicated and other charges by sheriff’s road patrols at 6 p.m. on April 20.

While on patrol in Boston, Deputy Ken Achtyl responded to Mayer Road to investigate the report of a one-vehicle crash into several mailboxes and then a ditch.

Achtyl arrested the driver, Nicholas Ball, 20, of Eden, and charged him with DWI, criminal mischief (destroying the mailboxes), operating with open alcoholic beverages, imprudent speed, failure to maintain the roadway and refusing a breath screen device.

Ball was transported by ambulance to the Erie County Medical Center for treatment of minor injuries. He refused to submit to a blood test to determine his blood alcohol content. He was processed and released on appearance tickets for Boston Court.

Buffalo woman arrested for local DWI
After pulling over Amanda Eisensmith, 28, of Buffalo for driving 45 mph in a 30 mph zone at 2:12 a.m. on April 20, Evans Patrolman Joseph LaRosa said that he found the offender with glassy eyes, slurred speech, impaired motor skills and the odor of alcohol about her person.

When Eisensmith had difficulty producing her driver’s license and registration card, she confessed to having had four drinks at Captain Kidd’s, before heading home. She passed the alphabet field sobriety test, but failed the finger count, finger-to-nose test, one-leg stand, horizontal gaze Nystagmus and heel-to-toe.

The subject was arrested for driving while intoxicated, refusal to take a breath test, speed violation and operating a motor vehicle with a greater than 0.08 percent blood alcohol concentration. A chemical breath test administered at the Evans Police Station showed that Eisensmith had a BAC of 0.16 percent.

Reported burglary incident in Evans
Evans Patrolman Jeffrey Mayer responded to a report of a burglary at a single-family home in Evans. The complainant said that the home was in foreclosure and had not been occupied for five days.

She reported that an unknown individual entered the residence, broke a bedroom mirror and tore the stair railing and banister off its foundation.

Several items were thrown about the house and several beer bottles were seen in the residence.

A witness told police that three males had walked to the front of the house on April 15. One of the suspects looked through the mail in the mailbox, before all three individuals went into the backyard and into the home. The witness said that he also saw the three males’ moving throughout the house, during the night. When he went to bed at 11:30 p.m., lights were still on, inside the residence.

Police did not find signs of a forced entry. The case was referred to the detective bureau.

Felony narcotics arrests in North Collins
Erie County Sheriff Timothy Howard reported the arrest of two North Collins residents for felony narcotics possession and other charges, after road patrol deputies completed an investigation into illegal drug activities at a Brant Road residence on April 20.

After investigating multiple citizen complaints of teenagers’ using illegal drugs at this location, deputies arrested the owner of the house, Laura Fiegel, 39, and charged her with criminal possession of a controlled substance fourth (concentrated cannabis), a C felony; narcotics possession (pills) seventh; criminal use of drug paraphernalia; two counts of criminal nuisance (maintaining premises used for unlawful conduct) and two counts of endangering the welfare of a child.

The endangering charge was filed, due to deputies’ locating two 16-year-old males in the house, smoking marijuana.

A 17-year-old male (name not released due to age) was also arrested and charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance (concentrated cannabis) fourth, narcotics possession seventh (pills), criminal use of drug paraphernalia and criminal possession of marijuana fourth. He and Fiegel were transported to the Erie County Holding Center to await arraignment on their charges in North Collins Court.

The two 16-year-olds and an additional 17-year-old male found in the house were arrested and charged with marijuana possession. They were processed and released on appearance tickets.

Deputies Theresa Nietzel and Ryan Rogers handled the investigation, with assistance from deputies Neil Held and Don Hoelscher and K9 Deputy Jordan Grabar. Sheriff’s narcotics detectives also assisted.
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