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Police Log for the Week of July 11, 2013

Brant man faces attempted murder charge

At 10:18 p.m. on Friday, July 5, Town of Evans Patrolman Jeffrey DeVinney was dispatched to a Lake Shore Road establishment on a report of shots fired.

When they arrived, a victim, who is employed at the business, said that Alfredo L. Brown, 32, of Brant, had been removed and when he got outside, became agitated, reached inside of his waistband, pulled out a revolver and began firing bullets at victims. One of the victims claims Brown shot several rounds, including one at the ground, one which struck a sign in front of the establishment and one or two others that were unaccounted for.

The victim said that Brown fled in a dark sedan.

He was caught a while later and charged with second degree murder/depraved indifference, second degree murder with intention, first degree criminal use of a firearm, first degree reckless endangerment, fourth degree criminal intent to damage property, second degree criminal possession of a weapon, disorderly conduct for fighting/violent behavior and second degree menacing with a weapon.

Brown appeared before Town of Evans Justice Anthony Barone Monday, July 8 and waived his right to a preliminary hearing, according to Town of Evans Police Chief Ernie Masullo.

He credited his officers for doing a great job in getting Brown apprehended within a few hours.

“They responded quickly,” Masullo said, adding he is also thankful for the assistance from the Chautaqua County Police and State Police in helping get Brown in custody.

Gowanda men facing grand larceny

A pair of Gowanda men are facing two counts each of grand larceny stemming from the theft of metal scrap and equipment from a construction company. Those incidents happened on July 3 and 5.

Town of Eden Police say a witness observed Nicholas Castellano, 24 and Bradley Gable, 27, stealing from a construction company on Route 20 on Friday, July 5 at about 9:30 a.m.

Eden Police also linked the pair to thefts from the same place on July 3.

Several disorderly conduct cases in the Town of Evans

Town of Evans Police responded to several calls involving disorderly conduct in the last week, including:

• At 10:53 p.m. on Wednesday, July 3, Shelley R. Spoon, 41, of Gowanda, became verbally abusive and repeatedly yelled an obscenity at Patrolmen Jeffrey Mayer and Scott DeJohn during a fireworks display at a Lake Shore Road location. Police said Spoon became upset because her boyfriend had been arrested.

She was charged with disorderly conduct.

• Town of Evans Patrolmen Thomas Crupe and Scott DeJohn charged Kristin K. Skoney, 19, of the Town of Tonawanda with disorderly conduct at about 10:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 3 after she yelled an obscenity several times in public, who were gathered to watch a fireworks display. This happened at a Lake Shore Road location.

• At 7:10 p.m. on Thursday, July 4, Town of Evans Lieutenant Bradley DiMartino and Patrolman Joseph LaRosa received a call about a fight inside of a vehicle on Route 5.

When officers arrived, they removed Cassi Johnson, 21, of Hamburg, who repeatedly yelled obscenities, causing a public annoyance.

She was charged with disorderly conduct.

During the same stop, police also charged Paul D. Chudzik, 22, of Hamburg, with disorderly conduct after they said he also yelled obscenities at the same location, causing a public annoyance.

• At 9:43 p.m. on Thursday, July 4, Town of Evans Patrolman Jeffrey DeVinney was on patrol on Waterman Road assisting with another call when Aaron Crusan, 22, of Angola used an obscenity when saying that officers had nothing “better to do” than write “parking tickets.” Police said he did this in public with several people present.

Crusan was charged with disorderly conduct.

• Just after midnight on Friday, July 5, Town of Evans Patrolmen Joseph LaRosa and Graig Leone received a call about a woman walking down the middle of Lake Shore Road.

When officers approached Brittney M. Hammond, 22, of Evans, they said appeared to be in a highly intoxicated state and repeatedly yelled obscenities at officers.

She was then charged with disorderly conduct.

• Patrolman Thomas Castle was called to a bar on Lake Shore Road at 1:22 a.m. on Friday, July 5.

Upon arrival, staff of the establishment said Patrick M. Franovich, 23, of Lackawanna was repeatedly kicking and punching patrons in the parking lot.

He was then charged with disorderly conduct.

• Town of Evans Patrolmen Brian Kauzala and Jeffrey DeVinney were dispatched to a fight in a parking lot on Lake Shore Road.

When police arrived, they observed James A. Robinson, 38, of Evans actively fighting with staff from the establishment.

Robinson was then charged with disorderly conduct.

• At 2:20 a.m. on Sunday, July 7, Town of Evans Lieutenant Peter Smith and Officer Brian Kauzala responded to a Lake Shore Road location in regards to a domestic incident.

Police said Brian J. Leonard, 37, of Brant was belligerent and uncooperative with patrol. Police said he used a vulgar word several times in the presence of people.

Leonard was then charged with disorderly conduct.

• At 10:50 p.m. on Wednesday, July 3, Town of Evans Patrolmen Matthew Stonitsch and Jeffrey Crupe said that Kevin J. Pierce, 42, of Evans, was operating a vehicle in an area populated by hundreds of pedestrians. Police said Pierce refused to comply with numerous requests to stop operating the vehicle because all roads in and out were closed to vehicular traffic due to the annual fireworks display.

Police said Pierce then became belligerent and argumentative, and repeatedly shouted an obscenity in a public place.

Officers then attempted to take Pierce into custody and he refused several requests to show his hands and resisted being arrested. He then became combative and started fighting with patrol, who were forced to deploy a taser on him, striking Pierce in the lower back.

When officers arrived at the station, they found that Pierce was in possession of a wooden box in his pants containing alleged marijuana.

Pierce was charged with disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and unlawful possession of marijuana.

• At 3:13 a.m. on Saturday, July 6, Patrolman Gregory Szarowicz was investigating suspicious persons at a Lake Shore Road location when Sean H. Ksiezarczyk, 22, of West Seneca, began using obscene language at officers, and refused officers requests.

He was then advised he was being placed under arrest and began to resist officers and fight.

He was charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.

• At just after 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, July 3, Patrolman Jeffrey Mayer and Matthew Stonitsch were taking Ronald Viscuso, 49, of Silver Creek, into custody in regards to a warrant from the Town of Evans.

While being taken into custody, Viscuso resisted arrest by kicking at officers and they said he would not willingly enter into the patrol car and used obscene language while in public.

Police said he was also unruly while being transported to the police station. While searching Viscuso, police said they did find one alleged marijiana cigarette in his pocket.

He was charged with disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and unlawful possession of marijuana.

Hamburg man facing several charges

Just before 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 4, Town of Hamburg Patrolmen Jonathan Wright and Chandra Walsh were dispatched to an accident involving two vehicles on Lake Shore Road. While talking with Chad Kujawa, 20, of Hamburg, officers said he had red glassy eyes, impaired speech and impaired motor coordination.

When police asked for license, registration and an insurance card, he handed officers an empty plastic wrapper. Kujawa told police it was marijuana, in which they corrected him and told him it was a plastic wrapper. He then handed police two driver’s licenses with two different dates of birth. Police said one appeared to be valid, and the other fake. Kujawa told officers he used the other license to purchase alcohol.

Police then noticed an open container of an alcoholic beverage on the floor of the driver’s seat.

Kujawa was asked to perform two tests while in the car, which he failed.

He was then asked to exit the vehicle to perform field sobriety tests. Officers then noticed that his shorts were wet and he told them he urinated on himself. He then refused tests, including a breath test using an Alco Sensor.

While being placed in custody, police located alleged marijuana in his shorts.

Kujawa was then charged with unlawful possession of marijuana, driving while intoxicated, refusal to take a breathalyzer test, moving from lane unsafely, drinking alcohol in a motor vehicle on the highway and possession/use of a forged/fictitious/illegally obtained license.

Erie County Sheriff’s weekly report

The Erie County Sheriff’s Department responded to 172 calls last week, including some in Boston and Brant. These include:

• Deputy James Flowers responded to a report of a Chevy Tahoe that was pulled on the shoulder of Route 219 on July 8 in the Town of Boston. The vehicle had a cracked windshield. The operator of the Tahoe reported a an unknown object fell off a dump truck causing damage to her windshield. No injuries were reported in this incident.

• Deputy Neil Held and Deputy Ryan Rogers responded to a report of an Assault call at Hawk Meadows Drive in Brant on July 3.

Deputies located 3 females that were involved in an altercation. Deputies arrested 35 year old Sandra Cooper of Brant for Assault in the third degree and Reckless Endangerment. Cooper was transported to the Erie County Holding Center pending arraignment in the Town of Brant Court.

• Deputy Neil Held and Deputy Ryan Rogers responded to a report of two Semi Trailers that Struck each other in the parking lot of the Native Pride gas Station on the Seneca Nation of Indian’s on July 3.

No injuries were reported in this incident.

Cheektowaga man takes off his shorts to swim

While Town of Evans Patrolmen Jeffrey DeVinney and Gregory Szarowicz were at a park on Lake Shore Road at 2:56 a.m. on Saturday, July 6, they observed Kevin T. Minorczyk, 22, of Cheektowaga remove his shorts and enter the water wearing no clothing.

He was charged with exposure of a person and unlawful possession of marijuana.

Marijuana charges levied against Hamburg man

While Town of Hamburg Patrolmen Chandra Walsh and Jonathan Cross were on patrol on Route 5 at 8:19 p.m. on Sunday, July 7, they observed a vehicle with the operator, Douglas H. Saunders, 27, of Hamburg not wearing a seatbelt.

During the stop, police asked Saunders if he had any marijuana in the vehicle due to the smell that was eminating. Police said Saunders then pulled a glass mason jar from a backpack in the front seat of the vehicle and he told officers it was the only marijuana he had in the car.

He was charged with unlawful possession of marijuana and cited for a seatbelt infraction.

Evans Police searching for who stole vehicle

At just before 3:30 a.m. on Friday, July 5, a victim flagged down Town of Evans Patrolmen Scott DeJohn and Gregory Szarowicz to report that her vehicle had been stolen from a parking lot.

She said she parked the vehicle there around 1:30 a.m., when she arrived to meet members of her family. She told police she left the keys in the vehicle and the doors were left unlocked.

An attempt to locate was put out by Evans Police. At just after 5 p.m., Evans Police was dispatched to the dead end of Buffalo Road in the Town of Irving, where they were met by a member of the Chautaqua County Sheriff’s Office. Police were then walked through trails in the woods to the vehicle.

Police said the driver’s side window was left open and multiple identification cards and debit/benefit cards were located next to the vehicle belonging to a possible suspect.

Officers attempted to call a suspect and others who were listed, but the phone numbers were no good. The victim said she would like to press charges.

Angola man charged with DWI in Evans

At about 1:54 a.m. on Monday, July 1, Town of Evans Patrolmen Jeffrey Mayer and Gregory Szarowicz observed a vehicle traveling west on Route 5, and it crossed over the double-yellow line several times, then drifted into the westbound passing and driving lanes. Officers then attempted to pull over the vehicle and it finally stopped on Erie Road.

Police said Frederick R. Kobee, 58, of Angola, who struck a mailbox as he was pulling over, had red glassy eyes, slow slurred speech, poor coordination and an odor of an alcoholic beverage on his breath.

Police said he was unable to tell them where he was coming from.

Kobee was given an alco sensor test and had a .15 percent blood alcohol content. He also was asked to, and failed, other field sobriety tests.

Kobee was then charged with driving while intoxicated, operating a motor vehicle with a .08 of 1 percent or more alcohol in blood, moving from lane unsafely and fail to exercise due car to avoid colliding with an emergency vehicle.
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