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Police Blotter for April 4, 2013 for the towns of Boston, Brant, Eden, Evans, Hamburg and North Collins

Hamburg man charged with vehicular assault
Town of Hamburg Police have charged Thomas A. Gilray, 28, of the Town of Hamburg with felony second-degree vehicular assault, felony first-degree reckless endangerment, driving while intoxicated and failure to yield the right-of-way to an emergency vehicle in connection with an accident on Lake Shore Road at the Route 179 overpass which occurred at 11 p.m. on Monday, April 1.

According to police, a 2004 Chevrolet Blazer, disabled from a previous accident, allegedly caused by weather conditions and black ice, was in the left lane of Lake Shore Road, while debris from the accident was being cleared.

Officer Christopher Butera was standing outside his marked vehicle (with the emergency lights on) attempting to secure the scene, as two of the male passengers were also standing outside, when he observed a pick up truck approaching them.

He tried to stop the truck by waving his flashlight to get the driver’s attention and yelled at everyone to get off the roadway, before he had to jump out of the way of the truck, police said.

According to police, the pick up truck, driven by Gilray, then stuck the Blazer and the two men who had been standing outside.

The two victims, a 61-year-old Hamburg resident and a 32-year-old Hopewell Junction resident, were transported to the Erie County Medical Center, where they were listed in critical condition, officials said.

According to police, Gilray and his two passengers suffered non-life threatening injuries and while speaking to Gilray, the odor of an alcoholic beverage was detected.

Gilray was asked to perform several field sobriety tests, which he failed. A court order was obtained by Judge Michael Pietruszka to have a blood sample drawn at ECMC.

Gilray was arraigned before Hamburg Town Justice Walter Rooth and was remanded to the Erie County Holding Center in lieu of $5,000 bail.
Gilray, who since 2010 has been a full-time dispatcher at the Erie County Sheriff's Office, has been suspended without pay until further notice, E.C. Sheriff's officials said.

Hamburg man drives into Orchard Park house
At 12:35 a.m. on Saturday, March 30, Town of Orchard Park Police responded to a call that a vehicle had driven into a home on Armor Duells Road.

According to Orchard Park Police Chief Mark Pacholec, the vehicle, driven by Patrick O’Neill, 35, of Hamburg, was traveling northbound on South Abbott Road at a high rate of speed when it failed to stop at a stop sign, hit a large rock and crashed into the living room area of a home on Armor Duells Road.

“Luckily the residents were in another section of the house when the vehicle came crashing through,” Pacholec said. “It came into the house and actually broke through to the basement.”

Members of the Windom and Orchard Park Fire Companies responded to the call and had to place braces/supports into the basement before the vehicle could be extricated from the building, Pacholec said.

The vehicle caused extensive damage to the home, but no cost estimate was available at press time.

O’Neill was charged with driving while intoxicated and failure to stop at a stop sign. He was transported to the Erie County Medical Center by the Orchard Park Emergency Medical Services.

Further charges are pending, Pacholec said.

Felony drug charges
At 11:56 p.m. on Sunday, March 31, Town of Evans Police Officers Jeffrey DeVinney and Frederick Garrasi III observed a vehicle traveling on Lake Shore Road at a high rate of speed.

After stopping the vehicle, it was found the driver, Candice C. Moses, 21, of Collins did not have a driver’s license and that there was an odor of marijuana coming from inside the vehicle.

According to police, they found inside the vehicle a glass bong in a cardboard box on the rear passenger side floor and two pill bottles located in the glove compartment.

Police also found 12 bags containing suspected cocaine.

Moses was charged with felony fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, cocaine, operation of a motor vehicle by an unlicensed driver, unlawful possession of marijuana and speed not reasonable and prudent.

E.C. Sheriff’s report
During the week of Sunday, March 24 though Monday, April 1, the Erie County Sheriff’s Office Deputies from the North Collins substation responded to 194 calls.

• At 2:34 a.m on Tuesday, March 26, Deputy Jason Breinlinger assisted the Town of Eden Police with a house fire on Green Street in the town.

According to police, Breinlinger checked the inside of the residence and determined no one was home. It was determined the homeowner was at work at the time of the fire.

Investigators from the Sheriff’s Office Fire Investigation Unit were requested and the cause of the fire was listed as undetermined.

Officials said the fire appeared to have started in a rear bedroom, causing heavy damage to the entire second and third story of the home.

• On Tuesday, March 26, deputies Brendan Connolly and Jason Breinlinger responded to a report of a house fire at a New Oregon residence in North Collins, where the residents had escaped without harm.

The investigators from the Sheriff’s Office Fire Investigation Unit determined the fire was accidental, due to a problem that existed around the chimney pipe for the wood burning furnace.

• On Wednesday, March 27, Deputy Tom Vanwie responded to a report of a two car accident at School Street, near Gowanada State Road in North Collins.

A female driver of one of the vehicles was transported to Lake Shore Hospital by the North Collins ambulance for minor injuries to her leg and arm.

Both vehicles were towed from the accident scene.

• On Wednesday, March 27, deputies Tom Vanwie and Gary Mosier responded to a report of two males physically fighting in an alley on North Main Street in the Village of North Collins.

Deputies located both parties to the fight, with neither wishing to pursue charges.

• On Thursday, March 28, Deputy Ryan Rogers responded to a report of a two car accident at Southwestern Boulevard at Erie Road in the Town of Brant.

No injuries were reported and the cause of the accident was listed as one of the vehicles made an improper turn/failure to signal a turn.

• On Saturday, March 30, Deputy Matt Krypel responded to a report of a fire at a Warrior Road, Brant, residence.

Upon arriving at the scene, the residents were found to have exited the home safely. Investigators from the Sheriff’s Office Fire Investigation Unit listed the cause of the fire as accidental, caused by a family pet who had turned on a burner.

Man throws rock through front window of home
At 9:42 a.m. on Monday, April 1, Town of Hamburg Police Officer Mindy Jendrowski was dispatched to call of a suspect breaking into a residence on Midshore Drive.

According to police, the resident, who was in her home at the time, heard some loud banging, hitting and kicking noises to the side storm door. Then she heard loud banging, hitting and kicking at her back bedroom window. When she looked outside, she saw her neighbor, David N. Masse, 31, swinging a 2-by-4-inch piece of lumber taken from her window sill, at the window.

At that time, she called 911 and then she heard a loud booming crash as the front bay window of her house was smashed open by a large rock.

A neighboring witness also observed Masse throw the rock through the window of the victim’s house.

Damage was set at approximately $600.

Masse was charged with felony second-degree attempted burglary, felony third-degree criminal mischief and second-degree reckless endangerment.

Masse was arraigned before Hamburg Justice Walter Rooth and remanded to the Erie County Holding Center in lieu of $5,000 bail.

Masse is scheduled to appear in court on April 4.

Lake View man charged following mail theft
At about 6 p.m. on Tuesday, March 26, Town of Hamburg Police Officer Daniel Gallardo responded to a call that a man had removed mail from several mailboxes along Knoll Drive in Hamburg.

Upon arriving at the scene, Gallardo located John J. Case, 24, of Lake View walking on Maelou Drive with several pieces of mail stuffed in a stack of newspapers.

According to police, when asked where he got the mail, Case said he had taken them from several mailboxes along his paper route.

The United States Postal Inspector was contacted to see if they would be filing federal charges. They were told that it did not meet their requirements to prosecute.

Case was charged by Hamburg Police with fifth-degree criminal possession of stolen property, petit larceny and second-degree scheme to defraud.

He was arraigned before Hamburg Justice Walter Rooth and remanded to the Erie County Holding Center in lieu of $1,000 bail. He is scheduled to appear in court on April 9.

Structure fire in Angola

At approximately 11 a.m. on Thursday, March 28, Town of Evans Police responded to a call for a structure fire on Commercial Street in the Village of Angola.

The fire was extinguished by members of the Angola, Brant, Evans Center and Lake Erie Beach fire departments.

The owner of the building reported to police he was doing construction on the structure and believed the fire was caused by an electrical wire.

A fire investigator was requested to the scene the incident was referred to the Evans Detective Bureau.

Chimney fire in Evans

At approximately 7 p.m. on Sunday, March 30, Town of Evans Police responded to a report of a chimney fire at a South Creek Road residence.

Responding to the call were members of Highland and North Evans fire departments.

There was damage tot he exterior chimney flue pipe.

AUO arrest in Evans

At 7:39 p.m. on Saturday, March 30, Town of Evans Police Officer Matthew Stonitsch observed a vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed on Erie Road.

After pulling the vehicle over, a data check of the driver, Steven M. Klopp, 25, of Hamburg, revealed his license had been suspended in February for failure to answer a summons from the Town of Evans.

He was taken in custody and was released on tickets and a $50 bail. Klopp was scheduled to appear back at Evans Town Court on April 8.

Accident leads to charges

At approximately noon on Saturday, March 30, Town of Evans Police Officer Kenneth Kloss responded to a call of a single vehicle accident on Southwestern Boulevard at Gowans Road.

Upon arriving at the scene the vehicle was located off the roadway with extensive damage.

The driver, Tyler J. Toth, 19, of Evans, was found standing outside the vehicle and told police he thought there was an animal in the roadway and swerved to avoid it.

He was traveling east and ended up on the shoulder and continued completely off the road, collided with the Inwood Avenue sign and came to rest in the ditch on the east side of Inwood Avenue, police said.

A data check revealed the vehicle had been suspended for an insurance lapse.

Toth was transported to Lake Shore Hospital and was charged with operating a motor vehicle with a suspended registration and moving from lane unsafely.

Hit-and-run at Lake Shore High School

At 8:06 a.m. on Tuesday, March 26, Town of Evans Police responded to a hit-and-run property damage accident at the Lake Shore High School in the visitor’s parking area.

According to police, the victim’s vehicle was damaged along the rear driver side bumper and quarter panel of the vehicle.

Police believe the suspect is female and was driving a tan vehicle.

Police are continuing their investigation and if anyone has any information about this incident call the Evans Police Department at 549-3600 or their anonymous tipline 217-3585 or email detectives@evanspoliceny.com



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