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Police Blotter for May 16, 2013 for Boston, Brant, Eden, Evans and Hamburg, North Collins

Man from 24K Solid Gold heroin arrest is sentenced

Jay Vellon, 40, of Buffalo, who was convicted of conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute, and to distribute, heroin was sentenced to 100 months in prison by U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara.

According to Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert C. Moscati, who handled the case, between June 2008 and February 2010, Vellon conspired with others to distribute heroin in the Buffalo area.

Vellon was charged, along with 26 others, in March 2010 following a joint federal, state and local take down at 24 K Solid Gold in Hamburg and Rick’s Tally Ho in Cheektowaga. To date, 26 defendants have been convicted. Assistant U.S. Attorney George C. Burgasser was also involved in the prosecution of this case.

The sentencing is the culmination of an investigation on the part of special agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, under the direction of Acting Special Agent in Charge Richard M. Frankel.

Plate reader nabs Derby resident

At 4:33 p.m. on May 10, the plate reader in Town of Eden Police Lt. John McCarthy’s patrol vehicle activated on a vehicle with suspended license plates.

After stopping the vehicle, McCarthy requested to see the operator’s driver’s license and registration.

She handed him a piece of paper, stating she had misplaced her license and that everything he needed was on the paper, police said.

According to police, after she was further questioned and the answers were not consistent with the information she had supplied, she eventually admitted to her true identity, Roxanne Thiel, 44, of Derby.

A check of her New York State driver’s license revealed she had been revoked since June 7, 1998 for an uninsured accident. The information she had originally provided to McCarthy belonged to another person who had a valid driver’s license.

Thiel was charged with third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation, second-degree criminal impersonation and suspended registration.

She was scheduled to appear at the Eden Town Court on May 28.

Woman assaulted

At 1 a.m. on Sunday, May 12, Town of Hamburg Police Lt. Nicholas Ugale and Officer Andrew Hochworter responded to a call of a possible stabbing in an apartment on Knoll Drive.

Upon arriving at the scene, the victim was found lying in her bed crying with two small puncture wounds to her right thigh.

She was evaluated by Rural Metro Ambulance, who urged her to seek medical attention at a hospital, but she refused further treatment, police said.

According to police, the victim said she was working a stag party at a Hamburg bar that night and had left with two other exotic dancers (that she has worked with before) and came to her apartment.

An altercation broke out among them, with the two other women claiming the victim was withholding some of the money they had earned.

The victim claims one suspect picked up items from her apartment, breaking them and throwing them at her. She was also punched in the face and said she was unsure of many details that occurred as the altercation went on.

She claimed at one point, while in the living room, she lost feeling in her leg and saw a pool of blood on the floor.

According to police, a hole was found in the bedroom wall and a black folding pocket knife was found under an ironing board.

Police are continuing their investigation, though the victim said she did not want to press charges.

DWI arrest in Evans

At 1:08 a.m. on Friday, May 10, Town of Evans Police Lt. Brad DiMartino found a vehicle police were trying to locate, driving on the wrong side of the road on Granger Street in Evans.

The vehicle did not stop for police until it was in the driveway of a Fairview Street residence.

After speaking to the vehicle operator, George C. Majkut, 50, of Perrysburg, DiMartino had him complete several field sobriety tests.

Majkut was charged with driving while intoxicated, failure to keep right and refusal to take the breath test.

Calf reported stolen

A two-week-old small light brown/gray Gurnsey-Jersey calf was reported stolen from a dairy farm on New Oregon Road in North Collins on May, 7.

Anyone with any information on this incident are asked to call 858-2903 and refer to cl#13-031098.

SWATTING incident reported by police

At 12:49 a.m. on Monday, May 13, Town of Hamburg Police officers responded to a call of shots being fired, bombs being set off and a fire at an Alexander Court residence in the Town of Hamburg.

A call by a supposedly hearing-impaired person was being sent via typewritten messages to a relay service which was then forwarded to police.

According to police, when they arrived at the scene, there was no activity and the homeowner was in bed sleeping at the time.

Officers believe this call to be a form of SWATTING, tricking of any emergency service (via 911) into dispatching emergency response units to a report of an on-going critical incident.

The Town of Hamburg Detective Bureau is investigating the incident.

Fire caused by oil on stove

At 5:55 p.m. on Tuesday, May 7, Town of Evans Police Officers responded to a call of a structure fire on Sunset Boulevard in Evans.

Officer Jeffrey De Vinney and off-duty Evans Dispatcher Matthew Jurek had the fire contained and extinguished in the kitchen by the time fire departments arrived.

Responding to the call were Angola, Evans Center, Lake Erie Beach and Brant fire companies.

Cause of the fire was listed as cooking oil spilling onto the stove.

E.C. Sheriff’s report

The Erie County Sheriff’s Office Deputies from the North Collins substation responded to 185 calls between Sunday, May 5 through Monday, May 14.

• On Sunday, May 5, Deputies Neil Held and Ryan Rogers responded to a report of a train engine on fire located on the railroad track near the Seneca Gaming Complex on Erie Road in Brant.

Deputies met with CSX crew members and it was determined that when the power to the engine was shut off, the fire extinguished itself.

The train was not deemed a hazard and the train continued on its way under the power of the other engine that was attached to it.

Hit-and-run accident

Town of Hamburg Police are investigating an accident on Schoellkopf Road, which occurred at about 9 p.m. on Friday, May 10.

Police were able to collect evidence at the scene and a suspect has been located. No charges have been filed at this time.

Town of Evans report

During the month of April the Town of Evans Police Dispatchers took care of 2,357 complaints.

This included 41 accident calls, 117 ambulance calls, nine criminal mischief, four domestic incidents, three drug, three loud music, 37 fire and 12 false alarms, 20 harassment and 19 larcenies.

There were 116 animal complaints, four neighbor disputes, 13 trespasses, two sex offenses were reported, 156 premise checks, 303 community policing, 18 assists to motorists and 14 welfare checks.

Ten prisoners were held in the Town of Evans lockup.

There were 110 police reports filed and eight accidents were reported to the state.

Police officers issued 175 traffic violations, which included 60 for speeding, six were driving while intoxicated related, 29 were license/permit violations, seven red lights, 16 required motor vehicle equipment, five vehicle registration violations, two stop signs, 44 other violations and six was a seatbelt violation. There were four parking tickets issued.

From the Detective Bureau, there were 45 people charged, mostly for violations of the state’s penal law, alcohol beverage control law and vehicle and traffic laws. There were four DWI arrests.

The Dog Control Officer issued five appearance tickets.

Village of North Collins report

During the month of April, Village of North Collins Police were on duty for 190 hours and responded to 65 calls.

This included one violent subject, one report of a home invasion (which proved to be false), two reckless operation complaints, one detail with the Drug Enforcement Agency, two criminal mischief, one motor vehicle accident, one suspicious vehicle, one report of a rabid raccoon, three EMS assists to the North Collins Emergency Squad, three assists to other police agencies, two funeral details and four court details

Officers issued 33 traffic violations which included 24 tickets for speeding, one seven tickets were issued for cell phone use and one ticket was issued for a fractured windshield.

Regular property checks were conducted of schools, businesses, public and vacant properties.

On Saturday, April 27, the North Collins Police Department worked in conjunction with the Federal Drug Enforcement Agency and the New York State Health Department for the purpose of collecting unused and unwanted medications.

This resulted in the collection of 85 pounds of unused and unwanted medications from 25 separate deposits.

All the collected medications were submitted to the DEA for disposal.
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