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Police and fire reports from the March 13 edition of The Sun

Evans arrest made
Evans Patrolman Joseph LaRosa responded to a report of a physical disturbance at 3:22 a.m. on Feb. 23.

Police reported seeing Mary Jane Tundo, 49, of Collins exit a vehicle from the driver’s door, while the vehicle was running and parked. LaRosa later discovered that Tundo’s driver’s license had been suspended in November. After taking the subject into custody, police discovered a bag of marijuana in her vehicle’s glove box.

Tundo was charged with operating a motor vehicle by an unlicensed driver, unlawful possession of marijuana and aggravated, unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle third.

Arrest made in First Niagara Bank robbery

The town of Hamburg Police have announced the arrest of Ashley Reardon, 25, of Hamburg for robbery third and grand larceny third, with a value greater than $3,000.

Police were dispatched to First Niagara Bank on Lakeshore Road at 4:08 p.m. on Feb. 7, in response to a holdup alarm. When dispatch arrived on the scene, customers were waiting outside, because the doors were locked.

A bank teller told police that she had been approached by a white female in her 20s, who weighed approximately 160 pounds and was 5 feet, 6 inches tall. The suspect pulled a gray ski mask over her face and said, “Give me everything in the drawer,” before handing the teller an old, tan money bag. The bank employee also reported that the subject was wearing a heavy blue sweatshirt with a hood, blue jeans and gloves.

The individual told the teller to hurry. She did not produce a note or weapon, and no threat was made. The teller said that she filled the bag with her drawer’s contents, and the suspect then fled on foot out the northern door, toward Route 5.

Due to the heavy presence of pedestrian and rush hour vehicular traffic, a K-9 track was not initiated. AirOne was on the scene, shortly after the incident, due to already being in the area.

After investigations were made into similar robberies in East Aurora and Orchard Park, Reardon was arrested by Det. Lt. Pat McMaster of the Orchard Park Police Department on Feb. 26. She confessed to the Hamburg incident and an Orchard Park robbery that had occurred on Feb. 15.

Reardon was arraigned before Aurora Town Justice Jeffrey Markello and sent to the Erie County Holding Center, in lieu of $50,000 bail.

Among those responding to the Hamburg robbery were Paul Randall, Timothy Johnston, Scott Kashino, Robert Paas, Nicholas Budney and Chief Michael Williams of the town of Hamburg Police Department, as well as an agent from the FBI.

Conviction handed to Local 17 representative

The United States attorney’s office announced that, following a nine-week trial, a federal jury has convicted Mark Kirsch, 54, president and business manager of Operating Engineers Local 17, based in Hamburg, of conspiracy to commit racketeering, conspiracy to commit extortion and attempted extortion. The charges carry a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison, a $250,000 fine, or both. His interest in Local 17, including his management position within the union, is subject to forfeiture.

According to assistant U.S. attorneys Anthony Bruce and Edward White, Kirsch participated in a criminal enterprise with the objective of extorting property from various construction firms throughout Western New York from at least January 1997 – December 2007.

Among the unlawful means the defendant used to secure this objective were violence, threats, intimidation, sabotage of property and threats and attempts to interrupt and delay construction projects in order to drive up costs to the contractors and thus cause economic harm, the attorneys said.

Retired Local 17 Business Representative Gerald Bove, member Michael Caggiano, member Kenneth Edbauer and Business Representative Thomas Freedenberg were acquitted of similar charges.

Lenscrafters burglars arrested
Ashley Keene, 26, and Jason Lang, 27, both of Batavia, were arrested for grand larceny fourth, after a February robbery at Lenscrafters at the McKinley Mall.

The subjects were reported to have stolen merchandise with a combined value of $1,600. Police uploaded a video of the suspects onto Facebook, to assist in identifying Keene and Lang.

Both subjects presented to the Hamburg Police Station on Feb. 24 and admitted to stealing the glasses from Lenscrafters. They signed statements and were released on appearance tickets, returnable to Hamburg Town Court.

Hamburg resident arrested
Justin Barrett, 33, of Hamburg was arrested on March 5 for aggravated driving while intoxicated, following too close and DWI: previous conviction within 10 years.

Hamburg Police Officer Mindy Jendrowski was informed about a three-vehicle property damage accident on Saint Francis Drive. A witness said that Barrett’s vehicle had been swerving, while headed westbound, and did not stop at the red light at Big Tree Road. Barrett’s car collided with another vehicle, which hit a third automobile.

Police said that Barrett had impaired speech, glassy eyes and the odor of alcohol about his person. He told police that he was heading home from a friend’s house in Hamburg and had consumed between three and four beers.

The subject was arrested, and registered a 0.24 percent blood alcohol level at the police station. He had previously been convicted of DWI in March 2007. He was ordered to return to court in Hamburg.
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