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Police Blotter for Feb. 7, 2013 for the towns of Boston, Brant, Eden, Evans, Hamburg and North Collins and the Village of Hamburg

Head on crash between bus and car in Eden

At 8:15 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 30, a 2006 Chevrolet was being driven south on Route 62 near Carpenter Road in Eden, when it crossed over the center line and struck a Carrier Coach bus head on.

According to Town of Eden Police Lt. John H. McCarthy, the vehicle operator, a 21-year-old male from Gowanda, had to be extricated from the car by members of the Eden Emergency and Rescue Squad and the Eden Fire Department.

He was then transported to the Erie County Medical Center by an Eden ambulance and was listed in stable condition.

According to police, members of the Erie County Specialized Medical Assistance Response Team responded to the crash scene to triage the driver of the bus, along with a bus aid and 11 special needs individuals. Three people from the bus were transported to ECMC by Eden EMS with minor injuries.

Erie County Sheriff’s Accident Investigation Unit and the New York State Police are assisting with the crash investigation.

Two homes burglarized in Village of Hamburg

Village of Hamburg Police report that sometime between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 28, someone entered an unlocked residence on Norwood Street and removed over $2,000 worth of jewelry from a bedroom.

Then on Tuesday, Jan. 29, sometime between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m., someone entered an unlocked residence on Mark Avenue and removed approximately $2,800 worth of jewelry from a bedroom.

Police are investigating the incidents.

Husband and wife charged in theft incidents

Following an investigation by Town of Hamburg Detectives, Charles D. Tucker, Jr., 31, and his wife, Chandra M. Tucker, 31, of Orchard Park are facing several charges following the theft of an engagement/wedding ring set valued at $4,700 and jeans, valued at $281.

According to police, sometime between 3 and 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 25, someone entered an unlocked vehicle parked in the lot behind Macy’s at the McKinley Mall and removed the ring, a purse with $60, personal papers, a bottle containing prescribed oxycontins and a computer flash drive.

At about the same time another vehicle parked in the same area was entered into and a white UPS bag with four pairs of Lane Bryant jeans, along with the receipt and credit card information, phone number, email and other personal information of the victim, was taken.

A photograph of the ring was given to police and detectives, including Detectives Joseph Kleinfelder and Scott Kashino who went to area jewelers and pawn shops.

On Jan. 28, an owner of one of the local jewelers confirmed he had purchased the ring for $300 from Tucker and he still had the property.

The ring was identified and then returned to the victim.

According to police, Tucker was interviewed by two detectives and admitted to taking the stolen ring to the jewelers and he claimed he received $200 for it.

Tucker is to be charged with felony third-degree criminal possession of stolen property and was advised to come to Hamburg Town Court on Feb. 11.

At the same time, Officers Michelle Rickard-Puleo and Nicholas Borowski were investigating the jean theft and were working with the managers of area Lane Bryant stores.

Borowski was told by one store manager that a white female, later identified as Chandra Tucker, returned three pairs of the jeans, claiming it was for her sister and she did not have a receipt.

Store management was also informed that at the same time, a male (later identified as Charles Tucker) tried to sell another pair of jeans to customers for $75 or $100 before they returned them.

The two suspects were identified by store employees through a photo array displayed by Kashino. On Jan. 30, Kashino did interview both suspects and Chandra Tucker allegedly admitted to taking the stolen jeans back to Lane Bryant.

She was charged with fifth-degree criminal possession of stolen property. She was advised to be in Hamburg Town Court on Feb. 8.

Stolen car recovered, Evans man charged

At 4:22 a.m. on Sunday, Feb. 3, a customer at a local Evans establishment went outside to start his vehicle and then went back into the business to wait for it to warm up.

According to police, the victim then saw a man in a hunting jacket get into his vehicle and drive off.

The victim called the police and several Town of Evans Police Officers responded. There was fresh snow in the area and Officer Brian Kauzala was able to follow the tracks for several miles and eventually located the vehicle in a ditch on Lakeshore Road.

He then followed the footprints which led from the vehicle through several yards and eventually led to a parked car, where Philip D. Safe, 45, of Evans was sitting.

According to police, Safe said he was confused and did not know what had happened, but eventually admitted to taking and driving the victim’s vehicle.

Safe was charged with felony third-degree criminal mischief, third-degree unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, operation of a motor vehicle by an unlicensed driver, moving from lane unsafely and speed not reasonable and prudent.

He was arraigned before Evans Town Justice Anthony Barone and was released on his own recognizance.

Disturbance call in Boston leads to felony DWI arrest

At 3:45 a.m. on Sunday, Feb. 3, Erie County Sheriff’s Deputy Bradford Ballantyne responded to a call that a suspect, Frank Richards, 38, of Hamburg, had been drinking alcohol, was involved in a disturbance at a Feddick Road location in Boston and had driven off.

Ballantyne located Richards and upon further investigation found him to be intoxicated and he was placed in custody.

Richards was transported to the Sheriff’s North Collins substation, where he submitted to chemical breath test, which revealed a .11 percent blood alcohol content.

Due to Richards having a previous driving while intoxicated conviction in 2007, he was charged with felony DWI and unlawful possession of marijuana.

Arrest made in 7-Eleven case

Village of Hamburg Police have charged two former employees of a local 7-Eleven, following a lengthy investigation by Officer Matthew Cullen.

According to police, during the time period between mid-October and mid-November, while employed by 7-Eleven, Diane Goodrich, 22 and Colton Lasker, 19, both of the Village of Hamburg, removed cash from the store and tampered with store records.

Losses were estimated for over $800.

Goodrich and Lasker were both charged with felony first-degree falsifying business records and petit larceny.

A warrant has been issued for a third suspect, another former employee, who is thought to have taken additional money from the store.

Pair charged with petit larceny at Walmart

At about 6 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 31, Town of Hamburg Police Officer Mindy Jendrowski responded to a larceny in progress complaint at Walmart.

According to police, a white male and a white female had removed approximately $87 worth of merchandise from the store without paying and left the area in an older red Chevrolet Malibu.

The vehicle was subsequently located at a parking lot belonging to an apartment complex by Lt. Nicholas Ugale and Officer Chandra Walsh.

Inside the vehicle was Lauren L. Drago, 26, of Angola, who matched the description given to police of the female suspect who had left Walmart.

The male suspect, Christopher J. Schneider, 24, of Hamburg, was located at the same apartment complex. Both suspect were taken into custody and returned to Walmart, where a positive identification was made by store employees.

Drago was found in possession of two of the stolen items.

Both were charged with petit larceny and were released on appearance tickets.

Evans man charged for taking woman’s rings

Town of Evans Police report that Benjamin A. Page, 26, of Evans has been charged with petit larceny in connection of the theft of two rings.

According to police, Page removed the property and took them to a local jewelers and sold them.

The rings were recovered, police said.

STOP DWI checkpoint

On Feb. 3, the Erie County STOP DWI, the New York State Police and the West Seneca Police conducted a joint driving while intoxicated checkpoint and saturation patrol to coincide with the Super Bowl.

According to authorities 300 vehicles were stopped and one person was charged with DWI.

Charged was a 54-year-old Hamburg man, who consented to a breath test, which resulted in a .11 percent blood alcohol content.

E.C. Sheriff’s report

The Erie County Sheriff’s Office Deputies from the North Collins substation responded to 187 calls from Tuesday Jan. 28 to Monday, Feb. 4.

• On Tuesday, Jan.29, a Pine Street, North Collins resident reported to Deputy Joel Schenfield that unknown person(s) are using the victim’s identity. The case is under investigation.

• On Tuesday, Jan. 29, Deputy Brendan Connolly responded to a gas leak complaint on Marshfield Road (between New Oregon Road and Route 75).

The fire department closed Marshfield Road down to traffic as National Fuel worked on the leak and National Grid shut off the electricity to one home while the gas crews worked on the leak.

• On Friday, Feb. 1, Deputy Tony Yavicoli responded to a report of a burnt out vehicle on Hare Road on the Seneca Nation of Indians Reservation.

It was determined the vehicle was reported stolen to the Salamanca Police Department. The incident is under investigation.

• On Sunday, Feb. 3, a two-car accident on Boston State Road at Boston-Colden Road resulted in one driver seeking medical attention for an injury to a leg. Both vehicles were towed from the scene.

• On Monday, Feb. 4, Deputy Brad Ballantyne stopped a vehicle operated by Peter Udera III, 34, of Boston for a traffic infraction.

A Department of Motor Vehicle check of Udera’s driver’s license revealed his license was suspended five times for failure to answer summons from Boston Town Court. Udrea was charged with third-degree unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and released to appear in court at a later date.

• On Monday, Feb. 4, a two-car accident at Sisson Highway and Langford Road sent three people to the hospital for non-life threatening injuries. Both vehicles were towed from the scene.

Employee theft

Village of Hamburg Police Lt. Joseph Wittmeyer has charged Daniel Edmunds, 20, Buffalo, with petit larceny following an investigation of employee theft at Dollar Tree, 140 Buffalo St.

According to police, while employed at the store Edmunds removed approximately $580, during an extended time period.

Mailbox explodes

At around 11 p.m. on Monday, some residents on Hanley Drive in the Town of Hamburg heard a loud explosion.

One resident looked outside and could see smoking coming from what used to be their mailbox.

According to Town of Hamburg Police, the mailbox was blown up an unknown explosive. Estimated damage of the mailbox was set at $50.

Items stolen from vehicles in Evans

Town of Evans Police report that sometime overnight Tuesday, Jan. 29 and early Wednesday, Jan. 30, someone entered unlocked vehicles parked at a Hamilton Drive home and a Darlington Drive home.

According to police, removed were two GPS, two wallets, personal papers, credit cards and money.

Police are again reminding all residents to lock vehicle, garage and residential doors.

Shoplifters charged in Village of Hamburg

Village of Hamburg Police report the following people were charged with petit larceny in connection with three different incidents in the village.

• At 1:15 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 28, the Tops Market manager stopped Mary Ann Fessler, 62, of the Village of Hamburg, after she allegedly left the store area with over $60 worth of items without paying for them. Fessler was charged with petit larceny and was scheduled to appear at Hamburg Village Court on Feb. 6.

• At 10 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 1, the Tops Market manager stopped Kelly Sandekian, 48, of Eden, after she allegedly attempted to leave the store without paying for over $60 worth of items. Sandekian was charged with petit larceny and was scheduled to appear at Hamburg Village Court on Feb. 6.

• On Sunday, Feb. 3, Officers Bill Travis and Anthony Caber responded to a complaint of a shoplifter at Rite Aid.

According to police, Nicole Krzyzanowksi, 37, of Hamburg, was observed putting items into clothing pockets and then left the store without paying for the items.

Krzyzanowksi was charged with petit larceny and was scheduled to appear at Hamburg Village Court on Feb. 6.

Credit card fraud reported

On Wednesday, Jan. 30, Town of Evans Police received a complaint that an Angola resident was the victim of a credit card/identity theft incident.

According to police, the victim reported that someone used his credit card in Statesville, N.C.

Police and the credit card account company are investigating the incident.
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