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Police Log for the Week of June 13, 2013

Underage drinking party leads to arrests
At just after 9:30 p.m. on Friday, June 7, Town of Hamburg Patrolmen Jason Nappo and Thomas Boyer responded to a call of a possible underage drinking party at a Big Tree Road residence.

Police talked to Keith Smith, 45, who told them his son had several friends over. When officers told Smith why they were there, they said he stated that no drinking was being done by any of the youths.

Patrol told Smith they wanted to verify that, Smith allowed them to do so, and when officers walked into the room, they said it was apparent that a party with beer was taking place, as the living room was littered with beer cans.

Smith’s 17-year-old son was present and police said there was alleged marijuana, pipes and a grinder in plain sight and directly in front of him on the desk where he was seated. There was also an open beer that he admitted to drinking. A further check found 16 additional youths ranging in age from 16-18 hiding in various rooms of the upper level of the residence. All of the youths parents were contacted and they all picked up their children.

Smith was charged with criminal nuisance in the second degree/maintain premises for unlawful conduct and acting in a manner injurious to a child under the age of 17.

The 17-year-old was charged with unlawful possession of alcohol by a person under the age of 21 and unlawful possession of marijuana.

Pair from Lackawanna face burglary charges
Town of Evans Patrolmen Jeffrey DeVinney and Gregory Szarowicz responded to a Lake Shore Road location at about 8:45 p.m. on Tuesday, June 4 on a report that illegal dumping was taking place.

When officers arrived at the scene they located George E. Sirris, 21, of Lackawanna and another 17-year-old male from Lackawanna near a vehicle that was parked in front of the locked gate outside of the property.

Patrol located an open garage door that was propped open where the pair allegedly entered where scap metal was piled outside the door. Police said there was scrap metal found inside the bed of Sirris’ truck. The two were then taken into custody.

They were each charged with third degree burglary/illegal entry with intent to commit a crime, petit larceny and third degree criminal trespass inside an enclosed property.

Marijuana possession arrest in Evans
At about 10:30 p.m. on Friday, June 7, Town of Evans Patrolman Nathan Miller and Jeffrey DeVinney conducted a traffic stop on Eden Evans-Center Road.

While talking to the occupants of the vehicle, officers detected an odor of alleged marijuana coming from inside of the vehicle.

The offender, 20-year-old Amanda Paulello of Cheektowaga, admitted she had marijuana inside of her purse and handed the purse over to officers, who did find two small clear bags that contained marijuana. Paulello was then charged with unlawful possession of marijuana.

Erie County Sheriff’s report
The Erie County Sheriff’s Department from the North Collins substation responded to 167 calls from May 27 to June 3. Among the incidents they responded to include:

• A report of two people riding a lawn tractor with the female riding angry and out of control in the Town of Brant was investigated by Deputies Ryan Rogers and Theresa Nietzel.

Deputies arrested 20-year-old Shalley Seneca of Irving for disorderly conduct, who was then released to a third party.

The operator of the tractor, 20-year-old Watson Cooper of Salamanca, was charged with driving while intoxicated after registering a .16 blood alcohol content on a breath test. He was also charged with aggravated unlicensed operation due to having a suspended license. Cooper was then released to a third party as well.

• Deputies Jon Hanna and Timothy Colling responded to a single car rollover accident on Wohlheuter Road on Monday, June 3 in the Town of Boston.

Deputies located the vehicle, which they said had rolled over into a field, striking a natural gas pipe/marker. They then located the 19-year-old driver, who was flown by Mercy Flight to Erie County Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries. National Fuel was notified to inspect the marker/pipes and the accident remains under investigation.

• Deputies Kenneth Achtyl and Lieutenant William Cranston responded to a call of a 17-year-old male who took his mother’s car without her permission on Monday, June 3.

They located him on Orchard Meadows in the Town of Brant and charged him with unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and criminal contempt for violating a Town of Brant court order. He was transported to the Erie County Holding Center pending arraignment.

• Deputy Gary Mosier stopped a vehicle for a traffic infraction and arrested the driver of the vehicle, 32-year-old Abbey Randall of Silver Creek, for third degree aggravated unlicensed operation, after a license check showed Randall’s license was suspended due to a failure to answer a summons from the Town of Brant. She was released to appear at a later date in Brant.

Gowanda man charged with DWI in N. Collins
Steven B. Minton, 26, of Gowanda, was charged with driving while intoxicated and speed in zone, after the Village of North Collins Police stopped him on Main Street at 2:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 8.

Minton was stopped after patrol observed him traveling 58 mph in a 45 mph zone. During the traffic stop, officers said he showed signs of intoxication and he failed field sobriety tests. A chemical breath test resulted in Minton recording a .16 blood alcohol content, which is twice the legal limit. He was then released on an appearance ticket to appear in the Town of North Collins Court.

Cheektowaga woman faces DWI charge in Hamburg
While Town of Hamburg Officers were on patrol on Southwestern Boulevard near Howard Road just after 10:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 9, he observed a vehicle traveling 55 mph in a 45 mph zone. Officers then turned around and put the emergency lights on, but the vehicle did not stop.

Officers then put on the sirens, and the vehicle did not stop right away and eventually stopped at Southwestern and Riley.

When police approached the vehicle they detected an odor of alcoholic beverage coming from the operator, 24-year-old Victoria Capitano of Cheektowaga. Officers said she had water glassy blood shot eyes, and slurred speech.

Police asked her if she saw the emergency lights and asked where she was coming from. Capitano said she was at Mickey Rats, that she did see the emergency lights and siren, but did not pull over right away because she did not think the police were pulling her over. She also told police when asked what time it was, “about 7 p.m.”

After failing several field sobriety tests, Capitano was charged with driving while intoxicated, failure to yield the right of way to an emergency vehicle and speed violation/speed in zone.

Drug-related arrests in the Town of Hamburg
Town of Hamburg Officer David Olday responded to a call of a person possibly under the influence of drugs at Southwestern Boulevard business at 3:20 p.m. on Thursday, June 6. Officers observed Christopher Schneider, 24, of Hamburg, stumble through the parking lot and then lay down on a curb. He said he was drunk. Police gave him an alco sensor which registered a .000 blood alcohol content.

Schneider then admitted injecting soboxyn at a hotel room, where he said his girlfriend was waiting for him. Officers took him to the hotel, said the shades were open, they looked in and saw needles strewn around the room. Lauren Drago, 26, of Angola, was laying on the bed. Officers found a pill bottle and a bag stuffed inside of a hutch containing marijuana. Drago said it was hers. Schneider admitted the soboxyn strips were his.

Hypodermic syringes and a green container with a partial loritab were also found.

Schneider was charged with possession of a hyopdermic instrument, seventh degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and public appearance under the influence of narcotics/drugs. Drago was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance and unlawful possession of marijuana.

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