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Police Log April 5, 2012

Blasdell man pleads guilty to mail fraud

Joseph Krieger, 64, of Blasdell, had plead guilty to mail fraud before U.S. District Court Judge Richard J. Arcara on Friday, March 30.

According to Assistant U.S. Attorney Edward H. White, who is handling the case, sometime between 2003 and 2010, Krieger operated the Genesee Agency and during that time he falsified 73 applications for insurance to the Auto One Insurance Company.

On the applications, the defendant listed his own business address as 1560 Harlem Road, Cheektowaga instead of the true out of state addresses of the policy holders.

He also falsely classified the vehicles as operating within a 50-mile radius of his business, when in fact they were being operated out of state.

According to authorities, the false statements caused Auto One Insurance Company to lose $12,628.89 in premium charges.

Sentencing is scheduled for July 25 and the charge carries a maximum penalty of a term of 20 years in prison and a fine of $250,000.

Dommell charged in Eden following theft of TV

Town of Eden Police have charged Neil E. Dommell, 38, of Angola with felony second-degree burglary and petit larceny following the theft of a television from a home on Sunset Drive home on Sunday, March 25.

Dommell was already in the custody of West Seneca Police for unrelated charges, when Eden Police added their charges on March 27.

Town of Hamburg Police have also charged Dommell with felony fourth-degree grand larceny, credit card; two charges of felony fourth-degree criminal possession of a credit card, felony third-degree attempted robbery, third-degree menacing, fourth-degree attempted grand larceny, property from person and two charges of petit larceny in connection with two purse snatchings on Sunday, March 25.

Narcotics bust in Woodlawn area

At 9 a.m. on Tuesday, March 27, Town of Hamburg Narcotics Unit, along with Detectives Thomas Brown and Timothy Johnston, Officers Scott Weyrough and John Bluman and the Lackawanna Narcotics Unit executed a search warrant for narcotics activities at a Sixth Street address in Woodlawn.

According to police, upon entering the residence, it was found that there were three people inside and police seized bags containing suspected heroin residue, bags containing suspected crack residue, a hypodermic needle and a bag with over two ounces of suspected marijuana.

Sheri L. Becirovic, 46, of the Sixth Street address, was charged with Seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, fourth-degree criminal possession of marijuana, two or more ounces, possession of a hypodermic instrument and acting in a manner injurious to a child less than 17.

Then, as the Hamburg and Lackawanna Narcotics Units were doing surveillance of the residence later in the morning, they observed Tornubari G. Gbaraba, 19, of Buffalo, drive to the residence and walk up to the front door.

When approached by the officers, Gbaraba allegedly put his left hand into his left front sweatshirt pocket, police said.

According to police, the suspect was restrained and handcuffed. Officers located four bundles with 40 plastic bags of suspected heroin in the left sweatshirt pocket, two cell phones and $110.

Gbaraba was charged with felony third-degree criminal possession of narcotic drugs with intent to sell and seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.

He was arraigned before Hamburg Justice Walter Rooth and was transported to the Erie County Holding Center in lieu of $25,000 bail.

Angola man charged in Brant burglary

On Friday, March 16, Town of Brant Police responded to a report of a burglary on Railroad Avenue in the Town of Brant.

According to police, due to the quick action by Officer Nick Nesci, he was able to not only determine that an undisclosed amount of money was taken, but he was also able to secure the evidence that proved to be of great assistance to the investigators in putting this case together, police said.

On March 29, after an extensive investigation by the Brant Police Department, Investigator Mark Slawek and Officer Raymond Ashton charged John (AKA Jay) Danahy, 42, of Angola, with felony second-degree burglary and petit larceny.

Town of Evans Police Detective Bruce Green and Officer Like Fioretti also assisted in the investigation and eventual arrest.

DWI arrest in Evans

At about 9 p.m. on Monday, March 26, while Officer Matthew Stonitsch was running stationary radar on Route 5 (Erie Road) in Derby, he observed a vehicle being operated in an erratic manner.

Stonitsch stopped the vehicle and asked the driver, Rebecca L. Carpenter, 25, of Angola, to produce a driver’s license and she allegedly responded by saying she did not have one.

She failed several field sobriety tests and refused to take the breath test at the police station.

Carpenter was charged with driving while intoxicated, aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, operation of a motor vehicle by an unlicensed driver, refusal to take a breath test, failure to keep right and moving from lane unsafely.

E.C. Sheriff’s report

The following arrests were made by the Erie County Sheriff’s Office in the local area.

• On Tuesday, March 27, police received a call from a Langford Road, North Collins resident that someone had removed a 2003 utility trailer from his property.

The trailer was described as being 15 feet long, with a wooden deck, a black metal frame and gates on the side of the trailer. There was also a spare tire with a white rim attached to the trailer.

According to the owner, the trailer had a flat tire when it was pulled away from the residence and there was no license plate attached to the trailer.

Anyone with any information about this incident is asked to call the Erie County Sheriff’s Office at 858-2903 and refer to case number 12-020223.

• At 3:17 a.m. on Wednesday, March 28, while on patrol along Erie Road in the Town of Brant, Deputy Ben Pisa observed a vehicle being operated in an erratic manner.

After stopping the vehicle and administering several field sobriety tests, the 35-year-old Irving woman was charged with aggravated driving while intoxicated, with a blood alcohol content of .18 percent, more than twice the legal limit.

• On Thursday, March 29, Deputy Neil Held stopped a vehicle on Erie Road in the Town of Brant because the driver, Timothy Lebarron, 23, of Dunkirk, was not wearing a seat belt.

Further investigation revealed Lebarron to be in possession of hydrocodone without a prescription. He was charged with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.

Pair charged in scrap theft

At 11:35 a.m. on Wednesday, March 28, Town of Eden Police Officer Ryan Young responded to a call of a suspicious vehicle on Route 75.

The vehicle, which contained a substantial amount of scrap metal, tire rims, etc., was found near Schintzius Road with two occupants, Lindsay T. Shaffer, 23 and Kevin D. Brown, 34, both of the Village of Hamburg.

According to police, Shaffer repeatedly gave the officer a false name and date of birth, which was collaborated by Brown. They both told police the scrap metal had been collected from alongside various roadways in the area.

Further investigation revealed Shaffer’s true name and that neither of the two had valid driver’s licenses.

The vehicle was impounded and Shaffer was charged with criminal impersonation, aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and there was an active warrant for her from Niagara County for endangering the welfare of a child.

Brown was charged with aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and obstruction of justice.

Later that day, Eden police were notified by a Route 75 resident, items, which matched the items in the impounded vehicle, were missing from their barn.

Police additional charged Shaffer and Brown with felony third-degree burglary. Further charges may be pending on Shaffer, who is on probation for possession of stolen property, a plea deal from an unrelated incident, police said.

The two where arraigned and sent to the Erie County Holding Center in lieu of $1,500 bail for Shaffer and $500 bail for Brown.

Hamburg man attacked

At 5 p.m. on Monday, March 26, Town of Hamburg Police Officers Thomas Boyer and Robert Paas responded to a menacing call to a Loran Avenue address.

Upon arriving at the scene, the officers where told the victim had been accused by the suspect, Zachary T. George, 18, of Buffalo, of taking money from him.

The victim told police said he had no idea what the suspect was talking about and told him to leave the property.

But a short time later, George returned and entered the victim’s garage. At that time he was in possession of a large kitchen knife and allegedly attacked the victim in front of several witnesses.

According to police, the victim defended himself and was able to wrestle the knife away from George, though at the time his hands were cut. Also two layers of his clothing were cut on his back, but he was uninjured.

Police located George at his residence and took him into custody without incident and transported him to the police station.

He was charged with felony second-degree assault with intent to cause physical injury with a weapon, felony first-degree burglary, dwelling causing an injury, second-degree menacing with a weapon and fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon with intent to use.

He was arraigned before Hamburg Justice Walter Rooth and remanded to the Erie County Holding Center in lieu of $20,000 bail.

DWI suspect over three times legal limit

At 2:15 p.m. on Thursday, March 29, Town of Evans Police Officer Ralph Maslach observed a vehicle traveling southbound on Herr Road, move into oncoming traffic lane before swerving back into the proper lane of travel.

Maslach stopped the vehicle and had the driver and sole occupant of the vehicle, Stephen J. Graham, 59, of Collins, complete several field sobriety tests, which he failed.

A blood alcohol test registered a .27 percent BAC, more than three times the legal limit of .08 percent.

Graham was charged with driving while intoxicated, aggravated DWI and failure to keep right.

Teen assaulted at Hamburg playground

At 2:50 p.m. on Saturday, March 30, Town of Hamburg Police Officer Paul Randall responded to a reported fight between teenage girls at the Bristol Road playground.

Upon arriving at the scene, Randall found a young teen girl on the ground at the bottom of the tube slide, complaining of head pain.

A witness said while passing the playground in a vehicle, there were approximately four white teenage females standing near the playground equipment. The witness added that one 17-year-old female was up on the equipment with the victim and was striking her. The witness then saw the victim pushed down the tube slide and when she hit the bottom, another 17-year-old female approached her and struck her several times.

The victim was transported to Women and Children’s Hospital for treatment of her injuries.

According to police, a juvenile detective referral was be forwarded to Detective Angelo Butera for processing in Family Court for third-degree attempted assault against the two 17-year-olds from Hamburg. One of the teens also faces second-degree harassment charges.

Trespass and criminal mischief on Hardpan

At 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, March 27, Town of Evans Police Officers Brian Kauzala and Matthew Stonitsch responded to a call for a trespass/criminal mischief complaint for a Hardpan Road location.

According to police, there were also vehicles parked on the Norfolk Southern Railroad right-of-way, which resulted in Norfolk Southern Police requesting the suspects be charged with trespass.

Charged were Anthony K. Jakubczak, 18, of Hamburg; Cody S. Tezanos, 21, of Evans; James R. Nappo, 20, of Angola; Samantha R. Alabisi, 18, of Hamburg; a 17-year-old from Evans and a 16-year-old from Angola were all charged felony third-degree criminal mischief, damaging another’s property over $250, trespass and third-degree criminal trespass-railroad.

Elderly woman charged with wallet theft

At 4:13 p.m. on Saturday, March 31, Town of Hamburg Police Officer William Stowell responded to a call of a larceny of a wallet from a person at the Hamburg Casino.

According to police, it appeared the wallet fell from the pocket of a coat while the victim was playing one of the machines and landed on the ground.

A security surveillance camera shows a person, identified as Lorraine S. Lazar, 76, of West Seneca, take the wallet from the floor and then leave the casino.

West Seneca Police were able to locate Lazar at her residence and she allegedly admitted to taking the wallet, removed the $100 inside, and then threw it away in the garbage by the main entrance of the casino.

A check of the garbage receptacles showed they had been emptied and the wallet was not inside. The money was returned to the victim.

Lazar was charged with petit larceny.


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