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Police Blotter for Jan. 31, 2013 for the towns of Eden, Evans and Hamburg

Fatal car crash

An early morning vehicle crash Monday, Jan. 28 has left an Angola man dead.

According to the Erie County Sheriff’s Department, they received a call at 8:04 a.m. that a crash had occurred on Erie Road (Route 5) at the border of the Town of Brant and the Cattaraugus Indian Nation.

A vehicle traveling west, driven by Donald Murray, 76, of Angola, crossed into the eastbound lane, directly in front of a vehicle being driven by a 43-year-old Silver Creek resident. Police said the other driver was unable to avoid striking Murray’s vehicle.

Murray was pronounced dead at the scene and the driver of the other vehicle was transported to Lakeshore Hospital, evaluated and treated for non-life threatening injuries.

Police said the accident remains under investigation, but it appears that the cause of the accident was weather-related.

The investigation is being conducted by Sergeant Daniel Dytchkowskyj and Deputy Joseph Raczynski of the Sheriff’s Accident Investigation Unit.

Assisting at the scene were personnel from the Town of Brant Police Department, the Seneca Nation of Indians Marshal’s Office and firefighters from the Cattaraugus Indian Reservation, Brant and Farnham Fire Companies.

Drug arrests in Town of Hamburg

At 8:45 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 24, members of the Town of Hamburg Narcotics Unit, the WNY Drug Enforcement Agency Task Force and the City of Lackawanna Narcotics Unit executed search warrants at 3301 McKinley Parkway in the Town of Hamburg and 7334 Chestnut Ridge Road in the Town of Boston.

During the search the following items were seized at the McKinley Parkway residence: $6,160, which was found in the liner of a coat in the basement, suspected marijuana (valued at $400), a digital scale, a box of plastic bags, four cell phones, an iPad, keys and other personal items.

At the Chestnut Ridge apartment, the following items were seized: a blue duffle bag found in a fireplace containing four large plastic bags of suspected marijuana, valued at $2,000; electric grinder, a marijuana grinder, digital scale and weights, indoor grow lights, plastic bags, padlocks and personal items.

Mark W. Shanks, 51, of Hamburg, was charged with felony second-degree criminal possession of marijuana and fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon firearm/knife; Mark F. Shanks, 19, of Boston, was charged with felony second-degree criminal possession of marijuana, fifth-degree criminal possession of marijuana and fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon firearm/knife and Jessica L. Aman, 20, of Hamburg was charged with felony second-degree criminal possession of marijuana.

Mark F. Shanks was arraigned before Hamburg Justice Walter Rooth for the fifth-degree criminal possession of marijuana charges and was released on his own recognizance to appear in court Feb. 21.

Mark F. Shanks was transported to the Boston Town Court where he was arraigned before Justice Debra Bender and released on $200 bail to appear in court on Feb. 11.

Burglaries in Evans

Town of Evans Police report three burglaries that occurred sometime between Monday, Jan. 21 and Friday, Jan. 25.

• Sometime after business hours on Monday, Jan. 21 and 7:40 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 22 someone broke a window and entered into a business on Erie Road in Evans.

Reported taken was a 50-inch television set and an ATM inside the building appeared to have been tampered with.

A wooden door into the back of the building was also broken open and the area appeared to have been rummaged through, police said.

Police Officer Ken Kloss followed foot prints into the woods, where the missing television was recovered over by Herr Road.

• Sometime between 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 22 and 6 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 23 someone broke into the business office of another business on Erie Road.

According to police, access to the building was gained by breaking a window. Reported missing was cash from the office.

• Sometime between noon on Monday, Jan. 21 and approximately 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 25, someone broke into a private residence and removed $162 worth of items, including jewelry.

The Town of Evans Detective Bureau is investigating the incidents.

Anyone with any information is asked to call the tip line at 217-3585 or use the tip line email

E.C. Sheriff’s report

The Erie County Sheriff’s Office Deputies from the North Collins substation responded to a variety of calls from Tuesday Jan. 22 to Monday, Jan. 28.

• On Tuesday, Jan. 22, Deputy Christopher Lysy responded to a two car accident on Feddick Road in the Town of Boston. ‘No injuries were reported and the 20-year-old driver of one vehicle was issued two traffic summons in regards to the accident. Both vehicles were driven from the scene.

• On Wednesday, Jan. 23, Deputy Joel Schenfield responded to a report of an accident where a vehicle had struck a tree on Sulpher Springs Road in the Town of Brant and was on fire.

The operator of the vehicle was a licensed juvenile and was not injured in the accident, police said.

• On Wednesday, Jan. 23, Deputy Joel Schenfield responded to a report of a vehicle on fire on Langford Road in North Collins.

Deputies did locate an old farm truck burning at a Langford Road address and the fire department responded, extinguishing the fire.

• On Thursday, Jan. 24, Deputy Jon Hanna responded to a report of a vehicle off the roadway on Route 219, near Boston State Road in the Town of Boston.

A vehicle, operated by Jorge A. Burau, 22, of Springville was located off the roadway by police.

A computer check revealed that Burau’s license was revoked.

He was charged with second-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, unlawful possession of marijuana and unsafe lane change.

DWAI by drugs

At 4:14 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 25, Town of Hamburg Police Officer Jonathan Wright was dispatched to a reckless operation call of a vehicle on Camp Road.

Wright was able to locate the vehicle, which he observed weaving from one traffic lane to the other before he was able to stop it on Nash Road.

According to police, the vehicle operator, Justin D. Noworyta, 24, of Hamburg, appeared to be confused and disorientated.

After failing some of the field sobriety tests and admitting to the officer he was on various prescription medications, Noworyta was transported to the Hamburg Police Station.

He refused to submit a blood sample and was charged with driving while ability impaired (combined influence of drugs or alcohol/drugs) and moving from lane unsafely.

According to police, Noworyta had been charged two weeks ago in Hamburg in a separate incident which resulted in the same charge.

Two charged in credit card theft in Evans

At 12:42 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 25, Town of Evans Police Lt. Michael Masullo was on patrol attempting to locate a vehicle which was swerving all over the roadway and appeared to be having mechanical trouble.

According to police, Masullo located the vehicle on Erie Road by Tim Hortons near Beach Road, and observed that the vehicle had been struck in the side.

A license check on the vehicle operator, Shannon M. Cuillo, 29, of Evans, revealed her driver’s license had been suspended in December for a failure to appear out of Buffalo.

According to police, a passenger, Christopher J. Thiel, 33, of Evans, who was under investigation involving a theft from another resident within the town, granted police permission to search him.

Located on his person was the victim’s stolen credit card. Thiel was charged with felony fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property (credit card).

Another credit card, belonging to the victim, was found in the center console of the vehicle.

Cuillo was charged with felony fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property (credit card), third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and failure to keep right.

Both suspects were arraigned before Village of Angola Justice Dennis Glascott and they were both sent to the Erie County Holding Center in lieu of $250 bail each.

Rugby shirts stolen

Town of Hamburg Police report that at 11:20 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 23, two males were observed on video at Macy’s in the McKinley Mall removing nine red and white and six navy Ralph Loren men’s rugby shirts. Total value of the stolen items was set at $1,875.

Minor accident ends in warrant arrest

At 3:46 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 25, Town of Evans Police Officer Joseph LaRosa responded to Shop and Save for a minor damage vehicle accident.

A computer check revealed that the driver, Yolanda Maldonado, 34, of Evans, had a suspended driver’s license for failure to answer two summonses in the Town of Hamburg in December.

Maldonado was charged with third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, operation of a motor vehicle by an unlicensed driver and unsafe backing of vehicle. She was arraigned before Angola Justice Dennis Glascott and released on her own recognizance to return to Evans Town Court on Feb. 28.

A passenger in the vehicle, Raymond Santiago, 39, of Buffalo was taken into custody for an outstanding bench warrant from the City of Buffalo. He was transported to the station where he was subsequently turned over to the Buffalo Police Department.

Glasses stolen from store

At 1:55 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 23, five suspects (three black males and two black females) were observed entering the Lenscrafters store inside the McKinley Mall.

According to police, while the males wandered about in the store, distracting the staff, the two females removed at least four pairs of Ray Bans, valued at $640 and then all five left the store.

Town of Hamburg Detectives are currently investigating the incident and believe they have two of the five suspects identified and are continuing their investigation.

Hit-and-run in Evans

At 2:16 a.m. on Sunday, Jan. 27, Town of Evans Police responded to a location at South Creek Road and Erie Road, where a vehicle had struck a natural gas regulator station.

As a result of the accident, a large amount of natural gas was released. Police also learned that the occupants of the vehicle had fled the scene.

Following an investigation, police charged Michael J. Szach, 32, of Evans, with operator leaves scene of property damage accident.

Perfume theft

Town of Hamburg Police report that Ulta, located in the McKinley Mall has been the target of a series of larcenies over the past few weeks being perpetrated by the same three people.

According to police, a black male and two black females entered the store and within five minutes had grabbed five bottles of cologne/perfume, valued at $295 and exited the store before they could be confronted.

Town of Hamburg Detectives are continuing their investigation into the incident.

Assault charges

At 11:39 a.m. on Sunday, Jan. 27 Town of Evans Police Officer Ken Kloss responded to a disturbance call in a residential area in Evans.

According to police, upon arriving at the scene, he observed Richard A. Sansone, Jr., 43, and the victim outside the residence yelling at each other. It was also apparent that they had been involved in a physical altercation and both had sustained physical injury.

According to witnesses, the victim was at the door when Sansone threw him to the ground, striking him in the face.

Sansone was charged with third-degree assault.

Teen charged with assault

Town of Hamburg Police have charged a 17-year-old Hamburg male with third-degree assault, after he allegedly punched another 17-year-old male in the face, cracking/breaking two of the victims teeth at a party on Sunday, Jan. 27.

According to police, the suspect was called by another youth, who reportedly said the victim had kissed the suspect’s girlfriend.

The suspect arrived at the scene, walked up to the victim and punched him numerous times in the face with closed fists, causing physical damage.

Eden monthly report

During the month of December the Town of Eden Police handled 394 complaints.

This included 13 accident calls (one injury and five property damage and one fatal), 26 total arrests, which includes three for driving while intoxicated arrests and 16 criminal investigations.

Police officers issued 133 summons, which included 33 for speeding, 26 were inspection/registration violations 12 equipment violations, five miscellaneous suspensions and three cell phone violations.

For community policing there were 40 first aid, 14 alarms, seven assists to other departments, 204 premises checked, four welfare checks, one funeral escort, two school related and nine lockouts.

The Eden Reserve Police Officers logged in 135 hours.

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