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Police Blotter for Jan. 10, 2013 for the towns of Hamburg, Evans and Brant

Fatal accident in Boston

A Town of Boston woman was killed at about 8 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 8 in a single vehicle accident which occurred on Boston State Road in the Town of Boston.

According to New York State Police, the vehicle being operated by Connie Gabel, 40, crossed from the northbound lane of Boston State Road over to the southbound lane of traffic, then left the road and struck a tree head-on.

Gabel was declared dead at the scene of the accident, police said.

The cause of the accident is still under investigation and if anyone witnessed the accident, call police at 941-9303.

Pranks in North Collins/Collins could be lethal

The Erie County Sheriff’s Office Deputies from the North Collins substation are investigating a series of dangerous pranks that have occurred in the towns of North Collins and Collins.

According to police, during the last month, the Erie County Division of Highways discovered that the road name signs at the intersection of Genesee and New Oregon roads had been switched, putting the opposite names on the two roads.

In addition, on Jan. 3, it was discovered that the “STOP” signs at the intersection of Jennings and Shirley roads had been switched. The signs on Shirley Road were removed and placed on Jennings Road.

The public is being asked to report all suspicious activities around any road signs and to report any signs that appear to be tampered with. To report anything, call the Erie County Sheriff’s Office at 858-2903.

Evans man, 20, faces battery of felony charges

Town of Evans Police have charged Richard L. Borowski, 20, of Evans, with a multitude of felony charges in connection with a series of incidents in four days.

According to police, they were first called at 1:36 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 1 for harassing phone calls, allegedly made by Borowski to an Evans resident.

Police were able to listen to the recorded calls and that there was a valid order of protection in effect against Borowski.

At that time he was charged with felony fist-degree criminal contempt of an order of protection, by telephoning the victim and two charges of second degree aggravated harassment for two separate victims.

At 5:51 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 3, police were dispatched for another harassment complaint involving the same people.

According to the victim, Borowski pulled up next to the victim in a vehicle and threatened to kill the victim and then repeated the threat later in a text. At the time of this incident, felony first-degree criminal contempt, violating an order of protection by following a person; third-degree stalking, with threat of injury; fourth-degree stalking, causing fear of threat to employment/business and second-degree harassment.

At 6:02 p.m. that same evening, the vehicle driven by Borowski was observed operating in a reckless manner on Wisconsin Road.

When Officer Michael Kauzala attempted to stop the vehicle, the driver allegedly failed to comply, failing to stop at the stop sign at the intersection of Wisconsin and Derby roads, then operated at an imprudent speed on an icy snow-covered roadway, passing a subject on his bicycle in the area and then coming to rest in a snow bank.

At that time Borowski left the vehicle and fled on foot until apprehended after a short chase, by Kauzala.

Borowski at this time was charged with third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, reckless driving, failure to yield right-of-way to emergency vehicle, failure to stop at stop sign, speed violation and speed not reasonable and prudent. He was held for arraignment.

At 7:27 p.m. that evening the victim reported to the Evans Police Department that Borowski had allegedly stolen a debit card belonging to the victim and had charged $153 worth of phone cards.

Borowski was charged with felony fourth-degree grand larceny/credit card

At 9:58 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 4, the victim contacted Evans Police, that while Borowski was in the Erie County Holding Center, he had called the victim, which is in violation of the order of protection.

Borowski was again charged with felony first-degree criminal contempt, violation of an order of protection by telephoning a person and second-degree aggravated harassment by phone without legit communications.

Felony DWI in Hamburg

While on routine patrol at 4:04 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 5, Town of Hamburg Police Officer Kevin Gleason observed a vehicle off the road, in a snowbank and the mailbox belonging to the house at that location about 30 feet away in the yard.

Standing outside the running vehicle were two men, who stated a Mike had been driving, who had left on foot to get help.

Further investigation revealed that Joel Echeverria, 29, of Buffalo, one of the men who was standing by the vehicle, was the driver and that he had an odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from him.

After failing several field sobriety tests, he was taken into custody for felony driving while intoxicated ( previous DWI conviction in 2010). Echeverria also refused to take a breath test.

In addition, Echeverria was charged with felony first-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, operation of a motor vehicle by an unlicensed driver, failure to use designated lane and operation of a motor vehicle without inspection certificate.

Echeverria was arraigned before Hamburg Town Justice Walter Rooth and was remanded to the Erie County Holding Center in lieu of $5,000 bail.

E.C. Sheriff’s report

The Erie County Sheriff’s Office Deputies from the North Collins substation responded to 110 calls from Wednesday, Jan. 2 to Monday, Jan. 7.

• On Saturday, Jan. 5, Deputies Doug Grube and John Hanna responded to a call of a vehicle in a ditch at Boston/Colden and Cole roads.

The vehicle operator, Kevin Kessel, 50, of Boston, was charged with driving while intoxicated, speed not reasonable and prudent and failure to maintain a lane of traffic.

• On Saturday, Jan. 5, Deputy Joel Schenfield responded to the Erie County Highway Barns in Hamburg where a hit-and-run accident was reported.

According to police, a County Highway plow truck was sideswiped while on Armour Duells Road by a vehicle, which then drove away. The truck received some minor damage.

• On Monday, Jan. 7, Deputy Neil Held charged a 17-year-old Hamburg male for shoplifting a can of beer from a store in North Collins. He was charged with petit larceny and released to appear in the Town of North Collins Court at a later date.

ATV stolen

Town of Evans Police report that sometime between 5 and 9 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 5, someone entered a shed at a Versailles Plank Road address and removed a 2004 green Honda ATV.

The Evans Detective Bureau is investigating the incident.

Felony road rage

At 5:15 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 30, Town of Hamburg Police Officer John Baker responded to a road rage/assault call on McKinley Parkway.

According to police, the incident occurred when the victim was operating the vehicle west on East Highland at McKinley Parkway, when a white male, later identified as Mark Gaisser, 49, of Brockport, approached the vehicle and began pounding on the windows.

Then Gaisser allegedly screamed at the victim, reached in the window, removed the her glasses and then threw them at her. Gaisser then allegedly kicked the rear driver-side door of the vehicle, damaging it, before driving away.

Gaisser was located and stopped by Lt. Nicholas Budney and taken into custody.

Gaisser was charged with felony third-degree criminal mischief, damaging another’s property over $250 and second-degree harassment.

He was arraigned before Hamburg Town Justice Gerald Gorman and released on his own recognizance, to appear back in court on Jan. 17.

Arrest pending in hit-and-run which damaged fence

On Friday, Jan. 4, Town of Evans Police Officer Ralph Maslach responded to a call that sometime between 10:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 3 and 8 a.m. Friday, Jan. 4, someone struck a wrought iron fence of a Lakeshore Road property and then left the scene of the accident.

While at the scene, Maslach observed car parts and a vehicle license plate in the area.

A check on the plate revealed the owner of the vehicle to be Suzanne M. Dunbar, 49, of Buffalo. Police said they have left messages on a phone machine and the Buffalo Police Department were contacted. At the time, the vehicle was not in the driveway and police were continuing to try to contact Dunbar.

Damage to the fence was set at $500.

Heroin found on suspect

On Saturday, Jan. 5, when Town of Hamburg Police Officer John Baker picked up a person who was wanted on a search warrant, he noticed that the suspect, Melanie M. Mogavero, 21, of Angola, had a laceration on one of her fingers.

According to Mogavero, she was cut by a subject in Buffalo prior to being picked up on the warrant.

Baker then requested that the EMS be dispatched to the Hamburg Police Station to look at Mogavero once he brought her in.

After being treated, while being searched prior to being incarcerated, four wax baggies containing suspected heroin were discovered in Mogavero’s boot. A field test of the substance showed positive for opiates and she was charged with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.

Mogavero was arraigned before Hamburg Town Justice Walter Rooth and was remanded to the Erie County Holding Center in lieu of $5,000 bail.

Car thief snatches clothes

At 7:07 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 4, Town of Evans Police Officer Ralph Maslach responded to a call of a vehicle in a ditch on South Creek Road.

Upon his arrival, Maslach observes the vehicle but no one around. He is then told by dispatch that the vehicle had been reported stolen from a resident in the Town of Holland.

Maslach also observed footprint leading from the stolen vehicle, up a driveway and to an unlocked vehicle with the driver door ajar.

Police were informed that a coat and a pair of snowpants, total value $240 were missing.

Police are continuing their investigation.

Two charged in car larcenies

At about 2:45 a.m. on Sunday, Jan. 6, Town of Evans Police Officer John Baker responded to a larceny from a vehicle on Harrison Avenue.

Two males were located, Tyler Lorden, 18, of Buffalo and Ian W. McMillan, 18, of Lackawanna, walking from the area.

Both were found to be in possession of loose change, cell phones, cell phone chargers, a GPS unit, an iPod, DVDs, a back pack and other property which appeared to have been removed from vehicles, police said.

Lorden and McMillan were both charged with petit larceny and attempted petit larceny

They appeared before Hamburg Town Justice Walter Rooth and were released on their own recognizance with the following conditions: Lorden is to take active steps towards obtaining his GED and McMillian is to take active steps towards enrolling at Erie Community College.

Brant monthly report

During the month of December the Town of Brant Police handled 1,357 complaints.

This included three accident calls (no injuries), eight criminal complaints, 26 non-criminal complaints, two felony arrests,14 misdemeanor arrests and one violation arrest.

There were seven first aid calls, five fire calls, 22 assists to other agencies, 540 property checks, 33 money escorts, 37 assists to citizens/motorists, 12 details/community policing, one funeral escort, three assists to dog control, four court bailiff

Police officers issued 237 traffic and vehicle violations and patrolled a total of 6,219 miles in the police vehicles.

Town of Evans report

Town of Evans Police Officer Tracey O’Donnell retired effective Dec. 31, after 24 years with the department.

During the month of December the Town of Evans Police Dispatchers took care of 2,713 complaints.

This included 24 accident calls, 123 ambulance calls, two assaults, seven criminal mischief, seven domestic incidents, three drug, three loud music, 23 fire and six false alarms, 32 harassment and 24 larcenies.

There were 71 animal complaints, four neighbor disputes, two sex offenses were reported, eight trespasses, three missing persons, 157 premise checks, 319 community policing, 18 welfare checks and 27 assists to motorists.

Fourteen prisoners were held in the Town of Evans lockup.

There were 123 police reports filed and 28 accidents were reported to the state.

Police officers issued 133 traffic violations, which included 41 for speeding, five were driving while intoxicated related, 11 red lights, 20 were license/permit violations, 12 required motor vehicle equipment, four vehicle registration violations, one stop sign, four were seatbelt violations and 35 other.

From the Detective Bureau, there were 42 people charged, mostly for violations of the state’s penal law, alcohol beverage control law and vehicle and traffic laws. Two people were charged with DWI.

The Dog Control Officer issued three appearance tickets.
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