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Police Blotter for March 21, 2013 for the towns of Boston, Brant, Eden, Evans, Hamburg and North Collins

Shots fired in the Village of Farnham

Six Angola and Evans residents face felony charges following a shooting incident in the Village of Farnham on Sunday, March 10.

According to Brant Police, they received numerous reports of possibly hundreds of rounds being fired in the village.

One of the rounds from a high powered rifle (possibly an AK46 or a Remington 300) traveled into a residential area, almost hitting a young girl in the head who was at a birthday party, police said. The bullet then traveled into a house, going through several walls and an interior door before stopping, according to police.

According to residents, the scene was very chaotic, with people having to take cover on garage floors, before police were able to restore order. One witness said a 8-year-old and a young friend were forced to retreat to a shed and get down on the floor before the shooting stopped.

In another area, some horses tried to escape the scene by attempting to jump over the electrified fence of their pasture. They were restrained by the owner and some neighbors, police said.

Charged with first-degree reckless endangerment, felony criminal mischief and reckless endangerment of property were: John Bingle, 54, of Angola, June Stresing, 45, of Angola; Joseph D. Vail, 45, of Evans; Jaime L. Vain, 25, of Evans; Mark Hartman, 59, and Jacob Hartman of Angola.

All six were issued appearance tickets and must appear back in the Town of Brant Court on March 27 at 6:30 p.m. for arraignment.

The investigation is still continuing by Town of Brant Police and additional arrests may be possible.

Assisting the Town of Brant Police were members of the Erie County Sheriff’s Office.

Two charged in burglary cases from multiple areas

Two Hamburg residents face multiple charges in connection to a series of burglaries of area restaurants/bars in the towns of Boston, Cheektowaga, Evans and Hamburg, as well as the Village of Hamburg.

According to Town of Hamburg Police, for the past month, they have been working with detectives from the Village of Hamburg and Town of Evans police department along with investigators from the Town of Boston State Police Station on a series of break-ins and burglaries which had occurred in various restaurants and bars in their jurisdiction.

The investigation resulted in Jacob Halbert, 23, of Hamburg and Erica J. Johns, 22, of Hamburg being charged by the Town of Hamburg Police with felony third-degree burglary, felony third-degree criminal mischief and petit larceny.

According to police, Halbert and Johns indicated they were also involved in similar burglary incidents in the Town of Cheektowaga. Cheektowaga detectives were notified.

Possible charges are pending from the other police agencies.

DWI arrests in Evans

Town of Evans Police report the following driving while intoxicated arrests.

• At 3:03 a.m. on Sunday, March 17, Town of Evans Police Officer Nathan Miller observed a vehicle leaving the rear parking lot of a business.

The vehicle was stopped on Church Street and the driver, Kyle J. Denisco, 22, of Evans was asked to perform several field sobriety tests, failing all but one, and he refused to take the roadside alco-sensor test. A half full bottle of beer was also found in the vehicle, within reach of the driver’s seat.

Denisco was charged with DWI, drinking alcohol in a motor vehicle on a highway, refusal to take a breath test and an equipment violation for rear side windows being non-transparent.

• At 1:33 a.m. on Monday, March 19, Town of Evans Police Officer Frederick Garrasi III responded to a call of a suspicious van on Beach Road near Cleveland Street.

According to police, Garrasi observed a van in the area, being operated in an erratic manner.

The vehicle was stopped and the driver, Heather L. Borzelleri, 37, of Dunkirk, was asked to perform standard field sobriety tests, failing all of them.

She was charged with DWI, failure to keep right and refusal to take a breath test.

E.C. Sheriff’s report

During the week of Monday, March 11though Monday, March 18, the Erie County Sheriff’s Office Deputies from the North Collins substation responded to 182 calls.

• On Wednesday, March 13, Deputy Jeff Ely stopped a vehicle for an unspecified traffic infraction on Route 219 in the Town of Boston.

A Department of Motor Vehicle check revealed the driver, Stephen Hnat, 44, of Buffalo, has a suspended driver’s license. He was charged with aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and released to appear back in Town of Boston Court.

• On Thursday, March 14, Deputy Neil Held responded to an address in the Town of Collins in response to a call that a windshield had been smashed.

During the investigation, Held stopped a vehicle and interviewed the occupants, culminating with Shadow Snyder, 23, of Farnham being charged with felony criminal mischief.

She was released to appear at a later date in the Town of Collins Court.

• On Thursday, March 14, Deputy Gary Mosier stopped a vehicle operated by Rachel Huff, 34, of Brant on Route 438 for an unspecified traffic infraction.

A computer check showed Huff’s license had been revoked for driving while impaired by alcohol and suspensions for failure to answer a summons and to pay a fine from the Town of Persia.

Huff was charged with second-degree aggravated unlicensed operation and other violations of the vehicle and traffic law. She was transported to the Erie County Holding Center on $250 bail or pending arraignment in the Town of Brant Court.

• On Saturday, March 16, Deputy Todd Jones responded to call of a person slumped over in a vehicle at Erie Road on the Seneca Nation Reservation.

According to police, the driver, Aaron Conant, 27, of the Town of Brant, was found to be intoxicated and was taken into custody.

He was transported to the Erie County Sheriff’s North Collins substation, where he refused to take the chemical breath test.

Conant was charged with felony driving while intoxicated (prior DWI conviction in 2011).

• On Monday, March 18, Deputy Gary Mosier attempted to stop a vehicle which was traveling at a high rate of speed on Southwestern Boulevard in the Town of Brant.

According to police, the operator originally refused to stop the vehicle. With the assistance of Deputy Tom Van Wie, eventually Eric Grundhoefer, 23, of Silver Creek was taken into custody.

He was charged with various violations of the vehicle and traffic laws, and was turned over to the Village of Blasdell Police on an outstanding warrant.

DWI arrests in Hamburg

Town of Hamburg Police report the following driving while intoxicated arrests.

• At 4:57 p.m. on Sunday, March 17, Town of Hamburg Police responded to a report of a vehicle being operated in an erratic manner on Milestrip Road.

The vehicle was located being driven around in the Home Depot parking lot.

The vehicle was stopped and the driver, Daniel P. Carpentieri, 33, of Angola, was asked to complete standard field sobriety tests, failing all of them.

He was charged with aggravated DWI (blood alcohol content .18 or more) and DWI.

• At 8 p.m. on Sunday, March 17, Town of Hamburg Police Officer Jonathan Wright observed a vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed on Camp Road.

The vehicle was stopped and the driver, Michael J. Visiko, Jr., 21, of Perrysburg, was asked to perform several field sobriety tests, failing all but one.

Visiko refused to take the Data Master breath test and was charged with DWI, speed violation and moving from lane unsafely.

Missing person located through team effort

At 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 12, Town of Evans Police Dispatch received a call from a resident who was unable to find his wife, who had left behind a suicide note.

Different enforcement agencies were notified and according to Evans Police Chief Ernest Masullo, Town of Evans Police Dispatchers Amy Hamm and Patrick Garrigan were able to do a great job coordinating information between the agencies and keeping everyone up to date as events unfolded.

The missing person was located by New York State Police at a NYS Thruway rest stop, where she admitted to having taken eight sleeping pills during the day. She was transported to a local hospital.

Woman conceals stolen items with daughter

At 7:08 p.m. on Monday, March 18, Town of Hamburg Police Officer William Stowell responded to a call of an adult female shoplifter in custody at the Sears located in the McKinley Mall.

The suspect, Montaha T. Albader, 42, of Hamburg, allegedly removed approximately $466 worth of merchandise from various locations in the store and concealed the items in shopping bags while in the women’s restroom.

She then allegedly handed one of the bags with the stolen items to her 14-year-old daughter to take out of the store.

The pair were confronted by store security and returned to the office.

The teen said she was unaware the items were stolen and she was returned to her father.

Albader was charged with petit larceny and acting in a manner injurious to a child less than 17. Child Protective Services were also notified.

Felony charge for Snyder’s continued harassment

Town of Evans Police have charged Steven R. Snyder, 25, of Brant with felony first-degree criminal contempt and second-degree aggravated harassment in connection with an incident on Wednesday, March 13.

According to police, Snyder continues to harass a victim by telephone, even though there is an order of protection against him. Snyder has been arrested before for violating the protection orders and for threatening the victim with physical harm.

A warrant has been issued for Snyder.

Tools worth $900 stolen

On Friday, March 8 Town of Hamburg Police were informed that $900 worth of tools were removed from a location on Lynwood Avenue.

According to the victim, a 10-inch Bosch table saw and a Senco framing nailer were taken from a garage,

The table saw was located on Craig’s List under a Hamburg pawn shop’s listing.

According to police, the nailer was located at the store, but the table saw was sold.

Following an investigation, it appears that a person renting the location where the garage is took the items to the pawn shop.

On Wednesday, March 13, the 23-year-old white male suspect was contacted by Hamburg Police Officer John Bluman. The suspect told police a “friend” of his had come to his residence with tools for him sell, but he could not remember what the person’s last name was, nor did he have a phone number for him.

The suspect was told to report to the station with a name or number by noon, March 14 or he would be charged with fifth-degree criminal possession of stolen property.

The suspect did not appear and on March 15 police were informed the suspect had moved. A warrant was issued for his arrest.

Bald for Bucks scam

On Tuesday, March 12, Town of Evans Police were contacted about a scam involving the Bald for Bucks fundraiser.

According to police, a female went to a local residence to collect money for Bald for Bucks. After the victim gave some money to the suspect, she realized the event had already occurred on March 8.

Police were able to find a vehicle matching the suspect’s vehicle and arrests are pending, police said.

Angola man charged with public exposure

At 4:40 a.m. on Sunday, March 17, while doing routine business checks at the Walmart Plaza on Southwestern Boulevard, Town of Hamburg Police Officers Mindy Jendrowski and David Jasinski observed a suspicious person on the side of the one of the business buildings.

According to police, when they got closer to the suspect, they observed he was urinating on the side of the building.

Christopher B. Carpentieri, 25, of Angola, was charged with exposure of person.

Town of Hamburg report

During the month of February the Town of Hamburg Police Dispatchers took care of 2,410 complaints.

This included 115 accident calls, 176 ambulance calls, 121 alarms, four assaults, nine criminal mischief, 49 domestic incidents, four drug, six loud music, 25 fire, 20 harassment and 67 larcenies.

There were 49 animal complaints, eight neighbor disputes, two sex crimes/offenses were reported, seven trespasses, two missing persons, 91 welfare checks, 14 premises checked and 17 lockouts.

Thirty-four prisoners were held in the Town of Hamburg lockup.

There were 68 accidents reported to the state and 215 police reports were filed.

Police officers issued 711 traffic violations, which included 257 for speeding, 20 were driving while intoxicated related, 38 were license/permit violations, 15 were vehicle registration violation, 75 no inspections, 32 red lights, 158 required motor vehicle equipment, five stop sign, eight were seatbelt violations, 105 snow ordinance and six cell phone use.

Village of N.C. report

During the month of February, Village of North Collins Police were on duty for 168 hours and responded to 45 calls.

This included one person with a gun, two suspicious persons, three domestic incidents, one disturbance, two motor vehicle accidents, one welfare check, on EMS assist to the North Collins Emergency Squad, two assists to other police agencies, one funeral detail and two court details.

Officers issued 29 traffic violations which included 19 tickets for speeding, five for cell phone use, one for a red light violation, one for expired registration, one for failure to drive in lane and one for fractured windshield.

The Winter Parking Ban was enforced, with a total of two parking tickets being issued.

Regular property checks were conducted of schools, businesses, public and vacant properties.


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