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Police blotter for The Sun week of July 3

DWI arrest
On June 13, New York State police based out of the Lockport barracks arrested Joseph Maiorana, 39, of Hamburg, for operating a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol content .08 of 1 or more percent, driving while intoxicated and failure to yield right of way to an emergency vehicle.

Tanyi arrested
On June 13, the town of Evans police department picked up Dennis Tanyi, 47, of Angola, on two arrest warrants out of the town of Hamburg.

Tanyi was turned over to Hamburg Police Officer Monaco.

Rear-end yields DWI
On June 18, Erie County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a property damage accident at Route 438 at Taylor Hollow Road in Collins. Deputy Ryan Rogers located a two-car accident, in which one car rear-ended the other.

During the investigation, Rogers determined that Joseph Herman, 34, of Gowanda, had rear-ended a vehicle operated by Nick Wenzel, of Gowanda.

Herman was arrested after failing field sobriety tests and consented to a breath test, which showed a .1 percent blood alcohol content reading.

He was released to a family member to appear in court, at a later date.

Fire ruled accidental
The town of Hamburg police department reported today that the investigation into the cause of the Olive Garden fire has been ruled accidental.

A grease fire in the kitchen apparently spread quickly throughout the structure, causing extensive damage. The investigation has been closed.

Lottery ticket larceny stopped
The town of Evans police arrested Robert O’Connor, 49, of Silver Creek, for petit larceny on June 9.

Earlier that day, the police had received a complaint from the Deli Derby that an unknown male had reached behind the counter and stolen two lottery tickets. Officers were shown the patrol video surveillance of the incident and were able to identity the listed offender as a suspect. The two employees at the deli were shown photos and identified the listed offender as the person who stole the tickets.

O’Connor was arrested and taken to the Evans police department. He was booked and released on an appearance ticket, with a return date of June 30.

Menacing arrest made in Evans
On June 10, the town of Evans police department received a menacing complaint and responded to the Veterans of Foreign Wars post.

The offender, Tyler Jakubczak, 18, of Evans, said that the listed victim was driving erratically, made obscene gestures and tried to hit his vehicle while in the parking lot of Shop and Save.

The victim said that the offender drove up alongside his car and made rude gestures. The victim also stated that the offender pulled out a large knife while driving and waved it at him. Jakubczak’s car was searched, but no knife was found. Both drivers were advised and sent on their way.

After the cars exited the scene, a large knife was found in the parking lot between the VFW and the Shop and Save. The police contacted Jakubczak and he admitted to throwing the knife out the window before the police arrived.

The victim was contacted and filed charges against the offender. A criminal summons is issued for Jakubczak on June 12.

Lopez arrested for DWI
Erie County Sheriff’s dispatch received a call from a business on the Cattaraugus Indian Reservation that a female who appeared intoxicated left the store in a vehicle and headed East on Route 438, heading toward Gowanda. Deputy Jeff Hicks, of the Erie County Sheriff’s North Collins Sub-Station, located the vehicle and observed it cross over the center line and well into the oncoming lane then back over and onto the shoulder.

During the traffic stop, Jessica Lopez, 26, of Hamburg, exhibited signs of intoxication. She failed field sobriety tests and registered a .1 percent blood alcohol content breath test.

She was charged with several traffic infractions for failing to keep right and failing to maintain lane. In addition, a computer check revealed that her license had been suspended since 2013 for failing to answer a summons. This prompted an additional charge of aggravated unlicensed operation 3rd degree. She was released to third party on traffic summonses and will answer to the charges in the town of Brant court, at a later date. Hicks was assisted at the scene by Deputy Tom VanWie.

Soccer gets man arrested
On June 26 at about 3:30 p.m. New York state troopers based out of the Boston barracks arrested Jamie Musser after a complaint that he had entered a residence on Omphalius Road in the town of Boston.

The complainant stated that there was an order of protection against Musser and he was not to be in the residence. Musser was found in the residence watching the World Cup soccer game. He was placed under arrest for Criminal Contempt first, an E felony, and unlawful possession of marijuana. Musser was arraigned in the town of Boston court and remanded to the Erie County Holding Center, pending bail.

Man exposes himself at park
The town of Hamburg Police Department arrested Christopher Wailand, 32, of Hamburg, on June 29 for public lewdness.

Earlier, the police had responded to Woodlawn State Park for a male urinating on the beach. The complaint had come from a mother at the park with her 16 year-old twin daughters. Wailand exposed himself in front of them and spoke crudely. The mother demanded that he leave her children alone and leave immediately. He refused.

Wailand was extremely intoxicated and denied all knowledge of the accusation against him. He was placed under arrest and charged with exposure, public lewdness and acting in a manner injurious to a child younger than 17.

Fence collision results in DWI
The town of Evans police department arrested Lina LaMarine, 61, of Evans, on June 13 for driving while intoxicated.

The department received complaints of a red Toyota Corolla driving erratically westbound on Lake Shore Road. While patrol was on their way, a witness called and reported that the car was now eastbound on Lake Shore Road and had hit a fence. The fence and offender’s vehicle were reported damaged.

The police pulled in front of the vehicle and conducted a traffic stop. While communicating with the offender, police reported that LaMarine had a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from her person, slurred speech, glassy, bloodshot eyes and poor motor coordination, when trying to pass field sobriety tests.

When asked about the incident, LaMarine said she was unaware that she hit anything while driving. After failing two field sobriety tests, the offender was assisted out of her vehicle and arrested for driving while intoxicated.

At the station, LaMarine took a chemical breath test, resulting in a .28 percent blood alcohol content reading.

The vehicle was impounded and LaMarine was held until sober. She is scheduled to return to Evans Town court, at a later date.

Collins man booked for DWI
Erie County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested a Collins man for driving while intoxicated through the Seneca Nation Reservation.

Seneca Nation Marshals were patrolling on Route 438 near Bush Road when they observed a vehicle stop in the roadway and the driver and passenger each get out and attempt to switch positions in the vehicle. Upon further investigation, the marshals discovered that the original driver was intoxicated.

Erie County Sheriff’s Deputy Dan Harris and a Gowanda Police Department Officer responded to the scene. On arrival and upon further interview and field sobriety tests, it was discovered the original driver, Nathan Crassi, 19, of Collins, was intoxicated.

Crassi was arrested by Harris and charged with driving while intoxicated. He refused all further BAC testing. His vehicle was towed from the scene and he was later released to a third party on appearance tickets to the Town of Collins Court, at a later date.

ACE Hardware nabs shoplifter
On June 18 at about 7:10 p.m., the manager at ACE Hardware in Evans reported that he observed Richard Gerow, 50, of Silver Creek, place a blue framing claw hammer inside the front of his shorts and walk out of the store, past the point of sale, without paying for the merchandise.

When the manager confronted Gerow outside of the store, he dropped the hammer out of his shorts then fled on foot, entering a wooded area near the intersection of Route 5 and Delamater Road. Officers from the Erie County Sheriffs Office searched the area for a man fitting that description, and located a hat and knee pads belonging to the offender at the edge of the woodline. They eventually located Gerow inside Tops and took him into custody. He is scheduled to appear at Evans Town Court, at a later date.

Car stolen, found in Evans
On June 18 at 10:40 p.m., an Evans man reported that a 1999 GMC was stolen from his property the evening before, between the hours of 10:30 p.m. and 6 a.m. The vehicle was left unlocked, but the keys were not in it and he still has them in his possession.

On June 19 at about 6 p.m., the vehicle was located by the Seneca Marshalls off Burning Springs Road. Evans Mechanical retrieved the vehicle and released it to the Evans Police Department. DNA swabs were taken from inside and it was released back to its owner. It is not yet known who stole the car.

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