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Police report from the Sept. 19 edition of The Sun

Man arrested for a BAC more than three times the legal limit
Erie County Sheriff Timothy Howard reported the arrest of a Lackawanna resident for aggravated driving while intoxicated.

Sheriff’s Deputy Bradford Ballantyne, assisted by Deputy Timothy Colling, conducted a traffic stop at 1:21 a.m. on Sept. 2, after observing a vehicle, operated by 32-year-old Jason Roncone, fail to drive on the right side of the road.

Ballantyne said that Roncone was intoxicated and took the subject into custody. Roncone was transported to the Erie County Sheriff’s Springville Substation. His blood alcohol content was registered at .24 percent, three times the legal limit.

Due to the high blood alcohol content, Roncone was charged with aggravated DWI and other vehicle and traffic charges.

He was taken to the Erie County Holding Center on $250 bail and will be arraigned in the town of Boston Court, at a future date.

Resident arrested for injuring the family dog
Town of Hamburg Police officers Jonathan Monaco and Matthew Sherry responded to a complaint of an injured dog on Bain Parkway in Hamburg at 9 p.m. on Sept. 6.

Complainant David Smith Sr. told police that he had left the residence for approximately 30 minutes. During that time period, the individual’s grandson, David Smith Jr., 22, of Hamburg, was the only person inside the residence.

When the senior Smith returned, he said that his dog had apparently been beaten. The animal possessed marks all over its body, had a swollen eye and was bleeding from multiple parts of its body.

According to police, a piece of wood with fresh blood on it was found near the cellar stairs. Police said that the injuries to the dog were consistent with its being beaten with the piece of wood. A trail of blood was found, leading from the cellar to the kitchen.

The younger Smith, who was located in the home’s attic, denied responsibility for the dog’s injuries. He admitted to being the only person in the residence while his grandfather was away.

The senior Smith said that his grandson has “anger issues and hated the dog.” The individual took the dog to the Orchard Park Veterinary Hospital.

David Smith Jr. was arrested for aggravated cruelty to animals and was held, in lieu of $200 bail. He was arraigned on Sept. 9 and bail was set at $2,500. Smith was taken to the Erie County Holding Center, to await a felony hearing.

Trooper arrests Buffalo man for possession

A Boston trooper observed an Oldsmobile Alero with a tail light out entering Route 219 from Armor Duells Road at 8:20 p.m. on Sept. 5.

The trooper stopped the vehicle and interviewed the driver, Stanley Kubiak, 24, of Lakewood Avenue in Buffalo.

While speaking with Kubiak, the trooper said he noticed the smell of marijuana. Kubiak admitted to possessing marijuana and said that the substance was on the floor behind the passenger seat.

Police located a clear plastic bag containing marijuana and also observed a large plastic shopping bag with numerous prescription bottles and pills. Kubiak said they had belonged to his father, who died in 2011.

The pills were identified as, hydrocodone, marijuana plant pills (dronabinol), opana pills, Valium®, Ambien®, carisoprodol/soma and Prednisone.

Kubiak was placed under arrest for unlawful possession of marijuana, criminal possession of a controlled substance seventh and possession of a controlled substance not in the original container. He was issued traffic tickets and an appearance ticket to appear in the town of Orchard Park Court, at a later date.

Marijuana seized by Evans Police
Evans Police Patrolman Nathan Miller responded to Colgate Avenue at 9:14 p.m. on Aug. 31, in regard to a reckless operation complaint.

Miller said that the offender, Joseph DiFrancesco, 49, of Grand Island, appeared to be “highly intoxicated” and was becoming argumentative with police.

Police patted down the subject and located a bulge in DiFrancesco’s pocket. “It’s just a bag of weed,” the subject told Miller.

A bag of marijuana and a multicolored pipe were found inside the individual’s pocket.

DiFrancesco was arrested; scattered marijuana was located in the subject’s vehicle and DiFrancesco claimed possession of the cannabis.

The offender was arrested for unlawful possession of marijuana, booked and released to his mother, on an appearance ticket.

Grand Island driver arrested for DWI
Mary Zuppelli, 49, of Grand Island, was arrested in Evans for driving while ability impaired by alcohol and aggravated, unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle third.

The incident occurred at 9:01 p.m. on Aug. 31.

Evans Patrolman Thomas Castle reported to a complaint of a vehicle’s driving down the street at a high rate of speed; the car had almost hit a dumpster.

Zuppelli told police that she had been driving and drinking. She failed field sobriety tests and refused a roadside breath screening.

She also refused to submit to a chemical breath test at the Evans Police Station.

She was booked and released on uniform traffic tickets, with a return date of Sept. 23.

Hamburg teen arrested for possession
Vlado Mihallofski, 18, of the town of Hamburg, was arrested at 3:20 p.m. on Sept. 13 for unlawful possession of marijuana.

When town of Hamburg Police arrived on the scene, the subject fled.

Officer Vincent Pupo followed Mihallofski over the backyard fence, sustaining an injury to his calf.

Officer Mindy Jendrowski followed the subject by car and located the individual in the lot of Dunn Tire. Mihallofski was subsequently placed under arrest.

The subject told police that he had marijuana in his pocket. He was processed and held, pending arraignment.
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