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Police Log May 24, 2012

Annual Tractor Day at North Collins May 24

Village of North Collins Police are warning all motorists to be aware that the annual North Collins Jr./Sr. High School Tractor Day will be held on Thursday, May 24.

The tractorcade will begin at 6 a.m. at the Langford-New Oregon Fire Department on Langford Road, Langford. It will proceed west on Route 249 (Langford Road) to Main Street (Route 62) in North Collins.

All participants will then have breakfast at 3 Star Restaurant, 10770 Main St. After breakfast, the tractorcade will proceed north on Main Street to arrive at school for classes at 7:45 a.m.

The students drive their tractors to school for monetary pledges to be used for an agricultural scholarship.

Toodler saved by trooper

On Tuesday, May 22, at about 8:50 p.m., New York State Trooper Christopher Sullivan, from the SP Boston barracks responded to a 911 call for a 23-month-old child found unresponsive in the family’s inground pool on Omphalius Road, in the Town of Boston.

According to police, Sullivan arrived on scene and found the child to be unconscious and not breathing. He immediately began CPR and was able to partially revive the child.

Moments later Boston EMS arrived on scene and transported the child to Women and Children’s Hospital in Buffalo, where she is currently listed in critical but stable condition. At this time, the child is expected to make a full recovery.

Investigation into this matter revealed the incident to be accidental.

Dirt bikes taken

Town of Evans Police are looking for any information into the theft of two red Yamaha dirt bikes that were taken from a shed located in the backyard of a Lake Shore Road residence.

According to police, sometime between midnight and 7 a.m. on Sunday, May 20, someone pried open and damaged the door of the shed and then removed the two dirt bikes. The bikes are valued at $800.

Anyone with any information is asked to call the anonymous tip line at 217-3585.

Use of Facebook helps net arrest in Hamburg

At 3:12 p.m. on Tuesday, May 1, Town of Hamburg Police received a call that someone had removed a purse from a shopping cart at Walmart on Southwestern Boulevard.

The purse was later found in the store, with $200 missing.

A surveillance video from the store showing a suspect taking the purse from the cart was posted to Facebook.

On Tuesday, May 15, police received information from a Facebook user the person in the video was Karen M. Spratz, 35, of Evans.

According to police, when confronted by police, Spratz did admit the person in the surveillance photos was in fact her.

Spratz was charged with petit larceny.

Sheriff’s Office report

The Erie County Sheriff’s Office responded to 168 calls between May 14 and May 21.

• On Monday, May 14, in the Town of Brant, Deputies Chris Soluri and Neil Held charged David Pierce, 50, of Gowanda, with menacing after they received a complaint that he was firing a handgun and threatening to shoot the complainant.

At the same location, they also charged Scott White of Brant, with resisting arrest and obstructing governmental administration for allegedly interfering with the arrest of Pierce.

• On Tuesday, May 15. Deputy Neil Held charged Samuel D. Serafin, 22, of Hamburg with possession of marijuana.

• On Saturday, May 19, Deputy Ken Achtyl stopped a vehicle on Old Lake Shore Road in Brant and charged the driver, Denise R. Isaac, 29, of Irving with driving while intoxicated, second-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, open container of alcohol in her vehicle and various other traffic infractions.

According to police, Isaac refused to take the breath test.

• On Saturday, May 19, Deputy Tony Yavicoli responded to a report of a broken window at the Holy Spirit Church in North Collins.

Yavicoli searched the church and located Robert J. Pierce, 19, of Brant asleep.

According to police, Pierce had been arrested earlier that evening by the Erie County Sheriff’s Office for disorderly conduct and had been released to appear in court at a later date.

Pierce was taken into custody for burglary and criminal mischief. Pierce had allegedly attempted to take various items from the church, including bottles of wine and alcohol, which he allegedly consumed in the church before falling asleep and being found by Yavicoli.

He was transported to the Erie County Holding Center, pending arraignment.

DWI charge in Boston

On Saturday, May 19, shortly after 8 p.m., State Police based out of the SP Boston barracks were advised there was a vehicle being operated in an erratic manner on Boston State Road, Boston.

The vehicle was located and was observed crossing the center line and the fog line before it was stopped.

The vehicle operator, Karen M. Stevens, 54, of Hamburg, refused to take a breath test and was charged with DWI. She will return to the Town of Boston Court at a later date to answer the charges, as well as face a NYS DMV hearing for refusing to take the breath test.

North Collins Village Police receive grant

The North Collins Village Police Department announced they recently received a grant for DWI enforcement through the Erie County DWI Office.

The grant will allow for extra staffing for patrols, as well as equipment needed for DWI enforcement.

This grant takes effect immediately and supplemental patrols are being scheduled, police said.

DWI arrest in Evans

At 12:50 a.m. on Sunday, May 20, Town of Evans Police Officer Gregory Szarowicz observed a vehicle being operated in an erratic manner on Lake Street.

According to police, Szarowicz observed the vehicle travel over the yellow center line and then off onto the shoulder of the roadway, almost striking a mailbox.

The vehicle was pulled over and the driver, Christina M. Gajkowski, 28, of Evans, was asked to perform several field sobriety tests and failed all four.

According to police, she was offered a roadside alco-sensor test, which she refused. She later submitted to a data master breath test which registered a .23 percent blood alcohol content, almost three times the legal limit of .08 percent.

Gajkowski was charged with driving while intoxicated, aggravated DWI, refusal to take breath test, failure to keep right and moving from lane unsafely.

iPhone taken from store employee

On Wednesday, May 2, Town of Hamburg Police received a call that an iPhone was reported taken from a person who was working at the Tops Express on McKinley Parkway.

The store video showed a person picking up the iPhone, who was later identified through the use of a store card.

According to police, Jerome P. Deak, 48, Blasdell, admitted to taking the phone and turned it over to police. He was charged with petit larceny.

Driving under influence of drugs

At 2:44 a.m. on Thursday, May 17, Town of Evans Police Officer Matthew Stonitisch observed a vehicle on Erie Road being driven in an erratic manner.

After pulling the vehicle over, a computer check revealed that the driver, Frank T. Bonafede, 27, of Evans, had his driver’s license suspended.

According to police, he was taken into custody and during the inventory search of the vehicle, police found a glass pipe stem and two oxycodone pills inside the front head visor above the driver’s seat.

Bonafede was charged with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and moving from lane unsafely.

Arrest made following theft at Hamburg Casino

On Sunday, May 20, Town of Hamburg Police Officer Timothy Brooks responded to a call of a theft of money from a wallet at the Hamburg casino.

According to police, the casino security officer said that at 2:05 p.m., Patricia Thompson, 52, of West Seneca, claimed that she had found the wallet in the bathroom.

At 2:10 p.m., a woman came to the casino security to report that she had left her wallet on the desk at the cashier’s cage at about 2 p.m. while she was cashing out and that her wallet was now missing.

When the security officer gave the victim back the wallet, it was found that $100 was missing.

A surveillance camera showed Thompson taking the wallet from the cashier’s cage during that time and walk into the bathroom with it, then walk out of the bathroom and turn it into the security desk.

Police Officer Robert Paas, along with Detective Todd Ehret interviewed Thompson at her residence, where she admitted to taking the money.

Thompson was charged with petit larceny.

Officers sustain minor injuries in scuffle

At 7:17 a.m on Wednesday, May 16, Town of Evans Police Officers were dispatched to a suspicious person call at a Creekside Drive home.

It was reported that a white male was yelling uncontrollably inside and outside the residence.

Upon arriving at the scene, officers found John J. Tavares, 49, of Evans, in his enclosed porch area yelling.

According to police, Tavares said he was yelling at his dog, who was locked inside the residence. He also allegedly told the officers he had been drinking on the previous evening and police observed there were abrasions on Tavares’ arms and legs.

Tavares then allegedly told police he was on anti-depressants and took them earlier. He also knew he had to be seen by a doctor and agreed to have patrol contact EMS for assistance, police said.

Once EMS arrived, Tavares allegedly became combative and began to refuse assistance. Officers attempted to calm him but he became more agitated, shoving and pushing the officers away.

When the officers tried to handcuff Tavares, he resisted and everyone went to the ground, police said.

According to police, they had to use a tazer weapon to control Tavares, who continued to struggle.

Officer William Sills received abrasions and pain to the hand, arm and leg and Officer Tracey O’Donnell received tenderness and bruising to the cheek area.

Tavares was charged with resisting arrest, second-degree harassment, disorderly conduct/ fighting and violent behavior and disorderly conduct unreasonable noise.

He was arraigned before Evans Town Justice Anthony Barone and was remanded to the Erie County Holding Center in lieu of $500 cash bail.

Woman accused of breaking into home

At 11:15 a.m. on Saturday, May 19, Town of Evans Police Officer Thomas Crupe responded to a call that a person had broken a window of a Thomas Lane home, entered the house and had stolen $300.

According to police, the victim suspected it was Angelique N. Simon, 30, of Cheektowaga, who had been staying at the residence.

Crupe was able to contact Simon on the telephone and was told the following story.

According to Simon, who had been temporarily residing at the Thomas Lane home, she had an argument with the victim at a local bar and then Simon left with a friend.

She allegedly received a text the next morning from the victim telling her to come and get her property and clothing from the house.

According to Simon, when she arrived at the house, she saw that the south side window was already broken and that she entered the home through that window.

Once inside, she claims that all she took was her backpack, which contained her clothing and then left the residence.

Simon denied stealing any money or breaking the window. She was charged with second-degree criminal trespass.

Underaged drinking

At 1:39 p.m. on Friday, May 18, Town of Evans Police Officer Frederick Garrasi III was dispatched for illegal parking at a Lake Shore Road location.

Garrasi issued the parking violations and then walked into Bennett Beach Park, which was closed at the time.

Inside the park, police observed Trevor M. McDaniel, 18, of Amherst and Jack R. Mings, 17, of Amherst in possession of wine and beer.

Mings and McDaniel were both charged with unlawful possession of alcohol under the age of 21.


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