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Police Blotter for Nov. 29, 2012 for the towns of Evans, Hamburg, Eden and Brant

Fatal crash on Reservation leads to DWI, vehicular manslaughter charges

Erie County Sheriff Timothy B. Howard reported that the Accident Investigation Unit is investigating a two vehicle fatal crash on the Cattaraugus Indian Reservation.

Danielle Kellogg, 24, from the Town of Brant, was traveling westbound in a 2003 Ford Explorer, on Southwestern Boulevard on the Cattaraugus Indian Reservation, where she crossed over the center line and struck a 1997 Pontiac Grand Am, driven by 31-year-old Denise Hine, of Hamburg. In the vehicle with Hine was a 7-month-old female passenger. The crash caused the Grand Am to split in half.

The 7-month-old was taken by Cattaraugus Indian Reservation Fire Company ambulance to Lakeshore Health Care Center, where she was pronounced dead. Hine was transported to Erie County Medical Center by Mercy Flight, where she is listed in serious condition. Kellogg was taken to Erie County Medical Center, where she was treated and released.

Kellogg is charged with driving while intoxicated and vehicular manslaughter in the second degree. The crash remains under investigation; additional charges are pending.

The E.C.Sheriff’s were assisted at the scene by the Seneca Nation of Indians Marshalls, Brant Police Department and New York State Police.

State Police now on Facebook and Twitter

The New York State Police are making the leap into social media to better serve the people of New York State.

New Yorkers can now “like” the State Police on Facebook and “follow” NYSP on Twitter.

“We are moving the State Police into the 21st century,” Superintendent Joseph D’Amico said. “Facebook and Twitter give us a chance to directly communicate and interact with the people we serve across New York State. Not only will we be able to get important public safety information out quickly, but New Yorkers will also get to know more about the work our Troopers do in their communities.”

On our official pages, the public can learn more about the State Police, its specialty units and members. The State Police will also be posting important public safety information in regards to arrests, closures, traffic safety tips and even information on how the public can help in investigations.

With the many State Police interest groups on social media, make sure your readers and viewers look for “The official page of the New York State Police” while online.

Find the official page on Facebook www.facebook.com/nyspolice or Twitter @nyspolice.

For more information about the New York State Police, visit www.troopers.ny.gov.

Pair charged from burglary in July

A pair of Town of Evans women are facing grand larceny charges in connection to a burglary that happened on Mohawk Road in July.

On that day, the victim, who had been gone for several hours, went to the rear deck to prepare dinner when she observed the screen damaged, which is located on the deck near the grill. The rubber tubing holding the screen in place was removed and the screen pulled from the frame. Some light prints were observed on the aluminum window frame.

Town of Evans Detective Douglas Czora responded to the scene and said the subjects went to the upstairs bedroom and removed a Toshiba Tablet from each of the two bedside tables. Nothing else appeared to be disturbed.

On July 11, after the police report was complete, the victim called police and said one of the tablets was used through an IP address that is used by Time Warner Cable. The company was faxed a subpeona and they responded by saying the address was from an electronics store in Hamburg.

Officers spoke to an employee, who located a receipt which showed the first offender, Megan A. Moss, 20, sold a Tablet and an iPod. Video and audio of the transaction was also obtained by police.

The video/audio showed both Moss and Katherine D. Donohue, 22, selling the Tablet and iPod as well as attempting to sell a couple of other items.

On Nov. 11, the reporting officer made contact with Moss at her residence, whom police said admitted to being involved in the burglary and selling and attempted sale of property. Police contacted Donohue, and officers said she admitted to being involved as well.

Both were charged with Fourth Degree Grand Larceny and Second Degree Burglary.

On Saturday, Nov. 25, the victim came to the Evans Police Department and signed a deposition.

Snowmobile catches fire

At about 11:23 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 25, Town of Evans Patrolman Joseph LaRosa was dispatched to a call of a snowmobile on fire on Schuyler Drive.

The fire was extinguished by the Highland Hose Fire Company.

The owner of the snowmobile said while he was operating it, the brakes overheated, causing the engine compartment to catch on fire. The owner was treated and released at the scene for smoke inhalation. There were no charges in the case.

Hamburg man charged in hit-and-run auto accident

A 22-year-old Hamburg man is facing a few charges, including leaving the scene of a property damage accident after a victim said that around midnight on Friday, Nov. 16, he was driving westbound on Route 20 near McKinley Parkway when the passenger side of his vehicle was side swiped by a vehicle traveling west on Route 20.

The victim said the driver made no attempt to stop or exchange information. He reported the incident to Town of Hamburg Officer Chandra Walsh and Lieutenant Peter Dienes and told them the driver continued as if there was no injury or damage to the vehicle. Damage to the front passenger door and passenger side front door quarter panel was discovered by the victim. Officers called the owner of the other car, Robert Piasecki and left messages on his cell and home telephones.

Police later located Piasecki at his residence, and he did admit to officers he side swiped the victim’s car. Police said the vehicle was parked in the driveway with fresh damage on the driver’s side door.

Piasecki was additionally charged with third degree aggravated unlicensed operation and moving from lane unsafely.

Shoplifting leads to arrest of a Buffalo woman

An employee of a store on Lake Avenue told police that at about 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 21, an unknown black female entered the store through the entrance door and removed a television and a netbook valued at about $560. After removing the items, she left then through the entrance door.

The employee said he was alerted to the larceny when the alarm went off due to a security tag on one of the items. The employee went to the parking lot in an attempt to stop the theft but the vehicle pulled away. He told police the vehicle was driven by a white male and there was another black female in the car.

The employee described the woman who left with the merchandise as being about 6-feet tall, 250 pounds with spiked hair, wearing a blue sweatshirt and black pants. The suspects were also seen at another nearby store a short time earlier.

A few hours later, Town of Hamburg Patrolmen Robert Paas and John Baker located a vehicle that matched the description on Route 179 and stopped the vehicle in a plaza parking lot.

Patrolmen Jason Nappo and Thomas Boyer, still searching the area for the suspects, arrived at the scene a short time later.

Patrol removed all parties in the vehicle and interviewed them separately. Police said they all had conflicting stories.

Officers said it was determined that Carol Alvarez, 22, of Buffalo drove the vehicle after the larceny and drove a woman to a store on Broadway and Smith, and dropped a suspect who was not in the vehicle off with the television.

Officers said there was no stolen merchandise in the vehicle when it was stopped. Two of the women in the vehicle agreed to help Town of Hamburg Police or could face charges.

Alvarez was charged with petit larceny.

Pair face several charges following DWI stop

Just before 8:30 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 19, Town of Hamburg Police Patrolmen Jason Nappo and Nicholas Borowski were dispatched to a call of a red sports car eastbound on Route 5 near Lake Avenue. Police said they were stopped at the Lake Avenue traffic light and told a red sports car was swerving all over the roadway. Officers caught up to the vehicle on Route 5 near the Lackawanna line and said the vehicle continued to swerve in and out of the lane to the point where it was completely in the center turning lane and officer stopped the vehicle on Route 5.

When officers approached the vehicle the driver said he did not have any identification on him. Police said he gave them a false name and date of birth, appeared lethargic, moving slowly and having impaired coordination and slightly impaired speech. Police said he was also having trouble keeping his eyes open.

The driver said he and his girlfriend were coming from Evans Town Court for traffic charges. He denied any drug or alcohol use had occurred.

After removing the passenger from the vehicle, she told police the pair were hanging out at a friends house on the reservation.

The operator of the vehicle, Kevin Wachowski, 24, of Buffalo, was removed from the vehicle and took several field sobriety tests, failing some of them.

He was then placed under arrest for driving while ability impaired by drugs. He told police he lied to them about his identification and it was stuffed in the steering wheel, where they found out his real name.

He was also found to have a suspended driver’s license with four suspensions for failure to answer to summons’ on four dates. Wachowski was transported to the police station and after initially refusing to take a blood test, he advised police about 30 minutes later that he wished to take one. Borowski then observed alleged drug paraphernalia inside of the vehicle.

During a search of the vehicle, more alleged drug paraphernalia was discovered inside of the purse of the passenger, Melanie Mogavero, 21, of Angola. She was transported to the station and charged with seventh degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and criminal use of drug paraphernalia.

Wachowski was also charged with failure to use a designated lane, false impersonation, criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree, criminal use of drug paraphernalia in the second degree, failure to use designated lane and first degree aggravated unlicensed operation.

Larceny at Wegmans

A 28-year-old Lackawanna man is facing a petit larceny charge after an employee of Wegmans on McKinley Parkway observed Jason M. Batko select and conceal several items in his backpack and leave the store without paying for them.

Drug-related charges in the Town of Evans

Town of Evans Patrolmen Luke Fioretti and Tracey O’Donnell initiated a traffic stop on Erie Road at 3:15 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 18, as the driver of the vehicle, Patrick J. McDonald, 26, of North Tonawanda, was discovered to have a suspended driver’s license.

He was placed into custody and asked if he had any illegal substances in his possession. McDonald told police “I have pills in my pocket.”

Officers said he had a small plastic container containing five 10mg Percocet pills and three 5mg Oxycodone pills in his right pants pocket.

He was charged with seventh degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, third degree aggravated unlicensed operation and operating a motor vehicle on the highway while using a mobile phone.

McDonald was then transported to the police station and was released on $100 cash bail.

Marijuana charge in the Town of Brant

Erie County Sheriff’s Deputies John Szezpanski and Neil Held charged 26-year-old Teresa Kobel of Brant with unlawful possession of marijuana while investigating another complaint that Kobel was involved in on Thursday, Nov. 22.

House fire in a garage wall in Boston

The Erie County Sheriff’s Fire Investigation Unit was requested by the North Boston Fire Company Chief for a fire that was in a rear garage wall at a Boston State Road residence.

Fire Investigator Steve Meerboth responded. At this time, the cause of the fire has yet to be determined and the amount of damage to the structure is unknown. The fire occurred Thursday, Nov. 22.

Property damage, DWI charges in North Collins

Erie County Sheriff’s Deputies Brendan Connolly and David Barbaritz responded to a single care accident at New Oregon and Belcher roads in the Town of North Collins on Thursday, Nov. 22. One person told Sheriff’s that the vehicle may have struck a tree. Another resident reported that the vehicle had struck road signs on the other end of Belcher Road at Boston Road. Deputies located a vehicle that was operated by 41-year-old Genine Delisle of Cattaraugus.

Delisle refused medical treatment at the scene and was taken into custody for driving while intoxicated and driving while ability impaired by drugs. She was then taken to Lakeshore Hospital and submitted to a blood test. She was then released to a third party and will appear in Town of North Collins Court.

Buffalo man facing DWI, several other charges

At about 11:15 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 15, Town of Evans Patrolmen Joseph LaRosa and Scott DeJohn were attempting to locate an erratically operated vehicle. While officers were traveling east on Route 5, they observed the vehicle heading west.

The vehicle crossed to the left of the double-yellow pavement markings, then proceeded across both westbound lanes without signalling and drove to the right of the white fog line, nearly driving off the road. When police approached the vehicle, they detected an odor of an alcoholic beverage on his breath, glassy eyes, slurred speech and impaired motor coordination, as he had difficulty removing his driver’s license from his wallet and retrieving the registration from the glove box.

Jeffrey M. Ryan, 43, of Buffalo, told police that he had “a few beers at the Bills game,” and that he was on his way to his home in Buffalo. Patrol observed several open and empty cans of beer on the passenger side front floor and door pocket, and a bag containing a partially full bottle of vodka and several unopened cans of beer on the floor of the back seat. Ryan was administered several field sobriety tests and failed them all. He was then taken into custody.

Ryan was charged with driving while intoxicated, refusal to take a breath test, failure to keep right on a two-lane road, driving to the left of pavement markings, moving from lane unsafely, drinking alcohol in a motor vehicle on the highway and illegal signal from a parked position.
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