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Police blotter from the Aug. 15 edition of The Sun

Traffic stop results in DWI
Deputy Douglas Grube conducted a traffic stop on Olean Road in the town of Holland, after observing a vehicle, operated by 37-year-old William Fanton, unable to stay in its lane.

Upon further investigation, Fanton was found to be intoxicated and was taken into custody. The subject was taken to the Erie County Sheriff’s Springville substation and administered a chemical breath test. His test showed blood alcohol content to be .14 percent.

Fanton was charged with driving while intoxicated and several other vehicle and traffic charges.

No leads on Toys “R” Us murder
Despite a $26,000 reward’s being offered, the Hamburg Police Department has received no tips in the investigation of the murder of a Toys “R” Us employee.

Police investigators said that a suspect entered the Hamburg Toys “R” Us store at 5 a.m. on June 29 and disabled the security system, before attacking store Manager Laurence Wells with a sharp object.

A hat, which police said they believed had been left at the scene by the subject, contained DNA, but the data did not match anyone in the current DNA database.

Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to call the Crime Stoppers Tip Line at 867-6161 or the town of Hamburg Police at 648-5111 ext. 2502 or visit

Fatal motorcycle accident
The town of Hamburg Police Department is investigating a fatal motorcycle accident that occurred shortly after 2 a.m. on Aug. 11.

The incident took place at the intersection of Big Tree Road and South Park Avenue.

Patrol units responded to the scene and located an ejected motorist in the roundabout.

The individual, a 42-year-old Hamburg male, was transported to Mercy Hospital, where he later died from his injuries.

The town of Hamburg Accident Investigation Unit is continuing to investigate the circumstances surrounding this incident.

The operator’s name is being withheld, pending family notification.

North Collins Village Police Department July report
North Collins police officers were on duty for 237 hours, during July. Patrol shifts included 5 – 11 p.m. or 6 a.m. – 12 a.m. duties. Saturday patrols included noon – 8 p.m. and Sunday patrols included 8 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Driving while intoxicated patrols were added from 8 p.m. – 4 a.m. or 9 p.m. – 5 a.m. on weekends and other select dates.

Police responded to a total of 86 varied requests, including some traffic stops.

During July, North Collins police responded to one mental health arrest, one harassment complaint, one motor vehicle accident, one loud music complaint, one suspicious vehicle, one open burning complaint, one domestic incident, one disturbance, three funeral details, four court details, one assist citizen, one emergency medical services assist to the North Collins Emergency Squad, four assists to other police agencies (one of which was a man with a gun, shooting at a residence) and one tractor pull detail.

Regular property checks of schools, businesses, public and vacant properties were also conducted, as well as regular curfew checks.

Also during the month, the department issued 64 traffic tickets, including 39 for speeding (17 in the village), with speeds’ ranging from 46 mph in a 35 mph zone to 54 mph in a 35 mph zone. The average for speeding tickets in the village of North Collins was 49.3 mph in a 35 mph zone.

In addition, 22 speeding tickets were issued in the town of North Collins and in Langford. These tickets, given in various locations, averaged 12.7 mph over the posted speed limit.

Six tickets were issued for cell phone use, two were issued for texting, one was issued for an open alcohol container, eight were issued for stop sign violations, two were issued for seatbelt violations, two were issued for expired inspections, one was issued for unsafe tires, one was issued for failure to produce a license, one was issued for loud exhaust and one was issued for a fractured windshield.

Customs and border protection supervisor pleads guilty to charges
United States Attorney William Hochul Jr. announced that Steven Metz, 41, of Hamburg pleaded guilty before U.S. District Court Judge William Skretny to possession of child pornography.

The defendant is a former supervisor with U.S. Customs and Border Protection. The charge carries a maximum possible sentence of 10 years imprisonment, a fine of $250,000 and a term of supervised release of at least five years to life.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Marie Grisanti said that, around Oct. 25, Steven Metz was found to possess images and videos of child pornography on his computer, at his Hamburg residence. The individual possessed more than 600 images of child pornography.

According to Grisanti, some of Metz’s files contained “sadistic or masochistic conduct” or other depictions of violence and some of the children shown in the images and videos were prepubescent and younger than 12 years old. The defendant emailed child pornography to others, through the Internet.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat of child sexual exploitation and abuse. This program was launched in May 2006 by the United States Department of Justice.

Led by United States Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims.

For more information about Project Safe Childhood, visit

Metz’s plea was the culmination of an investigation on the part of special agents of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge James Spero, special agents of the department of homeland security, office of inspector general, under the direction of Special Agent in charge Gregory Null and officers of the Hamburg Police Department under the direction of Chief Michael Williams.

Sentencing is scheduled for 9 a.m. on Nov. 12, before Skretny.

Man arrested for DWI
The Evans Police Department was alerted to a red Mustang’s operating recklessly on Lake Shore Road at 12:57 a.m. on July 26.

Police observed the vehicle’s crossing over the double yellow line and weaving back and forth, from the passing lane into the driving lane. Patrol activated its emergency lights and the driver moved onto the shoulder of the road, without using a turn signal.

The driver and sole occupant of the car, David Dennis, 32, of Blasdell, admitted to having come from Mickey Rats Bar and having shots, while at the business. He was asked to perform the alphabet, while still seated in his vehicle.

The offender failed the test, after missing several letters and concluding the alphabet with “T, U, V.” He was asked to perform the finger count, missed the tips of his fingers and incorrectly counted. He also could not perform the one-legged stand.

Dennis tested positive for alcohol on a roadside screening device, was taken into custody and transported to the Evans Police Department. His vehicle, which had an expired inspection sticker that had been tampered with, was impounded.

He was charged with driving while intoxicated, failure to use designated lane and other charges and then released on uniform traffic tickets.

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