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Police Blotter for April 11, 2013 for the towns of Boston, Brant, Eden, Evans, Hamburg and North Collins

Man with eBay business charged with petit larceny

Town of Eden Police have charged Gerald Nemec, 55, of Eden, with petit larceny and issuing a bad check in relation to his Eden based business, Online Sales Center, an eBay auctioneer service.

Nemec would list a customer’s item on eBay and then pay the owner once the item is sold.

According to Eden Police Sgt. Shawn Bishop, the police department has received many complaints about Nemec and his business dealings, including customers not being paid when their items were sold on eBay.

On March 1, police issued the initial tickets and Nemec was scheduled for arraignment at Eden Town Court on Tuesday, April 9.

According to Bishop, many of the current complaints against Nemec and his business have been resolved.

If anyone has any outstanding or unresolved complaints with Online Sales Center, contact Bishop at 992-9211.

Arrest made within two hours of burglary in Evans

At 3:25 p.m. on Tuesday, April 2, Town of Evans Police received a report of a burglary in progress at a Hamilton Drive residence.

According to police, Officer Ralph Maslach responded to the call and spoke to a witness who gave a description of the suspect, as well as the suspect’s vehicle.

Maslach observed a window had been broken in the rear of the house. When the owner arrived, they both walked through the building noting what was missing, which included money and jewelry.

Detective Lt. Douglas Czora was notified and within two hours the suspect, Ryann E. Mascio, 20, of Evans was charged felony second-degree burglary, illegally entry dwelling; felony fourth-degree grand larceny, property worth over $1,000, fourth-degree criminal mischief and petit larceny.

According to Chief Ernest Masullo, this was an excellent example of the officers working together to quickly solve a case.

Czora and Lt. Michael Masullo, as well as officers Maslach, Patrick Atler, Thomas Crupe, Joseph LaRosa, and Dispatcher Amy Hamm were commended for their work, Masullo said.

Residents rescued by neighbor from home fire

At 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 3, a resident at Waterfalls Village Trailer Park on Howard Road observed heavy smoke coming from the roof of the mobile home across the street from him.

According to police, the neighbor ran to the mobile, and alerted the resident, who had her daughter and two granddaughters in the residence at the time, that there was a fire.

He got them out of the mobile home and across the street to his residence, where he called the Town of Hamburg Police.

Numerous fire departments arrived at the scene to extinguish the fire, police said, and no one was injured.

Eden man charged in theft of electric services

Town of Eden Police have charged Arthur Matonti, 60, of Eden, with petit larceny and theft of services following a complaint filed by National Grid.

In January, a National Grid employee observed unauthorized cables hooked into a cable at a utility pole and running towards a home under construction in Eden.

According to police, the cables were supplying power from the street to the new house and the owner, Matonti, was not paying for the service.

Matonti was scheduled to be arraigned at the Eden Town Court on Tuesday, April 9.

Tandem bike recovered

The 1960s blue Columbia Twosome tandem bicycle, which was reported stolen on March 23, has been recovered.

Village of Hamburg Police recovered the bicycle where it had been dumped. Police are continuing their investigation into the theft.

According to the owner, the bicycle was in perfect condition when police recovered it and they hope to be riding their bike through the village again in the near future.

DWI arrest in Farnham

At about 4 a.m. on Tuesday, April 3, Erie County Sheriff’s Deputies Neil Held and Ryan Rogers responded to a call of a person passed out behind the wheel of a vehicle on Commercial Street in the Village of Farnham.

After investigating the complaint, police charged Melissa M. Perenc, 37, of Irving with felony aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle (her license was revoked for a prior refusal to submit to a chemical test from a driving while intoxicated arrest in 2011) and DWI (drugs).

According to deputies, Perenc was suspected to be intoxicated by multiple types of prescription narcotics, but she refused to take a chemical test to determine the level.

This is the 86th DWI arrest for the Sheriff’s road patrols in 2013.

DWI arrest in Boston

At about 7:10 p.m. on Wednesday, April 3, New York State Police Trooper Christopher Sullivan received a report of a vehicle being operated in an erratic manner on Boston State Road in the Town of Boston.

According to police, Sullivan was able to locate the vehicle at a Boston residence, with the vehicle operator, Brandon McWhirter, 31, of Boston, standing outside the vehicle.

McWhirter failed a sobriety test and then allegedly refused to take any further tests.

He was charged with driving while intoxicated and was scheduled to appear in Boston Town Court and a future Department of Motor Vehicle refusal hearing.

Felony DWI in Evans

At 6:38 a.m. on Friday, April 5, Town of Evans Police Officer Patrick Atler responded to a call of a personal injury auto accident on Lake Shore Road.

Once on location, the officer was met by the driver, Bruce K. Pawlak, 54, of Evans, who was walking along Lake Shore Road, away from the accident.

At that time, Pawlak informed police that his back hurt and EMS was dispatched. Pawlak was returned to the scene of the accident and did test positive for alcohol on a roadside screening device, police said.

According to police, Pawlak was unable to perform any other field sobriety tests, due to his injury.

His vehicle was found in the parking lot of the creek access point, with heavy damage to the roof, front end and driver’s side.

According to police, following an investigation, it was found that the vehicle had been east bound on Lake Shore Road, when Pawlak lost control of the vehicle and it left the roadway.

It then allegedly became airborne, struck the embankment, rolled several times and came to rest on all four tires after striking a large rock.

Pawlak was transported to the Erie County Medical Center, where he refused to submit to a blood test to determine the alcohol content of his blood, police said.

Pawlak was charged with felony driving while intoxicated (previous DWI conviction in the past 10 years), DWI, operator leaving the scene of an accident and speed not reasonable or prudent.

Public lewdness at mall

A 19-year-old Buffalo man has been charged with public lewdness following two separate incidents in the McKinley Mall parking lot in three days.

According to Town of Hamburg Police, at 9:45 a.m. on Wednesday, April 3, the victim was waiting in her parked car in the lot of the rear entrance to Macy’s at the McKinley Mall.

While waiting for the mall to open a vehicle pulled into the parking spot next to her and came to an abrupt stop.

When the victim looked over, she observed Adam J. Novak, 19, of Buffalo, staring at her, while exposing himself to her. The victim drove away and contacted police, but Novak had left the area.

At 10:03 a.m. on Friday, April 5, another incident was reported of Novak exposing himself to another woman in the parking lot between Macy’s and Macy’s Home Store. At this time a license plate number was retrieved and Novak was located at the Erie Community College South Campus by Hamburg Police Officer Norbert Schnorr.

According to Detective Timothy Johnston, Novak admitted exposing himself to the women.

He was charged with public lewdness, exposing one’s private parts in a public place. He was scheduled to appear in Hamburg Town Court on April 12.

NYS Police K-9 noses out drugs in vehicle

At about 6:10 p.m. on Friday, April 6, New York State Trooper Paul Reilly observed a vehicle operated by Keith M. Kaczmarski, 31, of Boston, pass him on Boston State Road, in Boston.

Reilly knew that Kaczmarski’s driver’s license was suspended so he stopped the vehicle.

While speaking to Kaczmarski, Reilly detected of a strong smell of marijuana coming from the vehicle. Knowing that Trooper Sean Pierce and his K-9 Dobber where in the area, he requested them to search the vehicle.

Dobber did locate a small piece of cotton with suspected heroin and a small clear straw with suspected crack cocaine inside.

Further investigation revealed Kaczmarski was also wanted on an arrest warrant from the Village of Hamburg Police.

Kaczmarski was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance and aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle. He was then turned over to Village of Hamburg Police Officer William Travis.

LED television stolen

At 6 p.m. on Friday, April 5, Town of Evans Police Officer Gregory Szarowicz responded to a call of a burglary at a residence on Southwestern Boulevard in the Town of Evans.

According to police, someone threw a partial piece of cinder block through the window of the residence and then reached through to open a door.

Reported missing was a 55-inch LED Smart television, valued at $2,000.

The Evans Detective Bureau is continuing their investigation.

K-9 Endy catches his man

At 8:19 p.m. on Sunday, April 7, Town of Hamburg Police Officer Mindy Jendrowski responded to a call that a suspect had stolen over $757 worth of merchandise, mostly Playstation 3 accessory items, from Walmart and had fled into the woods east of the store.

Responding patrol officers set up a perimeter around the woods and Officer Nicholas Borowski and K-9 Endy began tracking the suspect.

Endy tracked the suspect into the wooded area, where he was found hiding behind a tree.

Joseph M. Pokigo, 29, of Evans was charged with petit larceny and the stolen items were returned to Walmart.

Two teens charged with marijuana possession

At about 9 p.m. on Friday, April 6, New York State Trooper Paul Reilly stopped a vehicle traveling on Boston State Road for several vehicle and traffic violations.

While speaking to the vehicle operator, Reilly noticed a strong odor of marijuana.

A search of the vehicle revealed that both 18-year-old Hamburg residents were in possession of marijuana.

They were both ticketed for unlawful possession of marijuana and were scheduled to appear in the Town of Boston Court.

Dumping call leads to arrest for AUO

Town of Evans Police Officer Gregory Szarowicz responded to a call of illegal dumping at a Baypoint Avenue residence.

Further investigation revealed the dumping of construction material was legal, since the material belonged to the property owner.

The truck operator, Michael T. Newton, 31, of Buffalo, was charged with second-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle (three or more suspensions), operation of a motor vehicle by unlicensed driver and operating a motor vehicle without stop lamps.

Puleo apprehended

Following a media blitz by New York State Police, Adam P. Puleo, 30, who was believed to be residing in the Town of Evans, was apprehended at a work site in Hamburg at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, April 9.

Puleo,was wanted for fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon, second-degree menacing, third-degree and fourth-degree criminal mischief and endangering the welfare of a child.

Eden monthly report

During the month of March the Town of Eden Police handled 449 complaints.

This included 10 accident calls (one injury and nine property damage), 11 total arrests and 13 criminal investigations.

Police officers issued 152 summons, which included 72 for speeding, seven were inspection/registration violations, six miscellaneous suspensions, four stop sign/red lights and three cell phone violations.

For community policing there were 40 first aid, seven alarms, 11 assists to other departments, 364 premises checked, three welfare checks, two funeral escorts, three school related and 10 lockouts.

The Eden Reserve Police Officers logged in 113 hours.

Village of N. Collins report

During the month of March, Village of North Collins Police were on duty for 139 hours and responded to 55 calls.

This included one 911 hang up call, one reckless operation complaint, one detail with the Drug Enforcement Agency, two alarms, one funeral detail, four court details, one assist citizen, one welfare check, four EMS assists to the North Collins Emergency Squad, five assists to other police agencies.

The Winter Parking Ban was enforced with a total of two parking tickets.

Officers issued 31 traffic violations which included 24 tickets for speeding, six for cell phone use and one for following too close.

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


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