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Police Blotter April 18, 2013 for the towns and villages in Boston, Brant, Eden, Evans, Hamburg and North Collins

Village of Hamburg PD make child porn arrest

Following an investigation by the Village of Hamburg Police Department, Daniel Sojka, 22, of South Wales has been charged with nine counts of felony possession of a sexual performance of a child under the age of 16 and one count of promoting a sexual performance of a child under the age of 16.

According to Captain Michael Melisz, he and Detective Matthew Cullen began the investigation into the alleged child pornography case in September 2012.

A search warrant was issued for an Union Street address where a laptop computer was seized. The computer was sent to the Erie County forensic lab, where multiple videos and photographs depicting minors in explicit sexual situations were retrieved.

Sojka was charged on Wednesday, April 3 and was arraigned before Hamburg Village Justice Andrew Flemming before being transported to the Erie County Holding Center in lieu of $5,000 cash or $10,000 bond bail.

Info needed on North Collins hit-and-run

The Erie County Sheriff’s Office is asking the public for their help regarding a traffic accident that occurred on March, 4 at approximately 2:20 p.m. on Jennings Road, north of Shirley in the Town of North Collins, where a county highway worker was struck while directing traffic at a maintenance site.

The vehicle that struck the victim is described as a late model black Saturn Vue; it was occupied by a white unshaven male in his mid- 40s, wearing glasses. This vehicle was being followed by a black late model Escalade pickup. Both vehicles appeared to be traveling in concert.

The pickup was being driven by a white female operator with blonde hair in her mid-40s with a front seat white male passenger, also in his mid-40s. An oval sticker was displayed on the passenger side of the rear window with a triple diamond symbol.

If anyone has any information, call Deputy Joseph H. Raczynski of The Erie County Sheriff’s Office, Crash Investigation Unit at 858-2701 or

DWI arrest in Hamburg

At 7:45 p.m. on Sunday, April 14, Town of Hamburg Police Officers Christopher Butera and Jonathan Monaco responded to a report of a possible intoxicated female at a McKinley Parkway location.

Upon arriving at the scene, the vehicle was located in the parking lot, with Susan Lalka, 44, of Hamburg, sitting behind the wheel of the running vehicle, drinking a can of beer.

After failing some of the field sobriety tests Lalka was brought to the police station, where she refused to take the Breathalyzer test.

A computer check revealed that her driver’s license had been revoked in September and again in October 2012 for alcohol related offenses.

Lalka was charged with felony first-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, driving while intoxicated and drinking alcohol in a motor vehicle on a highway.

Evans men charged following theft of RR items

At 1:24 p.m. on Friday, April 12, a Department of Environmental Conservation officer found two people on the CSX Railroad right-of-way, who were in possession of approximately $500 worth of railroad property.

Ryan T. Budziszewski, 22, of Evans and Mathew D. Harroun, 21, of Evans were each charged with third-degree criminal trespass- railroad and petit larceny.

E.C. Sheriff’s report

During the week of Friday, April 5 through Monday, April 15, the Erie County Sheriff’s Office Deputies from the North Collins substation responded to 237 calls.

• On Friday, April 5, Deputies Ryan Rogers and Neil Held responded to a two-car accident on Erie Road in front of the Seneca Gaming Complex.

A passenger in one of the vehicles was transported to Lake Shore Hospital and one of the drivers, a 30-year-old from Amherst was charged for failure to yield at a yield sign.

• On Saturday, April 6, Deputy Ryan Rogers responded to the Seneca Gaming Complex on Erie Road in the Town of Brant, in regards to a larceny of a wallet.

Following an investigation, Ruth Santiago, 48, of Dunkirk was charged with petit larceny.

• On Sunday, April 7, Deputies Neil Held and Ryan Rogers responded to a report of a stolen vehicle on Milestrip Road in the Town of Brant.

At about the same time, New York State Police were investigating an accident involving the alleged stolen vehicle.

Further investigation resulted in the vehicle owner, Alan Snow, 28, of Gowanda, with filing a false written statement, obstructing governmental administration and falsely reporting an offense to law enforcement.

According to police, they believe Snow was attempting to cover up an alcohol related accident.

• On Monday, April 8, Deputies Neil Held and Ryan Rogers responded to a report of a disturbance on Brant Reservation Road at Milestrip Road in Brant.

According to police, a passenger in the vehicle, Robert Loving, 32, of Irving was fighting with another person in the vehicle.

After an investigation, it was determined by police that Loving was intoxicated and he was charged with felony criminal mischief, after allegedly breaking the vehicle’s windshield; third-degree assault, resisting arrest, obstructing governmental administration and disorderly conduct.

• On Saturday, April 13, Deputy David Barbaritz responded to a call from the Mercy Ambulatory Care Center they were treating a 17-year-old that had been involved in an accident where a vehicle had struck a farm silo on New Oregon Road in North Collins.

Information was gathered and the owner of the silo was notified of the accident.

• On Monday, April 15, Deputy Gary Mosier stopped a vehicle operated by Thomas Kiley, 37, of Hanover for speeding on Route 438 in the Town of Brant.

A Department of Motor Vehicles check revealed Kiley’s driver’s license had been revoked for a previous alcohol related offense.

Kiley was charged with second and third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation.

DWI arrest in Boston

At about 6:30 p.m. on Friday, April 12, New York State Troopers Christopher Sullivan and James Lacki stopped a vehicle with an expired inspection sticker traveling on Boston State Road in the Town of Boston.

After failing several field sobriety tests the vehicle operator, Keith S. Mandeville, Jr., 36, of Boston was charged with driving while intoxicated and other traffic violations.

Tires slashed in village

Village of Hamburg Police report that sometime in the evening of Friday, April 12 and the early morning hours of Saturday, April 13, nine separate vehicles had tires slashed.

The locations of the incidents were on North Street, Randall Terrace, and Mark, Parkside, E. Prospect and Hawkins avenues.

If anyone has any information about these incidents call the Village of Hamburg Police at 649-4501.

Heroin and needles

At 10:35 p.m. on Thursday, April 11, Town of Hamburg Police Officer Chandra Walsh observed a vehicle being operated in an erratic manner on Lake Shore Road in the area of Old Camp Road.

According to police, after pulling the vehicle the operator, Naomi M. Paolucci, 26, of Depew, told Walsh there was marijuana in the vehicle.

Officer Nicholas Borowski and K-9 Endy conducted a search and Endy found a small bag of suspected marijuana, an aluminum container with suspected heroin residue, three small cotton balls saturated with suspected heroin and 20 hypodermic needles. Another small bag of suspected marijuana was found in Paolucci’s back pocket.

The drugs were tested and confirmed to be marijuana and heroin, police said.

Paolucci was charged with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, unlawful possession of marijuana and possession of a hypodermic instrument.

Don’t pay for prizes

Town of Evans Police are again warning residents not to send money for prizes and awards.

“Don’t send anyone any money for processing fees, shipping fees, or anything else in connection with supposedly winning a prize,” Evans Police Chief Ernest Masullo said. “If you are paying anything, it is a scam.”

Masullo also went on to say that if one wins a contest that one has not entered, it is most likely a scam.

Man charged in theft at 7-Eleven in village

On March 27 Village of Hamburg Police charged Raymond Malachowski, 24, of the Village of Hamburg, with felony fourth-degree grand larceny in connection of the theft of over $3,000 of cash and merchandise from the 7-Eleven on Buffalo Street.

According to police, Malachowski took the money from the store over a period of time while he was working at the store. Then in October he took an unknown amount of money from the store and then walked out of the store, leaving the building open and unattended.

According to Captain Michael Melisz, police were notified by a person making a delivery to the store that the building was open and unattended.

Police believe that Malachowski left the Western New York area at that time and a warrant was issued for his arrest.

According to Melisz, who along with Detective Matthew Cullen conducted the investigation into this incident, two other people have been charged in connection with ongoing thefts at 7-Eleven related to this.

Malachowski was taken into custody by another police agency for the warrant and was turned over to the Village of Hamburg Police.

Village Justice Andrew Fleming set bail at $10,000 cash, $25,000 bond and Malachowski was sent to the Erie County Holding Center.

Blasdell man charged for marijuana possession

At 9:33 on Thursday, April 11, Town of Hamburg Police Officer Joshua Eagan stopped a vehicle on Milestrip Road for illegal tint on the front window.

While speaking to the driver, Donald P. Haley, Jr., 20, of Blasdell, he noticed a strong odor of marijuana. Haley gave Eagan a small container with a small amount of marijuana residue in it and said there was no more in the vehicle, police said.

Officer Nicholas Borowski and K-9 Endy responded to the scene and found three bags of suspected marijuana, weighing 1.5 ounces in a backpack.

Haley was charged with fifth-degree criminal possession of marijuana, weight more than 25 grams.

Town of Evans report

During the month of February Frederick Garassi III was appointed as a full-time police officer, Thomas Castle and Graig Leone were appointed as part-time police officers and Michael Conti and Eric Hamilton were appointed as part-time dispatchers.

During the month of February the Town of Evans Police Dispatchers took care of 2,086 complaints.

This included 54 accident calls, 116 ambulance calls, three criminal mischief, four domestic incidents, two drug, four loud music, 28 fire and 11 false alarms, 11 harassment and 16 larcenies.

There were 97 animal complaints, four neighbor disputes, nine trespasses, one missing person, 162 premise checks, 267 community policing, 21 assists to motorists and 14 welfare checks.

Ten prisoners were held in the Town of Evans lockup.

There were 91 police reports filed and 19 accidents were reported to the state.

Police officers issued 170 traffic violations, which included 44 for speeding, three were driving while intoxicated related, 27 were license/permit violations, 11 red lights, 16 required motor vehicle equipment, seven vehicle registration violations, five stop signs, 54 other violations and three was a seatbelt violation. There were 26 parking tickets issued.

From the Detective Bureau, there were 39 people charged, mostly for violations of the state’s penal law, alcohol beverage control law and vehicle and traffic laws. One person was charged with DWI.

The Dog Control Officer issued four appearance tickets.

Town of Hamburg monthly report

During the month the Town of Hamburg Police Dispatchers took care of 2,865 complaints.

This included 121 accident calls, 213 ambulance calls, 96 alarms, eight assaults, 22 criminal mischief, 54 domestic incidents, 11 drug, five loud music, 13 fire, 31 harassment and 87 larcenies.

There were 78 animal complaints, eight neighbor disputes, three sex crimes/offenses were reported, nine trespasses, five missing persons, 92 welfare checks, seven community policing and 14 lockouts.

Thirty-seven prisoners were held in the Town of Hamburg lockup.

There were 88 accidents reported to the state and 301 police reports were filed.

Police officers issued 959 traffic violations, which included 359 for speeding, 17 were driving while intoxicated related, 50 were license/permit violations, 22 were vehicle registration violation, 71 no inspection, 34 cell phone use, 45 red lights, 202 required motor vehicle equipment, 20 stop sign, 23 were seatbelt violations and 92 snow ordinance violations.

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