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Police blotter from the Jan. 30 edition of The Sun



Aggravated DWI charge

Jeremy Sauer, 36, of Gowanda was stopped by North Collins police for a traffic violation on Jan. 18.

Police said that the subject exhibited signs of intoxication and failed several sobriety tests. Sauer was arrested for driving while intoxicated.

A chemical breath test showed that the subject had a 0.21 percent blood alcohol level, more than 2 1/2 times the legal limit. He was previously convicted of DWI in October 2009.

Police charged Sauer with aggravated DWI, due to the previous conviction.

The subject was ordered to appear in the town of North Collins Court, at a later date.

Man gives a false name

While Evans Lieutenant Bradley DiMartino was making a traffic stop on Jan. 12, he interviewed a passenger in the involved vehicle. Ernest Ruffin, 35, of Niagara Falls, told police that his name was George Stevens and that had no identification.

According to DiMartino, Ruffin yelled obscene language several times and was advised to refrain from such conduct. Police later correctly identified the subject.

Ruffin told police that he had given a false name because he was on parole for robbery in the third degree.

DiMartino will be contacting the subject’s parole officer. Ruffin was charged with false personation and disorderly conduct – obscene language.

Local man arrested

Town of Hamburg police recently responded to a reported disturbance on Southwestern Boulevard.

Police found that Nathan Kennedy, 20, of Gowanda, had been involved in a property damage only accident that had occurred at the intersection of South Park Avenue and Route 20.

Kennedy was operating with a suspended driver’s license, with five suspensions on three dates. One suspension had been given from the town of Brant on Dec. 1; suspensions were out of the towns of Evans and West Seneca.

The subject was transported to the Hamburg Police Department for proper paperwork. He was arrested for improper right at intersection and aggravated, unlicensed operation second.

Kennedy was released on a court summons.

Trooper arrests men for larceny of a tree stand

A Boston trooper recently investigated a complaint regarding the larceny of a tree stand and harassment of the owner of a Blienstien Road property in the town of Colden.

The complainant told police that he had evidence that a neighbor had stolen his tree stand and would not return it. He added that his neighbor and the neighbor’s friend were continually harassing him.

The trooper investigated the complaint and conferred with the district attorney’s office, which agreed that there was enough evidence to arrest the two men.

Police arrested David Bush, 62, of Colden and James Volk, 62, of West Falls for petit larceny and harassment second; both were issued appearance tickets to appear in the town of Colden Court, at a later date.

Woman arrested for two charges of possession

While driving on Erie Road in Evans, Evans Patrolman Jeffrey DeVinney observed an individual’s walking and waving at traffic.

Tara Butcher, 30, of Gowanda told police that she was walking from the Jovial II, her place of employment, to meet someone on Camp Road in Hamburg, to get a ride. She said that she was trying to contact a cab and wanted a ride, due to the cold.

While checking the subject’s identification, DeVinney observed several loose bills in her purse. After transporting Butcher to the police station to wait for a ride, DeVinney was informed by a caller that Butcher had been the closing bartender and had taken all of the money from the register drawers.

After checking the offender’s purse again, DeVinney found a blue bag containing a large wad of cash, change, a second wad of money, a hypodermic needle, three Alprazolam pills, a spoon containing an unknown white substance, a broken crack pipe and a clump of steel wool.

The caller said that he will provide the business’s surveillance video to police. Butcher was arrested for possession of a hypodermic instrument and criminal possession of a controlled substance.

Fire caused by cigarette

Members of the Erie County Sheriff’s Office Fire Investigation Unit responded to assist the Eden Police Department with a fire investigation on Belknap Road on Jan. 11.

Detectives Shaun Hediger and Steven Meerboth investigated the cause of the fire and reported that it was caused by the careless disposal of a cigarette.

Angola man arrested for possession

While completing an inventory on a vehicle in execution of an arrest warrant out of Lackawanna, Evans Patrolman Ralph Maslach discovered a bag of 27 grams of marijuana, a scale and bags.

The vehicle belonged to Mathew Harroun, 21, of Angola. Upon investigation, Maslach found that the cannabis belonged to the subject.

Harroun was arrested for criminal possession of marijuana and then turned over to the Lackawanna Police Department on the arrest warrant.

Woman’s license revoked

Erie County Sheriff’s Deputy David Zamorek stopped a vehicle, operated by 26-year-old Erin Gugino of Boston, for a license plate violation.

A department of motor vehicles check showed that Gugino’s license had been revoked or suspended four times for a previous driving while intoxicated alcohol-related offense.

Gugino was arrested for aggravated, unlicensed operation in the second degree and an interlock device violation. She was released on tickets to appear in the town of Boston Court, at a later date.


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