Police Blotter for Dec. 6, 2012 for the towns of Hamburg, Evans and the Village of North Collins
At about 4:15 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 12, Town of Hamburg Police Officer Robert Paas responded to an EMS call that a male had sustained electrical burns to his hands and loss of vision while working at a Lake Shore Road business.
According to police, Kevin K. Morris, 30, of Hamburg, claimed he was working inside the building and was checking something with a voltmeter when he bumped into an electrical panel.
It was at this time he was electrocuted, causing burns to both of his hands and a temporary loss of his vision. He also had pain in his face and in his throat. He was transported to the Erie County Medical Center for treatment of the injuries.
As police continued their investigation, they found two coils of copper wire, approximately 40 feet long, which had been cut from two areas inside the business. Also a set of bolt/wire cutters were found near the one of the coils of wire.
According to police, National Grid substation No. 149, on Hoover Road was knocked out, which subsequently shut down the power in the area as a result of the incident. Power was restored to the area at about 7:15 p.m.
Further investigation has resulted in Morris being charged with fourth-degree criminal mischief with intent to damage property, third-degree criminal tampering, third-degree criminal trespass (enclosed property) and attempted petit larceny.
An arrest warrant was issued and Morris was taken into custody on Friday, Nov. 30 and transported to the Hamburg Police Station. He was arraigned in front of Hamburg Town Justice Gerald Gorman, who released him on his own recognizance. He is to appear back in court on Dec. 20.
Trespasser arrested two days in a row in Evans
The Town of Evans Police charged Joshua A. Dobmeier, 29, of Evans with second-degree criminal trespass and second-degree harassment twice in two consecutive days.
According to police, at 6:06 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 28, Dobmeier allegedly walked into the victim’s residence, without permission and started to yell obscenities at the victim.
He allegedly was asked to leave five times and refused to leave until the police were called.
An order of protection was requested.
Police said that at 1:36 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 29, Dobmeier allegedly again entered the victim’s residence and refused to leave after being told eight times to get out. He again only left after police were called.
Charges were filed and an arrest warrant was requested.
Speeding arrest in N.C. reveals revoked license
At 12:05 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 25, while on routine patrol, Village of North Collins Police stopped a vehicle being operated at a high rate of speed on Route 62 by James P. Braasch, 21, of Lake View.
According to police, the vehicle was traveling at 57 mph in a 45 mph zone. A Department of Motor Vehicle computer check revealed that Braasch’s driver’s license had recently been revoked for a driving while intoxicated conviction.
Braasch was charged with aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and speeding.
E.C. Sheriff’s report
The Erie County Sheriff’s Office Deputies from the North Collins substation responded to 157 calls from Monday, Nov. 26 to Monday, Dec. 3.
• On Thursday, Nov. 29, Deputy Todd Jones stopped a vehicle on Route 219 at the Rice Road exit for making an improper turn.
According to police, the vehicle operator, Michael Sojda, 32, of Blasdell, was found to have an open can of alcohol in the vehicle.
Several field sobriety tests were administrates, which he failed, and he was charged with driving while intoxicated.
He did submit to a breath test, which revealed his blood alcohol content to be above .18 percent.
He was charged with aggravated DWI.
Batteries and metal theft
Town of Hamburg Police responded to a call that the batteries in several vehicles parked in a construction staging area on Lake Shore Road in Hamburg, had been stolen.
According to police, two engine batteries from a CAT 315 C Excavator, valued a $500 a piece and a battery from a F-150 truck had been removed.
The suspect had also attempted to remove the batteries from a Wanco solar traffic arrow unit. The batteries could not be removed, but all the wires to them were cut, causing $750 worth of damage.
In addition, the suspect allegedly removed seven pieces of 12-inch diameter scrap steel gas pipe from the site.
An investigation by Hamburg Detective Angelo Butera resulted in the identification of the suspect, as Michael J. Lavtar, 35, of Blasdell. A warrant of arrest was issued and Lavtar turned himself in at Hamburg’s court.
Lavtar was charged with petit larceny.
Driving with no license
While on patrol at 8:22 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 28, Town of Evans Police Officer Joseph LaRosa observed a vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed in a 45 mph zone on Erie Road.
During the traffic stop, a check with the Department of Motor Vehicles revealed that Mikol V. Rockwood, 22, of Evans had a suspended driver’s license for driving while ability impaired by alcohol in September 2012, failure to answer four summons in the Town of Sheridan in October and failure to pay driver responsibility assessment.
Rockwood was charged with third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, operation of a motor vehicle by an unlicensed driver, a speed violation and operating a motor vehicle with broken glass.
Town of Hamburg Police have charged Jonathan Rodriguez, 29, of Buffalo, with petit larceny in connection with the theft of almost $400 worth of items from the Walmart on Southwestern Boulevard.
Rodriguez was charged with two counts of petit larceny and false personation (after giving a phoney name at the time of arrest). He was arraigned before Justice Gerald Gorman and remanded to the Erie County Holding Center on $1,500 bail.
Leonard D. Jones, 39, of Buffalo, who was driving at the time of the theft, was charged with third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, operation of a motor vehicle by an unlicensed driver, drinking alcohol in a motor vehicle on a highway and petit larceny. He posted $200 bail to return to court on Dec. 4.
Red heart of marijuana
At 11:50 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 26, Town of Evans Police Officer Sherry Miller stopped a vehicle being operated by Elaine D. Smith, 49, of Jamestown.
According to police, while Miller was speaking to Smith, she noticed a strong odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle.
Smith and a passenger were removed from the vehicle and located in Smith’s purse was a red tin heart shaped container that allegedly had loose and bagged marijuana inside it.
Smith was charged with unlawful possession of marijuana.
Brant monthly report
During the month of October the Town of Brant Police handled 1,394 complaints.
This included two accident calls (one injury), seven criminal complaints, 14 non-criminal complaints and 18 misdemeanor arrests.
There were 11 first aid, one fire alarm, six assists to other agencies, four assists to dog control, four court bailiff, 484 property checks, 36 money escorts, one funeral escort, and 30 assists to motorists.
Police officers issued 321 traffic and vehicle violations and patrolled a total of 5,820 miles in the three vehicles.
Eden monthly report
During the month of October the Town of Eden Police handled 429 complaints.
This included seven accident calls (one injury and five property damage and one fatal), six total arrests, which includes two for driving while intoxicated arrests and 17 criminal investigations.
Police officers issued 111 summons, which included 67 for speeding, four were inspection/registration violations, three equipment violations, one miscellaneous suspension and four cell phone violations.
For community policing there were 51 first aid, 13 alarms, seven assists to other departments, 173 premises checked, eight welfare checks, two funeral escorts, four school related and six lockouts.
The Eden Reserve Police Officers logged in 185 hours.
Town of Hamburg report
During the month of October, the Town of Hamburg Police Dispatchers took care of 2,445 complaints.
This included 137 accident calls, 189 ambulance calls, 125 alarms, five assaults, 19 criminal mischief, 66 domestic incidents, 11 drug, 20 loud music, 19 fire, 42 harassment and 97 larcenies.
There were 78 animal complaints, 11 neighbor disputes, four sex crimes/offenses were reported, 14 trespasses, five missing persons,100 welfare checks, five community policing and 21 lockouts.
Forty-one prisoners were held in the Town of Hamburg lockup.
There were 95 accidents reported to the state and 306 police reports were filed.
Police officers issued 671 traffic violations, which included 267 for speeding, 16 were driving while intoxicated related, 51 were license/permit violations, 16 were vehicle registration violation, 77 red lights, 74 required motor vehicle equipment, 27 no inspection, 14 cell phone use, three stop sign and 13 seatbelt violations.
Village of N. Collins report
During the month of October, Village of North Collins Police were on duty for 268 hours and responded to 78 calls.
This included two motor vehicle accidents, one suspicious incident, one unlawful possession of marijuana, one driving while intoxicated, one domestic incident, one unauthorized use of a motor vehicle complaint, one erratic motor vehicle operator located, one criminal mischief complaint and one welfare check.
Three funeral details, four court details, one assist to the North Collins Fire Department, three EMS assists to the North Collins Emergency Squad and two road obstruction complaints.
There were seven assists to other police agencies, which included a violent, out-of-control resident of a group home, a burglary in progress and the capture of a suspect involved in a shooting incident.
The department also completed regular property checks of schools, businesses, public property and vacant properties.
Regular curfew checks were conducted.
There were 45 traffic tickets issued, with 30 for speeding, five for cell phone use, one for texting, one for driving while intoxicated with a blood alcohol content over .08 percent, one for common law DWI, one for child restraint violation, one for following too close, one for non-functional license plate lamp, one for expired inspect