Police Blotter for Jan. 17, 2013 for the towns of Boston, Brant, Eden, Evans, Hamburg and North Collins
At around 8:30 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 7, Town of Evans Patrol and Evans Town Court employees noticed an odor of smoke in town hall.
Officers Sherry Miller and Amy Hamm located the smell coming from a stall in the women’s restroom and a roll of toilet paper smoldering, as well as the metal can connected to the dispenser. The paper was removed and extinguished by officers.
Patrol later reviwed a video tape and it showed Heather A. McMullen, 26, of Evans, enter the bathroom around 8 p.m. Police said she remained in the bathroom until 8:06 p.m., and nobody else entered until a witness did at 8:07 p.m., who told officers when she entered, she could smell something.
Officers were able to get a statement from McMullen, whom they said admitted to starting the fire.
She was charged with fifth degree arson to intentionally damage property by fire or explosion, and criminal mischief with intent to damage property.
Hamburg Police looking for robbery suspect
At 8:55 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 9, Town of Hamburg Police Officers Jonathan Wright and Jason Nappo were dispatched to a St. Francis Drive location on a call of an attempted robbery.
The complainant told police that an unknown white male, smaller build and wearing a dark jacket and hood, left through the front door in an unknown direction. Officers searched the area but were unable to locate a suspect.
The victim said the suspect entered the door and proceeded to walk to a counter and told the complainant, “give me the money,” and then attempted to open the register.
The victim attempted to call police while this was occurring and she said the suspect grabbed her in an attempt to take the phone from her. A struggle then ensued and the suspect fled through the door when the complainant was able to access her cell phone. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Town of Hamburg Police at 648-5118 at either ext. 2672 or ext. 2847.
Car fire in garage on East Highland Parkway
Town of Hamburg Officers Norbert Schnorr and Joseph O’Brien responded to a vehicle fire in the attached garage of a residence on East Highland Parkway just after 1 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 11.
When patrol arrived, they observed several fire personnel as well as Rural Metro on location waiting for fire fighting equipment to arrive.
Police said heavy black smoke was pouring out of the open garage door. The fire originally began in the engine compartment of the vehicle and eventually spread to carpet on the steps leading to a door into the house.
Officers entered the house to make sure all of the occupants were out, as well as to the right side of the duplex and found nobody home.
The victim told police he was unable to start the car the day before, and before calling AAA, decided to try and start the car that day.
He said he turned the key, heard a loud “pop” sound and observed smoke coming from under the hood.
He put the vehicle in neutral and attempted to push it out of the garage, but because of his age, he had to abandon trying to get the car out and called police to report the fire. The victim did not sustain any injuries.
Several fire companies responded and police said extinguished the fire. Police said the fire damage appeared to be continained to the garage area, as well as to some vehicles parked inside of the garage.
There were no charges filed in the incident.
Injury accident leads to several charges
Town of Hamburg Police Patrolman Nicholas Borowski and Thomas Boyer responded to an injury accident on Route 20 at 9:11 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 11.
A subject, identified as a 20-year-old male from Salamanca, was laying on the ground next to the car, while his girlfriend was sitting in the driver’s seat when police arrived. She told police he was driving the car and she moved over because she knew he had issues with his driver’s license.
Officers tried to talk to him as he was being treated by EMS. Police said he admitted to smoking marijuana on his lunch break around 12:30 p.m.
A DMV check revealed that he had a suspended license.
As police continued attempting to question him, he was unable to answer any further questions and appeared to become unconscious.
Boyer followed EMS to Erie County Medical Center where he consented to have a blood test. Officers said they did find alleged drug paraphernalia and a small amount of alleged marijuana inside of the car.
The driver, and sole occupant of the other car involved in the accident, was flown to ECMC with a leg injury. Patrol said it appears he may have suffered a broken femur.
While at ECMC, officers spoke with the suspect, whom they said was in and out of consciousness, but admitted driving and consented to having his blood drawn at 10:50 p.m.
Officers talked to the Erie County District Attorney’s office, who said charges are pending once the investigation is complete.
Erie County Sheriff’s make several arrests
• A 24-year-old Hamburg man was cited for following too closely after Deputies Ken Achtyl and Don Hoelscher, who responded to the scene, say Adam Haines struck a vehicle that was making a left turn into a parking lot on Boston State Road in the Town of Boston.
The incident happened on Friday, Jan. 11.
• Deputies Neil Held and Chris Soluri responded to a call of a car in a ditch on Old Lakeshore Road in the Town of Brant on Wednesday, Jan. 9.
Witnesses said that a male was driving the vehicle and a female passenger walked away from the vehicle. It was reported that open containers of alcohol were found in the vehicle.
Dakota Thompson, 20, of Perrysburg, was charged with driving while intoxicated, refusal to submit to a breath screen device, open container of alcohol in a motor vehicle, speed not reasonable and prudent and failure to maintain a lane of traffic.
Thompson was transported to the Erie County Holding Center in lieu of $200 bail.
• Deputy Gary Mosier responded to a two-car motor vehicle accident on East Eden Road on Jan. 12. No injuries were reported.
• On Jan. 12, Mosier and Deputy Tony Yavicoli responded to a report of a vehicle in a ditch on Genesee Road and New Oregon Road in North Collins.
Deputies located a vehicle owned by Thomas Ptak, 46, of North Collins.
They said Ptak showed signs of intoxication and he failed field sobriety tests. He consented to a breath test, which showed he had a .14 blood alcohol content.
He was released and will appear at a later date in the Town of North Collins Court.
Assault charges levied against Buffalo man
A victim told Town of Evans Patrolman Greg Szarowicz that while picking up his children from a High Street location at 8:38 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 11, an argument ensued between the victim and the offender, David Borowczyk, 29, of Buffalo.
Borowczyk allegedly began to verbally abuse a witness. When the victim attempted to intervene, Borowczyk then physically confronted the victim, who reported he asked him to leave the residence several times, but Borowczyk refused.
A physical altercation then took place between Borowczyk and the victim, who told police he was grabbed and put into a head lock, causing both to fall into a stove.
Borowczyk then took his children and left the residence. Police called Borowczyk, who came to the station.
He was charged with second degree harassment for making physical contact, and third degree assault for criminal negligence to cause injury with a weapon.
Criminal contempt charge against Elma man
At about midnight on Thursday, Jan. 10, Town of Evans Patrolman Thomas Crupe responded to a call from a victim who said an offender, Paul W. Szalay, 42, of Elma, left a voice message, and also attempted to contact her via text message. Szalay had been advised by the Town of Evans Police Department on Oct. 3, 2012, to cease any contact with the victim.
The telephone call and text message are a violation of an order of protection against the victim issued by the Town of Hamburg Court in February of 2012.
The victim signed off on charges of 1st degree criminal contempt for violating an order of protection and second degree aggravated harassment for phone/telegraph/or written communication.
The victim requested an order of protection ahainst Szalay from the Town of Evans Court.
Burglar sought by Town of Evans Police
Town of Evans Patrolman Jeffrey Mayer responded to a call of an attempted burglary at a residence on Main Street.
The victim said that sometime between 10 p.m. on Jan. 9 and just after midnight on Jan. 10, an unknown person or persons entered by forcing the door open. The victim stated that desk drawers were gone through but it appeared nothing was missing.
Blasdell man faces DWI charge in Hamburg
At about 3:36 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 12, Town of Hamburg Officers Paul Randall and Daniel Gallardo responded to a call of a vehicle off the road on McKinley Parkway. Officers observed tracks from the vehicle on a lawn.
The driver of the vehicle, Jacob F. Damstetter, 23, of Blasdell, was sitting on the ground covered in mud, and also had a small laceration on the back of his head.
He told police he had just left a bar, where he had seven beers and two shots and was on his way home. He was asked to perform several field sobriety tests and failed them.
Damstetter submitted to a breath test and had a .29 blood alcohol content, which is more than three times the legal limit.
He was then placed under arrest and charged with driving while intoxicated, failure to use a designated lane and moving from lane unsafely.