Police Blotter for Nov. 1, 2012 for the towns of Evans and Hamburg and the Village of Hamburg
The Hamburg Water Rescue Unit, made up of members of Hamburg’s Fire Companies left Tuesday, Oct. 30 to help in the rescue operations in downstate New York, possibly in the Queens/ Long Island area, following the devastation of Hurricane Sandy, authorities said. The volunteers are expected to be there for 72 hours.
Vehicles damaged and items stolen
Sometime between the late evening hours of Friday, Oct. 26 and early Monday, Oct. 29, someone damaged two vehicles parked in a lot on Pine Street in the Village of Hamburg.
According to police, someone pried open a tool box in the back of a truck and removed a variety of tools, The suspect also entered the unlocked vehicle and took a briefcase and other tools.
The suspect then tried to pry open the passenger door of the second vehicle and when that failed tried to pry open the side doors of the van. Failing at that, the suspect then broke a window and removed a fire extinguisher.
The inspection stickers were scraped off the windows and taken too, police said.
Over $1,300 worth of damage was done to the two vehicles, but there was no estimate to the value of the missing tools and other items.
Felony DWI arrest
At 4:58 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 25, Town of Hamburg Police Officer Kevin Gleason provided backup for Officer Andrew Hochworter, who was conducting a traffic stop on McKinley Parkway, near East Highland.
According to police, the driver of the stopped vehicle, Gerard M. Maher, 64, of Blasdell, appeared to be intoxicated and was asked to perform standard field sobriety tests.
After failing some of them and testing positive for alcohol by the roadside alco-sensor, he was transported to the police station.
He was charged with felony driving while intoxicated (convicted DWI in 2010 in the Village of Hamburg), felony operating a motor vehicle with more than .08 percent alcohol, prior conviction (he had a blood alcohol content of almost double that amount) and failure to keep right in a two-lane road.
E.C. Sheriff’s report
The Erie County Sheriff’s Office Deputies from the North Collins substation responded to 163 calls from Monday, Oct. 22 to Monday, Oct. 29.
• On Thursday, Oct. 25, Deputies Ken Achtyl and Neil Held charged Jeffrey Tyler, 20, with disorderly conduct following an incident in a parking lot on Spruce Street.
According to police, Tyler could not produce his identification when asked for it, and he began swearing in the public parking lot.
Theft of charity donations
At 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 23, two women entered the Tops Market on South Park Avenue, threw a coat over a large plastic water jug full of loose change donated to a local charity and walked out the door with it.
According to Village of Hamburg Police, it is estimated there was up to $500 in donations in the jug.
DWI arrest reveals drugs and weapons in pickup
At 4:03 a.m. on Sunday, Oct. 28, Town of Hamburg Police Officer Daniel Gallardo observed a vehicle traveling east in an erratic manner on Route 5.
According to police, the vehicle was stopped and the operator Justin T. Frank, 31, of Hamburg exhibited signs of intoxication.
After failing several field sobriety tests, he was taken into custody for driving while intoxicated.
Inside the pickup truck, officers found an open bottle of beer in the cup holder in front of the driver, four small bags of suspected marijuana, along with a suspected marijuana pipe.
Also found in the back seat of the truck was an unloaded shotgun, a machete and a hatchet.
Frank was charged with felony DWI (previous conviction in 2008 in the Town of Darien), unlawful possession of marijuana, drinking alcohol in a motor vehicle on a highway, driving to left of pavement markings and failure to keep right on a two-lane road.
DWI accident with injury
At 10:40 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 20, Village of Hamburg Police Lt. Kevin Haberman responded to a two-car accident at the intersection of Pierce Avenue and Evans Street.
According to police, a vehicle driven by Tyler Burchfield, 23, of the Town of Hamburg, failed to stop at the red traffic signal as he drove up Evans Street towards Pierce Avenue.
His vehicle struck another vehicle which was making a left-hand turn off Pierce Avenue onto Evans Street, police said.
The driver of the other vehicle was transported to the Mercy Ambulatory Care for neck and chest pains.
Burchfield failed several field sobriety tests and was charged with aggravated driving while intoxicated (a blood alcohol content of over .18 percent), DWI, failure to obey traffic signal and failure to yield right of way.
Indecent exposure arrest
At 1:33 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 26, while driving the patrol car down Buffalo Street by the Palace Theatre, Town of Hamburg Police Officer Andrew Hochworter observed a man urinating on the side of the building in full view of anyone in the area.
Elliot M. Cook, 29, of the Town of Hamburg, was charged with indecent exposure.
Bikes stolen in village
Village of Hamburg Police report the theft of two bicycles in two separate incidents.
According to police, at around noon on Sunday, Oct. 21, someone walked onto the porch of a house on Union Street and removed a 12-speed Bridgestone Kazooka bicycle, valued at $200.
Sometime between midnight on Saturday, Oct. 20 and early Sunday, Oct. 21, someone entered an attached garage on Euclid Avenue and removed a Schwinn Mountain bicycle, valued at $200.
Steaks stolen from Wegmans
At 1:30 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 25, Town of Hamburg Police received a call that $162 worth of tenderloin steaks were stolen from Wegmans on McKinley Parkway.
According to police, a white male about 40 years old allegedly concealed the steaks and left the area without paying for them.
Vandals strike Glen Meadows Park
Sometime overnight on Monday, Oct. 29, someone went into the ladies section of the rest room facility at Glen Meadows Park and broke out the sink drains.
According to Village of Hamburg Police, all the toilets were also plugged with rolls of toilet paper and left to overflow the facility.
There was no estimate available for the damage that was done to the plumbing of the toilets or sinks.
Political signs taken
Town of Hamburg Police report there have been several incidents of political signs being stolen from yards in the town.
According to police, this is not an uncommon occurrence during the general election season.