Police Blotter for the towns of Boston, Eden, Evans, Hamburg and North Collins
Sometime between 8 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 21 and 8:40 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 22, someone broke into the snack shack building at the Lake View Community Association property on Burke Road.
According to Town of Hamburg Police, there were pry marks on the doors to the building. Reported missing was $60 cash, $40 worth of sport drinks and $40 worth of candy.
A golf cart stored inside the attached garage was also reported missing.
Anyone with any information about this incident is asked to call the Town of Hamburg Police at 648-5118 ext. 2614 or the anonymous tip line at 648-5118 ext. 2847.
Man charged after ‘lost’ plates are found on vehicle
At 9:32 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 2, Town of Lancaster Police notified Town of Evans Police they had stopped a vehicle owned by Nathan E. Hawes, 29, of Evans, with license plates that had been reported stolen by Hawes.
According to police, Hawes reported on Sept. 13 the two license plates had been lost on July 13. The plates had been suspended on Sept. 10 for insurance not in effect.
Hawes was charged with third-degree falsely reporting to law enforcement an incident that did not occur and a warrant was requested for him.
Prescription drug take-back day on Sept. 29
On Saturday, Sept. 29 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the North Collins Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration will collect expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs at the North Collins Police Station, 10543 Main St., North Collins.
The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked, police said.
Last October, Americans turned in 377,080 pounds, 188.5 tons, of prescription drugs at over 5,300 sites operated by the DEA and nearly 4,000 state and local law enforcement partners.
E.C. Sheriff’s report
The Erie County Sheriff’s Office Deputies from the North Collins substation responded to 142 calls from Monday, Sept. 17 to Sunday, Sept. 23
• On Saturday, Sept. 22, Deputy Jason Bouton responded to the Tim Horton’s parking lot on Boston State Road in the Town of Boston, to a report of a male slumped over in his vehicle.
According to police, Darby Monahan, 34, of Salamanca was located and refused first aid.
Monahan was charged for seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance (allegedly heroin) and criminal possession of a hypodermic instrument.
• On Sunday, Sept. 23, Deputy Tony Yavicoli charged Janice Gratien, 46, of Springville, with third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle. Following a traffic stop on Route 219, a Department of Motor Vehicles check revealed Gratien’s driving license had been suspended for failure to pay a fine in Orchard Park Court.
• On Sunday, Sept. 32, Deputy Ken Achtyl responded to a report of a house fire at a Zenner Road location.
According to police, a passing motorist called 911 to report smoke coming from the attached garage of the residence.
Members of the Boston Fire Department quickly extinguished the fire, police said. The fire was contained in the garage, but the living area of the residence did suffer heavy smoke damage.
Detectives Steve Meerboth and Scott Kumley of the Erie County Sheriff’s Office Fire Investigation Unit determined the cause of the fire to be accidental, due to an electrical malfunction in the wall of the garage. There was no estimate of the total damage.
Narcotics unit make arrest after investigation
Following a several month investigation into the distribution of crack cocaine throughout Erie County by the Hamburg, Lackawanna and Orchard Park Narcotics Units, several people were arrested on Friday, Sept. 21.
The Narcotics Units executed search warrants at 3432 Southwestern Blvd., Orchard Park and for two vehicles belonging to Melonie Battle, 30.
At the time the search warrant was executed, Battle, Kenneth Morris, 34, and Battle’s 5-year-old son were in the house. About 20 minutes after the police were at the residence, Ronald Ramos, 52, entered the home and he was taken into custody. All three suspects list the Southwestern residence as their home.
According to police, approximately 1 ounce of crack cocaine (allegedly packaged for sale) and $210 was located in a purse that was in a safe in Battle’s bedroom.
Two digital scales were also located and a loaded handgun was found in a safe in the attic.
Morris was found to have $746 in his pocket and all the money was secured for State forfeiture.
One of the vehicles was at the residence and was towed to the station for possible Federal seizure.
The second vehicle was located by the Lackawanna Narcotics Unit on East Ferry Street in Buffalo, with Kwanza Battle. He was charged for possession of crack cocaine by the Lackawanna Police Department, police said.
Melonie Battle was charged with felony third-degree criminal possession of a narcotic drug with intent to sell, felony third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance/narcotic, fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon, two charges of second-degree criminal use of drug paraphernalia (two different sections) and acting in a manner injurious to a child.
Morris was charged with felony third-degree criminal possession of a weapon, previous conviction; felony third-degree criminal possession of a narcotic drug with intent to sell, felony third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance/narcotic and two charges of second-degree criminal use of drug paraphernalia (two different sections). He was arraigned before Orchard Park Justice Edward Pace and remanded to the Erie County Holding Center in lieu of $25,000 bail.
Ramos was charged with felony third-degree criminal possession of a narcotic drug with intent to sell, felony third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance/narcotic and two charges of second-degree criminal use of drug paraphernalia (two different sections). He was arraigned before Orchard Park Justice Edward Pace and was remanded to the ECHC in lieu of $2,500 bail.
Nail through wire linked to Evans fire
At 8:34 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 18, Town of Evans Police Office Michael Kauzala responded to a report of a structure fire on Theodore Avenue.
According to police, upon arrival at the scene, Kauzala observed heavy smoke coming from the lower north-west corner of the residence. Kauzala discharged a fire extinguisher, which contained the fire.
Lake Erie Beach Fire Company responded and completed the overhaul of the scene, police said.
An investigation revealed the fire was caused by an electrical wire pierced by a nail.
The Building Inspector’s Office also responded and issued a code enforcement violation notice.
DWI arrest leads to felony AUO in Hamburg
At 1:15 p.m. on Thursday, Town of Hamburg Police Officer Christopher Butera’s radar clocked a vehicle traveling at 61 mph in a 40 mph zone.
Almost at the same time, dispatch put out a call of a vehicle being operated in a reckless manner on Route 5, whose description matched the speeding vehicle.
Upon stopping the truck, Butera noticed the driver, Bradley R. Eckstrom, 27, of West Seneca, had an odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from him.
Eckstrom failed several field sobriety tests and a Department of Motor Vehicle check revealed that his license had been suspended a total of four times (twice for alcohol related incidents).
Eckstrom was charged with felony first-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, aggravated driving while intoxicated (he registered a blood alcohol level of .31 percent), DWI, operation of a motor vehicle by an unlicensed driver, reckless driving, speeding and moving from lane unsafely.
Attempted burglary of copper pipes
On Saturday, Sept. 22, Town of Evans Police received a report that someone tried to enter a house on Lake Shore Road and attempted to take the copper plumbing.
According to police, they are continuing their investigation into the incident.
Stolen vehicle from Ohio recovered in Hamburg
At 3:15 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 19, Town of Hamburg Police Officers Joshua Eagan, John Bluman and William Stowell responded to a report of a disabled Oldsmobile Alero on Southwestern Boulevard with a lone white male occupant who was acting suspiciously.
A Department of Motor Vehicle check revealed the vehicle had been reported stolen from Ohio.
According to police, the driver, Michael J. Weatherhead, 18, of Buffalo, admitted he first stole a vehicle from Mount Pleasant, Mich., and drove as far as Perkins Township, Ohio, where he ran out of gas.
He allegedly told police he parked that vehicle, stole the Alero and drove until it ran out of gas in Hamburg. Weatherhead was allegedly waiting for a friend to bring him gasoline when police arrived .
Weatherhead was charged with felony third-degree criminal possession of stolen property greater than $3,000 and third-degree unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.
Weatherhead was arraigned before Town of Hamburg Justice Walter Rooth and was transported to the Erie County Holding Center in lieu of $5,000 bail.