Police Blotter for Jan.3, 2013 for the towns of Evans and Hamburg
At around midnight on Tuesday, Dec. 25, Town of Hamburg Police Officer James Lichon responded to an auto accident on Lakeshore Road at Sixth Street.
According to police, upon arriving at the scene, he observed a utility pole had been struck and subsequently broken at the corner of Sixth Street, as well as a damaged vehicle, which had come to a stop when it contacted two other vehicles.
The driver, Kenneth Johnson, 25, of Forestville, allegedly admitted he was driving home from a bar, when another vehicle cut him off, causing him to leave the roadway.
Johnson, who refused to take a breath test while at the police station, was charged with driving while intoxicated and moving from lane unsafely.
Felony DWI accident
At around 9 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 25, Erie County Sheriff’s Deputies Brendan Connolly and Gary Mosier responded to a reported one car rollover accident on Seneca Road, near Mile Block Road in the Town of North Collins.
According to police, upon arriving at the scene, the deputies located the driver, James R. Nelms, 29, of Brant, near the overturned vehicle, apparently unharmed, but appearing to be intoxicated.
Further investigation revealed the vehicle Nelms was operating belonged to a family member, who had not given him permission to use it.
Nelms was charged with felony driving while intoxicated (he had a previous DWI conviction), felony aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle third-degree unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, circumventing an interlock device and failure to keep right.
Nelms, who refused to take a breath test, was remanded to the Erie County Holding Center until his arraignment at the Town of North Collins Court.
Blasdell resident charged in auto theft from Evans
On Friday, Dec. 28, Town of Evans Police received a report that a 2001 Subaru was stolen from the driveway of a Versailles Plank Road home in Evans.
According to the victim, the vehicle was unlocked at the time, with the keys inside. The information on the stolen vehicle was put into the computer system for all police agencies to access.
At 4:46 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 29, Evans police were dispatched to a fight at a South Creek Road address.
Officer Matthew Stonitsch observed a vehicle matching the stolen vehicle description from Dec. 28, parked in the driveway.
A woman approached Stonitsch and reported that Kyle M. Smith, 18, of Blasdell had punched her in the face and then ran into the woods.
According to police, Smith returned to the residence, in an intoxicated condition, and was taken into custody. He was found to have the keys of the stolen vehicle on a lanyard key chain around his neck and a brass knuckle.
During the booking process, Smith continued to use a false name and birth date. His real identity was confirmed by Town of Hamburg Police Officer Robert Paas at which time, Smith became aggressive towards officers and began to spit blood on the computer in the booking room.
He was subdued by police and a spit mask was placed on his face, at which time he calmed down, police said.
A computer check on Smith confirmed there were two warrants out for him, one from the Town of Hamburg and the second from the Village of Hamburg.
Smith was charged with felony fourth-degree grand larceny, felony fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property, fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon, third-degree unauthorized use of a vehicle without owners consent, second-degree harassment - physical content, third-degree criminal tampering and false personation. He was then turned over to the Town of Hamburg Police Department.
Hamburg teen charged after taking underwear
At 10:54 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 28, Town of Hamburg Police responded to a suspicious person complaint at an apartment complex on Sowles Road.
According to police, when the victim went to the laundry room to retrieve her clothes, she allegedly observed two of her bras and two pairs of underwear were missing and she confronted Zachary R. Hooper, 17, of Hamburg, who was also in the laundry room, with the theft.
Hooper allegedly returned the items and then fled the building. He was apprehended by Officer Robert Paas, and during a subsequent search of Hooper, located inside his back pack were two cans of a malt beverage, two cans of hard lemonade, a can of beer, six morphine sulfate pills (a controlled substance) and four amidarone pills (not a controlled substance).
Hooper was charged with petit larceny, seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and unlawful possession of alcohol by a person under 21.
Evans officer tracks down larceny suspects in snow
While on patrol at 1:24 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 27, Town of Evans Police Officer Scott DeJohn, observed two sets of fresh footprints in the snow, which went up to several vehicles along Main Street and the other vehicles on York Street.
DeJohn located one teen walking along Newton Avenue and then found a second teen hiding behind a vehicle.
The one suspect admitted to entering numerous vehicles but only admitted to removing a flashlight, which he gave to the officer.
The two were released at this time, since the vehicle owner did not press charges.
DWAI by drugs
At 11:41 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 27, Town of Hamburg Police Officer Daniel Gallardo responded to a call for a male passed out at the wheel of a vehicle, which was still running on Sheva Lane, at Bayview Road.
According to police, Gallardo found Gregory J. Casali, 23, of Hamburg, passed out at the wheel of his vehicle, which was still running and still in drive. He tried to shake Casali awake several times, but Casali would only briefly open his eyes, before passing out again, police said.
Big Tree EMS responded to the scene to evaluate Casali, who had now regained consciousness enough to tell authorities he was taken prescription painkillers.
He was transported to Erie County Medical Center for screening and was later released to a family member.
Casali was charged with driving while ability impaired by drugs.
Using a false name nets additional charges
At 3:50 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 28, Town of Evans Police stopped a vehicle with a passenger side tail light out.
According to police, the driver claimed she had backed into a pole a few days previously and that her name was “Heather” and she was 42.
Police knew the suspect’s name was actually Holly A. Metzger, 44, of Evans and a Department of Motor Vehicles computer check revealed her driver’s license had been suspended.
Metzger was charged with second-degree criminal impersonation of another person, third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, operation of a motor vehicle by an unlicensed driver and no/insufficient tail lights.
Two charged in scamming local grocery store
Town of Hamburg Police have charged two people in connection with several petit larceny complaints at Wegman’s, McKinley Parkway, between Nov. 4 and Dec. 9.
According to police, during that time period, Jamie. L. Marsillo, 31, of Hamburg and Christopher Andrews, 34, of West Seneca had allegedly used different bar coded produce labels, placing them on higher priced items, so that the self-check out scanner would read the lower price.
The pair also allegedly removed items without paying for them at all.
They allegedly shorted Wegman’s by almost $400, during the seven times they were observed operating it this manner.
Andrews and Marsillo where each charged with a single count of petit larceny
House fire in Evans
Evans Center, North Evans, Lake Erie Beach, Brant and the Eden FAST team, as well as the Town of Evans Police responded to a possible chimney fire at a Southwestern Boulevard home at 2 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 27.
According to authorities, the chimney fire did spread to part of the structure, before it was put out by the responding fire companies. No injuries were reported.
Garage fire in Hamburg
At 5:45 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 28, the Lakeshore Fire Department and Town of Hamburg Police Officer Daniel Cronmiller responded to a report of a fire in an attached garage of an Amsdell Road residence.
According to authorities, small flames and grey smoke were visible on the outside of the garage wall and the fire was extinguished by the fire department.
According to police Lakeshore Fire Chief Chris Wilson, the fire appeared to have started from a power cord laying on the ground outside the garage.
Vehicle fire in Evans
At 11:34 a.m. on Sunday, Dec. 30, Town of Evans Police Officer Luke Fioretti responded to a vehicle fire call on Darlington Drive.
According to police, when Fioretti arrived at the scene, there was heavy smoke emitting from inside the vehicle. Authorities said it appeared the fire began inside the compartment area of the vehicle and then quickly spread throughout the vehicle.
Fioretti was unable to put the fire out with a fire extinguisher and it took Highland Hose and North Evans Fire Departments to extinguish the fire.
According to authorities, the vehicle, which was parked in the driveway, was completely destroyed by the fire.
At this time, cause of the fire was unknown, though police said there was no sign of foul play.
Jewelry theft at McKinley Mall leads to arrest
At 7:38 p.m. on Sunday, Town of Hamburg Police Officer Robert Paas responded to a shoplifting complaint from the Sears Department Store at the McKinley Mall.
Upon arriving at the scene, police were told that Robert Perez, 22, of Buffalo was observed concealing four women’s rings, a necklace set, two T-shirts and a pair of sleep pants, totaling approximately $450, and then left the store without paying for them.
Perez was charged with petit larceny.
Town of Evans Police report that a resident has been the victim of a fraud.
According to police, the victim received a call from a collection agency that she owed $1,443.11 for a T-Mobile account. When she went to the T-Mobile store to report the fraud, she was informed there was another account opened in her name, which she owed $1,251.21.
Both accounts had been opened in Oklahoma.
The Evans Detective Bureau is investigating the incident.
Drinking while driving
At 3:18 a.m. on Sunday, Dec. 16, Town of Hamburg Police Officer Andrew Hochworter was dispatched to assist Lt. Nicholas Budney with a traffic stop on Camp Road.
A vehicle, operated by Shaun P. Cooper, 21, of Hamburg, had originally been stopped for failure to stop at a stop sign, but he exhibited signs of inebriation.
After failing several field sobriety test, he was taken into custody for driving while intoxicated.
Inside the vehicle, officers allegedly found an open bottle of whisky and a glass bowl, with suspected marijuana residue inside it.
Cooper refused to take a breath test and was charged with driving while intoxicated, drinking alcohol in a motor vehicle on a highway, seventh-degree possession of a controlled substance and failure to stop at a stop sign
Accident witness threatened in Evans
While investigating an accident which occurred at about 5 p.m. on Lake Street at Prospect Street, Town of Evans Police Officer Scott DeJohn spoke to a witness to the incident.
According to police, as the witness walked past the suspect, John M. Lombardo, 28, of Evans, DeJohn heard Lombardo allegedly threaten the witness.
Lombardo was immediately taken into custody and charge with second-degree harassment.
Xbox theft thwarted
At 5:45 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 23, Town of Hamburg Police Officer Christopher Butera responded to the Walmart area on a shoplifting complaint.
According to police, Butera was given a description of the suspect, who had fled Walmart, after he was being detained for trying to leave the store without paying for an Xbox 360 he had placed in a cart.
According to the loss prevention employees at Walmart, when the suspect was informed that police had been called, the suspect allegedly pushed a sales associate into a wall and then fled the scene.
He was last seen heating east on Southwestern Boulevard and was found by Butera behind the First Niagara Bank on Southwestern Boulevard.
The suspect was identified as Jerry R. Calhoun, Jr., 24, of Buffalo, who allegedly admitted he had taken an Xbox 360 from Walmart, worth $199.96.
Calhoun was charged with second-degree harassment - physical co