Police Log July 12, 2012
While on patrol at 6:43 p.m. on Sunday, July 8, Town of Hamburg Police Officer John Baker observed a vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed on Route 5 near Cloverbank Road, turn down Roanoke Drive and accelerate.
When Baker activated the patrol car’s emergency lights and siren, the vehicle turned down Morgan Parkway, allegedly accelerated rapidly and failed to stop at any of the stop signs. The vehicle also allegedly struck a Neighborhood Watch sign, causing damage to the vehicle and sign.
According to police, there were numerous residents, including young children in front of the residences while this was happening. Residents pointed towards Cloverbank to alert patrol where the suspect vehicle was heading.
A report came in that the vehicle was seen entering Sawgrass Court and Baker located it parked in the driveway of a Sawgrass Court residence.
The vehicle operator, Mark C. Lesinski, 30, of Hamburg, was standing behind the vehicle and when asked about the incident, was uncooperative and acting nervous, police said.
While speaking to Lesinski, police noticed an odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from him and that his speech was allegedly slurred.
According to police, Lesinski failed the field sobriety tests and refused to take the alco-sensor or breath tests.
Lesinski was charged with driving while intoxicated, operator leaving the scene of a property damage accident, third-degree unlawful fleeing a police officer in a motor vehicle, reckless driving, three counts of failure to stop at stop sign, speeding and unsafe turn/failure to signal.
Speeds over 100 mph leads to DWI arrest
While on patrol along Route 5 in Evans, at 4:40 a.m. Monday, July 2, Town of Evans Police Officer Joseph LaRosa observed a vehicle west bound in the left lane, in the area of Beach Road, traveling at a high rate of speed (estimated at 100 mph and verified by radar at 101mph in a 45 mph zone).
At that time, according to police, they activated the emergency lights and siren and began to pursue the vehicle.
Another patrol car manned by Officer Gregory Szarowicz, was stationary at the Evans Center Fire Station No. 1, when the vehicle passed traveling at an estimated 80 mph in the 45 mph zone.
Szarowicz also activated his patrol vehicles sirens and lights and joined the pursuit.
According to police, the vehicle continued to travel at high rate of speed, failing to stop for the marked patrol cars and drove through a red signal light at the intersection of Route 5 and Lake Street. The vehicle continued west on Route 5, through the intersection of Herr Road at an estimated 100 mph and then without signaling turned right (from the passing lane on Route 5) onto Kennedy Avenue, police said.
The vehicle was unable to complete the turn, striking the stop sign for the southbound traffic on Kennedy Avenue at Route 5 and striking a guide wire for a utility pole, police said.
Eric M. Doyle, 20, of Texas, was charged with driving while intoxicated, third-degree unlawful fleeing a police officer in a motor vehicle, operating a motor vehicle with .08 percent or more of alcohol in the blood, reckless driving and other vehicle and traffic violations.
The only passenger, who was complaining of head pain, was transported to Lake Shore Hospital.
Doyle was remanded to the Erie County Holding Center in lieu of $5,000 bail.
Speeding leads to other charges in North Collins
At 11:12 p.m. on Saturday, July 7, Village of North Collins Police stopped a vehicle which was allegedly traveling at 57 mph in a 45 mph speed zone on Route 62 in North Collins.
During this traffic stop, patrol observed that the inspection sticker had expired in April 2012. Also during the traffic stop, a DMV computer check revealed that the vehicle operator, Michael P. Mitchell, of Collins, had a suspended driver’s license for failure to appear in the Town of Tonawanda Court for another traffic violation.
Mitchell was charged with third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, operating a vehicle with an expired inspection sticker and speeding.
He was released on an appearance ticket to appear in the Town of North Collins Court at a later date.
Arrests made during Stop DWI patrol in Brant
The Town of Brant Police participated in the Erie County Stop DWI Roving Patrol program over the July 4 holiday.
Over 60 tickets were issued, which included five people being charged with driving while intoxicated, one person was arrested for a drug charge and one person was charged for aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle.
Members of community are being warned that several people in the area have reported receiving fraudulent calls asking for donations for the Frontier Central Alumni Association.
According to a local attorney, a woman calls claiming to be from the association and then hands the phone over to a male who gives the particulars on how to “donate” money to the organization.
This is a scam, the organization is not soliciting funds through telephone calls and residents are warned to not give out any information if they receive a call like this.
Pair charged in larceny shoplifting in Hamburg
At about 4 p.m. on Sunday, July 8, while on patrol at the McKinley Mall, Town of Hamburg Police Officer Nicholas Borowski observed a vehicle stopped and facing the wrong way on the mall road in the area of the Lands End entrance to Sears.
According to police, as Borowski turned the marked patrol car around to advise the operator to move the car, two people came out of the store, with one man carrying an unknown number of clothing items under his arm, without any kind of shopping bag.
Borowski activated sirens and lights and eventually the car stopped on the ring road by Red Lobster.
As Borowski exited the patrol car to approach the suspect vehicle, it drove off. Borowski called in for support and began to pursue the suspect.
The pursuit was called off when the suspect pulled onto Route 219 and other agencies picked up the case.
Borowski observed clothing articles on Route 219 which had been thrown from the vehicle while it was fleeing the area, police said.
According to police, the clothing items recovered had been taken from Macy’s and American Eagle, but the 25-30 pairs of Lands End shorts, valued at $1,000, were still missing.
Cheektowaga Police located the vehicle on Walden Avenue, stopped it and held it until Hamburg Police responded and transported the suspects to the police station.
The driver, Jillian M. Smith, 28, of Tonawanda was charged with fifth-degree criminal possession of stolen property, third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, third-degree unlawful fleeing police officer in a motor vehicle, failure to yield right-of-way to an emergency vehicle, operation of a motor vehicle by an unlicensed driver, operation of a motor vehicle with registration suspended, reckless driving, unsafe turn, speed not reasonable and prudent, traffic device violation and petit larceny.
The passenger, Blair B. Chattley, 48, of Buffalo, was charged with fifth-degree criminal possession of stolen property and petit larceny.
Fight ends in arrest
At 11:15 p.m. on Wednesday, July 4, Town of Evans Police patrols that were detailed to the Evans Town Park responded to a call from a Lake Shore Road business of a fight.
According to police, when patrol arrived they observed Sonny J. Muscato, 24, of Buffalo and Jonathan W. Andrisani, 22, of Buffalo fighting.
The two men were taken into custody and transported to the Evans Police station.
While preparing Andrisani to be placed into a holding cell, police discovered a prescription pill bottle, prescribed to another person, containing 53 tablets, later identified as hydrocodone (Lortab).
Andrisani was charged with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and disorderly conduct. He was arraigned before Evans Justice Dennis Glascott, who set bail at $250.
Muscato was charged with disorderly conduct and was released on an appearance ticket to appear in court on July 16.
At 11:16 p.m. on Monday, July 2, Town of Hamburg Police responded to a call of 15 youths having a party in the woods between Chisholm Trail and Eagle Crest.
When police arrived at the scene they observed a vehicle parked on Robin Road off to the side with three people. As officers further investigated the incident, it was determined that two males had been dropped off for the party in the woods.
According to police, one of the officers could smell an odor of marijuana coming from inside the vehicle. A small clear plastic sandwich bag containing suspected marijuana was found and police were told it had allegedly been purchased from the suspect who had left for the party.
That suspect, who was carrying a book bag, was located in the woods, along with 10 to 15 other people. When told by police to put the book bag down, Patrick M. Swan, 19, of Angola, allegedly pushed the police officer and then allegedly attempted to hit the officer, police said.
According to police, Swan had to be physically subdued to the ground and while this was being done, the other persons at the party ran off.
As the officer attempted to place handcuffs on Swan, he allegedly locked his hands underneath his body and the officer had to physically release Swan’s hands to place the handcuffs on him.
Swan was charged with resisting arrest and second-degree harassment. Swan was released on an appearance ticket.
Amy L. Miller, 23, of Hamburg was charged with unlawful possession of marijuana. She was released on a appearance ticket.
Scrap metal taken
The Town of Evans Detective Bureau is investigating the theft of scrap metal from an Erie Road business, valued at $250 on Thursday, July 5.
According to police, the suspect, an older heavy set white male, balding with gray/white hair and glasses, was seen driving up to the area where the scrap metal was stored.
The investigation is continuing.
Drug charges filed against Evans man
At 11:35 a.m. on Thursday, July 5 Town of Hamburg Police responded to a call of a suspicious male walking along Old Lakeshore Road.
According to police, the suspect was seen walkingup to a residence in the area, then walking through multiple lawns in the area before he was located on Old Lakeshore Road, near Lakeview Road.
While interviewing the suspect, Glenn C. Jones, 23, of Evans, a computer check revealed there was an outstanding bench warrant for him from the Town of Hamburg.
He was transported to the Hamburg Town Court and prior to appearing before Justice Gerard Gorman, police performed a pat-down of the suspect.
A small white plastic pipe with an unknown substance was found on his person.
According to police, the suspect admitted to the substance being the residue of fentanyl. Jones was charged with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.
Jones was remanded to the Erie County Holding Center with respect to the outstanding warrant, police said.
While responding to a disorderly conduct call at 11:34 p.m. on Wednesday, July 4 at an Iroquois Street address, while Town of Evans Police were taking Samuel N. Morton, 23, of Orchard Park into custody, they found one ounce of suspected cocaine in his possession.
Morton was charged with felony fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, cocaine.
Eden monthly report
During the month of June, the Town of Eden Police handled 494 complaints.
This included five accident calls (one injury and four property damage), 20 total arrests, which includes one for driving while intoxicated arrest and 14 criminal investigations.
Police officers issued 136 traffic summons, which included 53 for speeding, 18 were inspection/registration violations, 14, equipment violations, six miscellaneous suspensions and seven cell phone violations.
For community policing there were 50 first aid, 13 alarms, nine assists to other departments, 194 premises checked, two welfare checks, two funeral escorts, two school related and 11 lockouts.
The Eden Reserve Police Officers logged in 159 hours.
Village of N.C. report
During the month of June, Village of North Collins Police were on duty for 280 hours and responded to 128 calls.
This included one motor vehicle accident, two reports of a suspicious vehicle, two narcotic arrests, one driving under the influence of drugs arrest, one driving with a suspended license, one disturbance, three domestic incidents, one fight with multiple combatants, two fireworks complaints, one missing person was located, one illegal vendor, one fire, three vehicle lockouts (one of which infants were locked in the vehicle), one alarm, four EMS assists to the North Collins Emergency Squad (with one forced entry into a residence for an unresponsive individual), one funeral detail, four court details and 18 assists to other police agencies (one of these assists was to the Erie County Sheriff Department at Bennett Beach for a large fight with numerous subjects involved).
In return for Gowanda Police assistance at last year’s Langford Jamboree and Tractor Pull, two officers were assigned to assist Gowanda Police at the Harley Happening event.
Officers issued 70 traffic violations, which included 49 tickets for speeding, one for DWI-Drugs, one for open container of alcohol, one second-degree aggravated unlicensed operation, one for unlicensed operation, five for cell phone use, four for stop sign violation, one for expired inspection, one for failure to drive in the lane, one for permitting unlicensed operation, two seat belts, one for driving without headlights after dark and one for loud muffler.
Regular property checks were conducted of schools, businesses, public and vacant properties.