Police Log, Aug. 2, 2012
Employees at Crescent Manufacturing Factory in North Collins were evacuated from the building Monday, July 30, following a possible chemical spill.
According to officials, Erie County Sheriff Deputies Ken Achtyl and Neil Held, along with officers from the Village of North Collins Police Department responded to the call and spoke to the plant manager, who stated that during the process of making a vat of toilet bowl cleaner a cloud of suspected hydrochloric vapor formed, which lead to the evacuation.
Members from the North Collins, Lawtons and Langford/New Oregon Fire Department responded, as well as the North Collins and Eden Emergency Squads.
The Erie County Hazardous Materials Team was brought out to the site to make a determination if the scene was safe, officials said.
According to officials, the Haz-Mat Team determined that a spill did not exist and the vapor cloud had dissipated and the scene was safe to re-enter.
House fire in Angola
At 3:24 a.m. on Monday, July 30, Town of Evans Police responded to a working structure fire at 286 N. Main St. in the Village of Angola.
According to police, when they arrived at the scene, there was thick black smoke coming from the third floor rear window of the residence and all the occupants were outside.
The resident told police the fire was located in the children’s room on the third floor. It was the children who woke the adult up and told her there was smoke in their room and the ceiling was on fire, police said.
Responding to the fire were members of the Angola, Brant, Evans Center, Lake Erie Beach, Eden and Scranton fire departments.
Along with damage to the apartment, an office on the first floor received water damage.
The Red Cross was notified to assist the residents.
Locked vehicles and garages discourage theft
Town of Hamburg Police are reminding residents to lock their vehicles and garages to discourage theft.
According to police, they have been receiving reports of unlocked vehicles and garages being entered into and items being removed from various locations in the town.
One of the more recent reports was on Monday, July 30 at some Woodway Court residences.
DWI accident in Eden
Town of Eden Police report that at approximately at 2:35 a.m. on Monday, July 30, Officer Timothy McDonald responded to a report of an accident on Ferrier Road.
According to police, when McDonald arrived at the scene, he observed a vehicle had left the roadway, struck a ditch and was overturned inside the ditch.
The vehicle operator, Donald J. Suchan, Jr., 20, of Eden, was transported to the Erie County Medical Center, where he was treated for non-life-threatening injuries.
Suchan was charged with driving while intoxicated and failure to use designated lane.
He is due to appear in Eden Town Court on Aug. 21.
Driving while impaired by drug charges in North Collins
At 9:16 p.m. on Saturday, July 28, Village of North Collins Police observed a vehicle being operated at a high rate of speed on Route 62 in Lawtons.
The vehicle was stopped and the patrol officer observed a strong odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle.
The officer also observed an alleged marijuana pipe in the center console of vehicle.
The driver, Tyler C. Shattuck, 21, of Greenfield Center was also found to be in possession of a small amount of non prescribed suspected Oxycodone pills, a small amount of suspected marijuana and an alleged marijuana pipe with suspected marijuana residue in it.
Shattuck was charged with driving while impaired by drugs, seventh-degree possession of a controlled substance, unlawful possession of marijuana and speeding.
Two passengers in the vehicle, Randie K. Shattuck, 19, of Greenfield Center and Steven Knupp, 21, of Corinta, were charged with unlawful possession of marijuana, when they were found to each be in possession of a small amount of suspected marijuana.
All three were released on an appearance ticket to appear in the Town of North Collins Court.
E.C. Sheriff’s report
The Erie County Sheriff’s Office Deputies from the North Collins Substation responded to 145 calls between July 23 and July 30.
• On Tuesday, July 24, Deputy Ken Achtyl stopped a vehicle on Main Street in the Village of North Collins operated by a17-year-old male who only possessed a junior operator license and it was past 9 p.m.
During the stop an electronic stun gun was found in the teen’s possession. He was cited for driving past 9 p.m. and was charged with criminal possession of a weapon, since stun guns are a prohibited weapon in New York.
• On Wednesday, July 25, Deputies Ken Achtyl and Robert Galraith were investigating an erratic operator complaint in the Village of North Collins, which lead them to a Thiel Road residence.
According to police, on the porch of the residence they found suspected marijuana plants growing.
Angelo Smielinski, 22, of the residence, was charged with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, unlawfully growing cannabis and unlawful possession of marijuana.
Michael Butcher, 30, of the residence, was charged with unlawfully growing cannabis and unlawful possession of marijuana.
Another occupant inside the residence, Tyler Renaldo, 21, was charged with unlawful possession of marijuana.
Village of North Collins Police assisted with this incident.
• On Saturday, July 28, Deputies Eric Szkatulski and Daniel Harris responded to a call that a motorcyclist was injured on Route 219 near Rice Road in the Town of Boston.
According to police, they located the motorcycle operator, Tammy Skowronski, 51, of Gowanda, who was transported to Springville Bertrand Chaffee Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
She was charged with driving while intoxicated and failure to maintain lane.
• On Saturday, July 28, Deputies Tim Higgins and Anthony Yavicoli responded to a report of a stolen vehicle from a Jennings Road home in the Town of North Collins.
The vehicle was located in the Town of Eden, where three subjects were seen running from the alleged stolen vehicle.
They deputies took the three youths into custody, where they were charged with unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. Their names were not released, due to their age, police said.
• On Monday, July 30 Deputies Ken Achtyl and Dan Zolotek stopped a vehicle which was being operated in an erratic manner on Old Lake Shore Road.
The driver, Joseph Franey, 37, of Evans, failed several field sobriety tests and refused to take a breath test.
Franey was charged with felony aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, as a computer check revealed his license was revoked for a prior refusal from 2009, suspended for driving while ability impaired conviction from 2009 and his license had expired in 2010.
He was also charged with fifth-degree felony criminal possession of a controlled substance, because he was found to be in possession of over 500 milligrams of suspected cocaine. Other charges included driving while intoxicated and several traffic violations.
Fleeing from officer leads to DWI and other charges
At 2:40 a.m. on Wednesday, July 25, Town of Evans Police Lt. Bradley DiMartino observed a vehicle traveling on Lake Shore Road fail to stop at a stop sign and cross over the center of the roadway approximately three times and then turn onto Grant Avenue.
When DiMartino activated the emergency lights, the suspect vehicle turned onto Court Street, traveling at an excessive speed, then onto Point Breeze Drive, back to Lake Shore Road and onto Dawn Avenue.
The vehicle, still traveling at excessive speeds and being operated in an erratic manner, turned onto Pearl Street and then into a driveway.
According to police, through this entire episode, the suspect vehicle never had any directional lights activated and never stopped for the police officer.
The driver was immediately removed from the vehicle and handcuffed, police said. The front seat passenger did run from the vehicle, but did return a minute later. She was taken into custody in regards to an active bench warrant from the City of Buffalo Court.
Joshua P. Phillips, 23, of Evans, was charged with driving while intoxicated, operating a motor vehicle with .08 percent or more alcohol in blood (he had a blood alcohol content of .14 percent), third-degree fleeing a police officer in a motor vehicle, reckless driving, failure to keep right in a two lane road, illegal signal, less than 100 feet, speed not reasonable and prudent and failure to stop at a stop sign.
Sunday afternoon DWI arrest in Hamburg
At 2:05 p.m. on Sunday, July 29, Town of Hamburg Police responded to a call of a reckless and erratic operation of a vehicle by a woman.
According to police, it was reported the driver was all over the road, nearly striking vehicles head on, ran red lights at Route 20 and Rogers Road and Route 20 and Amsdell Road. She also allegedly was making wide turns into oncoming traffic and hit a drainage ditch.
Detective Timothy Johnston caught up with the vehicle between Camp Road and Big Tree Road on Route 5 and observed her go off the road onto the right shoulder, allegedly forcing a motorcyclist off the road, almost hitting it.
Johnston activated the lights and while stopping she drove along the guard rail, scraping the right side of the vehicle, causing damage to the car.
After failing the field sobriety test, the 63-year-old Grand Island woman was charged with driving while intoxicated, operating a motor vehicle with .08 percent of more alcohol in the blood (she had a blood alcohol reading of .24 percent), driving on shoulders of a controlled access highway, driving to left of pavement markings and moved from lane unsafely.
At 10:14 p.m. on Saturday, July 28, Town of Evans Police Officer Joseph LaRosa stopped a motor vehicle on Main Street in Angola, which was in violation of a traffic law.
At the time, the front seat passenger, Robert C. Barrett, 65, of Angola, exited the vehicle and began walking towards a house.
According to police, LaRosa requested Barrett to return to the vehicle and with each request he was answered with either “no,” “I don’t have to,” and “I wasn’t driving.”
After repeated requests by police, Barrett began to return to the vehicle and while standing on the sidewalk near the vehicle, allegedly shouted an obscenity, police said.
At that time he was taken into custody and was charged with disorderly conduct, obscene language or gestures.
Arrest made in copper wire theft in Hamburg
At 10:58 a.m. on Wednesday, July 25, Town of Hamburg Police responded to a call from Home Depot that David M. Critoph, 26, of Orchard Park, had been taken into custody after he tried to remove $526 of copper coils.
At the scene, police detained Nicholas D. Milks, 26, of Orchard Park, who was allegedly waiting in the parking lot for Critoph.
During the investigation, found in the vehicle was a barcode label, matching a missing 500 feet of coiled wire from the Home Depot in Niagara Falls.
Further investigation revealed Milks to be in possession of a single dose of suspected Suboxone. He was charged with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.
Critoph was charged with petit larceny.
Town of Evans report
During the month of June, the Town of Evans Police Dispatchers took care of 2,713 complaints.
This included 70 accident calls, 161 ambulance calls, one assault, 16 criminal mischief, six domestic incidents, 12 drug, 19 loud music, 33 fire and 19 false alarms, 44 harassment and 46 larcenies.
There were 166 animal complaints, 15 neighbor disputes, 14 trespasses, two missing persons, 128 premise checks, 255 community policing, 23 assists to motorists and 29 welfare checks.
Eighteen prisoners were held in the Town of Evans lockup.
There were 172 police reports filed and 36 accidents were reported to the state.
Police officers issued 183 traffic violations, which included 49 for speeding, six were driving while intoxicated related, 21 were license/permit violations, nine red lights, 14 required motor vehicle violations, four vehicle registrations, seven stop signs, 11 seatbelt violations and 62 other. There were nine parking tickets issued.
From the Detective Bureau, there were 48 people charged, mostly for violations of the state’s penal law, alcohol beverage control law and vehicle and traffic laws. Two people were charged with DWI.
The Dog Control Officer issued five appearance tickets.
Town of Hamburg report
During the month of June, the Town of Hamburg Police Dispatchers took care of 2,816 complaints.
This included 129 accident calls, 212 ambulance calls, 112 alarms, 11 assaults, 44 criminal mischief, 73 domestic incidents, 13 drug, 23 loud music, 31 fire, 42 harassment and 112 larcenies.
There were 114 animal complaints, 17 neighbor disputes, four sex crimes/offenses were reported, 13 trespasses, eight missing persons, 132 welfare checks, six community policing, 10 premise checks and 18 lockouts.
Forty-five prisoners were held in the Town of Hamburg lockup.
There were 98 accidents reported to the state.
Police officers filed 354 police reports and 684 traffic violations were issued, which included 214 for speeding, 24 were driving while intoxicated related, 50 were license/permit violations, 20 were vehicle registration violation, 24 red lights, 144 required motor vehicle equipment, six stop sign, 16 cell phone use, 28 no inspection and two were seatbelt violations.