Police Log for the week of August 9, 2012
Town of Evans Police Capt. Charles Danzi said he is concerned about the number of charges involving dogs being left in vehicles, especially during a summer where temperatures have soared into the 90s several times.
“It’s a third arrest we’ve had this summer,” Danzi said. “We’ve had two in one week.”
According to Danzi, on days when the temperature reaches 95 degrees, even with a window down a couple of inches, the inside of a vehicle will still be about 110 degrees, unless it is running with the air conditioner on.
Danzi also advised that people do not leave children in their vehicles during weather like this.
The following are incidents which happened this past week:
• At about 11 a.m.on Friday, Aug. 3, Patrolman Michael Franey heard a dog barking from a vehicle that was parked in front of Tops Market.
Police observed a small brown dog with shaggy hair sitting in the front seat. The driver’s side and passenger door were each opened approximately three inches and the vehicle was not running.
A witness approached police and said she was parked behind the vehicle with the dog, but did not know who to call. She claimed the dog had been in the car for about an hour.
Officers discovered the name of the owner, went inside Tops and had her paged. Officer Franey checked the temperature inside of the vehicle and it was at 96.8 degrees.
Police then charged a 77-year-old Angola woman with torturing or injuring animals/failure to provide sustenance.
• At about 4:20 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 4, Patrolmen Jeffrey De Vinney was in the Bennett Beach parking lot when he was flagged down by a person who was walking to his vehicle when he heard an animal crying inside of a vehicle.
Officers checked the vehicle and found a small, tan dog laying behind the passenger seat and breathing heavily. Police said the temperature inside of the vehicle was noticeably hotter than the outside, and it was 94 degrees outside, with the vehicle not running.
All four windows were only partially open, with the front two open about one or two inches and the back two, three or four inches. Officers took the dog out of the unlocked vehicle and brought it to the station.
The offender, a 28-year-old Tonawanda man, flagged down Lieutenant Peter Smith, who advised him to report to the Town of Evans Police Station. He was then charged with toruring or injuring animals/failure to provide sustenance. The dog was held at the station and turned over to the SPCA on Aug. 5.
N. Collins man charged with stabbing roommate
Samual G. Sanjuan, 19, of North Collins was charged with a pair of offenses, including first degree assault, for allegedly stabbing his roommate after an argument inside of their apartment on Monday night (Aug. 6).
At about 9:58 p.m., Erie County Sheriff’s Deputies Jeff Hicks, Matt Krypel and Ben Pisa responded to a complaint of a disturbance at a Sherman Avenue residence. When they arrived, they were met in the street by the victim, who was allegedly stabbed in the chest by Sanjuan.
He was transported by North Collins EMS to Lakeshore Hospital and then flown by Mercy Flight to Erie County Medical Center for treatment. He was listed in stable condition on Tuesday morning.
Sanjuan was additionally charged with criminal possession of a weapon.
State Troopers charge Boston man with DWI
Ray L. Engle, 36, of Boston, was recently charged with driving while intoxicated by the New York State Police after being stopped on State Road 77 in the Town of Bennington.
Troopers stopped Engle at around 11:10 p.m. and he had a blood alcohol content of .15 percent.
Fire in apartment hallway quickly extinguished
Town of Evans Patrolman Brian Kauzala was dispatched to an Erie Road residence on a report of a structure fire inside of an apartment building. Kauzala, along with Patrolman Matthew Stonitsch and Lieutenant Peter Smith went to the apartments and evacuated all tenants and their pets.
The Highland Hose, North Evans, Lakeview and Brant Fire Companies came to the scene and extinguished the fire that was inside of the wall and ceiling between apartments 4 and 8.
Police said it appears there was fiberglass insulation exposed on the porch of the one of the apartments and it is possible that one of the victims did not fully extinguish her cigarette and it may have caused the insulation to start on fire. There was minimal structure damage to the building. District Chief Nick Mecca and Smith felt it was not necessary for a fire investigator to respond.
Blasdell man facing assault charge
A 19-year-old Blasdell man is facing a pair of charges, including third degree assault, after he allegedly struck a victim in the face with a bottle.
Town of Hamburg Patrolmen David Jasinski and Robert Palmer responded to the call at about 2:20 a.m. on Sunday, Aug. 5, where a victim told police he was at a party at Woodlawn Beach State Park when Donald P. Haley, Jr., came up to him him and hit him in the face with a bottle, knocking out three of the victim’s teeth.
Officers attempted to locate Haley at his address but he was not present. They also left him a voice message asking him to call the Town of Hamburg Police Department. Haley will also be facing a second degree harassment charge in the incident.
An arrest warrant for Haley has been requested by the Town of Hamburg Police.
At the same time, a second victim, who was at the party with the first victim, told officers that two unknown white females came up behind her and knocked her to the ground. One of them hit the victim in the head, causing a small lump to the left side of her forehead.
Detectives are attempting to identify the two female suspects.
Marijuana charges in the Town of Evans
A complainant called the Town of Evans Police Department to report that a victim admitted to using marijuana in the past week and sought the help of the police to speak with the victim about the dangers of using drugs.
During the interview, the victim reported staying at a second victim’s house and that the first two victims went to another victim’s house around 11:30 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 2.
The victim reported one of the offenders, 46-year-old Joseph A. Lamacchia of Evans, left with one of the victims and another victim in their car.
The first victim said she went into a tent in the backyard with the second victim, along with the third victim and another offender, 18-year-old Shawn D. Esis. of Evans. The victim told police Esis drank Smirnhoff wine coolers that the second victim had brought.
The first victim then reported Lamacchia returned with two of the other victims a short time later and entered the tent with a bag of marijuana and two pipes. Lamacchia then allegedly gave the marijuana to all of the victims as well as Esis.
They then allegedly shared and smoked marijuana with all of the victims.
Patrolman Douglas Tubinis then went to the house where the offenders live and Esis admitted to the allegations made by three of the victims, as well as to Lamacchia’s actions.
Lamacchia and Esis were then each charged with second degree criminal sale of marijuana and acting in a manner injurious to a child less than 17.
Angola man facing drug-related charges
At about 4:38 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 1, Town of Evans Patrolmen Nathan Miller and Frederick Garrasi III were on magnetometer detail at town hall when they observed 24-year-old Joseph Ruff of Angola toss a yellow oval pill into a basket. The pill was later identified as Endocet (hydrocodone).
Ruff was charged with seventh degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and controlled substance in a non original container.
Teen charged with petit larceny at Walmart
Town of Hamburg Lieutenant Christopher Monaco and Detective Angelo Butera charged a 17-year-old Hamburg male with petit larceny after he allegedly stole a Zippo lighter woth $10.84 from Walmart in Hamburg.
The incident occurred at about 2 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 3.
Argument leads to assault charge
Town of Evans Police responded to a call of an assault at a victim’s residence at 10:10 p.m. on Monday, July 30.
The victim told Patrolmen Brian Kauzala and Matthew Stonitsch he was hanging out at a friend’s residence (who is a mutual friend of the victim and the other person) when James A. Crosta, Jr., 18, of Evans, showed up.
Crosta accused the victim of stealing his wallet and struck him in the leg with a baseball bat. The victim then told officers he got a ride and called police. The victim was evaluated by Rural Metro and did sign off refusing medical treatment and transport. The victim’s mother transported him to the hospital.
Crosta told officers he confronted the victim about allegedly stealing his wallet and a physical confrontation ensued. Crosta said the victim reached into his pocket and he was fearful the victim had a weapon and that the victim was older, bigger and stronger, so when he noticed a baseball bat on the floor, he struck the victim with it. Crosta is facing third degree assault: criminal negligence to cause injury with a weapon, second degree harassment for physical contact and third degree menacing charges.
Woman tries to steal $684 worth of food, products
A loss prevention officer from Wegmans on McKinley Parkway in Hamburg reportedly observed Charis A. Carlson, 36, of Buffalo attempt to steal $684.70 worth of food and household products at about 3:45 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 1.Town of Hamburg Patrolman Robert Paas responded to the scene and charged Carlson with petit larceny. Among the items police said Carlson attempted to steal included several steaks, rolls, drinks, dog food, lobster tails, corn, a vacuum sealer and a fan.
EA man does not pay for all self checkout items
A 53-year-old East Aurora man is facing a petit larceny charge after he allegedly failed to scan and pay for all items at the self checkout at the Wegmans on McKinley Parkway at about 4:45 p.m. on Tuesday, July 10.
Timothy Oshea was identified through the use of his shoppers club card and a video from the store.
Oshea told Town of Hamburg Patrolman Joseph Kleinfelder he was “older” and had difficulty remembering, but he did recall taking more items than he paid for several times in the past few months from the Hamburg Wegmans and had done the same at a Tops Market, for which he said he had been arrested.
Damage reported to bench at Hamburg park
Village of Hamburg Police are trying to determine who is responsible for damaging benches from picnic tables at the park between Highland Avenue and Prospect Street.
Capt. Michael Melisz said the benches were broken off the embedded post sometime either on July 30 or 31.
The estimated cost of the damage is about $200.
Drug-related charges are pending
Town of Hamburg Police say charges are pending against a pair of Schellkopf Road residents after officers executed a search warrant at 10:40 a.m. on Saturday, July 28 and found a total of five alleged marijuana plants growing, including three in the vegetable garden and two inside the house.
Narcotics Officers Jeffrey Bullard and Vincent Pupo, Detectives Scott Kashino and Thomas Brown, and Patrolmen Paul Randall and Scott Weyrough, along with Lieutenant James Koch helped execute the warrant.
Police said there was also some alleged loose marijuana found in the basement and garage. There were also pills found in the upstairs master bedroom that were placed into evidence.
Police said Julie L. Spies, 34, was home while the warrant was executed, while Russell M. Bluhm, 30, was out with the children. According to officers, both admitted to growing and possessing marijuana. The charges are pending pending following analysis and weight.
No injuries from a fire on Main Street in Angola
All occupants of a N. Main Street residence in Angola got out safe after children woke up and advised the complainant there was smoke in their room and the ceiling was on fire at 3:24 a.m. on Monday, July 30.
When Town of Evans Patrolmen arrived, they observed thick black smoke coming from the third floor rear window of the residence.
Fire units from Angola, Brant, Evans Center, Lake Erie Beach, Eden and Scranton all responded and extinguished the fire.
Incident Command Chief Guy Canonico requested an Erie County Fire Investigator to respond to the scene.