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Erie County Sheriff's Office Report for March 15, 2013

by jmaloni
Fri, Mar 22nd 2013 02:30 pm

The Erie County Sheriff's Office responded to 153 calls from March 2 to March 8. Below is a sampling of the noteworthy incidents on Grand Island.

Deputies responded to 10 burglary false alarm calls during the dates of this report.

Saturday, March 2

•East River Road, suspicious vehicle - A complainant stated a vehicle was parked in the roadway with no subjects around it. Deputies located the driver, who stated the vehicle had run out of gas.

•Whitehaven Road, larceny - A complainant stated that a known individual stole a sum of money that was supposed to be mailed to the Tonawanda Bowling Association. An investigation into the matter is ongoing.

•Baseline Road, suspicious person - A complainant stated that an elderly female came to her door and asked for directions to a local business. The subject was acting suspiciously, according to the complainant. Deputies checked the area but were unable to locate the subject.

•I-190, suspicious person - Deputies located a subject walking on the I-190 during the late evening hours. Deputies advised the subject.

Sunday, March 3

•I-190, motorist broke down - Deputies assisted a motorist whose vehicle had become disabled.

•Grand Island Boulevard, traffic arrest - Following a traffic stop, deputies arrested a 31-year-old man from Buffalo after a Department of Motor Vehicles check showed his license was currently revoked. The man is charged with aggravated unlicensed operation in the third degree and was issued traffic tickets returnable to the Town of Grand Island Court.

•Grand Island Boulevard, narcotics - Deputies' investigation of the above mentioned traffic stop also led to the arrest of the passenger, a 29-year-old man from Buffalo, for criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree (a class A misdemeanor). The passenger was issued an appearance ticket returnable to the Town of Grand Island Court.

Monday, March 4

•East Park Road, drunk driving - Following a traffic stop, deputies arrested a 28-year-old man from Grand Island for driving while intoxicated. The man registered a .20 of 1 percent blood-alcohol content after submitting a sample of his breath for chemical analysis. His B.A.C. was two-and-a-half times the legal limit and elevated his charge to aggravated driving while intoxicated. He was issued an appearance ticket returnable to the Town of Grand Island Court and released to a sober third party.

•Bedell Road, suspicious incident - A complainant stated that she shipped a package in recent days and claimed the employee who cashed her out stole her package.

•Grand Island Boulevard, property-damage-only accident - Deputies responded to a report of a two-car motor vehicle accident. No injuries were reported.

•Alvin Road, larceny - A complainant stated that he recently took his vehicle to be serviced at a car dealership. The business called him and reported that his tailgate had been stolen while it was parked in the lot.

Tuesday, March 5

•Love Road, residential burglary in progress - A complainant stated that he was awakened late at night by sounds coming from the first floor of his residence. As he started to get out of bed to see what the sounds were, he heard a person run out of his residence. The complainant immediately dialed 911. Deputies checked the area but were unable to locate anyone. The complainant stated that numerous items were missing from the residence. Erie County Sheriff's Office officials have identified persons of interest, although no formal charges have been placed.

•Love Road, burglary - A complainant stated she woke up in the morning and realized the residence had been burglarized while the family was asleep. Various items were reported missing. Erie County Sheriff's officials have identified persons of interest, although no formal charges have been placed.

•Ransom Road, criminal mischief - A complainant stated that a known person broke a window in the apartment complex laundry room. Deputies located the subject, who agreed to pay for the damage.

•Waterford Park, open door - A complainant stated that his neighbor's door was open and it did not appear that anyone was home. Deputies checked and were able to speak with the homeowner on location.

•Staley Road, property-damage-only accident - Deputies responded to a report of a two-car motor vehicle accident. No injuries were reported.

•Ransom Road, parking violation - A complainant stated that numerous vehicles were parked in the fire lane at Grand Island High School. Deputies issued multiple parking violations to vehicles.

•Grand Island Boulevard, soliciting prostitution - Employees of a local business stated that a male subject was repeatedly soliciting customers and employees for sex. The subject left prior to the arrival of patrol but was located by deputies a short distance away. Deputies' investigation led to the arrest of David Tirko of Grand Island for patronizing a prostitute in the third degree (a class A misdemeanor), loitering for the purpose of engaging in prostitution (a violation), and criminal solicitation in the fifth degree (a violation). While being processed at the sheriff's Grand Island Substation, Tirko was charged with bribery in the second degree (a class C felony) after he allegedly offered to give deputies a large sum of money to be released from custody. A check of Tirko's record later found that he is a level 3 sex offender in New York state. He was transported to the Erie County Holding Center pending his arraignment in the Town of Grand Island Court.

Wednesday, March 6

•West River Road, suspicious incident - A complainant stated that a vehicle pulled out of his neighbor's driveway that was unfamiliar to him and it did not appear his neighbors were home. The complainant was able to get a license plate number, which helped deputies find the vehicle in question. Deputies spoke to the driver, who was on the property retrieving some tools from a construction job that was completed.

•Grand Island Boulevard, unwelcome guest - A complainant stated that the employee of a local motel came into his room demanding money. Deputies spoke to all individuals involved and advised them.

•Baseline Road, suspicious incident - A complainant stated that two subjects appeared to be trying to break into an apartment in the complex. Deputies located the subjects, who reside in the apartment and had lost their key. All parties were advised.

•Baseline Road, property-damage-only accident - Deputies responded to a report of a two-car motor vehicle accident. No injuries were reported.

Thursday, March 7

•Grand Island Boulevard, accident with injury - Deputies responded to a report of a motor vehicle that had struck a building. Two people were transported to local hospitals with considerable injuries.

•East River Road, larceny - A complainant stated that he recently had work done on his residence and noticed a sum of money missing. An investigation into the matter is ongoing.

•East River Road, reckless operation - A complainant stated that a vehicle was swerving all over the roadway and the driver appeared to be intoxicated. Deputies located the vehicle in question and spoke to the driver. Deputies determined the driver was not intoxicated and advised him.

•West River Road, all-terrain vehicle operation - A complainant stated that an ATV was driving on the roadway. Deputies checked the area but were unable to locate the ATV.

•Staley Road, animal loose - A complainant stated that a dog was running loose in the neighborhood. The dog control officer was notified.

Friday, March 8

•Love Road, larceny - Employees of a convenience store stated that a subject came into the store and purchased cigarettes with a gift card that had no monetary balance on it. The subject left the store prior to the employee being able to cash him out, but the incident was caught on surveillance footage. Deputies' investigation led to the arrest of a 19-year-old man from Grand Island for petit larceny (a class A misdemeanor). The man was transported to the Erie County Holding Center pending his arraignment in the Town of Grand Island Court.

•Staley Road, animal loose - A complainant stated a dog was running loose in the area. The dog control officer was notified.

•I-190, suspicious person - A complainant stated that a female subject was standing on the South Grand Island Bridge staring into traffic. Deputies located the female subject and advised her.

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