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Evans Police

¯ On Aug. 6 at 12:31 a.m., an Evans resident presented himself at the police station to report that Joseph Hoddick, 32, of Evans had not returned his vehicle after several days of use. The man stated that he let Hoddick use his vehicle on Aug. 1 with the understanding that it would be returned on Aug. 3. After several calls and text messages, Hoddick allegedly failed to return the vehicle.

The vehicle was reported as stolen by police, who also attempted to contact Hoddick. Later in the day at 9:49 a.m., the owner contacted officers to say that his vehicle was found parked up the street from his house. Hoddick was arrested and charged with unauthorized use of vehicle without owner’s consent.

¯ Police officers stopped a vehicle on Erie Road on Aug. 6 at 7:22 p.m. The operator was identified as Thomas R. Lema, 33, of Evans, who was allegedly found to have a suspended driver’s license. Lema was arrested and transported to the Evans Police Department for booking and was released on appearance tickets. His vehicle was impounded and he was charged with operating a moving vehicle while using a portable electronic device and third degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle.

¯ On Aug. 7 at 8:38 p.m., officers responded to a harassment complaint at Turtle Joe’s Sandbar. Patrons of the restaurant advised the officer than the offender had left and the complainant was following him in his vehicle. The officers stopped the vehicles near Camp Pioneer and talked to the occupants.

The complainant stated that the offender, who was identified as Daryl Emke, 56, of Hanover, touched his 14-year-old daughter inappropriately and made a crude comment toward her at the restaurant. After his daughter told him what happened, the complainant removed Emke from the bar and asked him to wait for police, at which point Emke left the bar as a passenger in someone’s vehicle. Police said three witnesses verified the complainant’s story and completed supporting depositions for the incident.

Emke was arrested, booked and held until sober. He was charged with forcible touching — touching sexual/intimate parts, acting in a manner injurious to a child less than 17, second degree harassment — physical contact and unlawful possession of marijuana. Emke is scheduled to answer his charges on Aug. 27.

¯ On Aug. 8 at 8:28 p.m., a town of Evans woman contacted the police regarding a male who attempted to steal her bicycle. Officers located and identified Gage M. Laspesa, 20, of Silver Creek on the sidewalk on the corner of Lake Street and Fourth Street. Laspesa was taken into custody for attempted petit larceny.

During a custodial search of Laspesa, officers allegedly discovered two unmarked prescription bottles with labels removed, a metal grinder containing marijuana and a plastic bag containing marijuana. Laspesa was arrested and charged with attempted petit larceny, unlawful possession of marijuana and controlled substance in non-original container. He is scheduled to appear in Angola Village Court at a later date and time.

¯ Evans Police Officers observed a vehicle on North Main Street operating with insufficient motor vehicle lights on Aug. 8 at 10:11 p.m. After conducting a traffic stop, officers identified Brian J. Sciarrino, 30, of Evans whose license was suspended on Aug. 12, 2012 out of the town of Brant and on Jan. 9, 2014 out of the village of Angola for failure to answer to summons. Police dispatch advised the officers that Sciarrino had an active warrant out of the town of Evans issued on July 16, 2018.

Sciarrino was taken into custody and placed under arrest for motor vehicle lights do not meet standards, operating motor vehicle without inspection certificate, third degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, unsafe tires and operating motor vehicle by unlicensed driver. His vehicle was turned over to a licensed driver at the scene.

On Aug. 8 at 11:59 p.m., Evans Police Officers were contacted by a Buffalo resident who witnessed a vehicle hung up on the guard rail on Lake Street. The driver of the vehicle was attempting to free the vehicle, but then ran from the vehicle. Due to darkness, no description of the driver was available.

Police investigation revealed that the vehicle had been heading east on Lakeshore at the intersection of Lake Street and had spun out on the wet roadway facing southeast. The Erie County Department of Transportation was notified and the vehicle was impounded.

¯ On Aug. 9, the registered owner, Mark T. Eberhard, 28, of Evans presented himself at the Evans Police Station and identified himself as the driver. According to Eberhard, speed was a factor that caused him to leave the roadway, and he panicked and left the scene. The vehicle was released to Eberhard, who was charged with operator leaves scene of property damage accident.

Evans Police Officers stopped a vehicle for a speeding violation on Erie Road on Aug. 10 at 6:42 p.m. John D. Strychalski, 57, of Evans was identified as the vehicle’s operator and found to have a suspended driver’s license due to a previous DWI conviction. Strychalski was taken into custody and charged with speed violation exceeding 55 miles per hour and second degree aggravated unlicensed operation. He is scheduled to appear in the town of Evans court on Aug. 27.

¯ On Aug. 10 at 9:49 p.m., a vehicle traveling on Southwestern Boulevard was stopped by Evans police for insufficient tail lamps. The officer identified the operator as Jessica M. Rumsey, 40, of Portland and found that her driver’s license was currently suspended. Rumsey was placed under arrest and transported to the Evans Police Department, where she was released with appearance tickets for third degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and equipment violation for no/insufficient tail lamps.

¯ On Aug. 11 at 1:31 a.m., a vehicle was observed stopped on Lake Shore Road in front of Mickey Rats Beach Club. After spinning its tires, the vehicle went out of control and crossed into the eastbound lane and the eastbound shoulder of the roadway. The vehicle then struck approximately 50 feet of wooden fencing of the Evans Town Park as a pedestrian was walking nearby.

After police arrived at the collision, the driver exited the vehicle and admitted to drinking at Mickey Rats. The driver, who was identified as Richard K. Jones, 44, of Evans, failed multiple sobriety tests and refused the breath test. Jones was taken into custody and charged with driving while intoxicated – first offense, unsafe movement of stopped motor vehicle, moved from lane unsafely and failure to use due care to avoid pedestrian injury. The vehicle was impounded, and Jones is scheduled to appear in court on Sept. 4.

Evans residents contacted police officers on Aug. 13 at 9:59 p.m. because a solar yard lamp had been stolen from their property by an unknown person. Officers located Nathan J. Weeks, 16, of Evans on Lake Street with the lamp in his waistline. After the lamp was confirmed to be the stolen property, Weeks was charged with petit larceny and fifth degree criminal possession of stolen property and released on appearance tickets.

¯ On Aug. 15 at 9:19 p.m., Angelo M. Mead, 29, of Evans was stopped by a police officer for failure to stop for the stop sign located at the N.Y.S. Thruway exit at Eden Evans Center Road. The officer detected an odor of an alcoholic beverage from inside the vehicle. While speaking to Mead, the officer observed a glass marijuana pipe in plain view in front of the gear shifter. Mead said the pipe did not belong to him.

The officer detected multiple signs of intoxication of Mead and asked him to perform six field sobriety tests. Mead failed four of the tests and submitted to a road side breath screen test. He was placed under arrest and transported to the Evans Police Department. A search of the vehicle revealed a half-full can of cold beer on the floor within the driver’s reach. Mead refused to submit to a chemical test.

He was booked for felony driving while intoxicated due to two prior DWIs within 10 years, failure to stop at a stop sign, drinking alcohol in motor vehicle on highway and unlawful possession of marijuana. Mead was released and his vehicle was impounded.

Evans Police Officers stopped a vehicle on Southwestern Boulevard for inadequate license plate lamp on Aug. 16 at 1:32 a.m. As an officer was speaking to the operator, who was identified as Emad S. Nagi, 28, of Lackawanna, a strong odor of marijuana was emitting from the vehicle. When questioned about the odor, Nagi stated that he had just been smoking at the gas station.

Nagi handed the officer a marijuana roach and a clear plastic tube containing marijuana from his pocket. After the officers conducted a search of the vehicle, another container of marijuana was found on the passenger front floor and an electronic cigarette containing concentrated cannabis was found in the center console. Nagi was placed under arrest and transported to the Evans Police Department for booking. He was released on appearance tickets for equipment violation – no/inadequate plate lamp, seventh degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and unlawful possession of marijuana.

¯ On Aug. 16 at 8:01 p.m., Evans Police Officers conducted a road check on Versailles Plank Road. An officer observed a vehicle with a tampered NYS inspection sticker expiring on Dec. 31, 2018 with a recorded mileage of 144,269 on the back. The vehicle was scheduled to have an inspection on April 30, 2018. The vehicle’s current mileage was 141,905.

The owner and operator of the vehicle was identified as Courtney D. Ellis, 27, of Forestville. She and the vehicle’s two other passengers were transported to the Evans Police Department. The vehicle was impounded. Ellis was charged with operating motor vehicle without inspection certificate and displaying forged certificate without inspection.

¯ On Aug. 18 at 3:10 p.m., Evans Police Officers were dispatched to a restaurant on Erie Road for a suspicious person call from the restaurant. Upon arrival of the officers, Robert J. Pierce, 26, of Angola reported he was feeling ill due to a medical condition. He did not need/want emergency medical services.

A warrant check revealed that Pierce had a warrant out of Hamburg. An Evans Police Officer turned Pierce over to a Hamburg Police Officer for the warrant.