Sheriff seeks help locating man who tossed a non-lethal chemical agent at a Deputy.
Erie County Sheriff Timothy B. Howard is seeking to identify a male subject who deployed a gas grenade during a vehicle pursuit. On January 24 at approximately 6:15 p.m., a Deputy attempted to initiate a traffic stop along Route 438 on the Seneca Nation of Indians’ Cattaraugus Territories. The vehicle refused to pull over, and the operator tossed a non-lethal chemical grenade at the patrol vehicle. Powder residue from the gas grenade entered the vehicle’s cabin, causing a reaction. Due to Deputy’s discomfort and safety issues, they terminated the pursuit. The vehicle was last observed traveling westbound on Rte. 438, and Deputies believe the truck was heading west along the route before the attempted traffic stop. Sheriff’s Detectives are requesting the public’s assistance in identifying the vehicle, operator, and persons associated with the incident. The vehicle is described as an older model white pickup truck, possibly a Dodge, towing a trailer. The trailer is a black tandem-axle utility trailer with round tubing railings carrying an older model ATV and several tires. The trailer did not have a ramp or gate, and the rear passenger tail light was missing. Also, the trailer’s plate appeared to be from a different state. Anyone with information about the truck, trailer, or operator is urged to call the Erie County Sheriff’s Office at 716.858.2903 and refer to CL 21-005921. The Sheriff’s Office is also asking area businesses and residents along the highway to review security footage and share any images showing a truck matching the description with Detectives. Seneca Nation EMS transported the Deputy to an area hospital for evaluation and treatment. The Deputy was later released from the hospital.
Missing Female Rescued by NY State Troopers and U.S. Border Patrol Agents.
On January 25, 2021 at 8:45 A.M., the City of Niagara Falls Police Department contacted all local law enforcement agencies that a 12-year-old-female with special needs was missing from her home. Shortly afterward it was reported that the young girl was walking on Interstate 190 on the North Grand Island Bridge. A Border Patrol Agent who was nearby responded and located the girl in the traffic lane near the crest of the bridge. The Agent immediately activated his emergency lights to yield traffic and began to talk to her. She was unresponsive to the Agent and continued to walk on the bridge putting herself in grave danger. New York State Troopers arrived and positioned their vehicle in front of the female. The Troopers and Agent attempted to have a conversation with the young girl. However, the young girl became frightened and quickly moved towards the edge of the bridge indicating she may attempt to jump. One of the Troopers immediately ran over to her, safely placed the young girl in his protective custody and transported her off the bridge. Troopers and Niagara Falls Police then reunited the young girl with her family. The female was in below freezing weather, however, she was in good physical health with no apparent injuries. It was also indicated that the female was autistic and semi-verbal.
Brian Gould Announces Candidacy for Erie County Sheriff.
Brian Gould, Assistant Chief of Police in the Town of Cheektowaga, announced his candidacy for Erie County Sheriff today. Gould joined the Cheektowaga Police Department in 2000 and rose through the ranks. Hecurrently holds the rank of Assistant Chief. An announcement video was published on his website, gould4sheriff.com. “Law enforcement is difficult and dangerous work, and we need strong leadership to make our communities safer,” said Gould. “As a police officer, I started my law enforcement career on the front lines as a patrol officer. I believe our sheriff deputies are doing the best job they can, but it’s clear their leadership has failed them. Leadership is not about words, it’s about action. My public safety experience, combined with my proven problem-solving skills make me the ideal candidate for Erie County Sheriff.” Gould has developed police programs that have been replicated across Erie County. He worked with Crisis Services of Western New York to develop the region’s first Crisis Intervention Team in Cheektowaga. The program provides officers with training in how to deal with mentally ill individuals and embeds a mental health professional in the department, who can respond to calls with officers. The program was so successful that Gould personally trained more than 500 officers across Western New York to deal with these challenges in a safe and secure manner. Gould has a record of public service that extends beyond his service as a police officer. He has served as a volunteer fire fighter for over 25 years, starting at Doyle Volunteer Hose Co. #2 and then moving to the Bellevue Volunteer Fire Department. His leadership roles in the fire service included terms as Chief and President. In 2002, he was appointed to the Cheektowaga Central Board of Education and went on to serve 13 years as a trustee and held the position of board president for many years. “As public safety is ever evolving,” noted Gould. “Our community needs a sheriff who recognizes when changes need to be made. I invite you to join my campaign to bring the change we need to the Erie County Sheriff’s Office.”
On January 22, 2021 at approximately 7:00 A.M., Troopers out of SP Buffalo responded to a one vehicle roll over collision on the I-190 south bound at exit 6 (Elm Street). Further investigation revealed that a vehicle traveling south bound struck the guide rail on the exit 6 off ramp causing the vehicle to overturn. The operator and only occupant was ejected from the vehicle and is deceased. This collision is still under investigation. Further information will be available as the investigation continues.
The New York State Police Are Mourning The Loss Of One Of Their Own.
From the NYS Police Website: The New York State Police are mourning the loss of Mr. Christian Koch, Division Civilian Pilot, Aviation Unit-Rochester. Mr. Koch, also a pilot with the New York Army National Guard, was tragically killed on January 20, 2021, when the UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter he was flying crashed in the town of Menden, in Monroe County. Mr. Koch has been a pilot with the New York State Police since March of 2016. In addition to a pilot and crew member on many rescue and search missions, Mr. Koch also served as a Division Unit Trainer, instrumental in the last year conducting annual training for Division pilots. He was recently honored by the Red Cross of Western New York for his role in the June 2020 rescue of an injured 11-year-old boy in Wyoming County. Along with first responders on the ground, and a State Police crew in the air, the boy was hoisted more than 100 feet from a gorge and taken for medical care. Mr. Koch is survived by his wife and four children. The New York State Police thank him for his service to his country, and to the people of the State of New York.
Erie County Sheriff's Office Patrol Logs for the Town of Clarence from Jan 2nd through Jan 8th.
01/02/21: A resident of Harris Hill Road reported gun shots in the area. Patrol checked the area with negative results. The fire department responded to Forest Creek Drive for a fire alarm. Someone had burned some food. Deputies responded to West Overlook Drive for a barking dog complaint. Patrol advised the homeowner of the complaint and the issue was resolved. 01/03/21: Property was stolen from two unlocked vehicles on South Fireside Drive. You should never leave your vehicles unlocked because people are frequently checking for unlocked cars at night. A caller from Stonebriar Drive reported that someone was playing music outside of her bedroom door. It was her son. An order of protection was served at an address on County Road. 01/04/21: The manager of a store at the Eastern Hills Mall reported a theft of Bill merchandise that occurred a few days prior. There is video of the incident and the investigation is pending. A suspicious male was reported on County Road the caller stated that the male appeared to be on drugs. The male was taken home to an address on Strickler Road. 01/05/21: A male called from the Budget Inn on Main Street complaining of someone sitting in a car blaring loud music. Nobody was around when patrol arrived. A resident of Millcreek Drive turned in a wallet that she had found on her street. It was returned to a person on Foxwood Lane. A male called from the Budget Inn stating that someone was trying to break into his room. Nobody was around. 01/06/21: Two teen age males attempted to steal a large plastic Jug that was full of donated money from inside of the Eastern Hills Mall. The male who was carrying the jug of money ran into the mall security guard and dropped the money as he crashed to the ground. Both males got away. Deputies responded to a home on Hillcrest for a firearm surrender. The person at the address was served a supreme court order for the suspension of their pistol permit. 01/07/21: Thirty-one-year old Michael Dinardo was arrested on an outstanding warrant for grand larceny in the forth degree. Dinardo had stolen tools and credit cards from a vehicle at the Wehrle Golf Dome in January of 2020. A resident of Holly Glen Court reported that his credit card information had been used to make attempted purchases online. 01/08/21: Deputies responded to a car that hit a stop sign and went off the road into some Trees on Keller Road. Deputies charged Emma Conway age twenty-two with driving while intoxicated after she failed roadside sobriety tests. Conway was processed at the Clarence Station where she submitted to a breath test which showed her blood alcohol content to be .17 of one percent are a little more than twice the limit. She was released to a family member on traffic tickets pending arraignment. Williamsville resident Eva Rubinstein was apprehended while fleeing J. C. Penny’s at the eastern Hills mall after shoplifting. Rubinstein who is sixty-two years old had stolen approximately three hundred dollars in property and left without paying. Deputies released her on an appearance ticket pending her arraignment in Clarence Town Court.
Erie County Sheriff's Office Patrol Logs for Marilla and Alden from Jan 2nd through Jan 8th.
01/02/21: Deputies were dispatched to the railroad overpass on Broadway for a group of kids that were allegedly throwing things down at passing vehicles. Patrols checked the area with negative results. Deputies responded to Three Rod Road for a 9aa hang up call. It was a child playing with the telephone. 01/03/21: First Aid was called to Bush Gardens to assist a male who had fallen and could not get up off of the floor. 01/04/21: Deputies responded to a landlord tenant dispute on Exchange Street. The tenant was upset because the landlord had put all of her property outside and had changed the locks. The power company had removed the electric meter for unpaid bills and the female had been staying somewhere else so the landlord had assumed that she had vacated the apartment. A caller from an address on Exchange Street turned over four pistols and a pistol permit to deputies after the permit holder had passed away. Deputies responded to a disturbance on Parker Road. The female left the residence of the evening and an incident report was completed. 01/05/21: A thirty-six-year old male at the correctional facility was charged with criminal mischief after breaking a storage container and a light fixture during a disturbance at the correctional facility on Walden Avenue. A resident of Meadow Drive reported fraudulent activity on her bank account. A female called from an address on Bullis Road. Her ex-boyfriend’s new girlfriend was posting embarrassing photos of her on social media. She was advised. 01/06/21: First Aid responded to an address on Wish Circle for a person who felt like she was having a heart attack. The female was transported to the hospital. A female caller from Bush Gardens wanted advise on scammers that kept calling her after she had fallen victim to a scam. She was advised to screen all of her calls and not respond to anyone that she did not know. 01/07/21: First Aid responded to an address on Williston Road for a person who was having difficulty breathing. Deputies responded to a business on Walden Avenue for a 911 hang up call. An employee accidently dialed. 01/08/21: The school resource officer for Alden Schools went to an address on Clinton Street to check on a child who had been skipping school. The child was driven to school by the officer. Deputies responded to an address on Sandridge Road to check on a female who had missed work but had not called off. The female was fine.
Clarence - Sheriff’s Seeking Additional Witnesses To Yesterday’s Fatal Crash.
Erie County Sheriff Timothy B. Howard reports the crash unit is investigating the cause of a crash that killed one driver in Clarence on January 19. At approximately 12:50 p.m., Deputies responded to reports of a multi-vehicle crash at the intersection of Main and Goodrich roads in the Town of Clarence yesterday. A vehicle traveling westbound on Main struck a vehicle head-on; that vehicle was waiting at the intersection to turn onto Goodrich Road. The westbound truck traveled further, striking two other vehicles near the intersection. Emergency responders from multiple fire companies extricated Jeanette Helms from her vehicle and administered first aid. Ms. Helms, a resident of Clarence, died at the scene. The driver of the westbound truck was transported to ECMC for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries. EMS evaluated and cleared the drivers of the other vehicles at the scene. A portion of Main was closed for about 7-hours yesterday, and the incident remains under investigation. The Crash Investigation Unit is requesting anyone who witnessed the incident or events leading to the crash to call 716.858.2903 and refer to CL# 21-004626.
Bennington - Alden Man Dies In Fatal Single Car Crash in.
On January 15, 2021 at 2:41 P.M., Troopers out of SP Warsaw responded to Bullis Road in the town of Bennington for a one vehicle collision. Further investigation revealed that a 2012 Jeep was traveling north bound on Bullis Road and exited the east side of the roadway and continued down a thirty-foot cliff. The vehicle came to rest on the roof. The operator, Michael J. Colman, 57 of Alden, NY was pronounced deceased at the scene by Wyoming County Coroner. The Bureau of Criminal Investigation assisted with this investigation.
Two Flee After Stealing Items From Springville Store.
Erie County Sheriff Timothy B. Howard reports two individuals were arrested after stealing merchandise from a Springville grocery store and fled the scene Thursday. In the morning of January 14, the store’s loss prevention employees observed two subjects loading stolen groceries into a moving van. The suspects proceeded to flee the parking lot, and the employees contacted the Sheriff’s Office. Deputies located the van traveling southbound on Route 219 and initiated a traffic stop. The Deputies’ investigation discovered that 37-year-old Jeffery Spriegel of Kenmore had an outstanding warrant from the Town of Batavia and was wanted by law enforcement agencies in Erie and Niagara counties. Spriegel was arrested and charged with misdemeanor counts of petit larceny and criminal possession of stolen property. He was also cited for numerous vehicle and traffic law infractions. He was later turned over to the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office for the outstanding warrant. The other suspect, 42-year-old Cathy Sickler of Amherst, was arrested and charged with misdemeanor counts of petit larceny and possession of stolen property. She was released with appearance tickets.