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Police and fire reports from the Aug. 25 Springville Journal

Police Blotter
Springville Police Department

– Aug. 12, Patrol investigated a property damage automobile accident at Wal-Mart.
– Aug. 13, Patrol assisted Erie County Sheriff’s deputies with a larceny complaint on Maple Avenue.
– Aug. 14, Patrol investigated report of youth’s causing trouble on Colonial Drive.
– Aug. 15, Patrol assisted Erie County Sheriff’s deputies with a burglary complaint on Clark Street.
– Aug. 17, Patrol stopped an erratic operator after a complaint from a citizen in the parking lot of M&T Bank.
– Aug. 17, Patrol assisted Erie County Sheriff’s deputies with a burglary complaint on Woodward Avenue.
– Aug. 17, Patrol assisted Erie County Sheriff’s deputies with a runaway from Buffalo who was found in Springville.
– Aug. 18, Patrol attempted to locate an erratic operator on South Cascade Drive.
– Aug. 18, Patrol investigated a complaint of disorderly youths in the area of West Main and Academy streets.
– Aug. 19, Patrol assisted with an automobile rally.


Fire Report– Aug. 6, 7:54 p.m., Springville firefighters responded to a first aid call on West Main Street. Transported to Bertrand Chaffee Hospital. – Aug. 6, 9 p.m., Springville firefighters responded to a report of a gas spill from an automobile on the Route 219 Expressway northbound. – Aug. 7, 11:46 a.m., Springville and East Concord firefighters responded to a mutual aid request from West Valley for a grass and brush fire on the corner of Bond and Thomas Corners roads in West Valley. – Aug. 7, 7:59 p.m., Chaffee-Sardinia firefighters responded to a first aid call on Gasner Road. Transported to BCH. – Aug 7, 9:49 p.m., Springville firefighters responded to a first aid call on Belscher Road. Transported to BCH. – Aug. 9, 6:19 p.m., Chaffee-Sardinia firefighters responded to a first aid call on Pratham Road. Transported to Mercy Hospital in Buffalo. – Aug. 9, 9:39 p.m., Springville firefighters responded to a first aid call on Franklin Street. Transported to BCH. – Aug. 10, 3:02 p.m., Springville firefighters responded to a first aid call on Childs Street. Transported to BCH. – Aug. 11, 2:50 a.m., Springville firefighters responded to a first aid call on West Main Street. Transported to BCH. – Aug. 11, 3:45 a.m., Springville firefighters responded to a first aid call on South Cascade Drive. Transported to BCH. – Aug. 11, 12:49 p.m., Mortons Corners firefighters responded to a first aid call on Emerling Road. – Aug. 12, 11:03 a.m., Springville firefighters responded to a motor vehicle accident on South Cascade Drive. Transported to BCH. – Aug. 13, 4:41 p.m., East Concord firefighters responded to a brush fire at Hardwood Drive and Tarn Trail. – Aug. 14, 12:21 p.m., Chaffee-Sardinia firefighters responded to a first aid call on Route 39. Transported to BCH. – Aug. 15, 2:17 a.m., Springville firefighters responded to a first aid call on Franklin Street. Rural Metro Ambulance transported to BCH. – Aug. 16, 2:30 p.m., Chaffee-Sardinia firefighters responded to a first aid call on Olean Road. Transported to Erie County Medical Center. – Aug. 16, 9:07 p.m., Chaffee-Sardinia firefighters responded to a forest fire on Hand Road. – Aug. 19, 12:51 a.m., Springville firefighters responded to a first aid on Smith Street. Rural Metro Ambulance transported to Buffalo General Hospital. – Aug. 19, 1:06 a.m., Springville and East Concord responded to a first aid call on Mill Street. Springville firefighters transported to BCH.

Driver arrested while impaired
New York State Police based out of the Boston barracks arrested Andrea Casler, 43, of Niagara Falls on July 30 for driving while ability impaired by drugs and for failing to use designated lane.

At 12:40 p.m., troopers received a report of an erratic operator’s driving on Route 219. Several witnesses reported that the vehicle swerved across lanes and, at one point, sideswiped the guard rail.

The automobile, which was operated by Casler, was stopped on Route 219 in the town of Concord, north of Springville. Casler was found to be under the influence of a prescription drug and was arrested. She was processed at the Boston station and then taken to a local hospital to provide a blood sample.

Casler will return to the town of Concord Court at a later date to answer the charges.

Jason Ovitt arrested following altercationErie County Sheriff Timothy Howard reported that Jason Ovitt, 26, of North Collins was arrested Aug. 9 following a domestic incident earlier in the day, in the village of Springville.
The Erie County Sheriff’s Office received a complaint from a Springville resident at 8:25 a.m. The caller reported that her ex-boyfriend had entered her residence, without her permission, grabbed her by the throat, choked her and broke some items in her house. The victim said that Ovitt then left her residence, taking her cell phone with him.
The subject turned himself in to Deputy Timothy Ulinger at the Springville Substation, later that afternoon.
Ovitt was charged with burglary in the second degree, a class C felony; criminal mischief in the third degree, a class E felony; criminal obstruction of breathing, petit larceny and forcible touching, all of which are class A misdemeanors.
Ovitt was arraigned by Springville Justice Kelly O’Neal-Adams and was remanded to the Erie County Holding Center on $650 cash bail.
Semi-annual traffic ticket summary for Springville PoliceBelow is the semi-annual traffic summary for the Springville Police Department. Included are the tickets given between Jan. 1 and June 30.
– Speeding tickets: 75 – Red light tickets: 14 – Stop sign tickets: 7 – Driving while intoxicated tickets: 8 – Equipment violation tickets: 26 – Cell phone use tickets: 19 – Parking violation tickets: 20 – Other miscellaneous tickets: 29 – Overnight parking tickets: 27 – Penal law and village code violations: 3 – Crosswalk violation tickets: 11 – Commercial vehicle safety violation tickets: 72
The total number of traffic tickets issued between Jan. 1 and June 30 by the Springville Police Department was 311.
The department’s bike patrol issued 13 traffic tickets between April and June.
Alex Ruszala and William Mack arrested in Buffalo
Erie County Sheriff Timothy Howard reported the arrest of a Yorkshire man and an Arcade man for endangering the welfare of a child and marijuana charges, during a road check by the Sheriff’s Strike Force Unit in the city of Buffalo.
Erie County Sheriff’s Strike Force deputies Neil Held and John Szczepanski were taking part in a safety road check on Jefferson Avenue at William Street in the city of Buffalo, when a vehicle, driven by Alex Ruszala, 21, of Arcade, entered the checkpoint. The front seat passenger was William Mack, 26, of Yorkshire.
Deputies discovered that there was scattered marijuana debris all over the vehicle and the occupants’ clothing.
Ruszala and Mack admitted to rolling a “blunt” just before the checkpoint and said they had attempted to get rid of it before deputies approached them. A 6-year-old male family member was found, unbuckled, in the back seat.
Further investigation found the vehicle to be unregistered. The driver, Ruszala, had a suspended driver’s license.
Ruszala and Mack were arrested and both were charged with endangering the welfare of a child and unlawful possession of marijuana. Ruszala was issued traffic tickets for the unregistered vehicle, suspended license and failure to buckle the 6-year-old male.
Both men were taken to the Erie County Holding Center on $500 bail, or until their arraignment in the city of Buffalo Court.
The child was turned over to his mother and the vehicle was towed to the Buffalo Police Department impound. 

Arkansas woman arrested for forging prescriptions
Erie County Sheriff Timothy Howard reported the arrest of a Wynne, Ark. woman for attempting to fill a forged prescription at the Rite Aid Pharmacy in Springville.
On Saturday, July 28 at 2 p.m., Erie County Sheriff’s Deputy Robert Ellis of the Springville Substation responded to a complaint of a woman’s attempting to fill a forged prescription. Paige Hunara, 21, of Wynne was charged with forgery second prescription, possession of a forged instrument third and criminal possession of a controlled substance seventh.
Police said they believed Hunara had three accomplices, who are also attempting to fill forged prescriptions at Western New York pharmacies.
Hunara was remanded to the Erie County Holding Center, pending arraignment.
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