Pickup-car crash sends four to area hospitals
A man was charged with driving while intoxicated after he caused a traffic accident that sent four people to area hospitals.
Michael Stolzman, no age or address given by the Niagara County Sheriff’s Department, was treated and released from Lockport Memorial Hospital after his vehicle was struck by another about 12:35 a.m. Monday on Hartland Road in Royalton.
Stolzman’s Ford pick-up backed out of the driveway at 3281 Hartland Road and was struck by a Chevy Cavalier driven by Jennifer Martino. Sheriff’s deputies said Stolzman’s vehicle ended up on its side and Stolzman and an unidentified passenger both were trapped and had to be extricated by Gasport and Hartland rescue volunteers. The passenger was taken to Erie County Medical Center by ambulance.
Martino, no age or address available, also was taken to ECMC by ambulance. Her condition could not be determined mid-Monday; a nurse said Martino was in an operating room and was expected to be admitted.
Martino’s passenger, Gina Avino, no age or address available, was treated for undisclosed injuries and released from Lockport Memorial Hospital.
Stolzman was charged with driving while intoxicated and failure to yield the right of way.
City of Lockport
n CHARGED: Jesse L. Gould, 27, 7177 Kenyon Ave., Basom, was charged with disorderly conduct, and Allen J. Tomaino, 19, 6661 N. Royal Parkway, was charged with disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and two counts of second-degree harassment after police observed the two men fighting on Church Street at 2:30 a.m. Monday. As they exited the vehicle, police observed a Basom woman lying on the east side of the roadway, apparently injured; the woman said Tomaino had punched her. Tomaino fought with police after he was taken into custody and put into a police car, kicking Officer Kevin Lucinski twice. Tomaino was to be arraigned Monday in City Court. Gould was held in lieu of $100 bail pending his arraignment Wednesday in city court.
n CHARGED: Daniel J. Berhow, 21, 138 Elm Court, upper, Middleport, was charged with third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation, no/expired insurance and an equipment violation at 4:31 p.m. Sunday on Saxton Street. Police stopped Berhow’s vehicle for vehicle and traffic infractions, then ran a license check and determined Berhow’s license and registration are suspended, the report said. Berhow was held in lieu of $50 bail for arraignment Wednesday in city court.
n CHARGED: Jason A. D’Angelo, 36, 302 W. Caledonia St., upper, was charged with petit larceny Monday afternoon at Rite Aid, 125 S. Transit St. A witness in the store reportedly saw D’Angelo take a boxed MP3 video player from behind a counter, open the package with a box cutter and put the contents into his coat. Police found the player in D’Angelo’s possession, the report said. D’Angelo is to be arraigned Wednesday in city court.
Town of Lockport
n BURGLARY/ARSON: A businessperson reported items taken from a warehouse at 5638 Old Saunders Settlement Road and the interior damaged by fire sometime between 4 p.m. Thursday and 11:24 a.m. Sunday. According to a deputy’s report, someone broke into the warehouse through a rear door, ransacked several offices and set fires in three rooms that went out on their own. The businessperson reported a red-and-gray toolbox and tools stolen and significant damage done to walls and fixtures by the fires. It appears the suspect(s) were trying to gain access to a safe, the report said. The toolbox and tools are valued at $500; fire damage is estimated at $2,000. The case was turned over to the sheriff’s Criminal Investigation Bureau.
n PROPERTY DAMAGE: A resident of 6246 Westwood Drive reported to sheriff’s deputies that he witnessed a mid-size pickup drive on his front lawn around 3 a.m. Monday. The pickup became stuck in mud and was pulled out by a second vehicle, a light blue van, that appeared to come there for that purpose. No license plate numbers were obtained. Damage to the lawn is estimated at $250.
n CHARGED: Jay M. Hughes, 22, 2900 Ewings Road, and Nathan D. Kirby, 22, 3057 Ewings Road, were both charged with trespass at 12:10 a.m. Monday at 2812 Main St., where a resident told deputies the two had approached his home unwelcomed and refused to leave. Bail was set at $100 each for Hughes and Kirby; the men were given tickets to appear Tuesday in Newfane Town Court.
n ALTERCATION: A female resident of 9222 Ridge Road reported being in a physical argument early Monday with a woman who came to her home and had earlier placed several calls to her concerning a past incident. A male resident of 9222 Ridge broke up the scuffle outdoors. The woman who came to the home told sheriff’s deputies the man had struck her in the face several times; she wanted to press charges but deputies advised her to hold off due to her intoxicated state, the report said.
n GUN THEFTS: A resident of 1805 Carmen Road reported four guns stolen from the home sometime between noon Thursday and 1:30 p.m. Sunday. Taken were a 12-gauge New England Turkey Gun valued at $400, a 20-gauge Remington 870 valued at $500, a Red Rider BB gun valued at $100 and a BB gun of unknown brand also valued at $100. According to deputies’ report, the suspect(s) gained entry by smashing out the glass on the home’s west-side front door and prying open the lock on the gun cabinet. The front door is valued at $800.
n VANDALISM: A resident of 1534 Franklin St. reported damage done to a 1990 Chevrolet pickup parked at that address sometime between 9 p.m. Wednesday and 11:15 a.m. Thursday. A driver-side window was broken, possibly by a BB or pellet gun, deputies’ report said. The damage estimate is $200.
n PETIT LARCENY: A Pennsylvania man reported to sheriff’s deputies that an A/C adapter was taken from his vehicle sometime between 3 p.m. Friday and 8:30 p.m. Saturday while the vehicle was parked at 2883 New Road. The adapter is valued at $25.
n GUN THEFT: A resident of 3130 Youngstown-Lockport Road reported a 9 mm automatic pistol was taken from a vehicle parked at that address sometime between 5 p.m. Thursday and 6:30 a.m. Friday. Someone broke the vehicle’s passenger-side front window and got the gun from beneath the driver’s seat, the report said. A hammer found near the vehicle was taken into evidence. The gun is valued at $250.
n VANDALISM: A resident of 3319 Blossom Lane reported to deputies that a set of netted Christmas lights on a bush was cut sometime between Saturday and Sunday. The lights are valued at $15. The resident said this was the second light-cutting incident at his home in two weeks; he told deputies he had no idea who might have done it.
n THEFT: A 52-year-old Niagara Street woman told police someone took $400 from her wallet while she was at a party on Cudaback Avenue early Monday morning. The woman told police she hid the wallet in a mattress she was sleeping on and someone took the money while she was sleeping.
n THEFT: The owner of a vacant home on the 1100 block of Ferry Avenue reported to police that sometime since Dec. 5 someone had entered the building and taken two antique tables worth $1,000.
n CHARGED: Christine Campbell, 26, 351 Fredericha St., was arrested on an active warrant from Cheektowaga at 6:27 a.m. Monday. Campbell was turned over to the Cheektowaga Police Department by the North Tonawanda police.
n CHARGED: Anthony Shugg, 25, 17 Cleveland Ave., City of Tonawanda, was charged with driving while intoxicated, no seat belt and criminal possession of a controlled substance at 6:14 a.m. Monday. Police determined Shugg was intoxicated after a traffic stop, according to reports. Shugg was held for the judge.
n CHARGED: Jennifer Maracze, 21, 45 Fillmore Ave., City of Tonawanda, was charged with trespassing at 6:03 a.m. Monday. Maracze was arrested after an investigation conducted by North Tonawanda police. Maracze was released on her own recognizance.
n CHARGED: Robert Krause, 20, 246 Oliver St., lower apartment, was charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest at 3:20 a.m. Monday. Krause refused to answer questions during booking, according to reports. Krause was held in lieu of $50.
n CHARGED: Todd Serviss, 38, 64 Hagen Ave., North Tonawanda, was charged with disorderly conduct and criminal possession of a controlled substance at 2:26 a.m. Monday. Serviss swore in public after being warned not to by police, according to reports. Serviss was held in lieu of $250.
n CHARGED: Walter Wisniswski, 30, 376 Stanley St., North Tonawanda, was charged with obstructing justice and resisting arrest at 2:39 a.m. Monday. Wisniswski was arrested after a domestic dispute, according to reports. Wisniswski was released on his own recognizance.
n CHARGED: Brianne Aquinaga, 26, 118 Canter Ave., North Tonawanda, was charged with aggravated unlicensed operation and no seat belt at 3:43 p.m. Saturday. A DMV checked performed by patrol revealed a suspended license, according to reports. Aquinaga was held in lieu of $250.