Kenmore school locked down during chase
Mount St. Mary Academy in the Town of Tonawanda was on lockdown for a brief time Monday morning during a police chase involving Town of Tonawanda and New York State police.
According to a letter sent home to parents by Mount St. Mary Principal Dawn Riggie, a car entered the Delaware Avenue school’s property at about 10:15 a.m. at a high rate of speed and was closely followed by state troopers.
The driver and a passenger were apprehended immediately. Students and parents who were outside of the building at the time were brought inside the school as quickly as possible, Riggie said.
“I can tell you that the suspects are in custody, and while weapons were drawn by police officers, no shots were fired,” her letter states.
City of Tonawanda
LARCENY: Paul J. Morath, 25, 34 Cleveland Ave., was charged at 12:34 a.m. Monday with petit larceny and criminal mischief for stealing the street sign at Cleveland and Fillmore avenues. Morath was released on an appearance ticket.
DWI: Alessio S. Alagna, 25, 23 Lovering Ave., Buffalo, was charged at 10:37 p.m. Sunday with DWI and speeding. Alagna was pulled over for going 51 mph on Delaware Street and weaving. Alagna’s speech was badly slurred, and Alagna also could not find nor produce a driver’s license. Alagna refused to submit to a chemical test and was held for court.
WARRANT: James C. Buncy, 41, 754 Prospect Ave., Buffalo, was arrested Saturday on a warrant from Nov. 10, 2009 charging him with driving with revoked registration. Buncy is being held in lieu of $250 bail.
Town of Tonawanda
HARASSMENT: Shawn D. Harris of the town was charged at 8:41 p.m. Saturday with second-degree harassment following a neighbor dispute. Harris threatened a neighbor whom he believed called police on him for violating the town’s open burning ordinance.
FALSE PERSONATION: Anthony N. Ortiz was charged at 10:50 a.m. Saturday with false personation for giving police a wrong first name following a domestic disturbance. Police also found that Buffalo has four active warrants for Ortiz’s arrest.
LARCENY: Adam J. Nelson was charged at 1 a.m. Saturday with petit larceny for stealing coins, gift cards and an iPod from an unlocked SUV.
DOMESTIC: Floyd Hartford III was charged at 1:05 a.m. Friday with harassment and criminal contempt following a domestic disturbance.
DRUGS: Michael P. D’Auria was charged at 3:44 p.m. Thursday with third-degree criminal possession of a hallucinogenic substance, a felony charge. D’Auria’s employer, an unidentified plant in the town, alerted police that his backpack contained hallucinogenic mushrooms and a digital scale.
ASSAULT: Christopher J. Myke of Buffalo was charged at 2:26 a.m. Thursday with third-degree assault for punching and kicking someone on Tonawanda Street.
DRUGS: Vincent N. Pace was charged at 7:52 p.m. Wednesday with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and unlawful possession of marijuana following a traffic stop at Sheridan Drive and Kenmore Avenue. Pace was released on an appearance ticket.
MARIJUANA: Todd B. Hoeltke, 26, 587 Lynbrook Ave., Tonawanda, was charged Friday with possession of marijuana and driving without a seat belt. A report said when deputies pulled Hoeltke over for not wearing a seat belt, they also found he was in possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. Hoeltke told deputies he planned to “cruise up to the reservation and smoke one on the way.” Hoeltke is due June 22 in Wheatfield Town Court.