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MARCH 1, 2013- Erie County Sheriff Timothy B. Howard reports the activities of Sheriff’s road patrols on Thursday night.           

     Responding to a call of a 15 year-old girl who ran out of her home with the desire to harm herself Deputy Lee Richard found the girl on a bridge in Clarence.  The deputy tried to talk the distraught girl off of the metal railing but she kept telling the deputy she wanted to “end it”.  Fearing he would not be able to talk her down he moved in closer and closer until he was able to grab the girl around the waist before she could jump and pulled her safely from the railing to the bridge.  The young girl was taken to ECMC for a mental health evaluation.

     Later in the shift Deputy Richard responded to an injury accident on Old Goodrich Rd in the Town of Clarence and arrived on scene to find a pick-up truck that had hit a utility pole and sheered it in half taking down the power lines.  Carl J. Monkelbaan (25) of Depew tried to pass a left turning car on the right.  He hit the car and then hit the utility pole.  He refused all sobriety tests and was taken to the hospital for evaluation.  Monkelbaan was medically cleared by the emergency room staff.  He refused  to provide a sample to determine his Blood Alcohol Content.  As a result of this refusal the Department of Motor Vehicles will be notified to effect the immediate suspension of his driver’s license.  He was taken to the Erie County Holding center and will appear in Clarence Town Justice Court at a future date.  This is the 56th DWI arrest that the Sheriff’s Office has made in 2013. 

      Meanwhile in the Town of Sardinia Deputies Don Hoelscher and Dave Zamorek responded to a burglary in progress call.  The homeowner returned home and saw someone in the house.  The deputies were on scene 3 minutes later and upon entering the home they found the burglar, Adam S. Killingbeck (23) passed out asleep.  He woke up while being handcuffed and was taken to the Erie County Holding Center pending arraignment.  Detective Shaun Hediger processed the scene to gather evidence. 

      In the Village of Gowanda Deputies Neil Held and Ryan Rogers arrested two men following a traffic stop.  Sammie L. Harris III (25) of Buffalo and Timothy J. Hall Jr. (21) of Amherst were charged with Criminal Possession of Narcotics with intent to sell which is a Class B Felony.  Harris was also charged with Tampering with Physical Evidence which is a Class E Felony.  Both men also received Class C Felony and Class A Misdemeanor drug charges.  They were taken to the Erie County Holding Center pending arraignment.