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New York State Police at Collins

COLLINS – Andrew Greinert, 23, of Gowanda, was charged with three counts of misapplication of property and three counts of petit larceny following a complaint from a family member on Dec 15.

Greinert was allegedly helping the family member the day before the arrest, and reportedly stole a chainsaw and wrench before he left.

Troopers interviewed family members and it was found Greinert stole the property and allegedly sold it to a Gowanda resident.

Greinert was processed at the Collins State Police barracks, arraigned in Collins Town Court and sent to the Erie County Holding Center on $1,000 bail.

COLLINS – Nathan Nephew, 35, of Versailles, was charged Dec. 18 with petit larceny following a report of shoplifting on Dec. 15.

Troopers responded to Thirsty’s Pizzeria in Collins, after staff reported a male had stolen a $16 bottle of liquor.

Using surveillance pictures posted at the register after the theft, patrons were able to identity Nephew.

Given an opportunity to pay for the bottle, Nephew failed to show up to the store over the next three days.

He was then located and processed by the Collins State Police, and will appear in the Collins Town Court at a later date.

GOWANDA – On Dec. 16, State Police and the Gowanda Police Department took Anthony Schmitz, 38, of Gowanda, into custody on an Erie County Family Court warrant.

Schmitz was taken into custody without incident and troopers relayed him to the Erie County Sheriff’s substation in North Collins, where he was turned over to deputies.

COLLINS – Kenneth Olszewski, 53, of Angola, was charged Dec. 17 with unlawful possession of marijuana after a traffic stop on Route 438 and Richardson Road. Olszewski’s car was stopped for an inadequate exhaust, and he was subsequently found with a bag containing four-and-a-half grams of marijuana and a glass pipe with marijuana in it.

He will appear in Collins Town Court at a later date.

BRANT – On Dec. 17, State Police responded to a 911 call, reporting an explosion at the Renaldo Sales and Service on Milestrip Road. An employee was injured while conducting maintenance on a propane delivery truck.

The victim, Lawrence Szal, 54, of Eden, sustained second- and third-degree burns to his face, hands and legs. Prior to the explosion, Szal was working near the rear of the tanker truck, when residual fumes inside the tank ignited, causing the explosion.

Co-workers were able to extinguish the fire, while removing Szal and providing him with first aid.

Rural Metro transported Szal to Lake Shore Hospital for treatment.

Fire companies from Brant and Farnham responded to the scene, along with Brant Police and the Erie County Sheriff’s Office.

HANOVER – Salvatore Scinta, 48, of Cherry Creek, was charged Dec. 18 with unlawful possession of marijuana after a traffic stop on Route 5 and 20.

He was allegedly not wearing a seatbelt. During the stop troopers allegedly smelled marijuana.

Scinta was subsequently found in possession of a bag with a small amount of marijuana in it.

He will appear in Hanover Town Court at a later date to answer to the charges.

VERSAILLES – Keith Young, 35, of Versailles, was taken into custody on Dec. 18 for a bench warrant from Cattaraugus County Family Court.

Troopers responded to a report of a verbal domestic dispute between Young and his sister at a Burning Springs Road residence.

Young had left the scene when troopers arrived, but returned a short time later.

After an investigation, troopers discovered the warrant and took him into custody.

Young was turned over to the Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s Office.