South Buffalo Residents React To Drug Raids

There are 20 comments on the Feb 21, 2008, WGRZ Buffalo story titled South Buffalo Residents React To Drug Raids. In it, WGRZ Buffalo reports that:

A series of drug raids over the past week shocked some people in South Buffalo but it also proved that vigilance from block clubs and tips phoned into police did get results.

Join the discussion below, or Read more at WGRZ Buffalo.

Theresa

Buffalo, NY

#24 Feb 22, 2008
I'm still waiting on them to make some busts in Black Rock. I have been watching these people and houses for 5 years now and have filled out many forms with names and addresses and still they are there on street corners, in houses selling their drugs, riding their expensive cars and living high off the hog and it goes on and on and us innocent neighbors have to live this kind of life
Michele

AOL

#25 Feb 22, 2008
don white wrote:
HOW ABOUT A LINK THAT LISTS THE NAMES AND ADDRESSES OF THESE PEOPLE.
It's in this mornings paper.
Michele

AOL

#26 Feb 22, 2008
In the Buff wrote:
Well they ruined the East and West sides, now South and North are next. they're like locust, devouring a whole area and moving on to the next. and the white chicks love it!
I agree, i live on Woodside{the nicer end}
and in three different rental apts. people came from the west and east sides of Buffalo. Looks like they are taking over what used to be a nice place to live.
CHRIS M

Roseland, NJ

#27 Feb 22, 2008
check out broadway and bailey my ex lives on 1500 is on ssi and manages to buy alcohol and crack when i reported him ssi told me since he is on ssi he can get food stamps. he sells his stamps for crack and this guy did not want to hear it meantime i got to pay for this scumbag from my taxes
Lee

Buffalo, NY

#28 Feb 22, 2008
This is the best I could find with names...I would like to see all the names as well.

http://www.usdoj.gov/dea/pubs/states/newsrel/...
Hanover

Buffalo, NY

#29 Feb 22, 2008
former channel 2 viewer wrote:
Having been a channel 2 viewer for the past several years, I think it's time to search for a new local news source. The fact that this major story did not make the news until the next day when the other local stations covered it almost as quickly as it happened makes me wonder how many news stories channel 2 has missed over the years.
I was also disappointed by the coverage on this. This is the type of law enforcement effort that comes along once every 3 to 4 years and can have an impact for years to come.
Hanover

Buffalo, NY

#30 Feb 22, 2008
If you have information regarding drug dealing which is specific to a certain area you can and should call the Erie COunty Sheriff's Department Tip Line. ECSO has the most proactive unit of all the local agencies when it comes to drugs.
leftsbuff

Lockport, NY

#31 Feb 22, 2008
Obviously wrote:
A little boy was in on the action. What an education. Will there be child endangerment charges?
No they'll just put him/her into the system and we'll pay taxes for him/her to collect welfare the rest of his/her life. Welcome to the welfare state
Snoop Dog

Buffalo, NY

#32 Feb 22, 2008
well time to move to ochard park
JOHNBOY

Elma, NY

#33 Feb 22, 2008
kudos to those who stuck their necks out to get the trash out of the neighborhood, we need more like them down in the first ward
RJ Law

AOL

#34 Feb 22, 2008
Today's Paper

http://www.buffalonews.com/cityregion/buffalo...

Buffalo police have released a list of the 54 people who were arrested in connection with this week’s three-day drug bust.

The multi-agency blitz, dubbed Operation Triple Play, involved the arrest of 51 people — including one unnamed juvenile — from Monday through Wednesday. Three others were arrested previously during the investigation.
In addition, 10 suspects were indicted on federal charges by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, but the identities of those individuals have not been released.
The raids were mostly concentrated throughout South Buffalo.
Police arrested:

Charged with felony criminal possession of a controlled substance are: Timothy Washington, 19, of Swan Street; Michael Solowski, 17, of Galloway Street; Krystalin K. Betty, of Parkview Avenue; William S. Solowski, 23, Parkview Avenue; Samuel R. DiLorenzo, 34, of Abbott Road; Daryl M. Koepnick, 44, of Arbor Lane; Thomas C. Bonnas, 45, of Erie Road, Angola; Bruce MacDowell, 41, of Ladner Avenue; Theodore Mitchell, 28, of Elmwood Avenue;
Also, Leon Blye, 29, of Woodside Avenue; Daniel L. Wanderlich, 19, of Woodside; Robert Ferucci, 44, of Creekside, East Otto; Harold A. Ferrucci, 42, of Woodside Avenue; Tracy Argentieri, 32, of Woodside Avenue; Tabitha Schmigiel, 27, of Abbott Road, Lackawanna; Rashaun A. Holt, 22, of Gittere Street; Yolanda M. Ruffins, 25, of Woodside Avenue; Lawrence Borkowski, 42, of South Ryan Street; Tammy L. Wagner, 44, of Lockwood Avenue;

And, Scott R. Parker, 43, of Seneca Street; James A. Dietz, 42, of Seneca Street; Richard K. Sainsbury Jr., 29, of Seneca Street; Joseph A. Shields, 42, of Pomona Place; Karrie Shields, 40, of Pomona Place; Colleen Geary, 30, of Houston Street; Charles Rath, 77, of Wescott Street; Darren Bailey, 27, of Grimes Street; and Alexander Hoffman, 21, of Stevenson Street; William A. Hoffman, 23, of Stevenson Street; and Natasha Stephens, 31, of Fulton Street.

Washington also faces additional counts of criminal sale of a controlled substance and unlawful possession of marijuana. Betty had additional counts of criminal use of drug paraphernalia and criminal possession of a hypodermic instrument. Joseph A. Shields also was charged with misdemeanor criminal diversion of prescription medications and prescriptions. Karrie Shields also was charged with three counts of criminal sale of a controlled substance.
Grimes also is facing more than a dozen other charges, including criminal possession of stolen property, criminal possession of marijuana, and promoting prison contraband. Alexander Hoffman and William A. Hoffman were also charged with felony criminal possession of marijuana. Stephens also was charged with several other charges, including criminal possession of a weapon and criminal use of drug paraphernalia.
RJ Law

AOL

#35 Feb 22, 2008
Continued:

Charged with felony criminal possession of a controlled substance and felony criminal sale of a controlled substance are: Marcus DuPree, 24, of Woodside Avenue, who is the accused ringleader of the drug operation; Gilbert Reyes, 27, of Altruria Street; Leyla Abdallah, 24, of Altruria Street; War-dell F. Watts, 30, of Fulton Street; Mark L. Minotti, 49, of Ontario Street; Donald A. Cudeck, 23, of Southgate Drive in West Seneca and Hewitt Avenue in Buffalo; and Tameka Johnson, also known as Valerie Parsons, 27, of Franklin Street, Lackawanna. Charged with misdemeanor criminal possession of a controlled substance are: Stephanie R. Kollatz, 21, of Cable Street; Christopher S. Glosser, 24, of Cable Street; and Melanie Mendez, 17, of Germania Street.

Charged with violation unlawful possession of marijuana are: Eric J. Dumas, 21, of Princeton Place, and Lixa Pettengill, 23, of Woodside, who both were given appearance tickets, according to Richards.

Charged with felony criminal possession of marijuana are: Gary Pettengill, 24, of Woodside, and Timothy C. Straw Jr., 20, of Rejtan Street. Pettengill was also charged with two counts of misdemeanor criminal use of drug paraphernalia. Straw also was charged with violation unlawful possession of marijuana and misdemeanor promoting prison contraband. Charged with misdemeanor criminal sale of marijuana and violation unlawful possession of marijuana are: Styles Salter, 17, of Alabama Street, and David D. Price, 17, of Hillside Avenue.

Charged with misdemeanor criminal possession of marijuana and felony criminal possession of a forged instrument are: Jessica Tucker, 18, Jeffery Parker, 22, and Daniel Parker, 17, and Susan Parker, 43, all of the same address on Hillside.

Buffalo police charged the following three people in the past few months:


• Shannon Fitzpatrick, 37, of McKinley Parkway, criminal sale of a controlled substance.


• Robert Ramos, 28, of Seneca Street, two counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance and one count each of resisting arrest and obstructing governmental administration.

• Alexis Erickson, 25, of Danforth Street, criminal sale of a controlled substance.
mike

Raleigh, NC

#36 Feb 22, 2008
theres a new wave of trash people in that area
johnny

Elma, NY

#37 Feb 22, 2008
give em each a gun and 4 bullets, then lock them together in a big room until they all stop moving
princess

Buffalo, NY

#38 Feb 22, 2008
I think this is great get all the losers and low lifes that collect welfare off the streets,the bad news is some of them will be out in a few years doing it all over again.
Frank

Ellicottville, NY

#39 Feb 22, 2008
The majority of the people were white, so enough with the racials, but what's missing is their source. They worked with the Kingsmen in S.BFLO/lower east side for coke and weed, yet none of them ever get caugt...
As for the people complaining about their streets, don't just post an address online at some crappy news station's web forum.
GO TO THE CITY'S COMPLAINT LINE AND PROCESS YOUR COMPLAINT, can even do it anonymously. they use CitiStat so your compalaint HAS to be checked over by the appropriate city departments and police.
http://www.city-buffalo.com/applications/Comp...
Joe

United States

#40 Feb 22, 2008
What the heck kind of person is this Susan Parker to have two 17 year olds and an 18 year old in her house involved? I wonder if Scott R. Parker, 43, of Seneca Street is connected to this group. I feel bad for the kids being made to be involved in this instead of having a chance at a normal life. "Momma said no food for you if you don't get all the seeds out". Disturbing.
Joe

United States

#41 Feb 22, 2008
Frank wrote:
The majority of the people were white, so enough with the racials, but what's missing is their source. They worked with the Kingsmen in S.BFLO/lower east side for coke and weed, yet none of them ever get caugt...
As for the people complaining about their streets, don't just post an address online at some crappy news station's web forum.
GO TO THE CITY'S COMPLAINT LINE AND PROCESS YOUR COMPLAINT, can even do it anonymously. they use CitiStat so your compalaint HAS to be checked over by the appropriate city departments and police.
http://www.city-buffalo.com/applications/Comp...
Thanks Frank for posting this. I have actually used this site before. Like I said in an earlier posting, I'll claim my street back. Others should do the same.
Frank

Ellicottville, NY

#42 Feb 22, 2008
I did!!! I used to live for years on Plymouth, between Vermont and Rhode Island. Everyhouse but 2 on the entire block were owned and lived in by the owner. We had some major drug issues... There were some big & busy corners near by, Massachusettes & Normal, Vermont & Normal. Things were getting bod for a while, and there was a school on the next block where they'd hang out at during the evenings and sell rock. We created our own block club. For years we met and talked, dont' even think it was official. We helped the store at the corner (Great Lebanese people) get some better security and shit. Then when we became official, we met with some councilmen. They just wanted votes, but then Nick Bonifacio came in and helped us out a lot. Not me, but one of our guys ran into the drug house on the street with two hand guns. He put a .45 in the dealer's mouth and told him to leave...straight out of Hollywood!!! After that, the politicians and the police knew we were serious, and the cops stuck around to make sure no retirbution followed. the crack heads left and we had the house torn down (unfortunately, because it was nice, but after two generations of decay we couldn't do anything else but tear it down).

After that, Nick Bonifacio helped us out tremendously as he knew we were seriously getting involved. He pointed us toward easy funding!!! He fast tracked some grants where we turned a vacant lot into a mini park (at least it looked decent!!). There was a corner lot that was empty, we cleaned that up, but couldn't keep it clean as people walk by too much. He helped some of the owners buy adjacent lots, which was a huge help. He knocked down three houses (one with asbaestos), and cleaned up the lots, then sold them dirt cheap to the home owners next door. Several now have a fenced in yard for the kids to play in. It's just one block in the middle of the ghetto, can't even walk to it without going through some garbage, and the best way to fix a neighborhood is to start with the edges and move in, but when I was there, it fealt good to make a difference and clean up a pretty bad street.(In reality, the dealers just moved a few blocks away, but hey, if every block could do that, it might start looking better).
I still live on the West Side, but not on the same street...good people though...
Frank

Ellicottville, NY

#43 Feb 22, 2008
In retrospect, it was one of the msot peaceful neighborhoods i've lived in. I'm a white guy, there were two gay guys in the hosue next door to me, a single black guy next to them. On the other side was a double (many were) and Koreans lived upstairs next to a crazy white couple that argued all night long. there were two Puerto Rican families across the street - HUGE FAMILY!! and there was a Yamani family nearby. The independent corner store was owned by Lebanese people (I really thoguht they were white though).

We all said hi, knew each other's names and the schools our kids were in. We developed programs to shovel or mow for each other and even the old people eho really couldn't give much time or effort back. Great barbecues... It was a good place.

If you do the right thing and can help your neighbors, any neighborhood will improve!!!

Tell me when this thread is updated:

Subscribe Now Add to my Tracker

Add your comments below

Characters left: 4000

Please note by submitting this form you acknowledge that you have read the Terms of Service and the comment you are posting is in compliance with such terms. Be polite. Inappropriate posts may be removed by the moderator. Send us your feedback.

Hamburg Discussions

Title Updated Last By Comments
Hiring 9 hr The Ace of Spades 4
now who Apr 20 Enforcer 3
News Two New York State Troopers shot (Aug '06) Apr 13 Henu 71
Review: Done Right Roofing and Chimney Inc. Apr 10 Shirleyresident 2
News Sex offender caught in online sting (Jul '07) Apr 10 Neff 97
Scott Barone Apr 6 Terry 3
mt vernon is a bad place to live (Sep '08) Apr 3 katy54 123
More from around the web

Hamburg People Search

Addresses and phone numbers for FREE

Personal Finance

Mortgages [ See current mortgage rates ]