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Orchard Park man removes door to enter residence, violating court order

A man who had removed a door to break into a Village of Orchard Park residence, violating an order of protection, was arrested on multiple charges, police reported Friday.

Officers were dispatched to a North Buffalo Street residence after a hang-up call to 911 at 7:45 p.m. Thursday. They were unable to locate anyone, police said, and returned a few hours later to check on the welfare of the resident.

The man who answered the door had a court order requiring him to stay away from the residence, police said. Daniel Gerken, 44, of Orchard Park, initially was taken into custody on a charge of criminal contempt.

As officers continued to investigate, they learned that Gerken had come to the residence earlier Thursday night and was told he wasn’t welcome by the resident, who then locked the doors. Police said Gerken removed the door from its hinges and entered the residence, where there was an altercation with the woman who lives there.

Police said Gerken is accused of pushing her and throwing a glass coffee cup at her, which smashed against a wall.

No injuries were reported.

Gerken also was charged with criminal contempt, burglary, criminal mischief and harassment. Following arraignment before Village Justice Daniel Kane, he was scheduled to return to court Tuesday and sent to the Erie County Holding Center in lieu of $5,000 bail.