Area Police

Three charged in Jamestown meth bust

JAMESTOWN — Three city residents were charged Thursday with allegedly manufacturing methamphetamine at a 212 W. Sixth St. residence.

Jamestown police and fire departments responded to the scene shortly after 4 p.m. for a report of a possible meth lab operation. Upon arrival, firefighters determined the upper apartment was being used to manufacture meth.

At the scene, Jacob H. Tunison, 27; Cody E. Reichenbach, 23; and David S. Soderberg, 28, were taken into custody.

All three were charged with third-degree unlawful manufacture of methamphetamine, second-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. Tunison was reportedly on probation.

All three were taken to the city jail to await arraignment.

Police said the residence was deemed an “extreme health risk” after hundreds of discarded needles were found strewn all over the apartment and attic. The residence was condemned by the city for multiple housing violations.

Investigators from the Jamestown Metro Drug Task, New York State Police CNET and the NYSP Contaminated Crime Scene Emergency Response Team responded to the scene to assist with the investigation.

Anyone who may have information on the illegal manufacture of meth or sales of narcotics is asked to contact the Jamestown Metro Drug Task Force anonymous tip line at 483- TIPS (8477) or via the Tips 411 App.

Man sentenced for his role in credit card scheme

ROCHESTER — Acting U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy Jr. announced Friday that Richard Lipke, who was convicted of conspiracy to commit access device fraud, was sentenced to six months in prison and ordered to pay $60,608.10 in restitution by U.S. District Judge Elizabeth A. Wolford.

The defendant was arrested with four others in June 2016 after they were discovered to have been engaged in a variety of frauds involving credit cards. According to Assistant U.S. Attorney Melissa M. Marangola, who is handling the case, between Jan. 15, 2015, and Feb. 2, 2015, one of the defendant’s co-conspirators conducted a series of over-the-phone credit card purchases with stolen credit card account information at various Home Depot locations in Western New York. Defendant Lipke also utilized the stolen credit card information to conduct a series of fraudulent purchases from Home Depot during this period. Those fraudulent purchases totaled $48,208.10.

Moreover, between February 2015 and May 2015, the defendant picked up from retailers in the greater-Rochester area various equipment, including a jet ski, a watercraft trailer, with a combined value in excess of $20,000, which had been fraudulently purchased over the phone by one of his co-conspirators using stolen credit card account information.

The sentencing is the culmination of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Adam S. Cohen.

Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office

≤ FORESTVILLE — Ryan M. Easterly-Press, 27, of South Dayton, was charged with aggravated unlicensed operation and speed in zone Monday at about 7:45 p.m., after deputies stopped his vehicle on Main Street. Allegedly, his license had been suspended. He was ticketed and will answer for himself in Hanover Town Court.

Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s Office

≤ CATTARAUGUS — Cylee W. Twoguns, 25, of Gowanda, was charged with driving while intoxicated on Sunday at about 6 a.m. after deputies located her vehicle on Route 353. Allegedly, she had driven off the road and hit a telephone pole. Twoguns was taken into custody. She was transported to Lake Shore Hospital in Irving for non-life-threatening injuries. She will answer her charges in New Albion Town Court.