Area police

Donald McCurdy
Zachariah Fasso

Erie County Sheriff’s file drug charges

Three area incidents have led to a number of arrest for drug violations by the Erie County Sheriff’s Department in the last week. Those announced this morning include:

¯ COLLINS – Deputies stopped a vehicle along Cemetery Hill Road for equipment violations at 7:53 p.m. Saturday. During the investigation, Zachariah Fasso, 26 of Gowanda, volunteered there was crack cocaine in the vehicle. The deputies located a quantity of crack and a pipe and charged Fasso and the passenger, Emily Sternisha – 20 of Gowanda, with criminal possession of a controlled substance. Both were transported to the Erie County Holding Center where Fasso posted $2,000 bond, and Sternisha was released on her own recognizance following an arraignment hearing.

¯ BRANT – After observing equipment violations on an Ohio vehicle, a deputy instituted a traffic stop at Erie and Cain roads at 10:42 p.m. Saturday. While investigating the driver, the deputy detected the odor of marijuana and Christian Brown, 23 of Warrensville Heights, Ohio, stated she possessed some in her purse. A search of the subject’s purse discovered a marijuana cigarette, crushed Percocet and a residue laced straw. The subject is charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana, and vehicle and traffic violations then released on appearance tickets.

¯ BRANT – A vehicle was observed in a parking lot facing traffic with the high beams on at 11:45 p.m. Sunday. When the Deputy went to investigate the vehicle and advise the operator, the Deputy discovered Donald McCurdy, 30 of Bethpage, Tenn., but residing at a Buffalo address, had an outstanding warrant from the City of Buffalo. The wanted subject was taken into custody and a search of the individual discovered a quantity of methamphetamine.McCurdy is charged with two misdemeanor counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance and is remanded to the Erie County Holding Center.