Area Police

Suspicious package determined school project

HINSDALE — On Friday at approximately 8 a.m., Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a report of a suspicious package lying in the roadway, directly out front of the Hinsdale Central School on Main Street in the town of Hinsdale.

The package had been observed by a parent dropping off children, and school administration reported the package to law enforcement.

Upon arrival, responding deputies were unsure of the contents of the package. As a precaution, there area around the package was closed off to the public, and the school was put on a shelter-in-place order by school administration.

A sheriff’s office detection K-9 team was summoned to the scene. Bomb technicians form the Cattaraugus and Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Offices also responded to examine the package. A search of the school and surrounding grounds turned up no further packages, and the suspicious package was collected by technicians.

As a result of an investigation, it was determined that the package was not explosive in nature and was instead a school project which had been dropped by a student on the way into the building Friday morning. The all-clear was given to school administration, and they returned to normal activities.

Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office

SHERIDAN — Ashley J. Gambino, 25, of Irving was charged on Thursday with driving while intoxicated, aggravated DWI, and marking on highway.

At 1:43 a.m., deputies observed a vehicle parked on Route 5 in the town of Sheridan with its hazard lights activated. Deputies identified the operator of the vehicle to be Gambino.

Following an investigation, deputies charged Gambino, who was later released with appearance tickets and will answer the charges in Sheridan Town Court at a later date and time.