Area Police

Arrest made

following short police chase

RIPLEY — A Findley Lake man has been arrested following a vehicle chase that ended in Pennsylvania.

According to the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office, Tuesday at 12:45 a.m., deputies observed a vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed on Route 20 in the town of Ripley. Deputies allege that they attempted to pull over the vehicle driven by Jared A. Rater, 30, of Findley Lake, but he refused to comply.

A short pursuit occurred, leading into Pennsylvania, where Rater reportedly pulled over after a short time. Pennsylvania State Police and the North East Police Department arrived at the scene.

Rater was taken into custody for driving under the influence by Pennsylvania State Police. Rater was issued traffic tickets for traffic infractions committed in New York state for failure to comply to a lawful order, driving an unregistered motor vehicle and two speeding tickets.

The investigation is ongoing and further charges may be filled in New York state at a later time.

Forestville man

sentenced for sex with minor

Trevor D. Grupa, 20, of Forestville, but presently incarcerated in the Chautauqua County Jail, was sentenced to six months in the Cattaraugus County Jail, followed by 10 years probation for his conviction to third-degree rape, a class E felony, and three years probation for endangering the welfare of a child, a class A misdemeanor, both to run concurrent.

The incidents occurred between June 18-19, 2016, in the town of Dayton, when the defendant, being 21 years old or more, engaged in sexual intercourse with another person to whom he was not married, and who was less than 17 years old and knowingly acted in a manner likely to be injurious to the physical, mental or moral welfare of a child less than 17 years old.

Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office

¯ JAMESTOWN — Misha C. Gonzalez, 35, of Dunkirk, was charged with welfare fraud on Wednesday. According to reports, Gonzalez filed two assistance applications with the Department of Health and Human Services, claiming a need for assistance with caring for two children who no longer actually lived in her household. This allowed the defendant to receive $502 in unentitled SNAP/Food Stamp benefits. She was charged with petit larceny, misuse of food stamps, fifth-degree welfare fraud and two counts of first-degree offering a false instrument for filing. Gonzalez will answer for her actions in Jamestown City Court.

¯ Mackenzie L. Evans, 19, was charged with several offenses Sunday after her vehicle was stopped by deputies at about 2:30 a.m. on Bennett Road in the town of Dunkirk. Allegedly, Evans had been speeding. After an investigation, it was determined that she was intoxicated, according to reports, and she was taken into custody. Her charges include speed in zone, driving while intoxicated and DWI per se. She was processed and released with tickets returnable to Dunkirk Town Court.

¯ Orlando J. Sanders, 35, of Decatur, Georgia, was charged with several offenses on Saturday shortly after 3 a.m. when his vehicle was stopped by deputies on Route 60 in the town of Pomfret. Allegedly, deputies found Sanders to be intoxicated and he was taken into custody. It was also discovered that Sanders had had his driving privileges suspended in New York state. His charges include speed in zone, first-degree aggravated unlicensed operation, driving while intoxicated and DWI per se. He will answer for himself in Pomfret Town Court.