Area Police

Carlos M. Alvarado

Dunkirk man goes fist-to-cuffs with police

OBSERVER Staff Report

Sunday, a Dunkirk man allegedly decided to make a bad situation worse.

Shortly before 1 p.m., City of Dunkirk Police responded to 616 Canary St. for a domestic incident. At the residence, officers reportedly found that Carlos M. Alvarado, 42, grabbed a female victim by the neck and shoved her. When police tried to take Alvarado into custody, he allegedly refused commands — he approached the officers aggressively and physically resisted arrest. Then, according to reports, he struggled violently with the officers trying to secure him. One officer was injured in the kerfuffle, and had to be treated at Brooks Memorial Hospital.

Alvarado’s display of machismo was in vain; he was wrangled, cuffed, and charged with second-degree assault (a felony), second-degree obstructing governmental administration, resisting arrest and second-degree harassment. He was arraigned in Dunkirk City Court before the Hon. Judge Walter Drag and then taken to Chautauqua County Jail. Bail was set at $50,000 cash.

City of Dunkirk Police were assisted by the Fredonia Police Department and the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office.

Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office

¯ HARMONY — Randall D. Lawergren, 61, of Ashville, was charged with trespassing on Sunday at about 11:30 p.m. According to reports, Lawergren trespassed onto a property on Button Valley Road. He was released with an appearance ticket returnable to Harmony Town Court.

¯ SILVER CREEK — A 17-year-old male was taken into custody at Silver Creek Central School on Tuesday shortly before 11 a.m. Reportedly, the teen had been acting in a disorderly manner. He was charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. He will answer these in Hanover Town Court.

¯ MAYVILLE — Nathan S. Hull, 28, of Mayville, was taken into custody Tuesday at about 9:30 a.m. and charged with petit larceny for an incident that allegedly occurred this past October. According to reports, Hull took several sheets of plywood from an individual and later sold them. Hull was issued an appearance ticket and will answer for himself in Chautauqua Town Court next month.

¯ ASHVILLE — A 16-year-old female was taken into custody on May 2 at about 2 p.m. at the BOCES facility on North Maple Street. According to reports, the teen approached a staff member and yelled, escalating the situation until the teen physically pushed the staff member. The girl was issued an appearance ticket for second-degree harassment and will answer for her actions in North Harmony Town Court.

¯ JAMESTOWN — Antasia Babcock, 24, of Busti, was taken into custody Wednesday at about 2 p.m. According to reports, Babcock filed a false food stamp assistance application in June 2015, failing to report this to a social welfare examiner during an interview regarding the application. Also, allegedly, she failed to report her new employment income months later in the time she was required by law to do so. This led to Babcock receiving $697 in unentitled SNAP/food stamp assistance. She is due in Jamestown City Court to answer her charges of petit larceny, misuse of food stamps under $1,000, fifth-degree welfare fraud and first-degree offering false instrument for filing.

To report incidents of suspected welfare fraud, call 1-800-388-5365, Chautauqua County Welfare Fraud Hotline, or 1-800-782-7463, WeTip.