Area police

Impostor posing as sergeant in Collins

COLLINS — Deputies responded to complaints from a Collins woman about an individual falsely identifying himself as a Sergeant John Scott from the Sheriff’s Office. The man attempted to meet her so she could complete paperwork due to a missed court date and a bench warrant. The impostor requested she call him back from a mobile device so he could track her phone. The woman initially agreed to meet the individual at the Sheriff North Collins Substation but became suspicious and dialed 9-1-1.

When a deputy met with the complainant, he called the number which the impostor left, and briefly spoke with a male subject, however, the subject hung up.

The incident has been turned over to the Detective Bureau for further investigation.

The Sheriff’s Office is warning the public of this impostor and recommends hanging up if they receive a similar call. Individuals can call 858-2903 to verify a Sheriff’s Office representative needs to meet with an individual. Also, Sheriff Howard invites citizens to utilize the public space at Sheriff’s substations when finalizing online transactions or meeting unfamiliar individuals.

Assault of disabled person leads to arrest

COLLINS — On Dec. 12 at 6:10 p.m., troopers charged John J. Becker, 23, of South Dayton with third-degree assault and second-degree endangering the welfare of an incompetent or physically disabled person. On Dec. 10, troopers received a complaint from the WNYDDSO that a resident was assaulted by a staff member. The resident reportedly sustained injuries to their head from the physical altercation at the residence. The subsequent investigation found charges were warranted, and Becker was charged for the incident. He was processed at the Collins barracks without incident, and issued an appearance ticket for Collins Town Court, returnable in December.

State Police at Collins

≤ COLLINS — On Dec. 2 at 10:46 p.m., troopers charged James J. Kelly, 33, of Gowanda with unlawful possession of marijuana. Troopers conducted a traffic stop on State Route 438 for an inadequate head lamp where Kelly was interviewed and the odor of marijuana was allegedly detected. A subsequent search found Kelly to be in possession of approximately 3.63 grams of marijuana. He was transported to the Collins barracks for processing without incident and issued a uniform traffic ticket and an appearance ticket for Collins Town Court, returnable in December.

≤ SOUTH DAYTON — On Nov. 11 at 11:30p.m., troopers charged William S. Hamilton, 36, of Pink Hill, North Carolina with unlawful possession of marijuana and seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. Troopers conducted a traffic stop on Main Street for a vehicle and traffic violation. Hamilton was interviewed and the odor of marijuana was allegedly detected. A subsequent search found Hamilton to be in possession of a baggie containing approximately 1 gram of marijuana and a baggie containing approximately .10 grams of methenamine. He was transported to the Collins barracks for processing without incident and issued a uniform traffic ticket and an appearance ticket for South Dayton Village Court.

Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office

¯ CARROLL — Deputies responded to a one-vehicle accident early Sunday morning on Frew-Run Road, identifying driver Kenneth H. Yocum, 69, of Frewsburg as the alleged culprit.

Following an investigation, deputies charged Yocum with driving while intoxicated and move from lane unsafely.

Yocum was transported to WCA hospital for treatment. He will answer his charges in Carroll Town Court.

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