Area police

Man allegedly chokes, punches girlfriend

JAMESTOWN — A Jamestown man was charged Thursday after allegedly choking and punching his girlfriend during a domestic incident.

William J. Bean, 34, was taken to Jamestown City Jail after officers responded around 10 a.m. near the area of King and Barrows streets. A woman told police Bean had choked her and punched her multiple times.

Bean was located a short time later and taken into custody. He was charged with third-degree assault and criminal obstruction of breathing.

A background check revealed Bean had a previous domestic violence conviction within the last five years as well as an order of protection to stay away from the woman. He was additionally charged with aggravated criminal contempt and aggravated family offense.

Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office

¯ BROCTON — Robert C. Higgs, 36, of Brocton, was taken into custody Wednesday at his West Main Street residence after failing to appear in Jamestown City Court on charges of forcible touching and second-degree unlawful imprisonment.

Higgs was arraigned in Jamestown City Court and remanded to the Chautauqua County Jail.

Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s Office

¯ MANSFIELD — Jack L. Kirell, 52, of Ellicottville, was charged Monday with driving while ability impaired by drugs.

Kirell had been driving on Route 353 when he lost control of his vehicle and hit the guardrail. He had left the scene and was found at another location in Little Valley.

Deputies took Kirell into custody where he was processed and issued two additional charges, speed not reasonable and prudent and failure to keep right on a two lane road.

Kirell was released on an appearance ticket and will return to Mansfield Town Court at a later date.

¯ DAYTON — After responding to a domestic incident, deputies arrested Oliver F. Kohler, 19, of Dayton, and charged him with resisting arrest.

Kohler was taken to Dayton Town Court for arraignment and remanded to the Cattaraugus County Jail in lieu of $1,000 bail.

Kohler is due back in court at a later date.