Area Police

Dunkirk Police Reports

¯ Julio Rosas, 54 of Dunkirk, was charged Monday with petit larceny.

¯ Nicholas M. Pacos, 33, of Dunkirk, was charged Sunday with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation and failure to stop at a stop sign.

¯ Isaih Smith, 21, of Dunkirk, was charged Saturday with unlawful possession of marijuana.

¯ Melvin Berrios, 21, of Dunkirk, was charged Saturday with unlawful possession of marijuana.

¯ Saul Luis Betencourt, 22, of Dunkirk was charged with unlawful possession of marijuana.

¯ Ernesto Ramon, 32, of Dunkirk was charged Monday, Jan. 22 with second-degree harassment, first-degree criminal contempt, obstruction of breathing, fourth-degree criminal mischief and endangering the welfare of a child.

¯ Trevon Tripp, 20, of Dunkirk was charged Sunday, Jan. 21 with second-degree obstruction and unlawful possession of marijuana.

¯ John Yusczyk, of Jamestown, was charged Sunday, Jan. 21 with second-degree harassment.

¯ James Hurley, 24, of Dunkirk, was charged Saturday, Jan. 20 with third-degree assault

Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office

¯ WESTFIELD — Sheriff’s deputies were called to a residence in the town of Westfield Sunday for an altercation. It is alleged Joshua D. Swinehart, 23, of Westfield, was being disorderly and when an individual attempted to call 911, he took the phone and pushed the individual to the ground, causing them to scrape their knees. Swinehart was charged with fourth-degree criminal mischief and second-degree criminal harassment and was taken into custody. He was arraigned in Westfield Town Court and released on supervised probation.

Evans Police Department

¯ Carlos N. Ramos-Casanova, 22, of Dunkirk, was arrested on a warrant from the United States Marshals from San Juan, Puerto Rico for dangerous drugs.

Patrol pulled Ramos-Casanova’s vehicle over on Southwestern Boulevard on Saturday at 8:50 p.m. Due to a language barrier, a Spanish-speaking officer and a K-9 unit were requested. An Erie County Sheriff’s deputy responded with a Hamburg town police officer arriving with a K-9.

It was found during the investigation that Ramos-Casanova had a warrant out of San Juan, Puerto Rico and he was arrested and transported to the Erie County Holding Center. He was additionally charged with New York state vehicle and traffic violations a tail light out and unlicenced operation.

His passenger was released to family members and their name was not given.

¯ ANGOLA — Vincent S. Rios, 22, of Dunkirk, was charged with third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and muffler exhaust system violation on Saturday at 3:29 a.m.

Patrol pulled Rios’ vehicle over on Lake Street for an exhaust violation. It was found during the DMV computer check that Rios’ license was revoked on September, 2017 and August, 2017.

Rios was arrested and released to appear in court at a later date.

¯ Austin J. Hartzel, 25, of Evans, was charged with operating a motor vehicle with a suspended registration and registration plate display violation on Tuesday at 9:12 p.m.

Patrol pulled over Hartzel’s vehicle for the registration plate violation and during the DMV computer check, Hartzel’s registration was found to be suspended for an insurance lapse on Sept. 27, 2017.

Hartzel will appear in Evans Town Court on Feb. 5, 2018.

¯ Olivia T. Chipman, 30, of the town of Hamburg, was charged with operating a motor vehicle with a supsended registration on Tuesday at 7:27 p.m.

Chipman’s vehicle passed patrol heading southbound on Eden-Evans Center Road as the license plate reader had a hit for an insurance lapse. Chipman was charged and released to appear at a later date.

¯ Jamie A. Moskal, 22, of Blasdell, was charged with displaying a forged certificate without inspection, operating a motor vehicle without insurance and other related charges on Tuesday at 6:04 p.m.

Patrol pulled over Moskal’s vehicle on Walkers Street at Erie Road. Upon running the vehicle’s registration, it showed a 2002 black Chevrolet Tracker, not a gray 2001 Chevrolet Tracker. The officer noticed that the license plates, registration sticker and inspection sticker were switched from the black Tracker.

Moskal was additionally charged with operating a motor vehicle wihtout an inspection certificate, operating an unregistered motor vehicle on highway, operating motor vehicle with improper plates and no seat belt for driver. Moskal was arrested and released to appear in Evans Town Court at a later date.

¯ Russell A. Toepfer, 21, of Evans, was charged with speed in zone, operating a motor vehicle wihtout an inspection certificate and other related charges on Jan. 22.

At 9:09 p.m., patrol stopped Toepfer’s vehicle for alleged speeding. The DMV computer check revealed that the vehicle’s registration and inspection data was expired on Oct. 31, 2017. Patrol noticed that a gray 2018 inspection sticker was displayed, but not matching the system.

Toepfer was arrested and released to appear in Evans Town Court on March 12, 2018.

¯ Jessica L. Lopez, 29, of Evans, was arrested on warrant out of the town of Hamburg on Jan. 22.

At 8:35 p.m., Evans patrol picked up Lopez on the warrant and transferred Lopez to Hamburg police.

¯ Frank R. Pokigo Jr., 31, of Brant, was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance (cocaine), criminal possession of a narcotic drug and criminal possession of a narcotic drug with the intent to sell on Wednesday.

At 4:35 p.m., patrol observed Pokigo and a 30-year-old unnamed subject walking on Mill Street and Gowans Road when a vehicle approached them. The individuals got in the vehicle. The vehicle proceeded to Crosby’s and pulled into the side parking lot.

The Evans police officer pulled over the vehicle and allegedly found a plastic baggy containing crack cocaine.

Pokigo was arraigned and remanded to the Erie County Holding Center with bail set at $1,000 cash or bond. The subject was not charged. Hamburg Police Department Narcotics Unit and K-9 unit assisted Evans Police Narcotics Unit with the arrest.

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