Area Police

Gowanda Police Department

¯ PERSIA — On July 2 at around 5:55 p.m., police performed a traffic stop on a vehicle on Broadway Road for an unspecified violation. Loretta Parker, 66, Gowanda was the driver and further check of DMV records revealed that the registration for the vehicle was suspended for parking violations. Parker was charged with operating a vehicle with a suspended registration. She was released and is to appear in the town of Persia court at a later date.

In addition to this report, a passenger in the car, John R. Korbar, 53, Gowanda was asked to exit the vehicle so it could be towed. He allegedly became belligerent towards officers using vulgar language. After informing him that if he didn’t stop he’d be arrested, he continued. The police than attempted to arrest him at which time he fought with officers. During his arrest, police discovered Korbar in possession of a small amount of crack cocaine. He was charged with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, disorderly conduct and for resisting arrest. He was arraigned in the town of Persia Court and remanded to the Cattaraugus County Jail in lieu of $1,000 bail.

¯ COLLINS — On Wednesday at around 9:45 p.m., patrol responded to a Buffalo Street business for the report of a highly intoxicated male harassing patrons there. Wesley D. Kindt, 51, Collins reportedly appeared highly intoxicated and police attempted to detain him for evaluation of his own safety. Kindt became argumentative towards patrol and attempted to run. Kindt then fought with officers during his arrest, intentionally and violently slamming his head onto the hood of a New York State Police car, causing damage to the vehicle. He was charged with disorderly conduct, fourth-degree criminal mischief, second-degree obstructing governmental administration and resisting arrest. He was arraigned in the town of Collins Court and was taken to the Erie County Holding Center in lieu of $1,000 bail.

¯ COLLINS — On Friday at around 1:15 a.m., officers reportedly observed a vehicle driving in the center lane on Buffalo Street. The vehicle then made an improper turn onto Sand Hill Road where it was stopped by patrol. The operator, Jake J. Richter, 25, Perrysburg initially gave a false name, he also allegedly showed signs of intoxication. He was administered sobriety tests, which he failed and further investigation turned up an open container of alcohol. A DMV computer check further revealed that Richter’s license was suspended on June 28, 2017 and again on Aug. 29, 2017 for his failure to appear for two separate traffic citations in the town of Perrysburg Court. Richter refused a breath sample. He was charged with driving in the center lane, improper right turn, DWI, open container of alcohol in vehicle, refusal to take breath test, false personation and third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle. He was released and is due to appear in the town of Collins Court on a later date.

Westfield Police Department

¯ WESTFIELD — On Thursday at about 4:30 p.m., Westfield patrol was alerted to an erratic pick-up truck traveling north on Route 394 towards Route 5. Upon location, the vehicle was found empty. After investigation, patrol identified the operator as Thomas L. Bascom, 30, Kennedy who was traveling with two passengers, Michael C. Morley, 22, Lockport and a 16 year-old minor. The three were reportedly highly intoxicated and when questioned, Thomas allegedly admitted to providing the underage male with the alcohol. In addition, it was told by beach patrons that Morley was purportedly throwing beer bottles into Lake Erie and using obscene language on a public beach. Thomas was charged with first-degree unlawfully dealing with a minor and Morley was charged with disorderly conduct. Both were released with tickets. The minor however, was arrested on an outstanding warrant from the Jamestown Police Department. All three subjects will appear in the Westfield Town Court at a later date.

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