Area police

Collins man charged after vehicle found on side of road

BRANT — A 20-year-old Collins resident is facing charges after an investigation for a suspicious vehicle parked in the road.

Around 1 a.m. Friday, Erie County sheriff’s deputies observed a vehicle parked in the middle of Versailles Plank Road in the town. When they approached the vehicle, they saw Vincent Thompson sleeping behind the steering wheel. After the deputies woke the subject and had him exit the vehicle, they detected the strong odor of alcohol and marijuana. Also, the deputies observed a bag of marijuana in a driver side door compartment.

Thompson failed multiple standard field sobriety tests and registered a BAC level above the legal limit. He was charged with DWI, operating a vehicle with a BAC of .08% or more and criminal possession of marijuana — more than 25 grams.

He was released on tickets and has a future court appearance for Brant Town Court.

Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office

¯ GERRY — On Friday at approximately 2:40 a.m., Sheriff’s deputies observed a vehicle leave the roadway and become stuck in a ditch on Salisbury Road. Deputies identified the operator as Christine R. Kemp, 40, of Arlington, Va. and found her to be intoxicated. Kemp was taken into custody and after processing was held at the Chautauqua County Jail on pre-arraignment bail.

Kemp will appear in the town of Gerry court at a later date to answer charges of driving while intoxicated, aggravated driving while intoxicated with a blood alcohol content of .18% or greater, moved from lane unsafely and no/improper turn signal.

¯ JAMESTOWN — On Friday at approximately 9 a.m., Carlos R. Pereira Alvarez, 46, of Jamestown was issued appearance tickets for multiple charges of welfare fraud. It is alleged that from Jan. 1, 2016 through Jan. 31, 2017, Alvarez failed to notify the Chautauqua County Department of Health and Human Services of income within his household.

This unreported income allowed for Alvarez to receive $2,506 in unentitled SNAP/food stamp benefits. He was charged with three counts of first degree offering a false instrument for filing (felony), fourth degree grand larceny (felony), fourth degree welfare fraud (felony) and misuse of food stamps (felony). Alvarez is scheduled to appear in the city of Jamestown court on a later date.

Evans Police

¯ On July 13 at about 7:35 p.m. patrol stopped a vehicle on Eden Evans Center Road. The driver was identified as Paul R. Hurst III, 34, Hamburg. Upon running his license it was discovered to be suspended on June 30 for failing to pay child support. He was charged with third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, operating a motor vehicle without an inspection certificate and an equipment violation. He was released on a appearance ticket.

¯ On July 13 at around 8:45 p.m. patrol stopped a vehicle on Erie Road. The driver was identified as Benjamin X. Spratz, 19, Angola. Upon investigation police allegedly noticed used drug packaging in plain view and the odor of marijuana. Two other occupants and the driver were removed from the car and police purportedly located a quantity of marijuana in a cigarette wrapper and a glass pipe. Spratz claimed ownership and was charged with unlawful possession of marijuana and was released with an appearance ticket.

¯ On July 18 at approximately 6:20 p.m., an Evans patrol observed a vehicle turning into the parking lot of Camp Pioneer. The patrol had prior knowledge that the operator did not have a driver’s license. After the vehicle was stopped, a brief investigation revealed that the Christopher D. Liberatore, 19, of Evans did not have a license, nor did the two other occupants.

During the inventory of the vehicle, a black switchblade knife was located. Liberatore claimed ownership to the knife and was arrested and released on appearance tickets for fourth degree criminal possession of a weapon firearm/knife. The vehicle was impounded.

¯ Brandon C. Colley, 20, of Williamsville was pulled over by a town of Evans patrol on July 19 at approximately 8:49 a.m. Upon running Colley’s driver’s license, the patrol learned that his license was suspended for failure to appear in Hamburg. Colley was issued appearance tickets for third degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and operating a motor vehicle with broken glass. Colley is scheduled to appear in the village court on Aug. 14 at 6:30 p.m.

¯ On July 19 at approximately 10:37 p.m., Evans patrols observed a vehicle towing a boat with a trailer that was dragging a safety chain and had a brake light out. After a brief investigation, police discovered that the operator, Dennis R. Staufenberger, 34, of Evans, had a suspended license due to owed child support. Also in the vehicle was Staufenberger’s five-year-old son who was secured with a lap belt, only, instead of a car seat or booster seat.

Further investigation revealed that Staufenberger’s license had been suspended a total of 12 times and that the trailer had switched license plates. Staufenberger was placed under arrest for switched trailer plate, seat belt violation for a passenger four to seven years, operating a motor vehicle without inspection certificate, operating trailer without registered plates, second degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle/more open suspensions on three or more dates, operating a motor vehicle without stop lamps and improper towing of more than one vehicle.

A family member arrived to take the child home, and the vehicle and trailer were impounded.

¯ On July 22 at approximately 6:48 p.m., Evans patrols responded to a disturbance complaint on Wendt Road. After interviewing several witnesses, patrols learned that a “side-by-side” utility vehicle was being operated on the beach. One of the witnesses recorded the incident on her cell phone, which she showed to patrols. She reported that the operator yelled at her and used vulgar language before driving directly towards her, causing her to step back to avoid being struck.

Patrols discovered the vehicle in a driveway on Ainsworth Parkway off of Wendt Road, where the property owner said that he gave permission for the vehicle to be parked. The driver was identified as Clifford M. Norton, 42, of Evans. He received tickets to appear in the Evans Town Court on Aug. 28 at 6 p.m. for second degree harassment physical contact, vehicles on beach, and motor vehicle use in a parkland or recreation lands maintained by the town.

¯ On July 22 at approximately 7:43 p.m., Evans patrols stopped a vehicle while investigating a complaint on Wendt Road toward the beach at the dead end. While advising the occupants about the town rules regarding parking restrictions, the patrol detected an odor of marijuana from inside the vehicle. Austin L. Haas, 22, of Hamburg produced a bag containing marijuana. A glass pipe containing marijuana residue was also produced from the vehicle. Haas was issued appearance tickets for unlawful possession of marijuana. He will answer his charges on Aug. 28 at 6 p.m. at the Evans Town Court.

¯ On July 22 at approximately 7:58 p.m., patrols identified Trey J. Franey, 22, of Evans on Ainsworth Parkway. Franey was found to have an active warrant out of the town of Hamburg and the town of Amherst. Franey was taken into custody and transported to Erie Road and South Creek Road where he was turned over to town of Hamburg police.

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