Area police

Gowanda Police Department

¯ On July 16 at around 6 p.m. patrol stopped a vehicle on Walnut Street for a traffic infraction. A Department of Motor Vehicle check revealed that the vehicle was not registered and uninsured. The driver, Shawn M. Stoltz, 42, Cope SC, was also allegedly found to be in possession of a loaded handgun.

He was charged with second-degree criminal possession of a weapon, operating an unregistered vehicle and operating a vehicle with no insurance.

He was arraigned and released and is due to appear in the Persia Town Court on a later date.

¯ On July 17 at 9:50 p.m. patrol encountered Benjamin C. Lingenfelter, 28, Buffalo at 34 Buffalo Street. A computer check revealed an active warrant issued by Cattaraugus County Court.

He was arrested and turned over to the Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s Office.

Also at the same address, police encountered Nicole M. Hebdon, 27, Springville. She was also found to have an active warrant issued by Cattaraugus County Court. She was also turned over to the Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s Office.

¯ On July 18 at 1:20 a.m. patrol stopped a vehicle operated by Phillip T. Rucker, 23, Gowanda for an inadequate license plate light on Buffalo Street. A DMV computer check revealed that Rucker’s license had been suspended on June 29.

He was charged with third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and inadequate license plate light.

He was released and is due to appear in the Collins Town Court at a later date.

¯ On July 20 at around 3:25 a.m. patrol observed a vehicle driving erratically on Buffalo Street. Conducting a stop patrol showed that the driver, Matthew M. Gibbs, 26, Cattaraugus, apparently exhibited signs of intoxication. He allegedly failed several sobriety checks and refused a breath test. During his stop police also allegedly observed an open can of beer in the vehicle. A chemical breath test conducted later resulted in .17 blood alcohol content.

Gibbs was charged with DWI, moved from lane unsafely, unsafe turn, refusal to take a breath test and open container.

He was released and is due to appear in Collins Town Court at a later date.

¯ On Wednesday at 8:15 p.m. patrol responded to a shoplifting incident at Shop n’ Save at 10 Buffalo Street. Police were told by a store employee that Mardi N. John, 24, Gowanda, had taken a can of soda without paying for it.

John was charged with petit larceny and released. She is due to appear in Collins Town Court at a later date.

¯ On Thursday at about 3:40 a.m. police observed a vehicle on West Main Street moving erratically and at an extremely slow rate of speed. The vehicle was stopped and the driver identified as Robert F. Paden, 74, Portland.

Paden apparently showed signs of intoxication and allegedly failed several sobriety tests. A breath test resulted in .13 BAC.

Paden was charged with DWI and failure to drive in lane. He was released and is due to appear in Persia Town Court at a later date.

¯ On Thursday at around 7:20 p.m. patrol observed a vehicle fail to signal a turn. Upon stopping the vehicle on Fredrick Street, police discovered the driver to be David J. Hollmer, 30, Brant.

Following an investigation police allegedly found Hollmer to be in possession of a small amount of marijuana and a switchblade knife.

He was charged with illegal turn signal, unlawful possession of marijuana and criminal possession of a weapon.

He was released and is due to appear in Persia Town Court at a later date.

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