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Chautauqua County Court

MAYVILLE — Chautauqua County District Attorney Patrick Swanson announced the following recent pleas and sentences in county court:

¯ Richard Welder, was sentenced on Dec. 10, by Chautauqua County Court Judge David W. Foley on one count to a determinate sentence of 15 years plus 20 years of post-release supervision each, after being convicted of one count of first-degree rape.

¯ Trevon Tripp, was sentenced on Dec. 10, by Chautauqua County Court Judge David W. Foley on one count to a determinate sentence of three and one-half years in state prison plus three years of post-release supervision after being convicted of second-degree criminal possession.

¯ Christian L. Kinsley, 32, of Jamestown, was sentenced on Dec. 6, by Acting Chautauqua County Court Judge John LaMancuso on four counts to concurrent indeterminate sentences of two to four years in state prison after being convicted of four counts of aggravated family offense.

¯ Thomas A. Brewster, 32, of Forestville, was sentenced on Dec. 11 by Chautauqua County Court Judge David W. Foley on two counts to concurrent indeterminate sentences of three to six years in state prison and one to three years in state prison after being convicted of third-degree burglary and driving while intoxicated.

¯ Christopher Marker, 33, of Frewsburg, was sentenced on Nov. 26, by Chautauqua County Judge David W. Foley on two counts to concurrent indeterminate sentences of one and one-third to four years in state prison after being convicted on two counts of felony driving while intoxicated.

¯ Tiffany Gross, 43, of Sherman, was sentenced on Nov. 26, by Chautauqua County Court Judge David W. Foley on two counts to concurrent indeterminate sentences of one and one-third to four years in state prison after being convicted on two counts of felony driving while intoxicated.

¯ Hector Camacho, 31 of Dunkirk, was sentenced on Nov. 15, by Chautauqua County Court Judge David W. Foley on one count to determinate sentence of five years in state prison plus five years of post-release supervision, after being convicted of second-degree criminal possession of a weapon.

¯ Misty I. Harkins, DOB 38, of Jamestown, was sentenced on Nov. 9, by Acting Chautauqua County Court Judge John L. LaMancuso on one count to a determinate sentence of two years in state prison plus two years of post-release supervision after being convicted to one count of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.

¯ Allen Yarbrough, 30, of Jamestown, was sentenced by Acting Chautauqua County Court Judge John L. LaMancuso, on one count to an indeterminate sentence of one to three years in state prison after being convicted of first-degree criminal contempt.

¯ Garson E. Butcher, 26, of Jamestown, was sentenced by Acting Chautauqua County Court Judge John L. LaMancuso, on two concurrent counts to determinate sentences of one year in state prison plus one year of post-release supervision after being convicted of two counts of fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.

Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office

¯ KIANTONE — On Sunday at about 5 p.m., deputies responded to a motor vehicle accident at the intersection of Kiantone Road and Route 60 in the Town of Kiantone. Upon arrival, deputies found that Carl Mazzurco, 85, of Lakewood, was allegedly attempting to make a left hand turn onto Route 60 and did not yield the right of way to the other vehicle. Mazzurco and his passenger were transported to UPMC WCA for minor injuries, the occupants of the other vehicle were treated at the scene. Mazzurco was issued a traffic citation for failure to yield right of way at a stop sign and will answer the charge at a later time in Town of Kiantone Court.

¯ FORESTVILLE — On Sunday at approximately 8:30 p.m., deputies responded to a single motor vehicle accident on Bennett State Road in Hanover. Further investigation found the operator of the vehicle, Dawn M. Espersen, 48, of Forestville, reportedly failed to keep right and exited the roadway, while allegedly operating her motor vehicle intoxicated. Espersen was arrested and charged with aggravated driving while intoxicated .18 percent or more, DWI, failure to submit to a pre-screen breath test, and failure to keep right. Espersen was released with appearance tickets and is scheduled to appear in Town of Hanover Court at a later date.

¯ HANOVER — On Sunday at roughly 8:40 p.m., deputies responded to a report of an altercation at an address on W. Spears Road in the Town of Hanover. Upon investigation, it was alleged that a 17-year-old male damaged another person’s property. The male was taken into custody and charged with two counts of fourth-degree criminal mischief. He was arraigned in the Town of Hanover Court and released on his own recognizance to answer the charges at a later date.

Dunkirk Police Department

¯ On Dec. 12 Gelitza Hernandez-Ramos, 41, of Dunkirk was charged with unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, operating a vehicle without insurance and suspended registration.

¯ On Dec. 12 Clarence Williams, 38, of Dunkirk was charged with third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, leaving the scene of a motor vehicle accident, following too close and an uninspected motor vehicle.

¯ On Dec. 13 Jose A Valentin, 39, of Dunkirk was charged with DWI, aggravated DWI and refusal of a breath sample.

¯ On Dec. 13 Philip Tirone, 39, of Gowanda was charged with third-degree criminal mischief and second-degree possession of a forged instrument.

¯ On Dec. 13 Maria M. Cheverez, 60, of Dunkirk was charge with petit larceny.

¯ On Dec. 15 Tyler W. Vanocker, 22, of Chaffee was charged with DWI, DWI blood alcohol greater than .08 and failure to use designated lane.

¯ On Sunday Beverly J. Stewart, 34, of Fredonia was charged with a suspended registration.

¯ On Sunday Alfred L. Ford, 26, of Brocton was charged with a suspended registration.

¯ On Monday Gabriel S. Vega, 18, of Dunkirk was charged with fourth-degree criminal mischief.

¯ On Monday Matthew M. Budniewski, 40, of Dunkirk was charged with second-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, suspended registration and operation without insurance.

¯ On Monday Kevin M. O’Brien, 59, of Dunkirk was charged with second-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, no interlock device, no tail light, no insurance and an expired inspection.

¯ On Monday Christopher G. Guenin, 46 was charged with second-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, uninspected motor vehicle and unlicensed operation.

Evans Police Department

¯ On Dec. 14 at approximately 1 a.m., police responded to a suspicious vehicle complaint on Northfield Street at East Pleasant. During this investigation, it was learned that Aaron D. Brownell, 26, of Gowanda, had two outstanding warrants out of the Town of Hamburg. Both warrants were confirmed and Brownell was turned over to the Hamburg Police.

¯ On Dec. 15 at roughly 5:30 p.m., police arrested Anthony Rydzewski, 35, of Evans, on a violation of probation warrant out of the Town of Evans. Rydzewski was arraigned by Judge M. Cooper at Evans Station and remanded to the Erie County Holding Center.

¯ On Dec. 15 at around 11 p.m., patrol observed a vehicle stopped on Erie Road for several minutes. Patrol pulled behind the vehicle and exited their patrol car. While proceeding towards the vehicle, police said the driver pulled away suddenly. Patrol activated their emergency lights and stopped the vehicle. The driver, Angelo M. Costanzo Jr., 48, of Evans, handed patrol a non-driver I.D. card and informed patrol his license was suspended. Patrol confirmed Costanzo’s privilege to drive was suspended a total of 10 times on seven separate dates. Costanzo was arrested and charged with third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle.

¯ On Dec. 16 at approximately 1:45 a.m., patrol stopped a vehicle on Southwestern Boulevard for following too close. The driver, Michael J. Null, 22, of Buffalo, handed patrol his credit card when prompted for his driver’s license. After he was told it was the wrong card, Null also had trouble producing his registration, although he did locate it. Patrol allegedly observed that Null had red, glassy eyes and slow motor coordination and speech, as well as alcohol on his breath when speaking. Null was then asked to perform several field sobriety tests, all of which he allegedly failed, before submitting to a Datamaster test with a result of .23% blood alcohol content. Null was charged with DWI – 1st offense, aggravated DWI: per se – BAC .18 or more – no priors, following too close, and drinking alcohol in motor vehicle on highway.

Fredonia Police Department

¯ Timothy Branden, 34, of Fredonia was picked up Dec. 5 on a bench warrant.

¯ Emani Bethel, 20, of Fredonia was charged Dec. 8 with a noise ordinance violation.

¯ Dante Lasting, 18, of Amherst was charged Dec. 9 with an open container violation and underage possession of alcohol.

¯ Kevin Pawlak, 45, of Dunkirk was charged Dec. 9 with aggravated driving while intoxicated, driving while intoxicated, criminal possession of a weapon, field test refusal, failure to keep right, speed not reasonable and an open container violation.

¯ Meaghan Cappa, 38, was charged Dec. 15 with unlicensed operation and speed in zone.

¯ Bradley Degroff, 22, of Cattaraugus was charged Dec. 15 with disorderly conduct.

¯ Jonathan Rodriguez, 32, of Dunkirk as charged Dec. 16 with disorderly conduct.

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