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Cassadaga man arrested in domestic incident

CASSADAGA — A Cassadaga man has been arrested for allegedly assaulting a family member.

On Dec. 11, New York State Troopers responded to a residence in Cassadaga for a report of a domestic incident. Upon arrival, Troopers observed the female victim bleeding from the face. Investigation revealed that Matthew Cassatt, 42, of Cassadaga allegedly pushed and struck the victim during an argument, in front of the couple’s children. Cassatt then took the victim’s phone and fled the scene.

Cassatt later turned himself in at State Police Fredonia and was charged with third-degree assault, fourth-degree criminal mischief, petit larceny, and three counts of endangering the welfare of a child.

Cassatt was arraigned in the Town of Charlotte Court and released under the supervision of Chautauqua County Probation.

Man accused of violating order of protection

PORTLAND — On Saturday at roughly 9:38 a.m., Chautauqua County Sheriff deputies responded to an alleged violation of an order of protection at a residence on Route 380 in Brocton.

It was alleged that Paul Dunn III, 36, of Brocton, entered and remained within a residence where three subjects had active orders of protection against him. Deputies located Dunn and all three subjects inside the residence. The orders of protection were confirmed and Dunn was arrested for three counts of first-degree criminal contempt and violation of probation.

Ten days prior to this incident, Dunn was convicted of a second criminal contempt charge from a prior incident at the same address. Due to the contempt second conviction, the current charge was elevated to a felony.

Dunn was also found to have an active violation of probation warrant.

Dunn was arraigned and sent to Chautauqua County Jail.

Tips help arrest local woman with stolen credit card

ORCHARD PARK — Erie County Sheriff Timothy B. Howard reports detectives arrested 46-year-old Rebecca Hatala of Dunkirk after receiving numerous tips following Dec. 19, social media posts.

On Dec. 2, Deputies were contacted by an individual who stated their credit card was missing and noticed unauthorized charges on the statement. Deputies secured surveillance video and turned the case over to detectives.

Detectives investigated the anonymous tips and later identified the subject. On Dec. 21, detectives arrested Hatala and charged her with a felony count of criminal possession of stolen property — credit card, misdemeanor charges of identity theft and petit larceny.

Hatala was processed and released on appearance tickets for Orchard Park Town Court.

The Sheriff’s Office wants to thank the public for all the information and tips received following the Facebook and Twitter posts.

Cattaraugus County issues scam warning

On Dec. 19, there were reports of scam phone calls stating they were from Little Valley Electric and the Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s Office Civil Division. These calls have been coming from 716-938-9151, 716-938-9191, and 716-938-6552. Please do not give any personal information to these callers and contact the Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s Office with any questions in regards to these calls.

Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s Office

¯ OLEAN — On Dec. 20 at roughly 2:30 p.m., deputies discovered that Daniel E. Graham, 29, of Jamestown was present at the Olean County Building and a warrant issued by the City of Jamestown was out for his arrest. The charges listed were petit larceny and burglary in the 2nd degree. Graham was interviewed and taken into custody without incident. Graham was turned over to patrol from Jamestown and is currently being held by Jamestown Police Department pending arraignment.

Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office

¯ PORTLAND — On Sunday at approximately 11:30 a.m., deputies responded to Route 380 in the town of Portland for a report of a vehicle driving all over the roadway. Deputies located and stopped the vehicle after observing multiple traffic violations. The driver of the vehicle was identified as Christopher M. Harding, 34, of Brocton.

Upon further investigation, it was determined that Harding was allegedly operating the vehicle under the influence of drugs. Harding was also allegedly in possession of a small quantity of narcotics. He was released with tickets and is scheduled to appear in the town of Portland court at a later date.

¯ CARROLL — On Sunday at 11:17 p.m., Sheriff’s deputies checked on a suspicious situation in the Kwik Fill parking lot in the town of Carroll. Further investigation found that Coty W. Schauers, 22, of Frewsburg was allegedly in possession of a quantity of methamphetamine, marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

Schauers was charged with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, second-degree criminally using drug paraphernalia and unlawful possession of marijuana. Schauers was taken to Chautauqua County Jail on pre-arraignment bail and will answer his charges in the town of Carroll court on a later date.

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