Area Police

Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office

≤ CLYMER — On Feb. 25 at around 8:30 a.m., patrol responded to a report of a disorderly subject who allegedly started a residence on fire and was believed to still be inside. Officers met with a third party subject at the residence, who confirmed a small fire had been set. The fire was extinguished by the third party, prior to the deputies’ arrival. Dustin J. Sitterley, 28, of Clymer, was identified as the suspect. Deputies attempted contact with Sitterley, however, Sitterley had barricaded himself in an upstairs apartment, refusing entry to officers and responding with threats. Additional resources that responded were Clymer Fire-Rescue, New York State Police, Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Crisis Negotiation Team and the Chautauqua County SWAT team. After hours of negotiation, it was decided that forced entry was the best option for the best chance of a safe outcome. The SWAT team forced entry into the apartment and took Sitterley into custody without injury to anyone involved. Sitterley was assessed by EMS on the scene and taken to the Chautauqua County Jail. He is charged with second-degree attempted arson, second-degree reckless endangerment and reckless endangerment of property. He will be arraigned on the charges later today.

≤ SHERMAN — On Feb. 25, Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Department and the New York State Police received a tip on a person wanted for parole violation. Troopers and deputies checked a residence on Route 430, where, William E. Curry, 36 of Mayville, was allegedly located and taken into custody. Curry was transported to the Chautauqua County Jail to be arraigned.

Gowanda Police Department

≤ On Feb. 11 at roughly 10:30 a.m., patrol stopped a vehicle for speeding on Broadway Road. During the traffic stop, a DMV computer check allegedly revealed that the driver, William J. Morris, 62, of Collins, had his license suspended for failure to answer a traffic summons. Morris was arrested for speeding and third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation and was later released with an appearance ticket.

≤ On Feb. 11 at approximately 9:43 p.m., Gowanda Police were notified of an active warrant for the arrest of Jeremiah A. Bednarek, 37, of Perrysburg by the Erie County Sheriff’s Department. Patrol allegedly located Bednarek and arrested him on the warrant. Bednarek was then turned over to the Erie County Sheriff’s Department.

≤ On Feb. 14 at around 2:40 a.m., patrol observed an accident on Commercial Street, where the vehicle reportedly struck a tree. While investigating the incident, patrol noted that the driver, Paul E. Grimmer, 27, of Gowanda, was allegedly exhibiting signs of intoxication. Grimmer failed several sobriety checks and was arrested for DWI, reckless operation, failure to keep right, moved from lane unsafely and speed not reasonable and prudent. Grimmer refused a chemical breath test and was later released on an appearance ticket.

≤ On Feb. 19 at about 12:48 a.m., patrol stopped a vehicle for obstructed driver’s vision on Jamestown Street. During the stop, a DMV computer check allegedly revealed that the driver, Dakota A. Lindquist, 20, of Gowanda, had his license suspended for failure to answer a traffic summons. Lindquist was arrested for operating a vehicle with obstructed vision and third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation and was later released with an appearance ticket.

New York State Police

COLLINS — On Feb. 23 at approximately 3:15 a.m., troopers stopped a vehicle on Gowanda Zoar Road for failure to keep right. Troopers recognized the vehicle as a match to the description of one from an earlier domestic incident that occurred on West Becker Road. While interviewing the driver, Matthew M. Mescall, 37, of Collins, the odor of an alcoholic beverage was allegedly present. Mescall was administered standardized field sobriety tests, which he failed. Further investigation revealed Mescall also reportedly violated a full stay away order of protection during the domestic incident. Mescall was arrested for DWI and second-degree criminal contempt. Mescall was then transported to State Police Collins for processing and recorded a .14 percent BAC, before he was arraigned and released.

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