Police: Gowanda teen continues attacks on station

OBSERVER Staff Report

For every month since March, a 17-year-old female juvenile has been on the Gowanda Police radar due to the alleged actions she takes against the department. This month’s charges are third-degree criminal tampering, second-degree criminal contempt and a warrant arrest, which happened on Sept. 14 at 2:08 a.m. However, the juvenile turned 18, thus her name, Abigail R. Kennedy, of Route 438, Gowanda, was revealed and her conflict with Gowanda Police continues.

Back in March 2017, the 17-year-old Kennedy was charged for a curfew violation as police say she was not cooperating.

Monthly, the OBSERVER reported the consistent charges of Kennedy as she allegedly returned to Gowanda Police and aimed to harm the building or its property or neighboring businesses. In April, it was egging the building on two different occasions, which led to charges and her being released, then spray painting comments towards its officers, which led her to be arrested, police reports stated.

In May, food was “smeared” on a patrol vehicle. First it was allegedly chocolate and honey then on another instance, marshmallows and Swiss Rolls. Both times Kennedy was charged and released. Later in May, maple syrup and peanut butter was applied to the entrance to the municipal building and Kennedy was arrested.

In June, Gowanda Police say that the then 17-year-old was arrested after attempting to slash an officer’s tire on their personal vehicle after a Order of Protection was enforced between the department and the juvenile.

In July, the female was loitering the station’s parking lot and violated the protection order, but was released.

In August, the 17-year-old went after the Community Bank on West Main Street by throwing eggs and smearing peanut butter, police say and was arrested.

On Sept. 14, it was very similar to May’s actions. Gowanda Police state that Kennedy was “smearing chocolate on the police station door and windows.” The warrant arrest was due to the absence at Collins Town Court on a previous matter.

Kennedy was arraigned in Collins Town Court and remanded to the Erie County Holding Center in lieu of $500 bail.