Area police

New York State Police

¯ SHERMAN — On Friday troopers stopped a vehicle for an alleged seat belt infraction on Route 76 in Sherman. The driver was identified as Milosz Kraszewski, 26, of Findley Lake. While speaking with Kraszewski police reportedly smelled marijuana emanating from the vehicle. A search allegedly revealed a bag of marijuana, two smoking devices and a grinder containing marijuana residue. Kraszewski was charged with unlawful possession of marijuana and the passenger given a traffic ticket. Kraszewski was released and is due to appear in Sherman Town Court on a later date.

Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office

¯ GERRY — On Saturday at around 12:45 p.m. deputies stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation on Sinclairville Drive Extension in Gerry. The driver was identified as Scott J. Smith Jr., 35, of Corry, Pa. Investigation allegedly found that Smith’s operating privileges in New York State were suspended. Further investigation purportedly found Smith to also be in possession of a small quantity of marijuana and a controlled substance. He was charged with seventh-degree criminal possession a controlled substance, unlawful possession of marijuana and speed in zone. He is due to appear in Gerry Town Court on a later date.

¯ SILVER CREEK — On Saturday at around 5:10 p.m. deputies stopped a vehicle on Hanover Street in the village of Silver Creek for a traffic violation. Investigation allegedly found that a passenger of the vehicle, Frank S. Miniri Jr., 29, of Hamburg, was in possession of a quantity of concentrated cannabis. Miniri was charged with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. He was released and is due to appear in Silver Creek Village Court at a later date.

Gowanda Police Department

¯ On Jan. 13 at around 5:50 p.m. police stopped a vehicle on South Chapel Street for an alleged expired inspection sticker. The driver, identified as Fredrick H. Gutekunst, 27, of Dunkirk was reportedly in possession of a suspended license. Further investigation also purportedly found Gutekunst to be in possession of a small amount of suboxone. He was charged with third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle , seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and an expired inspection. Gutekunst was released and is due to appear in Persia Town Court on a later date.

¯ On Jan. 15 at about 1:10 a.m. police stopped a vehicle on Caroline Street for alleged traffic violations. The driver, identified as Walter Pagan, 50, of Gowanda was reportedly in possession of a three times suspended license. He was charged with second-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, unlicensed operation, turn signal violation and exhaust system violation. He was released and is due to appear in Collins Town Court o a later date.

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