Fredonia police release ‘Not Fred Fest’ incident and arrest report

The Fredonia Police Department reported a total of 273 incidents and 77 arrests during the five-day period of “Not Fred Fest,” which occurred between Thursday, May 3 and the subsequent Monday.

The most arrests were for open container at 57, with unlawful possession of alcohol — person under 21 — coming in a close second at 38.

Nine arrests were made for unlawful possession of marijuana; nine for littering; three for resisting arrest, two for second-degree harassment; two for fighting/violent behavior; and two arrests for outstanding warrants.

Incidents officers responded to included:

¯ Suspicious person: 46

¯ Disorderly person: 39

¯ Noise complaints; 14

¯ Fights: 14

¯ Vehicle traffic stops: 12

¯ Domestic disputes: 9

¯ Traffic problems/hazards: 9

¯ Criminal mischief: 6

¯ Alarms: 4

Fredonia Police Chief Bradly Meyers said that the department’s job was made that much more challenging due to the fire that had struck the Family Church of Fredonia.

“The (FPD) was busy working traffic and crowd control for a large structure fire downtown on Friday evening.

“I would like to thank the members of the Chautauqua County Fire Police for all they did to assist at the scene of the structure fire. These men and women did an outstanding job with traffic control during the structure fire.

“I would also like to thank the workers from National Grid that worked quickly and professionally to get the power rerouted so the (FPD), area businesses and the traffic signal at Main and Water were only down for a short period of time.”

Meyers said that in addition to the fire, the department was surprised by a Saturday event held at the Grange that brought in a few hundred more out-of-town people.

“It made our jobs a little more complicated,” Meyers said.

Meyers added that every year, the FPD prepares for the event by partnering up with Chautauqua County Sherrif’s, New York State Police, Dunkirk Police and University campus police.

“Without their assistance we could never have accomplished our patrol strategies,” he said.