Crystal Way, 25, of Forestville was served appearance tickets on the charges of fourth-degree welfare fraud and misuse of food stamps.
Way allegedly failed to report to the Chautauqua County Department of Social Services that she was receiving unemployment benefits. This failure to report allegedly occurred between October 2009 and January 2010, while Way was receiving public assistance.
The result - Way was overpaid benefits totaling $2,932.
Way has been issued appearance tickets for the fraud and misuse charges. She will be in Dunkirk City Court at a later date.
MAYVILLE - Latoya Coules, 20, of Erie, Pa., was charged with fourth-degree welfare fraud and misuse of food stamps.
She allegedly failed to report to social services that she moved to Erie and received $1,478 in benefits she was not entitled to.
The charges are to be answered in Jamestown City Court.
Three removed from Wanted Persons list
MAYVILLE - Three people featured on the Chautauqua County Wanted Persons list for violating probation have been arrested.
These include Carol Muntz, 45, of Dunkirk; Shawn M. Garrett, 28, of Jamestown and Jacqueline Armstrong, 34, of Erie, Pa.
The names of each of these people have been removed from the wanted list.
State Police Collins
VERSAILLES - Roquel Crouse, 22, of Burning Springs Road, Versailles was charged March 12 with endangering the welfare of a child, resisting arrest and second-degree harassment following a reported domestic incident in her home. Troopers were summoned by a 911 call from the home and spoke with a 14-year-old victim who had reportedly been in a dispute with Crouse. The argument escalated and Crouse reportedly shoved and pulled the hair of the victim. The victim's 12, 3 and 1-year-old siblings were all present when the incident took place.
Upon learning she would be charged, Crouse became verbally abusive and combative toward the troopers. She was processed at the Collins barracks, arraigned in Perrysburg Town Court and sent to Cattaraugus County Jail on $750 bail. Seneca Nation of Indians Marshals assisted at the scene.
Darren Warrior, 24, of Lawtons was charged March 11 with second-degree assault, second-degree menacing and third-degree criminal possession of a weapon following an incident at a bar on Main Street in Collins. Warrior reportedly attacked another patron at the bar for no apparent reason, knocking him to the ground and hitting him with a beer bottle. When another patron stepped in to help the victim, Warrior reportedly headbutted him.
Warrior fled the scene prior to police arrival, but eventually turned himself in to troopers. He was processed, arraigned and sent to the Erie County Holding Center on $500 bail. The victim was treated at the scene for numerous contusions and other injuries by volunteer ambulance personnel.
Beau John, 22, of Longhouse Road, Lawtons was picked up March 7 on numerous warrants after he was spotted in the parking lot of a Collins sub shop. John, a passenger in a car, was observed by a trooper who was picking up lunch. The trooper identified John as he attempted to hide in the backseat of the car. Taken in on an outstanding bench warrant from Collins Town Court for driving while intoxicated, a computer check revealed he also had outstanding warrants from the City of Buffalo and Erie County Sheriff's Department. He was arraigned and sent to Erie County Holding Center.
Peter Pitts, 46, of Cardinal Lane, Grand Island was charged March 4 with first-degree falsifying business records, first-degree offering a false instrument for filing and fourth-degree grand larceny following an investigation by the state Department of Labor and State Police. Pitts reportedly received more than $2,500 in unemployment benefits from December 2008 to May 2009. During this time he was gainfully employed with a Buffalo company.
VERSAILLES - Elizabeth Crouse, 39, of Burning Springs Road, Versailles was charged March 4 with aggravated felony driving while intoxicated following a complaint from a local bar. Crouse reportedly left the bar believing she had paid the bill using a debit card. The bartender called troopers and gave them a license plate number when the transaction was refused three times. Troopers stopped Crouse's car near her home and found her to be intoxicated. She was processed at the Collins barracks, where she had a reportable BAC of .26 percent. A followup with the bar found that she did return later in the week and paid her bill.
GOWANDA - Richard McCardle, 23, of Buffalo Street, Gowanda was charged March 3 with third-degree unauthorized use of a motor vehicle following a complaint by a rental car company. Troopers were informed by a Budget Rental Car manager that a company employee had seen a car believed to be stolen in the village of Gowanda. Troopers patrolled to McCardle's home, located the 2010 Nissan Maxima and verified it had been reported stolen. McCardle had reportedly rented the car in early January but never returned it.
BRANT - Amanda John, 32, of Bush Road, Gowanda was charged March 3 with unlawful possession of marijuana following a vehicle stop on Route 438. She was scheduled to appear in Brant Town Court.
Daniel Wilson, 33, of Langford Road, North Collins was charged Feb. 28 with driving while intoxicated after he was observed driving erratically on Route 62 near Wheater Road in Collins. He was processed at the Collins Barracks with a reportable BAC of .08 percent and was scheduled to appear in Collins Town Court.
SOUTH DAYTON - Andre Lettieri, 40, of Zahm Road, Forestville was charged Feb. 27 with identity theft and criminal impersonation following a fingerprint check at the State Police Barracks in Jamestown. Lettieri had been arrested in November 2009 for driving while intoxicated in the village of South Dayton. At the time of the arrest he provided troopers with the name of his older brother, Lance. When Andre appeared in South Dayton Village Court, his brother was with him, hoping to clear up the confusion. At the request of the Cattaraugus County DA's office, a positive fingerprint ID was requested. Using the LiveScan digital fingerprinting machine at Jamestown, troopers were able to positively ID Andre Lettieri within 30 minutes of submission. The criminal history subsequently provided moved the DWI charge to a felony based on a previous DWI conviction.
Gowanda Police February report
The February 2010 report from the Gowanda Police Department tabulated 167 reportable calls, including 25 arrests, 39 tickets, four violent domestics and eight motor vehicle accidents.
The police department urges that motorists who have switched their car insurance carriers notify the DMV to ensure it is aware of the change. The police department's license plate reader has tagged cars as not possessing insurance when they have in fact only switched companies.