Special to the OBSERVER
JAMESTOWN - A Jamestown man finds himself back in the city jail after police found him in possession of a loaded .40-caliber pistol and crack cocaine while responding to a domestic disturbance Tuesday.
Zaid Mendoza, 35, attempted to avoid apprehension by police officers at 1:40 p.m. by fleeing from a domestic disturbance at 633 E. Second St. Police were forced to subdue Mendoza with the use of a Taser device and he was then allegedly found in possession of the pistol, several baggies of crack cocaine and cash.
The pistol was found to have had its serial number defaced, and it is believed by police to be stolen. Accor-ding to Captain Robert Sam-uelson, the pistol was found to contain 13 rounds of ammunition, which is in violation of the NY SAFE Act.
"As an agency, we are very glad that no one was hurt as a result of this," Samuelson said. "However, the situation involved a known drug dealer and a loaded firearm. We are very glad to have both of these off the streets."
Mendoza was taken into custody and is being charged with multiple felonies including: second-degree criminal possession of a weapon, third-degree criminal possession of a weapon, third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and resisting arrest and obstructing governmental administration.
Mendoza is currently awaiting arraignment.
For Mendoza, this is not his first run in with the law, as he has already served time in jail with post-release supervision.
In 2008, Mendoza was charged with second-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and driving the wrong way on a one-way street. It was later that year that he was sentenced to three years in prison with two years post-release supervision for two counts of fifth-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance. He was also sentenced to serve time concurrently for fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon.
Earlier this year, Mendoza was charged with third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance after JPD investigators executed a search warrant at 905 Prendergast Ave., which was the culmination of a several-months-long investigation into the sale of crack cocaine at the location.
The investigation is continuing and more charges are expected. Anyone who may have information on the illegal possession of narcotics or guns can leave an anonymous tip on the department's anonymous tip line at 483-8477. All calls will be kept confidential.
Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office
Kevin J. Nicander, 19, of Derby was charged with driving while intoxicated, speeding and having excessive window tint on Saturday. At 2:07 a.m. deputies observed Nicander's vehicle allegedly speeding on Route 20 in Pomfret. During the traffic stop, Nicander was found to be allegedly intoxicated. He was released to a sober third party and will appear in Pomfret Town Court.
Angel A. Alvarez,-Colon, 25, of Bradenton, Fla., was charged with driving while intoxicated and failure to keep right on Sunday. At 12:02 a.m. deputies observed Alvarez-Colon allegedly fail to keep right on Porter Avenue in the town of Pomfret. During a traffic stop it was found he was allegedly intoxicated. He was released to a sober third party and will appear in Pomfret Town Court.
Kristen M. Maynard, 21, of Cherry Creek was charged with driving while intoxicated and failure to signal turn on Sunday. At 2:18 a.m. deputies allege Maynard failed to signal a turn onto Route 60 from Porter Road in the town on Pomfret. During the traffic stop, Maynard was allegedly intoxicated. She was released to a sober party and will appear in Pomfret Town Court.
James M. Callahan, 61, of Fredonia was charged with driving while intoxicated and speeding Sunday. At 9:37 p.m. deputies observed Cal-lahan's vehicle allegedly speeding on Route 60 in Pomfret. Callahan was found to be allegedly intoxicated during the traffic stop. He was released to appear in Pomfret Town Court.
Marilina Salgado, 37, of Lord Street was charged with driving with a suspended registration and no insurance and third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation on Sept. 16.
Kelley Godra, 44, of Stockton was charged with petit larceny on Sept. 17.
Robert Bleck, 87, of Seel Street was charged with improper passing on Sept. 18. Around 11 a.m., both Bleck and a second vehicle driven by Jose Melendez, 60, of Fay Street, Portland, were traveling north on Central Avenue between Howard Avenue and Lucas Avenue when Bleck attempted to go around Melendez on the left side. Melendez was in the right lane for proceeding straight and Bleck was in the right turn-only lane. Bleck then attempted to merge right, striking Melendez. Police say Bleck stated he did not see Melendez.
Matthew Hutch, 28, of Sinclairville was charged with two counts of second-degree criminal trespass on Sept. 18.
Ramon Feliciano, 20, with no permanent address given, was charged with two counts of criminal sale and endangering the welfare of a child on Sept. 18.
James Robb, 26, of Lincoln Avenue was charged with second-degree harassment on Sept. 18.
Christina Marrero, 24, of East Second Street was charged with petit larceny on Sept. 19.
Ricardo Negron-Garcia, 25, of Park Avenue was charged with operating an uninspected and uninsured motor vehicle while using a cell phone on Friday.
Edyl Vega, 62, of Maple Avenue was charged with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and operating an uninsured motor vehicle with a suspended registration on Saturday.
Daniel Lukasik Jr., 21, of Lake Shore Drive East was charged with trespassing on Sunday.
Matthew Jessie, 25, of Lake Shore Drive East was charged with third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation and operating a motor vehicle without insurance on Sunday.
Keith Martell, 33, of Deer Street was charged with third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation and operating a motor vehicle with no insurance and a suspended registration on Sunday.
David Taber Jr., 46, of Middle Road was charged Monday with second-degree harassment, criminal ob-struction of breathing and endangering the welfare of a child Monday.
Melvin Ingram, 36, of Columbus Avenue, Dunkirk, was charged with second-degree harassment and endangering the welfare of a child on Sept. 17.
Brandon Schick, 18, of East Amherst was charged with driving while intoxicated, driving while intoxicated with a blood alcohol content of more than .18 percent, disobeying a stop sign, failure to keep right and driving without insurance on Sept. 19.
Dmitri Novgrodsky, 48, of Central Avenue was charged with failure to yield the right of way on Sept. 19.
Douglas Aldridge, 19, of SUNY Fredonia's Eisenhow-er Hall, was charged with unlawful possession of alcohol, littering and possession of an open container of alcohol on Friday.
Brandon Mang, 20, of Center Street was charged with disorderly conduct on Saturday.
Garrett Moore, 21, of SUNY Fredonia's Igoe Hall, was charged with violating a sewer ordinance on Satur-day.
Joseph Edwards, 20, and Steven McCool, 20, both of Day Street, were charged with unlawful possession of alcohol and violating a noise ordinance on Saturday.
Brian Castonguay, 18, of SUNY Fredonia's Chautau-qua Hall, was charged with unlawful possession of alcohol and possession of an open container of alcohol on Sunday.
Michael Nichols, 21, of Central Avenue was charged with violating a noise ordinance on Sunday.