Area Police

New York State Police

¯ PANAMA — On Feb. 18, troopers and Chautauqua County deputies responded to a residence for a report of a domestic incident. An investigation revealed that Justin Earle, 25, of Panama, became enraged over an ongoing issue regarding use of the communal wood-burning stove, and broke into the victim’s apartment. Earle then allegedly proceeded to assault the victim in front of three children. The victim was evaluated on scene by Clymer EMS, but declined additional medical treatment. Earle was arrested for second-degree burglary, second-degree harassment and three counts of endangering the welfare of a child. Earle was processed at State Police Jamestown and remanded to the Chautauqua County Jail.

¯ POLAND — On Feb. 19, troopers investigated a report of a larceny. Investigation revealed that Ryan Paulisick, 25, of Jamestown, was allegedly at the complainant’s house for an unrelated matter, and upon his departure, the complainant noticed that several of his tools were gone. A third party observed many of these missing items in Paulisick’s truck and inside his residence, immediately following Paulisick’s visit with the complainant. Paulisick was located in Jamestown and placed under arrest for fifth-degree criminal possession of stolen property and petit larceny.

Dunkirk Police Department

¯ On Feb. 14 Steven Stablewski, 28, of Sinclairville was charged with first-degree criminal contempt, seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and tampering with evidence.

¯ On Feb. 14 Bernardo Cuevas-Rivera, 34, of Dunkirk was charged with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and seventh-degree attempted criminal possession of a controlled substance.

¯ On Feb. 15 Tahlia J. Williams, 28, of Brant was charged with third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, suspended registration and no insurance.

¯ On Sunday Giselle Maysonet-Sanchez, 36, of Dunkirk was charged with third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and no inspection.

¯ On Sunday Monique S. Thomas, 36, of Dunkirk was charged with petit larceny.

¯ On Monday Joshua A. Cheverez, 28, Brocton was charged with criminal obstruction of breathing.

¯ On Monday Richard Vargas, 34, of Fredonia was charged with second-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and no inspection.

¯ On Tuesday Jose L. Pacheco, 21, of Dunkirk was charged with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and unlawful possession of marijuana.

Westfield Police Department

¯ WESTFIELD — On Wednesday at 1:57 a.m., Westfield patrols observed a vehicle operating on Union Street with an alleged suspended registration. Westfield patrols stopped the vehicle and identified the operator as Maryellen S. Sullivan-George, 52, of Westfield.

Upon further investigation, the registration was allegedly suspended for insurance not in effect. Sullivan-George was issued traffic tickets for operating while registration suspended, operating without insurance and uninspected motor vehicle. She was released and will appear in the village of Westfield court at a later date.

Town of Evans Police Department

≤ On Feb. 11 at roughly 10:54 p.m., patrol was dispatched to Erie Road for a vehicle parked at a gas pump with the driver asleep at the wheel. Patrol arrived and located Peter A. Rost, 31, of Hamburg, allegedly asleep in the driver seat with a needle in his lap, and the vehicle running. Rost was removed from the vehicle, patted down and interviewed. The officer conducting the interview observed Rost to have pin-pricked pupils, glassy eyes and impaired speech and motor coordination. Rost then performed standard field sobriety tests, before being placed under arrest and refusing to take a blood test. Rost’s vehicle was impounded and he was charged with possession of a hypodermic instrument and DWAI by drugs: prior conviction designated offense in 10 years.

≤ On Feb. 12 at about 9:54 a.m., patrol observed a vehicle traveling East on Route 20. Patrol initiated a traffic stop and identified the alleged operator as Daniel J. Sawyer, 28, of Farnham. Patrol confirmed the vehicle registration was suspended, confiscated both license plates, and Evans Mechanical towed the vehicle. Sawyer was charged with driving with a suspended registration.

— On Feb. 14 at approximately 5:17 a.m., patrol responded to a vehicle fire on Chippewa Street. Upon patrol’s arrival, the vehicle was fully engulfed in flames in the driveway of the residence. The victim was attempting to put out the flames with a fire extinguisher and water. Lake Erie Beach 9 arrived with patrol and used fire extinguishers together to dampen flames. Lake Erie Beach and Evans Center fire departments extinguished the fire completely by 5:40 a.m. Patrol spoke with the victim, who stated at 1 a.m., he went out to the car to get cigarettes, and everything seemed in order then. Patrol spoke with the complainant, who stated he saw the vehicle fire from his residence and called 9-1-1 immediately.

— On Feb. 14 at an unknown time, an unknown suspect ignited a fire at the base of a rotted tree in the East end of Lake Erie Beach Park. Lake Erie Beach Volunteer Fire Department responded and knocked down the fire. Notification was given to the Town of Evans to cut down the tree. There is no evidence or leads in the matter, so due to low solvability, the case is closed.

— On Feb. 15 at around 2:52 p.m., patrol responded to a reported chimney fire on Kennedy Avenue. Upon arrival, the owner was wetting down the stove pipe with a garden hose. The owner reported build-up near the cap of the pipe had been the issue and he believes he rectified it with his actions. Patrol advised the owner that the fire department was dispatched and would need to investigate. Inside the residence, there was a light odor of smoke, and the owner reported the temperature gauge on the pipe above the burn box was within reasonable limits after having been higher. Fire departments responding to the scene included: Lake Erie Beach, Evans Center, Farnham and North Evans. The fire was not suspicious, the incident was handled by the fire departments, and there was no damage to the structure.

— On Feb. 16 at roughly 12:44 a.m., patrol stopped a vehicle for no/inadequate plate lamps on Southwestern Boulevard. The operator was identified as William J. Merecki, 33, of Angola, and after running his NYS I.D. card in ENTPortal, it was allegedly discovered to be suspended a total of 19 times. Merecki also informed patrol he had marijuana inside his armrest, where four small bags were located. Merecki was placed under arrest for aggravated unlicensed operation 1: 10 or more suspensions – 10 or more dates, no/inadequate plate lamp and unlawful possession of marijuana.

— On Feb. 16 at about 9:18 p.m., patrol observed a vehicle on Lake Street with an allegedly suspended registration. Upon stopping the vehicle, patrol identified the operator as Lacy A. Bannister, 26, of Evans. Bannister was charged with operating a motor vehicle – registration suspended, operating an unregistered motor vehicle on highway and operating a motor vehicle without insurance. The registration plates were confiscated and the vehicle was left in the driveway at the location.

— On Feb. 17 at approximately 1:18 p.m., patrol observed a vehicle speeding on Versailles Plank Road. Patrol pulled the vehicle over and identified the operator as Ayden N. Jimerson, 20, of Perrysburg. Upon running Jimerson’s license, it was allegedly discovered that it was suspended. Jimerson was taken into custody and charged with speed in zone and third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle.

— On Feb. 17 at around 2:00 p.m., patrol responded to an attempt to locate a vehicle on Beach Road. Patrol observed a vehicle allegedly weaving from one side of the road to the other. Patrol initiated a traffic stop, wherein the operator didn’t pull over for approximately half a mile. Once pulled over, patrol identified the operator as Kelly J. Rojek, 29, of Eden. While speaking to Rojek, patrol reportedly noted Rojek to have a strong odor of alcohol on her breath. Patrol asked Rojek to perform several SFSTs, all of which she allegedly failed. Rojek was taken into custody, her vehicle was impounded, and a Data Master test revealed Rojek’s BAL to be .22. Rojek was charged with DWI – first offense, operating a motor vehicle with .08 of 1 percent or more alcohol in blood – first offense, aggravated DWI : per se – BAC .18 or more – no priors and moved from lane unsafely.