Area police

Chautauqua County Sheriff

¯ CHAUTAUQUA — On April 24 at roughly 8:50 a.m., William C. Soto, 36, of Dewittville, was reportedly charged with third-degree assault and criminal obstruction of breathing or blood circulation, following an alleged incident. It is alleged that Soto punched and choked another individual, and while doing so, the victim had his tooth knocked out. Soto was issued appearance tickets and will appear in Town of Chautauqua Court at a later date.

¯ JAMESTOWN — On April 24 at approximately 12:30 p.m., Michelle Weltikol, 38, of Jamestown, was arrested and charged with two counts of fourth-degree welfare fraud, first-degree offering a false instrument for filing, misuse of food stamps (+$1,000) and fourth-degree grand larceny. It is alleged that from January 1, 2017 through August 31, 2017, Weltikol failed to notify the Chautauqua County Department of Health and Human Services that she was employed and receiving income while she was receiving benefits. This unreported income allowed for Weltikol to receive $1,467 in unentitled benefits. Weltikol is scheduled to appear in City of Jamestown Court at a later date.

New York State Police

RANDOLPH — On April 21, troopers pulled over a vehicle on I-86 for a traffic violation. While speaking to the driver, Tyler Simon, 22, of Ashville, troopers allegedly smelled marijuana emanating from inside the vehicle. A search of Simon and his vehicle revealed a bag containing three grams of marijuana. Simon was charged with unlawful possession of marijuana, issued an appearance ticket and a traffic ticket and is scheduled to appear in the town of Randolph Court next month.

Westfield police

WESTFIELD — On April 24 at about 9:30 a.m., Christina Chabuel, 19, and Crystal Vargas, 20, both of Westfield, were arrested following an investigation into a larceny that occurred on April 6. On said date, the manager of the Westfield 7-Eleven reported to police that Chabuel and Vargas had allegedly taken items from the store without paying for them. Chabuel and Vargas were both charged with petit larceny, issued appearance tickets and will appear in Westfield Village Court at a later date.

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