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Who’s that? Westfield man charged in accident

It went from bad to worse for a Westfield resident after an accident on Route 5 near Temple Road on Wednesday.

Chautauqua County sheriff’s deputies responded to a personal injury motor vehicle accident in the town of Dunkirk around 7:30 a.m. Upon arrival deputies located the operator of the motor vehicle. Through an investigation it was found the operator attempted to give deputies a fictitious name.

Deputies identified the operator as Zachery W. Schwartz, 24. Schwartz was charged with second-degree criminal impersonation, third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation and unlicensed operation.

Schwartz was then transported to Brooks Hospital by Alstar ambulance for his injuries.

Evans woman victim in phone fraud scam

On May 9 at roughly 2:50 p.m., Evans patrol was dispatched to a reported fraud complaint. Upon arrival, officers were informed by a 53-year-old Angola resident that on May 5 she received a phone call from an unknown number stating that her social security number was compromised and being used in illegal criminal activity. She then stated that the unknown perpetrator said if she did not send them $1,400 in Google Play gift cards that she was going to be arrested within 48 hours.

In response to the alleged threat, the victim said she went to Tops Friendly Markets in Derby and purchased six Google Play gift cards in the total amount of $1,400. The victim then stated that she received another phone call from the perpetrator and provided them with the activation numbers off each Google Play gift card. The victim said she believed the situation was legitimate until she spoke with a family member, who advised her that it was a scam and she should contact the police. The case was closed due to low solvability factors.

Evans Police

¯ On May 7 at roughly 1:40 p.m., officers were dispatched to a disturbance and told to look for a blue Jeep. Patrol quickly observed the vehicle in question on Erie Road and conducted a traffic stop. During the stop, the driver, Jeffrey E. Zink Jr., 38, of Perrysburg, allegedly admitted to having a suspended driver’s license.

His vehicle was inventoried and impounded, while Zink was charged with third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation. Zink was transported to Evans Police Department, processed and posted $260 cash bail.

¯ On May 10 at around 5 p.m., patrol stopped a vehicle on Wayne Drive for a loud muffler. After doing an electronic check of the license of the driver, Carl J. Mascio, 24, of Evans, it was reportedly discovered to be suspended.

Mascio was placed under arrest and charged with third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation, unsafe tires, failure to yield right of way to emergency vehicle and a muffler exhaust system violation.

Mascio’s vehicle and trailer were impounded, while he was transported to Evans Police Department for booking, where he was later released with traffic tickets.

¯ On May 10 at about 8 p.m., patrol stopped a vehicle on Route 20 for an observed traffic violation. A computer check of the license of the driver, Jose L. Pacheco, 21, of Fredonia, allegedly revealed it to be suspended.

Pacheco was charged with third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation and no/insufficient tail lamps. His vehicle was towed and he was transported to Evans Police Department for booking, where he was later released with traffic tickets.

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