Area Police

Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Department

≤ RIPLEY — On May 24 at around 7:10 p.m., deputies were investigating an incident on Burton Avenue. Deputies allegedly found that Christopher R. Wood, 25, of Ripley, was in possession of a small amount of marijuana and concentrated cannabis. Wood was arrested and charged with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and unlawful possession of marijuana. Wood is scheduled to appear in Town of Ripley Court for arraignment at a later date.

≤ SILVER CREEK — On May 26 at about 1:17 a.m., deputies conducted a traffic stop on Central Avenue for an observed infraction. The operator was identified as Brandi J. Myers, 37, of Silver Creek. Following a subsequent investigation, Myers was allegedly arrested and charged with DWI, DWI per se and unsafe start. Myers was released and will answer her charges in Silver Creek Village Court at a later date.

Town of Evans Police Department

≤ On May 17 at roughly 12:23 a.m., patrol stopped a vehicle on Putnam Drive for no/inadequate plate lamps. After running the license of the driver, Jacob N. Seitz, 20, of Evans, in ENTPortal, it was allegedly discovered to be suspended. Seitz was placed under arrest and charged with third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation and no/inadequate plate lamps. Seitz was transported to Evans Police Department for booking, where he was later released with traffic tickets.

≤ On May 17 at about 3:34 a.m., patrol stopped a vehicle on Erie Road for an LPR hit. After running the registration of the driver, Thomas J. Finnerty, 45, of Evans, in ENTPortal, it was allegedly discovered to be suspended. Finnerty’s driver’s license was also reportedly suspended. While searching Finnerty, a small clear bag with an unspecified quantity of cocaine was also allegedly located. Finnerty was placed under arrest and charged with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation, operating a motor vehicle with registration suspended, operating a motor vehicle without insurance and operating a motor vehicle without an inspection certificate. Finnerty’s vehicle was impounded and he was transported to Evans Police Department for booking, where he was later released with appearance tickets.

≤ On May 18 at around 7:29 p.m., patrol responded to a damaged property report on Madison Avenue. The victim reported to patrol that when she returned home from work, she discovered her vehicle had been entered and damaged. The vehicle was parked in her driveway, unlocked, and the driver’s visor, mirror, speedometer cover and instrument cluster were destroyed, while the side console was removed and wiring had been tampered with. The victim’s son was home during the day and stated he witnessed two juveniles enter the vehicle and refuse to leave upon his request. After witnessing the juveniles move about the car, he went back inside. Ten minutes later, the witness stated that he returned to the car, and found the driver’s visor and mirror broken on the driveway. The victim requested that charges be filed. Patrol went to both of the juveniles’ residences and spoke with the parents. Neither juvenile was home at the time and both were requested to appear at Evans Police Department later that night.

Later the same day, both juveniles, unnamed, ages 15 and 16, appeared at the station with their parents. Both were interviewed separately. The 16-year-old provided a voluntary statement admitting to damaging the visor and mirror in question. The 15-year-old and respective parent declined to speak without an attorney present. Both juveniles were issued appearance tickets for fourth-degree criminal mischief and all paperwork was forwarded to the Detective Bureau.

≤ On May 15 at around 10:03 p.m., patrol stopped a vehicle on Commercial Street for operating with obstructed vision. After running the license of the driver, Patrick J. Michalak, 51, of Dunkirk, it was allegedly discovered to be suspended. Michalak was placed under arrest and charged with third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation and operating a motor vehicle with obstructed vision. Michalak’s vehicle was impounded and he was transported to Evans Police Department for booking, where he was later released with traffic tickets.

≤ On May 16 at about 4:52 p.m., patrol stopped a vehicle on Erie Road due to an LPR hit. After running the registration of the driver, Josiah J. Gant, 21, of Marcy, in ENTPortal, it was allegedly discovered to be suspended. Gant was placed under arrest and charged with operating a motor vehicle with suspended registration. Gant’s vehicle was impounded and he was transported to Evans Police Department for booking, where he was later released with a traffic ticket.

≤ On May 19 at roughly 6:31 p.m., patrol responded to Tops Markets for a reported suspicious person. A witness reported a female in a purple shirt pushing a grocery cart through the parking lot, looking inside parked vehicles. Upon patrol’s arrival, the woman in question was standing by a van with a shopping cart full of unbagged groceries. Patrol approached the woman and identified her as Karen M. Spratz, 42, of Angola, who stated she was waiting for a ride. Officers asked to see a receipt for the groceries. Spratz produced a receipt that was dated May 5, and could not produce a valid receipt for May 15, though she did state she’d gone through check-out line four with a live cashier. The store manager then came outside and informed patrol that Spratz had been previously arrested for shoplifting several times. The manager went back inside to review security footage, while patrol discovered that check-out line four was a self-check-out line.

At that point, Spratz allegedly admitted to patrol she did steal the property in question, which was then confirmed through security footage. The total dollar amount of the stolen items equaled out to $182.51. The store manager did wish to seek criminal charges for the larceny. Spratz was taken into custody and charged with petit larceny. Spratz was transported to Evans Police Department for booking and was later released on an appearance ticket.

New York State Police

≤ JAMESTOWN — On May 25, troopers pulled over a vehicle on Route 62 for a cell phone violation. After allegedly failing several SFSTs, Rachel Fuller, 38, of Conewango Valley, was placed under arrest and charged with Leandra’s Law DWI. The five and six-year-old children in Fuller’s vehicle were turned over to an uninvolved third party. Fuller was transported to State Police Jamestown, where she provided a breath sample of .16. Fuller was processed, issued tickets and released. Fuller is scheduled to appear in Town of Kiantone Court next month.

≤SHERMAN — On May 24, troopers received a report of a male subject going in and out of consciousness in his vehicle in the Dollar General parking lot, and that there were allegedly multiple needles in plain sight inside the vehicle. The male subject, later identified as Darrick Kight, 35, of Jamestown, regained consciousness and drove east on I-86, where he was then located and pulled over by troopers for driving erratically. Kight was arrested after failing several SFSTs and the following items were located in his possession: three hypodermic needles, an aluminum can bottom containing burnt heroin residue, a plastic bag containing heroin residue and a glass smoking device containing marijuana residue. Kight was transported to State Police Jamestown, where he was evaluated by a Chautauqua County Drug Recognition Expert who determined that Kight was under the influence of heroin. A blood sample was obtained from Kight at UPMC Hospital and Kight’s processing was concluded at SP Jamestown. Kight was charged with DWAI, seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, three counts of criminally possessing a hypodermic instrument and unlawful possession of marijuana. Kight was then transported to Chautauqua County Jail.

Chautauqua County Sherif’s Office

≤MAYVILLE — On May 22 at around 5:41 p.m., deputies located James R. Mawhir, 29, of Mayville in the village. Mawhir allegedly had an active arrest warrant for criminal possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell. Mawhir was arrested without incident and taken to Chautauqua County Jail to answer the charge at a later date.

≤ LAKEWOOD — On May 25 at about 3:21 a.m., deputies stopped a vehicle on Route 394 for an observed traffic violation. The driver was identified as Stuart N. Frantz Jr., 25, of Kane, PA. Further investigation led to a search of the vehicle, where deputies allegedly located over two ounces of marijuana, a quantity of methamphetamine and various drug paraphernalia. Frantz was charged with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, fourth-degree criminal possession of marijuana and speed in zone. Frantz was processed and released with citations.

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