Area police

Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office

≤ ELLERY — On June 3 at around 7:59 p.m., deputies were dispatched to a vehicle complaint on Route 430. Deputies observed the reported vehicle, which did allegedly commit several traffic infractions. Deputies stopped the vehicle and identified the driver as Sally M. Lawson, 62, of Ellery. Lawson was arrested and charged with DWI, aggravated DWI, uninspected motor vehicle, operating without insurance, unregistered motor vehicle, speed in zone, failure to keep right and inadequate or no stop lamps. Lawson was issued tickets and will appear in Town of Ellery Court at a later date.

≤ MAYVILLE — On June 4 at roughly 7:02 p.m., deputies conducted a warrant check at a residence in the village. Joshua J. Northrop-Dowdall, 27, of Mayville was reportedly located at the residence and was taken into custody for a probation warrant for second-degree rape. Northrop-Dowdall was taken to Chautauqua County Jail and will answer his charges on a later date.

≤ BEMUS POINT — On June 5 at about 9:09 a.m., deputies were notified by Bemus Point Elementary School staff to check on the well-being of Sommer L. Donovan, 41, of Greenhurst. Deputies located Donovan in the driver seat of her vehicle. Upon further investigation, it was determined that Donovan had allegedly driven in an intoxicated state. Based on the investigation, Donovan was arrested for DWI and charged with aggravated DWI and DWI. Donovan was transported to Chautauqua County Jail for centralized arraignment.

Town of Evans Police Department

≤ On June 2 at around 6:42 p.m., patrol received a complaint of an erratic driver on Erie Road. Patrol located the reported vehicle traveling eastbound, and observed said vehicle pass through a red light at Nettlecreek Road. The vehicle then failed to signal a lane change and pulled into Top Shelf Liquors, where a traffic stop was initiated. The driver was identified as Mary Ann Carestio, 65, of Evans. Carestio allegedly exhibited glassy eyes, slurred speech, poor motor coordination and had alcohol on her breath. Carestio then reportedly failed several sobriety tests, was placed under arrest and her vehicle was impounded. When Carestio was transported to Evans Police Department, she refused a data master breath test. Carestio was charged with passed red light, DWI, failure to signal and refusal to take breath test. Carestio was processed and released with traffic tickets to her husband.

≤ On May 27 at about 12:12 a.m., patrol stopped a vehicle on Erie Road for failure to use designated lane. While checking the license of the driver, Francis G. Chaplin, 37, of Blasdell, it was allegedly discovered to be suspended. Chaplin was also reportedly found to have active warrants out of Evans, Brant and Blasdell. Chaplin was taken into custody, charged with third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation and failure to use designated lane and his vehicle was impounded. Chaplin was later arraigned on his Evans warrant and remanded to Erie County Holding Center on $250 cash/$500 bond.

≤ On May 30 at 9:58 a.m., an individual found a tailgate for a dump trailer, valued at $300, on Waterman Road. The individual then brought the tailgate to Evans Police Station, where patrol secured the item in the police garage and noted it as found property.

≤On June 1 at roughly 12 a.m., Tara L. Biondo, 38, of Silver Creek, allegedly drove past the victim’s residence on Lake Shore Road and gave her the middle finger. Biondo is reportedly dating the victim’s estranged husband and incidents of harassment like this have been going on for some time. Biondo is currently wanted for second-degree harassment.


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