Area police

Three nabbed in Panama with meth

PANAMA — Troopers pulled over a vehicle on Route 474 for the driver using a cell phone on July 21. Subsequent investigation revealed that the vehicle allegedly didn’t have insurance. Patrol also reportedly found crystal methamphetamine, Suboxone and a hypodermic needle containing drug residue inside the vehicle. All three subjects were placed under arrest and transported to State Police Jamestown for processing.

Kenneth Houghwot, 36, and Bruce Houghwot, 39, both of Panama, were charged with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. Charles Cummins, 48, also of Panama, was charged with two counts of seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and criminally possessing a hypodermic instrument. Kenneth and Bruce Houghwot were issued appearance tickets and released, to appear in Town of Harmony Court next month. After processing, Cummins was transported to Chautauqua County Jail, where he was held pending arraignment.

Evans Police Department

¯ Patrol was dispatched to a criminal mischief complaint on July 19. The victim stated she was driving on Cleveland Street when an unknown subject allegedly used a BB gun to shoot her vehicle. Patrol observed a hole in the vehicle body and a small dent in the passenger rear side. Patrol spoke to neighbors, but were unable to locate any suspects. Patrol reviewed video taken of the incident, wherein a BB gun could be heard being shot and hitting the vehicle, but no visible evidence presented itself. Patrol closed the matter due to low solvability, but will reopen the case should new evidence be introduced.

¯ On July 19 at about 7:29 p.m., patrol observed a vehicle speeding on Lake Shore Road. Patrol stopped the vehicle and identified the operator as Earl L. Lipford, 39, of Buffalo. Lipford was allegedly unable to provide any photo identification to patrol, but his identity was verified through WEB RICCI. A subsequent ENTPortal check on Lipford revealed that his license had been revoked and he was taken into custody. Lipford was charged with second-degree aggravated unlicensed operation, operating a motor vehicle by an unlicensed driver and speed in zone. Lipford was booked at Evans Police, his vehicle was impounded and he was later released with traffic tickets.

¯ Patrol stopped a vehicle on Erie Road for an alleged illegal signal. Patrol identified the driver as David J. Hollmer, 31, of Brant, and an ENTPortal check revealed his license to be suspended. Hollmer was placed under arrest and charged with third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation and illegal signal: less than 100 feet. Hollmer was booked at Evans Police, his vehicle was impounded and he was later released with two traffic tickets.

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