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Jamestown man charged in Dunkirk assault

Dunkirk Police on Wednesday morning announced a 20-year-old Jamestown man had been arrested in connection with a brutal beating that occurred on Friday.

Adrian Melo Estrada was taken into custody on Tuesday on an outstanding arrest warrant charging him with first-degree felony assault.

Estrada was wanted as a result of an investigation following the assault that occurred on Lakeshore Drive West near School 7. During the alleged assault, police say, Estrada had entered into a physical altercation with the victim, whom is a known relative. The incident is not believed to be a random act and was a result of a disagreement between the two parties. Dunkirk Fire Department responded to the scene and found the victim covered in blood.

Estrada was arraigned in Dunkirk City Court and remanded to Chautauqua County Jail in lieu of $100,000 cash bail.

Evans man charged after pedestrian struck

EVANS — A 39-year-old man was charged after his vehicle struck a pedestrian on Wisconsin Road.

Evans Police report that on Aug. 30 at 7 p.m., patrol was requested to an address on Wisconsin Road for a reported hit-and-run accident. Upon arrival, patrol spoke with the unnamed 64-year-old victim and a witness. The victim stated he was walking on the side of the road, on the pavement, when a vehicle struck him and then continued on. The victim reportedly had visible cuts, bruising and bleeding to his left elbow and back. The victim also reported arm and shoulder pain predominantly on the left side and felt like he was going into shock.

Patrol then spoke to the witness, who reported she was walking with the victim and her dog, when a silver truck towing a trailer struck the victim and knocked him into the ditch. The witness also confirmed that after the victim was struck, the vehicle continued on.

A short time later, patrol responded to a 9-1-1 call from the alleged driver of the involved truck. Patrol met up with the driver, Kevin E. Lazarz, 39, of Evans, further down the road. Lazarz stated that the sun was in his eyes and that he heard a noise, but was uncertain if he had struck a mailbox or a person.

Lazarz then said he “looped around” and called 9-1-1 to report the accident. At the scene of the accident, patrol located a piece of plastic and a vehicle mirror near where the victim was struck, while the victim was transported to ECMC. Lazarz was charged with leaving the scene of an injury accident, booked at Evans Police and released with a traffic ticket.

Vehicle check leads to drug charges

SILVER CREEK — A suspicious vehicle parked on Main Street led to a number of charges against two area residents.

Chautauqua County sheriff’s deputies responded to the scene around 10:30 p.m. Sept. 6 where a male occupant in the car identified himself as John P. Houser, 31, of Westfield. It was allegedly found that Houser had an active warrant out and he was taken into custody.

Catherine A. Tooley, 35, of Forestville, then arrived at the scene, stating the vehicle involved was hers. Further investigation revealed that Houser was in possession of an unspecified controlled substance and an unspecified quantity of marijuana. Tooley was also reportedly found to be in possession of an unspecified controlled substance, a hypodermic needle and an unspecified quantity of marijuana.

Houser was charged with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and second-degree unlawful possession of marijuana and was transported to Chautauqua County Jail to be arraigned in the centralized arraignment program. Tooley was charged with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, criminally possessing a hypodermic instrument and second-degree unlawful possession of marijuana. Tooley was issued appearance tickets and is scheduled to appear in village of Silver Creek Court at a later date.

Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office

¯ On Aug. 30 at roughly 1:17 a.m., deputies observed a vehicle allegedly speeding on Route 20 in the town of Pomfret. Deputies stopped the vehicle and identified the driver as William A. Zoltai, 61, of Akron, Ohio. Following an investigation, deputies arrested Zoltai and charged him with driving while intoxicated, DWI per se, speed in zone, failure to keep right and open container of alcohol in a motor vehicle. Zoltai will answer his charges in Pomfret Town Court at a later date.

¯ JAMESTOWN — On Aug. 31 at about 3:18 a.m., deputies stopped a vehicle on North Main Street for speeding. The operator was identified as Annette E. Porter, 47, of Jamestown. Further investigation allegedly found Porter to be intoxicated and she was taken into custody. A criminal history check found that Porter had previously been convicted of DUI in another state in the past 10 years, making the DWI charge a felony. She was charged with felony DWI, aggravated DWI and speeding. After processing, she was released with traffic tickets and will appear in city of Jamestown Court at a later date.

¯ SILVER CREEK — On Aug. 31 at around 10 p.m., deputies observed a vehicle fail to yield the right of way and nearly strike another vehicle near the intersection of Central Avenue and Park Place. Deputies stopped the vehicle and identified the driver as Ray Silverheels, 32, of Lawtons. Following an investigation, deputies arrested Silverheels and charged him with aggravated DWI, DWI, third degree aggravated unlicensed operation and failure to yield right of way. He will answer the charges in Hanover Town Court at a later date.

¯ JAMESTOWN — On Aug. 31 at around 5:55 p.m., Alden W. Wing, 32, of Jamestown, an inmate at Chautauqua County Jail, allegedly attempted to escape while being treated at UPMC Chautauqua. Officers with Wing were attempting to take him back into custody when Wing reportedly resisted arrest. Wing was charged with second degree attempted escape and resisting arrest. A warrant was issued for Wing’s arrest by city of Jamestown Court and placed as a detainer on him at Chautauqua County Jail. Wing will appear in city court for arraignment at a later date.

¯ SILVER CREEK — On Sept. 1 at roughly 2:40 a.m., deputies stopped a vehicle for an alleged traffic violation. Through investigation, it was discovered that the driver, Daniel Rodriguez-Collazo, 54, of Buffalo, was allegedly operating the vehicle while intoxicated. Rodriguez-Collazo was taken into custody and charged with DWI, DWI per se, failure to keep right and consumption of alcohol in a motor vehicle. He was later released with tickets to appear in village of Silver Creek Court at a later date.

¯ MAYVILLE — On Sept. 5 at about 4:45 p.m., deputies transported Fletcher E. Walters III, 27, of Dewittville, to town of Chautauqua Court for court proceedings stemming from a prior arrest. While leaving court, Walters III allegedly shoved a transporting deputy and attempted to flee on foot. Walters III then continued to resist arrest prior to being secured in the patrol car. He was transported back to Chautauqua County Jail and was additionally charged with felony first degree attempted escape and second degree harassment.

≤ SILVER CREEK — On Sunday, Sept. 8 at around 2:45 a.m., deputies conducted a traffic stop at Howard Street and Lake Avenue for an alleged infraction. A passenger in the vehicle was identified as Joseph M. Gill, 27, of Dunkirk and subsequent investigation led to his arrest. Gill was charged with fourth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon and unlawful possession of marijuana. Gill was processed and transported to Chautauqua County Jail pending centralized arraignment.

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