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Westfield man accused of traveling 94 mph while intoxicated

SHERMAN — On Monday shortly before 1 a.m., Chautauqua County Sheriff deputies were traveling south on Clymer-Sherman Road in town of Sherman when they were passed by a vehicle reportedly traveling 94 mph in a 55 mph zone. The vehicle was stopped and the operator was identified as Raymond M. Near, 59, of Westfield.

After an investigation, it was allegedly found that Near was driving in an intoxicated state.

Near was taken into custody and charged with two counts of driving while intoxicated, speeding and failure to keep right.

Near was transported to the Chautauqua County Jail for centralized arraignment.

Woman charged after two children found in road

SILVER CREEK — A 29-year-old Silver Creek woman is facing charges after two children were found around 6 p.m. Monday in the middle of Routes 5 and 20.

An investigation revealed that Rickie L. Ecker had allegedly left the children unsupervised. Chautauqua County Sheriff deputies arrested and charged Ecker with endangering the welfare of a child. She is to appear in the town of Hanover Court.

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¯ LAKEWOOD — On Saturday, at around 7 p.m. Chautauqua County Sheriff’s deputies observed a vehicle on E. Fairmount Ave in the village of Lakewood allegedly commit multiple traffic violations. Deputies stopped that vehicle and identified the operator as Amy L Baker, 37, of Jamestown. Investigation found that Baker was allegedly operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated.

She was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated with a blood alcohol content of .08 of 1% or higher, driving while intoxicated, move from lane unsafely, and failure to keep right.

Baker was released with appearance tickets and is scheduled to appear in the town of Busti Court at a later date to answer to the charges.

¯ NORTH HARMONY — On Sunday at about 12:30 a.m., deputies checked a suspicious vehicle on Route 394 in the town of North Harmony. The operator of the vehicle was identified as Samuel P. Ambrose, 20, of Mayville.

Ambrose was allegedly found to be intoxicated and was taken into custody. After processing, Ambrose was released with traffic tickets and will appear in town of North Harmony Court at a later date to answer charges of driving while intoxicated and driving while intoxicated with a blood alcohol content of .08% or greater.

¯ NORTH HARMONY — A Bemus Point woman is accused of assaulting another person.

According to the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office, on Sunday at about 8:50 p.m., deputies were called to an incident in the area of Route 394 and Interstate 86 in the town of North Harmony. Upon arrival a victim alleged that while traveling in a vehicle with Sally M. Lawson, 62, on I-86, Lawson struck the victim in the face with a glass bottle.

Lawson was taken into custody and held at Chautauqua County Jail pending arraignment. She will appear in town of North Harmony court at a later time to answer a charge of second degree harassment.

¯ JAMESTOWN — A Jamestown man has been arrested on accusations of welfare fraud.

It is alleged that from May 1, 2017 through July 31, 2018, Thomas Lauer, 55, failed to notify the Chautauqua County Department of Health and Human Services that he was employed and receiving income. This unreported income allowed him to receive $1,350 in unentitled benefits.

He was charged with fourth degree welfare fraud, first degree offering a false instrument for filing, misuse of food stamps and fourth degree grand larceny. Lauer is scheduled to appear in the city of Jamestown Court at a later date.

To report incidents of suspected welfare fraud, call 1-800-388-5365 for the Chautauqua County Welfare Fraud Hotline or call 1-800-782-7463 for the We Tip line.

POLAND — On Monday at about 11:15 p.m., deputies were called to a suspicious situation on Rt. 394 in the Town of Poland.

Upon arrival deputies located Glen H. Leffew, 26, of Jamestown. It was found that Leffew had lost control of his motorcycle and had laid the bike down on the shoulder of the roadway.

Leffew was allegedly found to be intoxicated and was taken into custody. After processing he was released with traffic tickets.

Leffew will appear in town of Poland Court at a later date to answer charges of driving while intoxicated, aggravated driving while intoxicated with a blood alcohol content of .18% or greater and moved from lane unsafely.

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