Area police

Elks Lodge in city burglarized New Year’s Day

A Dunkirk organization is asking for the public’s assistance after a burglary on New Year’s Day.

According to its Facebook page, the Dunkirk Elks noted: “Sometime on January 1st between 4 a.m. and 3 p.m. our Elks Lodge was broken into.

“Please, if you know something or hear something, call the Dunkirk Police Department 366-2266.

“They caused major damage to various items and took whatever money they could find. Any information and assistance is appreciated.”

The Elks Club is located at 428 Central Ave. in the city.

New York State Police

¯ CHERRY CREEK — On Tuesday, troopers out of State Police Fredonia arrested Todd J. Vanhorn, 52, of South Dayton on charges of driving while intoxicated.

Troopers investigating a one-car accident on State Route 83 in Cherry Creek, said they observed Vanhorn exhibiting obvious signs of impairment, failure of standardized field sobriety tests, as well as admissions at the scene. He was arrested and transported to State Police at Fredonia where a chemical breath test allegedly revealed him to have a .12% blood alcohol content.

Vanhorn was released with an appearance ticket for Cherry Creek Town Court, where he is due to appear this month.

Westfield Police Department

¯ On Tuesday, Joseph E. Gross, 60, was arrested on charges of driving while intoxicated.

Officers conducted a vehicle stop for a vehicle and traffic law violation. After investigation, police said Gross was determined to be under the influence of alcohol and arrested.

Gross was charged with failure to signal turn, DWI, and driving with .08% of 1% or more of alcohol and will answer to his charges at a later date in the village of Westfield Court.

Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s Office

¯ RANDOLPH — On Wednesday, Forrest R. Smucinski, 21, was arrested on an arrest warrant from Randolph Town Court. The warrant was issued following a domestic incident in Randolph at an earlier time. Smucinski was transported to Randolph Town Court to answer his charges for three counts of endangering the welfare of a child, two counts of fourth-degree criminal mischief and third-degree assault.

Smucinski was released on his own recognizance and transported to the Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s Office for processing.


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