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Dunkirk man accused of selling narcotics

A Dunkirk man has been arrested for alleged drug sales in the city.

Members of the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force and City of Dunkirk Police Department have conducted a several month-long investigation into the distribution and sale of illegal narcotics in the city. The investigation lead to Chautauqua County Grand Jury indictment warrant being issued for William E. Webb, 45, of 137 Nevins St. He is facing charges of two counts of third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance.

The Sheriffs Office and the Southern Tier Regional Drug task Force encourages the public to please report any illegal activity or illegal drug activity. Call the Sheriffs Office tip line 664-2420 or the Dunkirk tip Police tip line at 363-0313.

Pair charged after pursuit ends in Westfield

An Ohio man is facing charges after leading police on a high-speed pursuit through Erie and Chautauqua counties.

Chautauqua County sheriff’s deputies took 20-year-old Galen A. Steele Jr. into custody after receiving word Friday around 11:15 a.m. from police in Erie County of a vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed.

Deputies were able to locate the vehicle on Route 60 in the town of Pomfret. The vehicle fled and lead deputies into the village of Fredonia.

“Due to the recklessness of the suspect vehicle deputies discontinued the pursuit and lost sight of the vehicle,” the Sheriff’s Office said in a news release.

The vehicle was later spotted on Route 5 in the town of Portland. Spike strips were deployed, and the vehicle later stopped in the town of Westfield.

Three people ran from the vehicle, two of whom were taken into custody. A K-9 Unit was summoned, and Steele was found in a wooded area.

Steel is facing charges of third-degree unlawful fleeing a police officer and first-degree reckless endangerment, among other traffic violations.

A passenger in the vehicle, 21-year-old Lorenzo D. Martinez of Buffalo, was charged with fourth-degree criminal possession of marijuana.

Two other occupants of the vehicle were released without charges.

The Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Westfield Police Department and the New York State Police.

New York State Police

≤ KENNEDY — On Jan. 9, troopers out of Jamestown arrested Joshua Ross, 31, of Kennedy, for fourth-degree criminal mischief, second-degree criminal trespass, overdriving/torturing/injuring animals and resisting arrest.

The troopers responded to a residence in Kennedy for a domestic incident. Investigation revealed that Ross arrived at the residence without invitation and walked into the victim’s home. Ross allegedly refused to leave when instructed to by the victim and during their argument, kicked her chihuahua. When the victim attempted to call 911 for assistance, Ross allegedly knocked the phone from the victim’s hand and across the room. The police were eventually contacted by a third party.

The troopers attempted to place Ross under arrest but he physically resisted. He was eventually taken into custody and transported to State Police in Jamestown. Ross was then processed and transported to the Chautauqua County Jail, pending arraignment..

Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office

≤ FORESTVILLE — On Jan. 14, Cory J. Near, 31, was arrested for alleged criminal obstruction of breathing or blood circulation, fourth-degree criminal mischief and second-degree harassment.

Deputies responded to an address in Forestville for a report of a domestic incident. An investigation found that Near was the suspect in the incident. He was charged and transported to Chautauqua County Jail for the Centralized Arraignment Program. Near will answer to his charges at a later date and time in the town of Hanover Court.

≤ HARMONY — On Jan. 14, Nathan E. Manhart, 43, of Ashville, was arrested for allegedly endangering the welfare of a child and second-degree harassment.

Deputies were called to a residence in the Harmony for report of a physical altercation. Upon further investigation, deputies found that Manhart engaged in a physical confrontation with another while in close proximity of a young child. Manhart was charged and later issued an appearance ticket and will appear in the town of Harmony Court at a later date.

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