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Dunkirk Police Department

¯ On July 20, Angel Rosas Jr., 22, of Dunkirk was charged with second-degree burglary.

¯ On July 20, Juan Rivera-Santiago, 28, of Dunkirk was charged with third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle.

¯ On July 21, Justin G. Shreier, 26, of Dunkirk was charged with second-degree harassment.

¯ On Jult 21, Jarrett Sikes, 41, of Dunkirk was charged with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.

¯ On July 23, Julio A Echevarria-Cosme, 25, of Dunkirk was charged with second-degree harassment, endangering the welfare of a child, fourth-degree criminal mischief, third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and inadequate exhaust.

Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office

¯ CLYMER — Jamie L. Donnell, 41, of Clymer, was charged with driving while intoxicated, DWI per se and no stopping/standing/parking on highway. Deputies received a vehicle complaint on Clymer Center Road at 11:08 p.m. on July 22. An investigation found that Donnell was operating the vehicle while intoxicated. He was released with tickets to appear in Clymer Town Court later.

¯ ELLICOTT — On July 21, Dante B. Fryer, 23, of Buffalo was charged with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and unlawful dealing with fireworks.

At around 10:40 a.m., members of the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force and Jamestown Metro Drug Task Force were contacted by K-9 Trooper J. Cresanti to assist with a vehicle and traffic stop he conducted on Route 60 in the Town of Ellicott. After a brief investigation, Fryer was allegedly found to be in possession of various illegal narcotics and illegal fireworks. All items and monies were seized and placed into evidence.

Fryer was issued several appearance tickets and released. He will appear in the Town Ellicott Court on a later date.

¯ MAYVILLE — A Jamestown woman is safe after being located by Chautauqua County sheriff’s deputies in the Chautauqua Gorge.

At around 9:30 p.m. Thursday, deputies responded to the call for a lost hiker. Upon arrival, the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Unit deployed K-9 Bentley into a wooded area off of Hannum Road. K-9 Bentley located Kathleen E. Johnston 27, in the creek bed of the gorge.

Johnston was unable to walk out on her own. Erie County Sheriff’s Office Air One was requested and attempted to land in the gorge to extricate Johnston. Air One was unable to land.

Chautauqua County Tech Rescue Team arrived on scene and was able to extricate Johnston from the Gorge. Johnston was treated by fire personnel for minor injuries. State Forest Rangers, Mayville Fire Department and Chautauqua Fire Department assisted on scene with the rescue.

¯ FALCONER — A Jamestown woman has been charged after she allegedly took multiple items from a village business.

Thursday, at about 8:45 p.m., Chautauqua County sheriff’s deputies were called to a location on West Main Street for a report of a larceny. An investigation revealed that Elizabeth L. Schrecengost, 37, had allegedly taken multiple items from the business without paying.

Schrecengost was subsequently charged with petit larceny and fifth-degree criminal possession of stolen property. She is scheduled to be in the town of Ellicott court at a later date.

¯ PORTLAND — Two men allegedly found with methamphetamine after a traffic stop have been charged by Chautauqua County sheriff’s deputies.

On Friday around 8 p.m., deputies stopped a vehicle on Lake Avenue for a traffic offense. The operator of the vehicle was identified as Leroy W. Stepp, 28, of Westfield. An investigation revealed that Stepp was allegedly in possession of quantity of meth and was operating on a suspended driver’s license.

He was charged with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, second-degree aggravated unlicensed operation and failure to keep right.

A passenger in the vehicle, Paul R. Dunn, 37, of Brocton was also allegedly found to be in possession of a quantity of meth. He was charged with seventh-degree criminal possession.

Both subjects were released with appearance tickets and are scheduled to appear in the Town of Portland court at a later date.

¯ RIPLEY — Michael S. Smith, 24, of Ripley, was charged with driving while ability impaired by drugs and failure to keep right. Deputies responded Saturday to a crash on Route 20 in the town of Ripley. It was determined that Smith reportedly left the road and struck a tree. Smith was later found to be operating the vehicle in an intoxicated state. He is scheduled to appear in Ripley Town Court.

¯ HARMONY — Adam W. Byler, 18, of Panama, was charged with overdriving/torturing an animal, four counts of second-degree reckless endangerment and endangering the welfare of a child.

Deputies at 1:11 a.m. on Sunday observed an Amish buggy driving recklessly on Goshen Road in the town of Harmony. Deputies observed the buggy go through a stop sign at the corner of Goshen Road and Rock Hill Road. The operator attempted to turn onto Rock Hill road at an excessive speed and rolled the buggy onto its side. Passengers in the buggy were ejected onto the roadway and the horse suffered injuries. Byler was later determined to be intoxicated. He is scheduled to appear in Harmony Town Court later. No serious injuries were reported.

¯ MAYVILLE — Shawn D. Patterson, 48, of Jamestown, was charged with criminal obstruction of breathing or blood circulation and second-degree harassment. Deputies were called Sunday at 9:53 p.m. to Mayville for a report of a fight. An investigation found that Patterson grabbed another person by the neck then fled the scene. Patterson was located a short time later and taken into custody. He was being held in Chautauqua County Jail pending centralized arraignment.

Town of Evans Police Department

¯ On July 13, John P. Weeks, 48 was charged with third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle. Patrol was dispatched to Erie Road in Derby for a vehicle that was “all over the road.” They conducted a traffic stop and observed Weeks playing a YouTube video on his phone, next to his leg. Weeks has seven open suspensions and revocations on his license. He was booked roadside and issued an appearance ticket.

¯ On July 14, Franklin C. Nordblum, 77 was charged with illegal signal — less than 100 feet, second-degree alcohol related aggravated unlicensed operation, and circumvention of an interlock device.

¯ Patrol conducted a traffic stop on Nordblum after observing that the vehicle was swerving all over the road. According to police, the driver had his license revoked for driving while intoxicated in 2010 and should have had an interlock device restriction, but it was not installed in the vehicle. Nordblum’s 16-year-old granddaughter was with him. He was issued an appearance ticket and three uniform traffic tickets.

¯ On July 15, Felix Ramirez, 27, was charged with third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle. Patrol located a vehicle that was involved in a hit and run that occurred in Hamburg. Allegedly, Ramirez was operating the vehicle on a suspended driver’s permit. He was charged and is due in court at a later date.

¯ On July 17, James A. Palmer was charged with grand larceny, auto, over $100. Patrol responded to Strohs for a reckless operation of a golf cart. When officers arrived, Palmer was sitting on the golf cart and stated that he found it up the road and needed a ride because he could not find his vehicle keys. The victim said that they did not give Palmer permission to operate the golf cart. Palmer was placed into custody and released on an appearance ticket.

¯ On July 18, Francis Chaplin was charged with muffler exhaust system violation and third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle. Patrol stopped Chaplin’s vehicle and was informed that his license was suspended for four counts. Chaplin was booked and released roadside on an appearance ticket. The vehicle was turned over to a friend.

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