Area police

Westfield felon nabbed for having weapon

WESTFIELD — A convicted felon who was allegedly in possession of a weapon he is not allowed to possess is again in trouble with the law.

According to the Westfield Police Department, around 9:54 a.m. Monday, officers responded to 19 Pearl St. to assist Child Protective Services on a home visit. While at the residence, it was discovered Todd A. Thorne, 48, was found with a weapon.

After further investigation, Thorne was charged Tuesday afternoon with fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon. He was issued a ticket and is to be in Westfield Village Court later.

Canadian Man In Stolen Vehicle Jailed After Chase

A Canadian man driving a stolen vehicle from Michigan was taken into custody following a chase that began and ended on Interstate 86.

A state trooper was reportedly monitoring traffic on the interstate Wednesday at about 1:20 p.m. in the town of North Harmony when a 2010 black Jeep Grand Cherokee bearing Michigan registration drove past at a high rate of speed. The chase ended in the town of Poland due to damage to the SUV’s oil pan, the state police said in a news release.

The driver, identified as 33-year-old William Stevens of Canada, reportedly displayed a knife but was taken into custody without further incident.

An investigation found that Stevens entered the country through Michigan and allegedly stole a vehicle from Port Huron, Mich.

Charges are pending further investigation, the state police said.

Troopers were assisted Wednesday by the Ellicott Police Department and Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office.

Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s Department

OLEAN — On August 11, Mathias J. Arbeiter Jr., 47, of Gowanda was arrested for alleged third-degree grand larceny, third-degree welfare fraud, and seven counts of first-degree offering a false instrument for filing.

The charges were the result of the defendant fraudulently receiving over $6,000 in SNAP benefits by concealing and failing to report income. The results of the investigation are from a complaint filed back in 2018. The defendant turned himself in at the Department of Social Services and was released with an appearance ticket. The defendant is due in the city of Olean court at a later date.


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