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Silver Creek mishap leads to charges against driver

SILVER CREEK — A Monday morning accident in which the driver who caused the mishap left the scene has led to nine charges for a Dunkirk man.

Chautauqua County sheriff’s deputies report that around 6:30 a.m. they responded to a motor vehicle accident where a pickup truck had struck a tractor trailer at Washington Street and Central Avenue. The occupants of the vehicle responsible for the accident had fled the scene on foot prior to deputies arrival.

Once on scene deputies secured and canvassed the area. During search one male subject was located in the area who was alleged to be the operator of the motor vehicle causing the accident. The subject was identified as 41-year-old Paul Farnham.

Continuation of the search by deputies yielded the successful location of the other two occupants of the pickup truck. A subsequent investigation and interview led to Farnham’s arrest.

Farnham was charged with felony DWI, first-degree aggravated unlicensed operation, unlicensed operator, leaving the scene of a property damage accident, failing to stop at a stop sign, refusal to take breath test, operating out of interlock restriction, failing to yield right of way, and inadequate brakes.

Farnham was processed for the arrest and booked into the County Jail Pending Centralized Arraignment. Farnham will answer for these charges at a later date.

Pair charged after fake money, drugs found in traffic stop

JAMESTOWN — Two Buffalo men were being held after counterfeit money and narcotics were discovered during a traffic stop.

Louis Thomas III, 23, and Jade Hooks, 22, were in a vehicle stopped at 6:57 p.m. Monday in the area of East Second and Winsor streets, Jamestown. During an investigation, officers discovered the counterfeit money as well as a “quantity of narcotics along with paraphernalia and packaging materials,” the Jamestown Police Department said in a news release.

The pair was transported to Jamestown City Jail.

Thomas is facing charges of third- and fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, first- and second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument, second-degree criminally using drug paraphernalia and third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle.

Hooks is facing charges of first- and second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument, second-degree criminally using drug paraphernalia and second-degree unlawful possession of marijuana.

Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office

FORESTVILLE — On Sept. 5, Julie A. Harris, 51 was charged with driving while intoxicated, DWI per se, failure to stop at a stop sign, speed in zone, consumption of alcohol in a motor vehicle, and holding more than one NYS license.

At around 1:05 a.m., deputies of the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office stopped a vehicle for an alleged traffic violation. Through investigation it was discovered the operator of the vehicle was allegedly operating the vehicle while intoxicated.

Harris was taken into custody and charged. Harris was taken to a Sheriff’s Office substation for processing and later released with tickets to appear in Town of Hanover Court at a later date.

PORTLAND — on Sept. 4, Jamie L. Sears, 25, of Dewittville was charged with driving while intoxicated and moving from lane unsafely.

At about 11:45 p.m., Sheriff’s deputies responded to a motor vehicle accident on Route 380. Investigation allegedly found Sears to be intoxicated. She was transported to Brooks Memorial Hospital by EMS for evaluation of apparent minor injuries.

Sears was issued traffic tickets and will appear in Town of Portland court at a later date to answer charges.

ELLICOTT — On Sept. 7, Kellie L. Hamm, 32, of Poland was charged with driving while intoxicated and driving while intoxicated with a blood alcohol content of .08% or greater.

At about 12:20 a.m., Sheriff’s Deputies were investigating an incident on Quaint Road. At this time a vehicle approached the scene and the operator was identified as Hamm. Investigation allegedly found her to be intoxicated and she was taken into custody. After processing, Hamm was released with traffic tickets and will appear in Town of Ellicott Court at a later date to answer her charges.

CARROLL — On Sept. 6, Bock W. Newhouse, 21, of Ashville was charged with driving while intoxicated, aggravated driving while intoxicated, and moving from lane unsafely.

At about 2:10 a.m., Sheriff’s Deputies were called to a single vehicle, property damage, motor vehicle accident on Bragg Road. Upon arrival the operator of the vehicle was identified as Newhouse and investigation allegedly found him to be intoxicated. Newhouse was taken into custody and after processing was released with traffic tickets. Newhouse will appear in Town of Carroll Court at a later date to answer his charges.

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