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Altercation leads to charges in Stockton

¯STOCKTON — An incident during the early evening hours of Halloween led to an arrest of a town resident. Around 6:06 p.m. Saturday, the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office responded to a residence for a reported physical altercation. Upon arrival it was learned that the one of parties involved had an order of protection against the other. Justin L. Horton, 35, was taken into custody and charged with second-degree criminal contempt. Horton was transported to the Chautauqua County Jail for centralized arraignment.

CHAUTAUQUA

COUNTY SHERIFF

¯HANOVER — A speeding motorists was apparently driving under the influence. Around 1:56 a.m. Sunday, deputies observed a motor vehicle traveling east bound on Routes 5 and 20 at 68 mph in a 45 mph zone. Deputies did perform a traffic stop on the vehicle and spoke with the operator who was identified as Thomas R. Jones, 27, of Irving. Upon further investigation, Jones was found to be intoxicated and was arrested for DWI. Jones was processed and released with traffic ticket for DWI, DWI Per Se, and Speed in zone and is to appear in the Town of Hanover Court at a later date and time.

¯HANOVER — Around 11:35 p.m. Saturday, deputies stopped a vehicle for an alleged traffic violation. Through investigation it was determined that the operator of the vehicle 35-year-old Gilberto L. Rivera-Ayala, of Dunkirk, was operating the vehicle while intoxicated. Rivera-Ayala was taken into custody and charged with DWI, DWI Per Se, moving from lane unsafely, and failure to keep right. Rivera-Ayala was transported to the Hanover substation and later released with tickets to be in the Town of Hanover Court at a future date.

¯HANOVER — Around 1:07 a.m. Sunday, deputies stopped a vehicle for an alleged traffic violation. Through investigation it was determined that the operator Christian W. Seneca, 21, of Irving, was operating the vehicle while intoxicated. Seneca was taken into custody and charged with DWI, DWI per se, speed in excess of 55 mph, consumption of alcohol in a motor vehicle and moving from lane unsafely. Seneca was later released with tickets to be in the Town of Hanover Court at a later date.

GOWANDA POLICE

DEPARTMENT

¯ GOWANDA — Police arrested Stacy L. Forthman, 47, for falsely reporting an incident to the police that did not happen. On Sept. 13, Forthman reported to patrol that she had been physically assaulted by a male acquaintance in a common area near East Main Street. After an investigation into this matter, including reviewing surveillance video of the area, police determined that the incident never occurred and that Forthman had reported a false incident to cause the subject to be arrested. Police never arrested the accused subject. Officers arrested Forthman and released on appearance ticket in the Town of Collins Court.

¯ GOWANDA — Police arrested Jeffrey A. Lathrop, 44, of Blasdell, and charged him with a stop sign violation and second-degree unlicensed operation after he drove past a Buffalo Street stop sign at 30 miles per hour on Oct. 30 at 9:42 p.m. During the traffic stop, a DMV computer check revealed that Lathrop’s license had been suspended on Feb. 5, 2010 for an insurance lapse, suspended on Jan. 30, 2013 for a driving while impaired conviction, suspended again on April 20, 2013 for his failure to pay his driver’s responsibility assessment and suspended again on Dec. 16, 2018 for his failure to answer a traffic summons. The license also expired on Nov. 7, 2017. He was released on an appearance ticket to appear in the Town of Collins Court.

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