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¯ Sara E. Johnson, 42, of Jamestown was charged with petit larceny and third-degree burglary. A warrant was served Saturday on Johnson, who was observed at Walmart on Feb. 18 taking items and passing all points of sale without paying. She later fled in a vehicle. Johnson is scheduled to appear in Busti Town Court later.


¯ Jordan JL Eckwahl, 34, of Bemus Point was charged with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and second-degree criminally using drug paraphernalia. Eckwahl was taken into custody at 12:05 a.m. Monday on an active warrant from Jamestown police. He was allegedly found in possession of a small of methamphetamine and drug packaging material. Eckwahl is scheduled to appear in Ellery Town Court later and was turned over to the Jamestown Police Department for the warrant.

CHARLOTTE — An arrest has been made in an alleged grand larceny in the town. Sheriff’s deputies said the investigation was concluded when it was determined that Jennifer Blake, 32, of Sinclairville, stole property of another which included a credit card in addition to several other items. Blake was charged with fourth-degree grand larceny and petit larceny and later released with an appearance ticket.

Blake is due in the town of Charlotte Court at a later date.


WESTFIED — A 48-year-old man is facing a number of charges stemming from a domestic dispute that occurred Friday at 10 Jefferson St.

Village police report they conducted a warrant check around 11 p.m. Sunday at the residence. During a search, officers were able to locate Howard F. Nichols who was hiding in an upstairs bedroom and taken into custody. The warrant of arrest involved the following charges: criminal obstruction of breathing or blood circulation, second-degree harassment and second-degree criminal contempt.

During an investigation, it was found that Nichols was violating a court order of protection in the presence of officers. That led to a second charge of criminal contempt.

He was transported to Westfield Police Department and then transported to county jail. He will be in village court to answer the charges later.


¯ LEON — Deputies responded at 1:59 p.m. Sunday to a crash on Cherry Creek Hill Road at the intersection of West Road in the town of Leon involving a car and Amish buggy. Both occupants of the vehicle were transported to UPMC Chautauqua. The operator of the buggy was uninjured.


¯ Amos P. Barber II, 32, of Villenova was charged with third-degree assault, two counts of second-degree criminal obstruction of breathing and second-degree harassment. Troopers received a complaint stating that she had multiple injuries and bruising stemming from a domestic incident that took place inside Barber’s residence. The victim reported that the verbal altercation quickly turned physical and Barber pulled her by her hair, kneed her in the head, used his leg across her neck, obstructing her breathing, as well as fired several shots from a paintball gun at close range, leaving multiple bruises on her body.

After multiple attempts were made to locate Barber, successful contact was made via phone. He was placed into custody at his residence and was then transported and processed at police barracks in Fredonia.

Barber was transported for arraignment at the Chautauqua County Jail.


¯ HANOVER — At 11:46 p.m. Thursday, deputies of the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office conducted a traffic stop for an observed infraction on Routes 5 and 20. The operator was identified as 23-year-old Cristopher Lee Shanks of Silver Creek. Shanks was found to be in possession of a small quantity of marijuana as well as a small quantity of concentrated cannabis. Shanks was charged with second-degree unlawful possession of marihuana and seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance . Shanks was also issued a traffic ticket for inadequate headlights.

He was released from the scene and is scheduled to be in Hanover Town Court at a later date.

¯ PORTLAND — At about 5:23 p.m. Thursday, deputies observed Rose M. Weary, 28, of Brocton who was wanted on a probation warrant out of Chautauqua County, operating a vehicle on Lake Avenue. Deputies stopped the vehicle and found that Weary was operating on a suspended driver’s license and was in possession of a quantity of marijuana. A passenger in the vehicle, Larry M. Houser, 36, of Westfield was found to be in possession of a quantity of methamphetamine. Houser was issued appearance ticket’s for seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and later released. Weary was taken into custody and turned over to the Chautauqua County Jail.


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