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GOWANDA POLICE DEPARTMENT

¯ Lori Blakeslee, 53 of Walnut Street in Gowanda, was charged with fourth-degree menacing and second-degree criminal possession of a weapon on April 4 at 6:17 p.m. Patrol responded to the Walnut Street address to investigate a reported break-in, and were informed that when the occupants attempted to leave, Blakeslee allegedly lunged at them with a knife, threatening to stab them. No one was injured, and patrol retrieved the knife from Blakeslee. She was arraigned virtually by the Persia Town Court and was released on her own recognizance.

¯ On April 5 at 3:44 p.m., Jonathan White, 44, of Cattaraugus was charged with a red light violation, failure to use a turn signal, aggravated unlicensed operation, unlicensed operation, unregistered motorcycle, uninsured motorcycle, and switched license plates. White was stopped by patrol for allegedly failing to stop at a red light, then failing to his left turn from Main Street onto Jamestown Street. During his traffic stop, patrol learned that White’s license had been revoked twice, and suspended five times since 2017. The DMV computer check further revealed that White’s motorcycle was not registered or insured, and had the plates of a different vehicle. White was released on an appearance ticket to appear in Persia Town Court later.

¯ On April 5, at 3:44 p.m., Joshua Lemk, 23, of Gowanda, was charged with a red light violation, failure to use a turn signal, aggravated unlicensed operation, unlicensed operation, unregistered motorcycle, uninsured motorcycle, and switched license plates. Lemk was stopped by patrol for allegedly failing to stop for the red light on Main Street, then failing to signal left on the turn. During his traffic stop, patrol learned that Lemks license had been revoked once on April 19, 2017, and had been suspended seven times since 2016. The DMV computer check further revealed that Lemk’s motorcycle was not registered or insured, and had the plates of a different vehicle.

¯ Marie Williams, 52, of Irving, was charged with cell phone and third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation on April 8, at 5:10 p.m. Williams was stopped for allegedly using her phone while operating her vehicle. During the stop, a DMV computer check revealed that Williams’ license had been suspended on June 13, 2020, for a lapse in insurance. Williams was arrested and released on an appearance ticket to appear in Collins Town Court later.

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