Area police

Discovery of meth leads to charges for Brocton man

BROCTON — A village resident has been charged after a search warrant was executed at 111 Peerless St. around noon Tuesday.

Narcotics Investigators from Chautauqua County with the assistance of the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office, Sheriff’s Office SWAT, city of Dunkirk Police Department and City of Jamestown Police Department K-9 located 14.13 grams of methamphetamine, scales and packaging material for the sale and distribution of methamphetamine and $528 in U.S. currency in the residence.

Benjamin L. Reed, 38, was charged with third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and second-degree criminally using drug paraphernalia. Reed was transported to the Centralized Arraignment Program at the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office Jail.

The town of Portland olrdinance cfficer was called to the residence for an inspection. As a result of the inspection, the residence was condemned.

Authorities continue to ask members of the community to call and report suspicious or narcotics related activity within their neighborhoods. For the a County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Investigators Tip line call either 800-344-8702 or 716-664-2420. For the Dunkirk Police Department Tip line call 716-363-0313. For the Jamestown Police Department Tip line call 716-483-8477.


¯ VILLENOVA — A garage fire that originated within the engine component of a lawn mower led to the death of 50 chickens.

At 1:43 a.m. Wednesday, the Forestville Fire Department responded to the large blaze at 9890 Round Top Road. Other agencies at the scene included departments from Sunset Bay, county Emergency Services, Sheridan, South Dayton and Hanover Center.

Once the fire was extinguished, the Chautauqua County Fire Investigation Team was requested. The garage is a total loss. No human injuries were reported and the fire is being ruled accidental in nature.

¯ BROCTON — At 9:09 p.m. Monday, deputies responded to an unwanted person complaint. Two subjects were yelling outside of a residence and proceeded to walk on to the porch of the complainant’s home. After multiple commands from the complainant to get off the property, the subjects refused to leave. The subjects were identified as David Payne III, 33, of Brocton and Kelsey Briggs, 31, of Brocton. Payne was placed into custody and transported to the Chautauqua County Jail for CAP arraignment after a charge of trespassing. Briggs was given a verbal trespass warning.


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