Area Police


— GOWANDA — Brynn A. Haskins is a resident of Ferguson, Kentucky, which is about an eight-hour drive from Gowanda. Her recent activity in the Village of Gowanda, however, has led her to get acclimated to the Town of Collins Courthouse.

Haskins, 40, has been charged with two separate crimes since mid-May by the Gowanda Police Department. The first incident occurred on May 14, when Haskins allegedly stole items from Shop ‘n Save in Gowanda, as items were placed in a backpack and taken without payment.

A few weeks later, on June 3, Haskins was discovered as the passenger of a vehicle that was stopped by Gowanda Police. A subject was observed riding on the hood of the vehicle after an alleged altercation at a Buffalo Street business.

The driver of the vehicle, Thomas R. Jones Ill, 30, was allegedly involved in a physical altercation with the subject on the hood of the vehicle. When the vehicle was pulled over by Gowanda Police, Haskins and Jones were both found to be in possession of “multiple pipes normally associated with smoking drugs”, along with “a small amount of suspected crack cocaine.”

Haskins and Jones were each arrested on June 3 for criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree as a result of the stop. Haskins was also charged with petit larceny stemming from the May 14 incident at Shop ‘n Save.

Haskins and Jones were each released and issued appearance tickets for the Town of Collins Court.

— GOWANDA — The Gowanda Police Department recently apprehended two individuals who had active warrants for their arrest.

Cassidy M. Martinez-Diaz, 31, was previously charged following an arrest for aggravated unlicensed operation in the second degree. When Martinez-Diaz failed to appear in court to answer for the charge, a warrant was issued by the Town of Collins Court.

Martinez-Diaz, of Columbus Ave., Dunkirk, turned herself in at the Gowanda Police Station on May 23. She was again released on an appearance ticket in the Town of Collins Court.

Less than two weeks later, another individual was arrested by Gowanda Police on an active warrant.

Also, 24-year-old Elena R. Strohmeyer, of Palmer Street in Gowanda, was discovered by Gowanda Police during a requested response. The Gowanda Police Department was notified by the Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s Department of an active warrant for her arrest pertaining to a charge of petit larceny.

Gowanda Police apprehended Strohmeyer at 333 Aldrich Street, where she was arrested and later turned over to the Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s Department to process the department’s warrant.


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