Area Police

State Police at Collins

On Tuesday at about 6 p.m., Cyle J. Sundown, 19, of Basom was charged with unlawful possession of marijuana and speeding.

A trooper stopped Sundown on Route 438 in the town of Collins. He reportedly noticed a strong odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle.

Sundown was issued tickets directing him to appear in the Town of Collins Court on Jan. 16.

DAYTON – On Sunday at about 9:30 p.m., state police charged Taras Grekulak, 57, of Dayton with second-degree aggravated harassment.

A former female companion complained that Grekulak sent her harassing text messages.

Grekulak was processed at state police barracks in Collins and released on his own recognizance following an arraignment in the Town of Persia.

Grekulak is scheduled to answer the charge in the Town of Dayton Court on Jan. 10.

On Monday, Chad Schuster, 29, of Blasdell was charged with unlawful possession of marijuana.

Schuster was the sole occupant of a 2007 Kia Spectra he was operating when he was stopped on State Route 39 in Collins for speeding and inadequate tail lights.

During the stop the trooper reportedly detected a strong odor of marijuana coming from within the vehicle.

He was released on an appearance ticket and traffic tickets directing him to appear in the Town of Collins Court on Jan. 16.

Silver Creek Court

Randall Abbey, 32, of Angell Road, Silver Creek, pleaded guilty to petit larceny and was fined $100 plus restitution to the victim.

Brandon J. Bunch, 22, of Fredonia, pleaded guilty to unlicensed operation and was fined $160.

Daniel Gray of Pennsylvania, pleaded guilty to driving while ability impaired. He was fined $560 and his license was suspended.

Sandra D. Cooper, 34, of Central Avenue, Silver Creek, pleaded guilty to driving while intoxicated and was fined $900. Her license was revoked for six months and she was sentenced to ignition interlock.

Cassandra A. Hesslinger, 23, of Central Avenue, Silver Creek, was arraigned on suspended registration and no insurance. She will return to court Feb. 6.

Andrew S. Olson, 23, of Sinclairville, pleaded guilty to unlicensed operation and was fined $160.

Robert T. Stankowicz, 50, of Tew Street, Silver Creek, was arraigned for resisting arrest and assaulting a police officer. He was remanded to Chautauqua County Jail on $5,000 bail.

State Police in Western NY report statistics

The national impaired driving enforcement campaign began Dec. 14 and continued through Tuesday. More than 20,000 police agencies nationwide participated.

During the period, the New York State Police held multiple sobriety checkpoints and DWI saturation patrol details, numerous traffic enforcement details and one underage drinking detail. It was a massive effort aimed at preventing tragedies during the holiday season.

During this time, troopers in Western New York issued more than 3,300 tickets and arrested 59 people for driving while intoxicated. The Troopers investigated 42 crashes in the area that involved injuries and unfortunately, one fatal crash.

State police encourage all drivers to be attentive to their driving habits, to refrain from using a cell phone while driving to avoid distractions, to drive at a speed appropriate for the conditions, and to have a defensive driver mindset.