Area Police

Gowanda Police

Melanie Whitton, 36, of Arcade was charged with second-degree aggravated unlicensed operation on Dec. 1. She was released on an appearance ticket.

James W. Bish, 43, of Evans was charged with third-degree criminal trespass and petit larceny on Dec. 7. Patrol responded to the report of three suspicious subjects trespassing on the railroad tracks on Erie Avenue. Bish, along with Michael J. Peck, 22, of East Main Street and Garrett J. Wadsworth, 24, of Old Bagdad Road were trying to steal railroad tracks. All three were released on an appearance tickets to the Town of Collins Court.

Barry J. Martin, 26, turned himself in on a Town of Alabama Court warrant. Martin turned himself in to Gowanda Police on Dec. 18. He was turned over to the New York State Police.

Seneca L. Mohawk, 35, of Union Street was taken into custody on an arrest warrant Dec. 19. Mohawk was a passenger in a vehicle stopped by patrol on Union Street. Mohawk was wanted by the Erie County Sheriff’s Office. He was then turned over to that police agency.

Christopher J. Ford, 40, of Buffalo was charged with third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation, having a suspended registration, having no insurance, expired license and unlawful possession of marijuana on Dec. 26. He was released on an appearance ticket for the Town of Collins Court.

Cleland E. Weyland, 20, of Commercial Street was charged with petit larceny, criminal possession of stolen property and criminal use of drug paraphernalia on Dec. 27. Patrol responded to the report of Weyland entering unlocked vehicles on Beech Street and stealing items. Patrol found Weyland to be in possession of numerous items stolen from these vehicles and he was also in possession of various drug paraphernalia. He was released on an appearance ticket for the Town of Persia Court. Weyland was arrested again on Dec. 29 and charged with criminal mischief after police responded to the report of an unwanted guest at a residence on Torrence Street. Weyland had broken a window to gain entry. He was arraigned and remanded to the Cattaraugus County Jail in lieu of $2,000 bail.

Denise M. Gorndt, 56, of Commercial Street was charged with unlawful possession of marijuana and child endangerment on Dec. 30. Police entered an apartment building to search for another subject and while doing so, smelled an odor of marijuana coming from Gorndt’s room. Gorndt was smoking marijuana with two juvenile subjects. She was arraigned and remanded to Cattaraugus County Jail in lieu of $1,500 bail.

Arrow L. Halftown, 22, of Brant was charged with failure to keep right, driving while intoxicated and felony aggravated unlicensed operation on Jan. 2. Police observed Halftown operating a vehicle on South Chapel Street in an erratic manner. When patrol attempted to pull over her vehicle, the driver tried to elude patrol. Halftown, who appeared to be intoxicated, failed several sobriety tests. Her blood alcohol content was reported to be .16 percent. Halftown was arraigned and remanded to Cattaraugus County Jail in lieu of $5,000 bail.

Shannon John, 36, of Silver Creek was charged with following too closely, driving while intoxicated, refusal to take a breath test, resisting arrest, obstructing governmental administration and assault of a police officer on Jan. 6. John was observed operating erratically and stopped on Aldrich Street. She appeared intoxicated and refused sobriety checks. She then became belligerent and repeatedly kicked an officer. She was arraigned and released on $1,000 bail.

Frank H. Hawkins Jr., 22, of Perry Street was charged with second-degree burglary, petit larceny, second-degree criminal trespass and criminal possession of stolen property on Jan. 8. Patrol responded to the report of a burglary in progress at a Walnut Street residence. Hawkins had allegedly entered a residence without permission and was found to be in possession of stolen property. He was arraigned and remanded to the Cattaraugus County Jail in lieu of $2,000 bail.

State Police

at Jamestown

FREWSBURG – On Tuesday, troopers charged Gregory Lippert, 50, of South Valley for felony driving while intoxicated.

Lippert was pulled over on Frew Run Road for a reported traffic violation. The officer reported that Lippert was intoxicated and transported him to state police barracks in Jamestown where he refused to provide a breath sample. A check of Lippert’s record revealed he had been convicted of driving while intoxicated within the preceding 10 years; therefore the charge was upgraded to a felony.

Lippert was processed, arraigned in the Town of Carroll Court and remanded to the Chautauqua County Jail.