State Police remind public to drive safe and sober
Western New York Troopers would like to remind the public to drive safe and sober this Super Bowl weekend. The State Police in Troop A will increase patrols and conduct sobriety checkpoints throughout the region along with other law enforcement agencies.
Troopers would like to remind the public to use a designated driver if you choose to drink. Avoid drunk driving by having a designated driver in place, before the start of your Super Bowl parties. If a sober driver is not available, call a family member, friend or a cab.
If hosting a party, remain sober and make sure guests designate sober drivers to get them home safely. During your party be sure to serve plenty of food and non alcoholic beverages.
Be mindful of changing weather conditions. Give yourself extra time to get to and from your party. Roads in the area will be covered with snow and ice, which could make travel difficult at times.
Take the time to make the necessary arrangements to enjoy the big game.
No injuries in Busti fire
BUSTI – No injuries were reported after a house fire in Busti.
On Wednesday around 11 p.m., a house fire was reported at 4337 Lawson Road in the town of Busti. The Busti Fire Department responded and found a fully involved house fire. Busti was assisted by Celoron, Frewsburg, Kiantone, Lakewood, Panama and Sugar Grove Fire Departments. The Chautauqua County Fire Investigation Team was requested to assist in determining the origin and cause of the fire. After an investigation, it was determined that the fire started on a bed, and is believed an electric blanket was left on, starting the fire. The fire has been ruled accidental. There were no injuries reported during the fire. No one was home at the time of the fire and the American Red Cross is assisting the homeowner.
Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office
WESTFIELD – Charges were filed related to an incident at a car dealership on Jan. 7.
An investigation between the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office and Westfield Police Department led to the arrest of Nathan Horton and Johnathan Hudson for damaging vehicles that were located on a car sales lot in the Town of Westfield.
It is alleged on Jan. 7 Hudson, 26, and Horton, 27, both of Westfield, entered a car sales lot and attempted to cut the catalytic converters off of two vehicles. Both Horton and Hudson were charged with second-degree criminal mischief and criminal liability for conduct of another and warrants were issued for their arrests.
Horton and Hudson turned themselves into the town of Westfield court on Tuesday. Hudson was committed to Chautauqua County jail in lieu of bail and Horton was released to family members to appear back in court at a later date.
On Jan. 26, a Cassadaga woman was charged with driving while intoxicated, aggravated DWI, blood alcohol content of 18 percent or higher, unsafe lane change and failure to signal after a traffic stop.
Around 2:55 a.m., deputies observed a vehicle failing to stay in its lane on Bennett Road in the town of Dunkirk. The suspect vehicle was stopped and Julia L. Bristol, 42, of Cassadaga, was found to be the operator. After further investigation into the stop, it is alleged Bristol was intoxicated. She was issued traffic tickets and is to appear in town of Dunkirk court at a later date.
On Jan. 27, a Fredonia man was charged with driving while intoxicated, DWI per se blood alcohol content of .08 percent or greater and failure to stop.
Around 2:15 a.m. deputies observed a vehicle fail to stop prior to the stop line at the intersection of Vineyard Drive and Central Avenue in the city of Dunkirk. The suspect vehicle was stopped and Kevin D. Astry, 27, of Fredonia, was found to be the operator. After further investigation, it is alleged Astry was found to be intoxicated. He was issued traffic tickets and is to appear in city of Dunkirk court at a later date.