Area Police

Suspect has preliminary hearing

Dunkirk resident Timothy J. Odebralski was arrested for burglary, criminal mischief and petit larceny on Tuesday following the conclusion of an investigation by members of the Fredonia Police Department.

Odebralski had a preliminary hearing Thursday in Village of Fredonia Justice Court at which time the case was transferred to the Chautauqua County Supreme Court, based on the felony burglary charge. Odebralski was returned to the Mayville County Jail where he is being held on $25,000 cash or $75,000 property bail.

It is alleged that during daytime hours Monday, Odebralski forced entry into a locked home on Howard Street in Fredonia. After gaining entry, it is alleged he stole a nondisclosed amount of cash from the home before fleeing the scene in his vehicle. The home owner was not present at the time of the burglary but did return a short time later and contacted police.

Silver Creek police warn of phone scams

Silver Creek Police Chief Timothy Roche warned area residents of a rash of reports of phone scams in the Silver Creek area. Roche said the department has had many reports of scam phone calls particularly to seniors.

He said there have been a variety of scams reported from paying fees to receiving a check to sending out gift cards. Roche reminded residents to contact their local police department if they experience similar calls.

Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office

JAMESTOWN – Joy N. McGilvery, 32, and Scott A. McGilvery, 35, both of Warren, Pa. were charged with fifth-degree welfare fraud, misuse of food stamps and second-degree offering a false instrument for filing on Feb. 6. It is alleged that both subjects had been residing in Pennsylvania and collecting and using benefits from the Chautauqua County Department of Social Services. It is stated the pair collected $3,116.58 in benefits from September 2011 through February 2012 they were not entitled to. Both were released on an appearance ticket for the City of Jamestown Court.

ELLERY – Two 16-year-old females from Ellery were charged with unlawful possession of marijuana on Feb. 6. Just before 11 p.m. deputies did a marijuana investigation at a residence on Dutch Hollow Road. Both females were found to be in possession of marijuana and were released on appearance tickets for the Town of Ellery Court.

RIPLEY – Wanda Bentley, 67, of Loomis Street was charged with petit larceny on Feb. 7. It is alleged Bentley stole two signs from a residence on Ross Street. The signs were in support of a “no” vote for the Ripley tuitioning vote. She was released on an appearance ticket for the Town of Ripley Court.