Fredonia police make arrest in burglary

A Dunkirk man has been charged with second-degree burglary and grand larceny by the Fredonia Police Department.

On Friday, the Fredonia Police Department announced the conclusion of a joint investigation with the Dunkirk Police Department into a burglary earlier in the year.

In January, it is alleged Merritt D. Wolcott, 21, of Dunkirk, entered a locked residence on Eagle Street in the village of Fredonia. After gaining entry, it is alleged Wolcott stole a significant amount of property consisting of jewelry and coins before fleeing the residence. The homeowner was not at home at the time of the incident and contacted police a short time later upon returning. The investigation concluded after information provided to police led to the recovery of some of the property.

Wolcott was arraigned in the Village of Fredonia Court and was remanded to the Chautauqua County Jail in Mayville pending a scheduled preliminary hearing.

Sledding accident leads to death of 5-year-old girl


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JAMESTOWN – At 5:48 p.m. on Friday a 5-year-old Jamestown girl was struck by a Jeep Cherokee sports utility vehicle heading South on Foote Avenue. She was rushed by ambulance to WCA Hospital and shortly thereafter was confirmed dead by the Jamestown Police Department.

According to Robert Samuelson, Jamestown Police Department captain, the motor vehicle accident involved the child who was sledding down a hill behind her home on Foote Avenue. She went into the street while sledding and was struck by a vehicle in the far west lane of the four-lane road, closest to the hill she was sledding down.

“The victim was a small 5-year-old female,” said Samuelson. “The message here is that if people see this to stop it because it is an accident waiting to happen. It’s also a lesson to parents because if your children are doing this you need to stop them. Teach them, educate them so this doesn’t happen again because it is a horrible tragedy that could have been prevented.”

Sheriff warns of daytime burglaries

The Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office and other agencies are investigating numerous daytime burglaries occurring throughout the county, primarily in the north end of the county.

The public is asked to be observant for any suspicious vehicles or subject in their neighborhoods, especially if the subjects knock on a door and ask for a specific person or that they are delivering a package for a specific person.

Any suspicious persons or vehicles should be reported to the sheriff’s office or local police department.

Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office

HANOVER – On Feb. 9, an Irving man was jailed on felony driving while intoxicated and other charges.

Around 12:35 a.m., deputies observed a vehicle fish tailing in the roadway on Route 5 and 20.

The vehicle then spun out of control and began operating in the opposite direction. The vehicle was stopped for the observed erratic driving.

Alfredo L. Brown, 35, of Irving, was found to be the operator and further investigation led to his arrest for felony DWI, DWI per se blood alcohol content of .08 percent or higher, first-degree felony aggravated unlicensed operation, unsafe speed, failure to keep right and unsafe lane change.

Brown was arraigned in court and committed to Chautauqua County jail in lieu of bail.

ELLERY – On Wednesday, a Bemus point man was charged with DWI, DWI per se BAC .08 percent of higher, stop sign violation and a headlight violation.

Around 12 a.m., sheriff’s patrol stopped a vehicle for violations observed on Maple Springs-Ellery Road in the town of Ellery. The operator was identified as Kyle S. Jarvis, 20, of Bemus Point.

Following an investigation, Jarvis was arrested for driving while intoxicated. He was charged with DWI, DWI per se, disobeying a stop sign, and inadequate headlamps.

He will appear in Ellery Town Court at a later date.