Smoke detector credited for saving life in house fire

KIANTONE – Off-icials are crediting smoke detectors to saving the life of a woman in a house fire.

According to the Chau-tauqua County Sheriff’s Department, a house fire was reported at 1488 Warren Jamestown Boule-vard around 9:30 a.m.

The fire started in the basement of the home and was caused by a problem with a power strip. No one was injured as a result of the fire but one dog died. There was one resident home at the time and was sleeping when she was awakened by smoke detectors. The smoke detectors are credited with waking the resident up and allowing her to exit the resident without injury.

The public is reminded, with this past weekend being daylight savings time, to change the batteries in their smoke detectors.

The Kiantone Fire Department was assisted by Busti, Falconer, Frewsburg, Kennedy, Lakewood and Panama Fire departments.

State Police

at Jamestown

CELORON – On Sat-urday, Kenneth Ruch, 50, of Celoron was charged with driving while intoxicated.

Ruch was stopped for a reported equipment violation and was allegedly intoxicated. He was processed at the Jamestown barracks where he reportedly submitted a .13 percent blood alcohol content.

He was released with tickets to appear in the Town of Ellicott Court.

CELORON – On Sunday, Ronald Cum-mings, 58, of Jamestown was charged with aggravated driving while intoxicated.

Cummings was stopped for reportedly failing to use a turn signal and was reportedly intoxicated. He was processed at the James-town barracks where his blood alcohol content was reported to be .19 percent.

He was issued tickets for the Town of Ellicott Court.

Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office

KIANTONE – Roman M. Gedz, 49, of Frewsburg, was charged Sunday with second-degree obstructing governmental administration. Gedz allegedly tried to push past deputies to argue with another individual while deputies were investigating an incident on Frissell Road. Gedz was taken into custody and arraigned in Kiantone Town Court. He was sent to the Chautauqua County Jail on $2,000 bail or $4,000 property bond.

State Police at Collins

SOUTH DAYTON – On Feb. 28, troopers charged Antonia Cole, 56, of South Dayton after she was stopped for a reported equipment violation on Oak Street. Reportedly a computer check showed that Cole’s license had expired and was also revoked. She was also wanted on a bench warrant in Perrysburg.

Troopers arraigned her in the Town of Perrysburg Court. She was sent to the Cattaraugus County Jail on $750 cash bail.

EVANS – On Feb. 28, troopers detained Heather Donlin, 32, of State Route 5 in Evans on two outstanding bench warrants from Jamestown City Court. The warrants stemmed from petit larceny and unlawful possession of marijuana charges for which Donlin failed to appear in court.

She was taken to James-town and turned over to the Jamestown Police Depart-ment for arraignment.

COLLINS – On March 1, troopers charged Sara Paterek, 23, of Mortons Corners Road in Springville with unlawful possession of marijuana.

Troopers stopped her on Route 62 for an equipment violation, and she was reportedly found to possess a plastic bag containing 4 grams of marijuana.

She is due in the Town of Collins Court.

GOWANDA – On March 4, troopers arraigned Lisa Powless, 50, of East Street in Salamanca, in Persia Town Court on a bench warrant issued by the Town of Perrysburg Court.

Powless was picked up on the warrant in Salamanca by a Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s Deputy and relayed to Cattaraugus where she was turned over to troopers. The warrant was issued after Powless failed to pay fines in Perrysburg.

She was released on $500 cash bail.

COLLINS – Troopers charged Christopher Lu-ther, 41, of Brown Street for driving while intoxicated.

Luther was stopped at the intersection of Collins Road and Route 39 when he reportedly pulled out in front of a Gowanda Police Department officer. The officer slammed on his brakes to avoid running into Luther. He then stopped him and determined Luther was intoxicated.

Troopers arrived shortly and conducted field sobriety tests which Luther reportedly failed. He was processed at state police barracks in Collins where his blood alcohol content was reported to be .16 percent. He is due in the Town of Collins Court.

SOUTH DAYTON – On Thursday, troopers charged Diane George, 40, of Fancher Hill in Cattaraugus for unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.

Early that morning, troopers received a report of a stolen van from a homeowner on Pine Street. After speaking with the van’s owner and checking the village, troopers contacted the Cattaraugus and Chautauqua County Sheriffs to see if either had contact with the van.

The Chautauqua County Sheriff’s deputies had charged George earlier for driving while intoxicated earlier that night and she had been driving the missing van.

A trooper from the Jamestown barracks responded to Mayville and picked up George who was waiting for a ride home. She was processed and is due in the Town of South Dayton Court in April.