Area Police

Dunkirk woman facing two charges in caregiving case

On April 25, Dawn Ransom, 54, of Dunkirk was charged with second-degree harassment and endangering the welfare of an incompetent person.

Ransom was employed as a caregiver. The family of the person receiving care became aware of bruising on the individual receiving care. Investigation by State Police at Fredonia reportedly revealed the bruising was caused by Ransom striking the individual.

Originally arraigned on May 7, Ransom is due in the Town of Pomfret Court on June 11 at 9 a.m.

Fredonia Police Department

Dean Campese III, 17, of Martin Street in Dunkirk, was charged with unlawful possession of marijuana and speed in zone on May 31.

Prudencio Ortiz, 17, of Temple Street, was charged with disorderly conduct for language on May 31.

Brian Warner, 19, of Little Valley, was charged with having an uninspected motor vehicle on June 1.

David Munella, 51, of Jamestown, was charged with having an uninspected motor vehicle on June 3.

Savannah Blanchard, 20, of Sherman, was charged with texting while driving on June 3.

Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force

PORTLAND – Mark R. Dzielski, 27, of Ellicott Road, Brocton was charged with third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance on June 5.

Dzielski was arrested on an arrest warrant from the Portland Town Court. The charges stem from a Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force investigation into the sale of opiate based pharmaceuticals in the village of Brocton.

Dzielski was located at the Chautauqua County Jail where he was incarcerated on unrelated charges. Dzielski will be arraigned in Portland Town Court and sent back to the county jail.

Authorities continue to ask members of the public to call and report suspicious narcotics-related activity observed within their communities. The task force can be reached at 800-344-8702.

Westfield Police Department

Three youth were charged with third-degree criminal trespass on May 30. At 8:40 p.m. a concerned citizen notified police of several subjects crossing the Norfolk Southern Railroad Bridge over Chautauqua Gorge. Police investigated and found three youths aged 15, 16 and 18. All were released on appearance tickets.

A 16-year-old Westfield male was charged with disorderly conduct on June 5. At 7:25 a.m. police on patrol observed the youth riding his skateboard down the center of the roadway on North Gale Road obstructing traffic. The youth was given an appearance ticket for Westfield Town Court.

Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office

SINCLAIRVILLE – Shawn M. Hale, 20, of Kent Street was charged with a probation warrant on Thursday. At 6:30 p.m. deputies located Hale at a residence in the village of Sinclairville. He was wanted on a probation warrant for sexual misconduct. Hale is being held at the Chautauqua County Jail.