Area Police

Crash leads

to DWI charge

CHAUTAUQUA – A one-vehicle accident early Wednesday led to charges against a Jamestown man. Deputies responded to the report of the accident on Morris Road in the town of Chautauqua at 2:48 a.m.

It is alleged Luke M. Fraley, 24, of Jamestown was driving when he lost control on a curve due to unsafe speed. The vehicle left the roadway and struck a street sign and a utility pole. Fraley was charged with driving while intoxicated with a blood alcohol content of .08 or more, first-degree aggravated unlicensed operation, moving from lane unsafely, speeding not reasonable and leaving the scene of a property damage accident.

A check of Fraley’s license found he had a prior DWI conviction within 10 years making this arrest a felony and his license was revoked due to this prior DWI. He was released on appearance tickets.

Silver Creek motorist charged with felony DWI

BRANT – On Tuesday, Donald J. McDermott, 25, of Silver Creek was charged with felony driving while intoxicated.

Troopers from Fredonia stopped on State Route 438. They report that McDermott entered the roadway after passing a road closed sign with a barrier blocking most of the roadway. He reportedly failed field sobriety tests.

McDermott was taken to state police barracks at Fredonia for processing. He submitted to a breath test. His blood alcohol level was reported to be .10 percent.

He is to answer the charges in the Town of Brant Court on July 22.

Fireworks possession sparks charges

CHAUTAUQUA – On the eve of the Fourth of July, two men have been charged by Chautauqua County Sheriff’s deputies after they were found to allegedly be in possession of fireworks

Bertram Thomas Kennedy, 73, of Tequesta, Fla., and Todd B. Kennedy, 43, of Gates Mills, Ohio, were charged at 12:25 p.m. after a traffic stop on Route 430 revealed the vehicle Todd Kennedy was operating and Bertram Kennedy was a passenger in was found to contain a large quantity of fireworks. Deputies seized approximately $2,500 in fireworks and both were issued appearance tickets for unlawfully dealing with fireworks and dangerous fireworks.

Both are to be in Chautauqua Town Court.

Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office

HANOVER – Carriee L. Clarke, 39, of Dunkirk was charged with third-degree assault and endangering the welfare of a child following an incident on Angell Road in the town of Hanover. Clarke allegedly struck a male juvenile several times on the left side of his head during a domestic dispute on June 5. Clarke was taken into custody following an arrest warrant at her residence following the incident. She was arraigned in Hanover Town Court and was released on her own recognizance.

CHAUTAUQUA – Salem B. Zarou, 19, Denver, Colo., was charged with unlawful possession of marijuana on July 2. Deputies found Zarou in possession of a small quantity of marijuana on the grounds of the Chautauqua Institution at 11:30 p.m. Zarou was released on an appearance ticket for Chautauqua Town Court.

Youth charged with stealing rifle

GOWANDA – A Gowanda youth has been charged following an investigation into two separate incidents in the village.

Jamie D. Jensen, 17, of North Water Street was charged on June 29. Police responded to a report of a burglary of a village residence on June 23 where a subject had broken a window to gain entry. Once inside, an assault rifle and a video camera used as a security camera were taken.

On June 27, police investigated a larceny on Jamestown Street where a subject had gained entry to a parked vehicle and stole a purse containing $160. Investigation led to Jensen allegedly committing both crimes.

He was charged with second-degree burglary, third-degree criminal possession of a weapon, fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen firearm, criminal mischief and petit larceny. Jensen was arraigned in the Persia Town Court and sent to the Cattaraugus County Jail in lieu of $2,500 bail. The assault rifle was recovered and returned to its owner.

State police at Jamestown

KENNEDY – Dwayne Smith, 45, of Kennedy was charged Tuesday with second-degree harassment.

A trooper responded to a report of a disorderly male at a residence in Kennedy. Reportedly, Smith while in an intoxicated condition, pushed the victim.

Smith is scheduled to appear in the Town of Poland Court.

ASHVILLE – On Tuesday, Ransford Johnson, 34, of Ashville was charged with felony driving while intoxicated.

A trooper responded to a complaint of a male riding an all terrain vehicle in a reckless manner on Blockville Watts Flats Road and identified Johnson. Johnson reportedly failed several field sobriety tests and was transported to state police barracks in Jamestown. The breath sample he provided there was reported to be .22 percent. Since he had been convicted of DWI twice in the past 10 years, the charge was upgraded to a felony.

Johnson was processed, arraigned in the Town of Ellicott Court and remanded to the Chautauqua County Jail.