Accident takes life of Jamestown woman
- HAMBURG – On Thursday, a one-car accident took the life of Debbie A. Smith, 48, of Jamestown.
At about 5:50 p.m. a vehicle driven by Kimberly A. Malone, 53, of Jamestown was traveling west on Interstate 90 near Exit 57 when it drifted onto the left shoulder and struck a delineator. Reportedly, the driver over-corrected and lost control of the vehicle, causing it to skid off the highway and overturn. The vehicle landed on its roof in the center median.
Smith was ejected from the vehicle. Malone had an arm injury while Smith received treatment for a broken leg and pelvic injury.
Both were transported to Erie County Medical Center with what first appeared to be non-life threatening injuries. Upon further examination at ECMC it was determined Smith had sustained severe internal injuries to which she succumbed later that evening.
Three teens charged with drug violations
HANOVER – On Friday, Michael P. Keller, 18, of Angola, Lucas T. Freemont, 19, of Farnham, and Matthew D. Valliere, 19, of Irving were charged with fifth-degree criminal possession of marijuana.
At about 2:30 a.m. Chautauqua County Sheriff’s office deputies stopped a car on Routes 5 and 20 for vehicle and traffic law violations. While speaking to the occupants of the vehicle, the officers detected an odor of marijuana coming from inside the vehicle. Reportedly, the deputies found a quantity of marijuana inside the vehicle when they searched it.
All subjects were issued appearance tickets.
Two men charged
in road rage incident
- MAYVILLE – On Thursday, Joseph R. Rhault, 26, of Westfield and Jacob M. Clark, 21, of Panama were both charged with disorderly conduct.
A Chautauqua County Sheriff’s patrol was assisting the Fire Department with traffic control at Lakeside Park in Mayville following the fireworks. Deputies witnessed a “road rage” incident in which a verbal altercation between the two subjects was escalating. The two men were lurching their vehicles toward each other in a threatening manner.
Both subjects will appear in Town of Chautauqua Court.
Fugitive taken to jail
- HANOVER – On Friday, Sammy D. Avilas, 34, of Angell Road in Silver Creek was taken into custody and remanded to the Chautauqua County Jail with no bail.
Chautauqua County Sheriff’s deputies on patrol on Angell Road at about 9:52 p.m. observed a vehicle parked on the side of the maintenance building belonging to the Angell Road Trailer Park. The deputies identified Avilas to be the operator of the vehicle. Deputies learned he was wanted from Luzerne County, Pa., on warrant for fraud – illegal use of credit cards. Avilas was arraigned in Town of Hanover Court.
Officials await further action from Pennsylvania.
Man faces drug and weapon charges
SHERMAN – On Saturday at about 1:30 a.m. security officials at the Blue Heron Festival were told an individual was believed to be selling narcotics. They confronted and identified Rashid A. Jabbar, 28, of 640 E. Sixth Street, Jamestown.
Reportedly, Jabbar possessed a large fixed blade knife, unsheathed in his pants pocket. Security detained Jabbar and transported him to headquarters. En route, Jabbar is reported to have thrown seven bundles of a powdery substance onto the ground. Security called the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s office. Deputies tested the substance. It was positive for heroin.
Deputies charged Jabbar with third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance because the substance was packaged for sale. He was also charged with fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon for possessing the knife. He was arraigned and sent to the Chautauqua County Jail.
Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office
- CHAUTAUQUA – Krysta Smith, 23, of Erie, Pa., was charged with driving while intoxicated, driving with a blood alcohol content above .08 percent, speeding and failure to keep right Friday at 12:30 a.m.
Sheriff’s patrol stopped Smith’s vehicle on Chautauqua-Stedman Road for speeding and failing to keep right. After an investigation, Smith was charged with DWI. She was taken into custody and later released with appearance tickets. She will appear in Chautauqua Town Court.
- HANOVER – A 21-year-old Brant man is facing a number of charges after police say he was driving drunk Friday morning.
Thomas Kellog was driving on Route 5 and 20 in Hanover at around 2:30 a.m. when deputies stopped him for traffic violations.
Kellog was allegedly found intoxicated in the vehicle and taken into custody. A check of his driving record showed that his driving privileges in the state had been revoked for a prior alcohol-related incident.
Police also say Kellog was in possession of more than 25 grams of marijuana. He was released with appearance tickets for driving while intoxicated, driving with a blood alcohol content of .08 percent or greater, first-degree felony aggravated unlicensed operation, unsafe lane change, cross hazard markings and criminal possession of marijuana.
He will appear in Hanover Town Court.
RIPLEY – On Satur-day, Douglas Woollett, 57, of Ripley was charged with aggravated unlicensed operation and speed in zone.
Sheriff’s deputies reportedly observed a vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed on South State Street. After stopping the vehicle, the officers identified Woollett and found that his driving privileges had been revoked
Woollett will appear in Ripley Court.
State police at Fredonia
HANOVER – Early Saturday, Courtney Olday, 24, of Strykersville was charged for driving while intoxicated and unlawful possession of marijuana.
Troopers stopped her on South Shore Drive in Sunset Bay after she was reportedly observed driving the wrong way on a one-way street. She reportedly failed field sobriety tests. During a check of her vehicle, troopers allegedly found she was in possession of a marijuana smoking pipe and a small baggie of marijuana. Troopers transported her to the station in Fredonia where her breath test was reported to be .10 percent.
She was issued tickets.
HANOVER – On Sunday at 1:30 a.m. Fre-donia troopers charged Pat-rick Murphy, 27, of Ham-burg for driving while intoxicated. Murphy was stopped on State Routes 5 and 20 for reportedly speeding. The troopers report Murphy’s blood alcohol content was .16 percent. He is to answer charges in Hanover Court.
State police at Jamestown
- BEMUS POINT – On Thursday, Rebecca Wojcie-chowicz, 22, of Jamestown was charged with driving while intoxicated after being stopped on Bemus-Ellery Road. She reportedly swerved from her lane several times. Troopers report she failed field sobriety tests.
She was processed at state police barracks in Jamestown. She will appear in Ellery Court.
BEMUS POINT – On Thursday, Abbey A. Benton, 23, of Frewsburg and Amanda K. Overbeck, 25, of Jamestown were charged with trespass.
At about 3:20 a.m., deputies were called to the Hotel Lenhart for a report of a female allegedly found behind the counter of the hotel without permission. Upon responding, the deputies were told two females had fled the area on foot. Deputies located the two a short time later. After identification by hotel staff, the women were charged with trespassing and issued appearance tickets.
They are scheduled for the Town of Ellery Court.
- CHERRY CREEK – On Friday, Tyler Stakelum, 27, of Kennedy was charged with third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation.
A trooper responded to a report of a vehicle in a ditch on Milestrip Road and found two suspensions on Stakelum’s license.
Stakelum was arraigned in the Town of Charlotte Court, remanded to the Chautauqua County Jail, and is scheduled to appear in the Cherry Creek Court.
- FREWSBURG – On Saturday, Steven Cline, 32, of Frewsburg was charged with aggravated driving while intoxicated, unlawful possession of marijuana, and prohibitions on the use and possession of a firearm.
A trooper responded to Frew Run Road for a report of a vehicle being operated erratically.
Troopers report Cline failed several field sobriety tests and they located marijuana residue and a loaded rifle inside his car. He was transported to state police headquarters in Jamestown where his breath sample was reported at .18 percent.
Cline was processed, issued tickets and released to a sober individual.
Tiffany Klee, 19, of Farnham, was charged with petit larceny on Tuesday.
Craig Frazier, 65, of One Temple Square, was charged with failure to use designated lane, operating out of class and no hand signal on Tuesday.