Handguns, marijuana lead to arrest of two

JAMESTOWN – Two men have been sent to jail after a marijuana grow operation and multiple handguns were discovered earlier this week.

A joint investigation by Jamestown and Ellicott police led to charges against Kenneth Wynn, 34, of Jamestown, and Kevin W. Schrecengost, 25, of Celoron.

City police and the state Division of Parole conducted a home visit Monday of Wynn at 610 Jefferson St. Police found more than 50 marijuana plants in a grow operation in the attic.

Also located in Wynn’s residence were two handguns that were allegedly taken during a recent burglary in Celoron. A third handgun tied to the burglary was discovered to be at a residence in Celoron.

A search warrant was obtained, and officers from Jamestown and Ellicott executed it this week, Capt. Robert Samuelson of the Jamestown Police Department said.

The handgun was retrieved in the search.

“This was terrific police work by two agencies and the Division of Parole, who without them we wouldn’t have come across this,” Samuelson said.

Wynn was charged with parole violation, two counts of second-degree criminal possession of a weapon and criminal possession of stolen property. The city resident was being held in Chautauqua County Jail pending arraignment in city court today.

Ellicott police linked Schrecengost with four separate burglaries that occurred in Celoron in the past month. He was charged with two counts of second-degree burglary, two counts of third-degree burglary, third-degree grand larceny, two counts of fourth-degree grand larceny and petit larceny.

Schrecengost was arraigned in Ellicott Court and remanded to jail.

Samuelson said the investigation is ongoing and more charges are expected.

Police release names in Route 5 head-on accident

The names have been released in Tuesday’s head-on collision in the town of Dunkirk. According to Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office, Brittany J. Meadows, 21, of Silver Creek was traveling west on Route 5 when her vehicle crossed the center line and collided with an oncoming vehicle operated by Michael L. Vercant, 59, of Cassadaga. Meadows’ vehicle then left the roadway coming to rest in a culvert.

Meadows had to be extricated from the vehicle and was flown to Erie County Medical Center for non-life threatening injuries.

Both vehicles were towed from the scene and Meadows was charged with failure to maintain lane. She will appear in Dunkirk Town Court at a later date.

In addition to Sheriff Deputies, West Dunkirk Fire Department, Alstar Ambulance and Starflight responded to the scene.

Gowanda teen charged in connection of thefts

GOWANDA – A Gowanda teen has been charged in connection with residential thefts in the village.

Jonathan R. White II, 16, of Commercial Street was charged with third-degree burglary and petit larceny on July 23. White was previously charged by Gowanda Police in connection with thefts from vehicles and painting graffiti in the Beech Street area.

As the investigation continued, police discovered White had allegedly entered two separate garages in the Beech Street area and had stolen numerous items including a chainsaw and a cross bow, which were both later recovered. White was arraigned in Persia Town Court and was sent to the Cattaraugus County Jail in lieu of $5,000 bail.

The investigation is continuing.