Area Police

Employee charged in staging armed robbery

JAMESTOWN – A pizzeria employee has been charged in connection with a July 31 robbery at the restaurant.

Ney Garrido, 24, of Celoron, entered Papa John’s at 709 W. Third St. just after 10 p.m., and took the cash from another employee who was working at the time of the incident, according to the Jamestown Police Department. An employee reported that a masked male subject had entered the store with a gun and robbed the employee of cash from the register and the safe. An investigation revealed that the robbery was staged by at least one employee of the business.

“We had early suspicions about what had happened,” said JPD Captain Robert Samuelson. “We didn’t know necessarily that night, but early the next day after reviewing the original complaint and through information from the actual subject.”

Garrido has been charged with fourth-degree grand larceny and falsely reporting an incident. He is being held in Jamestown City Jail awaiting arraignment.

The investigation is continuing and more arrests are expected.

Anyone who may have additional information is asked to contact the Jamestown Police Department at 483-7531 or leave an anonymous tip at 483-8477. All calls will be kept confidential.

Juveniles found locked in vault

FALCONER – Four juvenile suspects found themselves locked in a vault during an early morning incident on Friday.

At 1 a.m., the Ellicott Police Department responded to 19 N. Work St. for a report of subjects being locked inside of a vault. The Falconer Volunteer Fire Department was called to assist in getting the vault open, but was unable to do so.

A locksmith and members of the Jamestown Fire Department were then called, and after several hours the vault was opened and the four juveniles were found inside.

The building which contained the vault used to be the old Town of Ellicott municipal building before it was purchased by the Van Every Law Firm. It has since passed hands once again to a new owner.

Sgt. Matt Kubinski of the town of Ellicott Police Department said that the youths had permission to be inside the building from the owner.

“What their intentions were, whether they were doing work or not, is not clear yet,” Kubinski said. “It is very clear that the owner said they had permission to be in the building.”

Altogether, from the time of the first call to when an ambulance was en route to WCA Hospital, the youths spent more than four hours locked inside the vault.

“The safe was big enough that they could walk around,” Kubinski said. “There was no issue with them being overly cramped. It’s a large safe which was built into the side of the building.”

According to several media outlets, the youths were found in possession of alcohol and marijuana; however, the Ellicott Police Department has not released any information yet to support those claims.

“We cannot confirm or deny that at this point,” Kubinski said. “We can tell you that there will probably be charges forthcoming.”

The youths were taken to WCA Hospital for evaluation and charges are pending further investigation.

Silver Creek man charged with rape

SILVER CREEK – Chautauqua County sheriff’s deputies have taken a village man into custody on a second-degree rape charge.

Officers at 8:30 a.m. today picked up Jeffrey A. Parisio of 26 Adams St. on an outstanding warrant for the charge. He was sent to county jail and is awaiting a court appearance.

Gowanda man charged in burglary

HANOVER – Nicholas Castellano, 24, of Gowanda was arrested on Aug. 10 after Chautauqua deputies responded to a call in the town of Hanover.

It was alleged that a burglary was taking place on Route 39 and after further investigation it was determined Castellano entered a household and threatened a victim with a knife. A warrant was issued and Castellano was subsequently charged with burglary in the 2nd degree and criminal possession of a weapon in the 4th degree.

Castellano was arraigned and placed into the custody of the Chautauqua County Jail in lieu of bail.

Angola woman arrested for welfare fraud

OLEAN – Rae Lux, 32, of 364 Eisenhower Ave., Angola, was arrested on Aug. 15 and charged with welfare fraud in the 4th degree, grand larceny in the fourth degree and three counts of offering a false instrument for filing in the first degree.

Lux allegedly failed to report to the Cattaraugus County Department of Social Services that she changed her job and income from December 2009 to February 2010.

Lux received $1710.50 in child care assistance that she was not entitled to. Lux was issued an appearance ticket for Sept. 3 in the City of Olean Court.

Dunkirk Police Department

Anthony West, 36, of Maple Avenue was charged with second-degree harassment and resisting arrest on Aug. 10.

Lamont Brown, 24, of Wisteria Drive, Fredonia, was charged with first-degree aggravated unlicensed operation, driving while intoxicated, resisting arrest and no turn signal on Aug. 10.

A 16-year-old youth of East Lake Road was charged with petit larceny on Aug. 10.

Diane Martin, 42, of North Gazelle Street was charged with third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation and having a suspended registration on Aug. 11.

Jason Tolbert, 29, of Central Avenue was charged with second-degree aggravated harassment on Tuesday.

Jose Corea, 33, of King Street was charged with petit larceny on Tuesday.

Tyler Cieslewicz, 23, of Dunkirk, was charged with second-degree criminal trespass and third-degree menacing on Tuesday.

Lonnie Buchanan, 33, of Leopard Street was charged with false personation and seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance on Wednesday.

Michael Stephany, 27, of Smith Court was charged with second-degree aggravated unlicensed operation on Thursday.

Thomas Schumacker, 36, of Brocton, was charged with second-degree menacing on Thursday.

Fredonia Police Department

Nelson Irizarry, 23, of Pike Street, Dunkirk, was charged with second-degree aggravated unlicensed operation on Aug. 5.

Titiana Berriss, 24, of Webster Road, Dunkirk, was charged with petit larceny on Aug. 5.

Fredonia Police arrested a number of people for operating a motor vehicle while using a portable, electronic device. One was arrested on Aug. 6, nine on Aug. 8, six on Aug. 9, one on Aug. 10, one on Sunday and one on Monday.

Alan Sessanna, 55, of Central Avenue was charged with third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation on Aug. 6.

Austin Slater, 28, of Randolph, was charged with petit larceny on Aug. 7.

Brittany Dougherty, 21, of Wisteria Drive was charged with unlawful possession of marijuana and aggravated unlicensed operation on Aug. 10.

Machele Gilbert, 27, of Mayville, was charged with being a fugitive from justice on Thursday.