Area Police

Dunkirk Police investigating robbery as well as gunshots

The Dunkirk Police Department confirmed to the OBSERVER Tuesday evening that a robbery occurred at a Main Street business in the city over the weekend.

Since the incident is currently under investigation, no other details were released.

Dunkirk police also confirmed to the OBSERVER that they are investigating a report of gunfire somewhere in the city either Sunday night or Monday morning. No other information could be given.

Youth with gun leads to charges

SILVER CREEK – A 17-year-old male has been charged after an altercation involving a gun on Swan Street Sunday evening.

The Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office responded to the report of the youth with a gun at 5:18 a.m. According to police, the youth had been involved in a verbal altercation with another subject at which time he displayed a .22-caliber rifle and made threats to kill the other subject. The youth fled the scene but was located by deputies a short time later. He was charged with two counts of second-degree menacing. The male was arraigned in Hanover Town Court and sent to the Chautauqua County Jail in lieu of $2,000 cash or $4,000 property bail.

Perrysburg man charged after accident

PERSIA – A Perrysburg man has been charged following an accident on Saturday on Route 353.

According to the Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s Office, Andrew J. Armbruster, 26, of Main Street allegedly fell asleep behind the wheel crossing the centerline and crashed the van he was driving into a ditch at 7:21 p.m. It was determined that Armbruster had been operating the van with a suspended license.

Police also found Armbruster to be in possession of marijuana and a pipe with marijuana residue. He was charged with unlawful possession of marijuana, failure to keep right and third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation. He was released on appearance tickets for Persia Town Court.

Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office

CHAUTAUQUA – Joseph I. Troutman, 51, of Jamestown was charged with two counts of second-degree criminal contempt on Tuesday. At 12:30 a.m. deputies responded to a disabled vehicle on Route 394. Troutman was allegedly in violation of a valid order of protection due to two persons being in the vehicle with him. He was released on appearance tickets for Chautauqua Town Court.

NORTH HARMONY – William R. Owens, 29, of Jamestown was charged with moving from lane unsafely, driving across hazard markings, failure to use designated lane, failure to stop at a stop sign, no distinctive plate, operating without insurance, operating with a suspended registration, felony driving while intoxicated, unlicensed operator and felony aggravated unlicensed operation on Monday. At 4:03 a.m. deputies responded to the report of an erratic driver on I-86 east. Deputies observed the vehicle make several alleged lane violations and found Owens was the driver. During the traffic stop, it was found that Owens was allegedly intoxicated and his driving privileges were suspended in New York state for a prior DWI conviction. He was arraigned in North Harmony Town Court and sent to the Chautauqua County Jail in lieu of bail.

ELLERY – Theodore E. Applequist, 36, of North East, Pa., was charged with driving while intoxicated and unsafe lane change on Monday. Deputies responded to the report of a vehicle in a ditch on Route 430 at 11:45 p.m. Deputies allege Applequist was intoxicated and refused a chemical test. Applequist was arraigned in Ellery Town Court and sent to the Chautauqua County Jail in lieu of $1,000 cash or $2,000 property bail.

Dunkirk Police

Hector Navarro, 32, of West Second Street was charged with third-degree criminal mischief on Aug. 20.

Darrin Stevens of Forestville was charged with third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation on Aug. 20.

James Patterson, 33, of South Roberts Road was charged with second-degree harassment on Aug. 21.

Adam Jessie, 23, of Leming Street was charged with resisting arrest, second-degree aggravated unlicensed operation for an alcohol-related conviction, having unsafe tires, failure to affix a registration sticker to a motor vehicle, having an uninspected motor vehicle, following too closely and leaving the scene of a property motor vehicle accident on Aug. 21. Around 5:13 p.m. on Main Street, just south of the Franklin Avenue intersection, Julio DeJesus III, 36, of Washington Avenue was stopped northbound in traffic. Jessie was traveling northbound on Main Street and struck DeJesus. After the incident, Jessie fled the scene on foot and was apprehended a short time later.

Marisol Mendez, 39, of West Lake Road was charged with endangering the welfare of a child on Aug. 22.

Jerome Sellers, 30, of Buffalo was charged with two counts of third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance on Aug. 22.

Luis Alvarado-Ortiz, 30, of West Courtney Street was charged with petit larceny and disorderly conduct on Friday.

Edward Witke, 38, of Buffalo was charged with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and unlawful possession of marijuana on Friday.

Kale Spraggins, 38, of King Street was charged with third-degree unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and petit larceny on Saturday.

Jacqueline Cora, 32, of West Doughty Street was charged with third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation and having an inadequate muffler on Saturday.

Jose Santiago of Lake Shore Drive West was charged with disorderly conduct and second-degree harassment on Monday.

Fredonia Police

Maridyth Drummond, 41, of Water Street was charged with fourth-degree criminal possession of marijuana and unlawful growing of cannabis on Thursday.

Jeremie Sommers, 24, of Randolph was charged with second-degree harassment on Friday.

Gustav Potkovick, 55, of Fredonia was charged with trespassing on Saturday.

Aaron Markham, 37, of Gowanda was charged with unsafe backing on Saturday. While stopped at the intersection of East Main Street and Water Street at 9:19 p.m., Markham allegedly began backing his truck up to provide a semi-truck room to make a right turn from Water Street to East Main Street. While backing up in his lane, he struck Salvatore Tabone, 70, of Winter Haven, Fla.

Daniel Murawski, 18, of Orchard Park was charged with underage possession of alcohol, possession of an open container, littering and unlawful possession of marijuana on Saturday.

Wilma Robillard, 56, of Hamburg was charged with petit larceny on Tuesday.