Cause of Ripley home blast determined
RIPLEY – Fire investigators determined a direct gas leak was the cause of the home explosion on 24 Lakeview Ave., Ripley, on Monday.
According to police, the homeowner had fixed a gas line break on his own in December 2012. Over the course of the past several months the ground where the repair was made had settled, causing the repaired section to break loose and a direct gas leak underground.
This leak allowed the ground to become saturated with natural gas, which led to the gas permeating into the basement of the home. Once the air mixture in the basement got to a volatile state, it ignited from the pilot light on the hot water tank which ultimately caused the explosion.
Nobody was injured in the blast.
Jamestown Police give update on missing woman
JAMESTOWN – Investi-gators from the Jamestown Police Department have obtained information through investigation that reported missing woman Roseanne Hardiman left the Jamestown area on her own free will.
Hardiman, 50, was last seen leaving WCA Hospital early Sunday. This incident is not considered to be suspicious at this time. Hardiman will still be considered a missing person until her family hears from her, but at this time it is believed she is traveling on her own and is not in immediate danger.
Investigators from the Jamestown Police Depart-ment are working with an agency outside of New York state to determine her exact location and to confirm her safety.
Anyone who may have additional information is asked to contact the police department at 483-7531. More information will be released when it becomes available.
Dunkirk Police Department
Clayton Cieslewicz, 19, of East Cedar Street was charged with leaving the scene of a property damage accident, driving while intoxicated and failure to use a designated lane on Oct. 3. Cieslewicz stated to police that around 5:45 p.m., he was traveling east on West Doughty Street when his pizza fell on the floor. He allegedly bent down to pick it up and struck a pole on the side of the street with his vehicle. Cieslewicz stated to police he then tried to get to his grandmother’s house with his car.
A 16-year-old youth of Lakewood Drive was charged with unreasonable speed, operating in violation of restrictions, failure to stop at a stop sign and failure to use a designated lane on Saturday. Around 3 p.m., the youth was traveling south on Marauder Drive when she failed to stop at the stop sign at the intersection with West Lucas Avenue and continued traveling south until she struck the wall of the abandoned AL-Tech Steel Plant building. No damage was done to the building, but heavy damage was done to the front end of the youth’s vehicle. She was transported to Brooks Memorial Hospital via Alstar Ambulance as a precautionary measure. The youth stated to police that she lost her focus and attention while driving.
Natasha Mercado, 26, and Paige Plaza-Mercado, 22, both of Main Street, were both charged with disorderly conduct on Saturday.
Patrick Dunn, 33, of West Fourth Street was charged with second-degree strangulation on Sunday.
Victor Robles-Alvarez, 22, of Main Street was charged with second-degree harassment on Sunday.
Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office
RIPLEY – Timothy Conklin, 60, of North State Street was charged with trespass and second-degree harassment on Monday. At 5:30 p.m. deputies were dispatched to North State Street for an alleged neighbor dispute. Conklin allegedly punched a neighbor in the face and also trespassed on another person’s property. He was released on appearance tickets for Ripley Town Court.
Pedro J. Corraliza, 47, of Westfield was charged with failure to keep right, moving from lane unsafely, driving across hazard markings, improper or no signal and driving while intoxicated on Friday. Deputies stopped Corraliza’s vehicle on Route 20 in the town of Pomfret for several alleged lane violations at 8:16 p.m.
During the stop, Corraliza was found to be allegedly intoxicated. He was released on appearance tickets for Pomfret Town Court at a later date.
STOCKTON – Joseph Armeli, 30, of Jamestown was charged with driving while intoxicated, failure to keep right and unsafe turn on Monday. Deputies, along with the Stockton Fire Department, responded to a one-car rollover on James Road at 12:13 a.m.
Through an investigation Armeli was found to be the alleged operator of the vehicle and was driving in an alleged intoxicated state. No injuries were reported.
Armeli was released on appearance tickets for Stockton Town Court at a later date.
John E. Peterson, 29, of Brocton was charged with parking on highway and driving while intoxicated on Monday. At 7:55 p.m. deputies observed a vehicle on the north shoulder of Route 20 in the town of Pomfret with its four-way flashers on. The driver, Peterson, was found to be allegedly intoxicated. He was released with appearance tickets for Pomfret Town Court.
Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s Office
PERRYSBURG – James W. Mallaber, 23, of Gowanda was charged with second-degree reckless endangerment, resisting arrest and multiple traffic violations on Saturday.
The charges stem from an alleged incident that occurred on Indian Hill Road on Friday. Mallaber was arraigned in Perrysburg Town Court and sent to Cattaraugus County Jail in lieu of $1,000. He will appear back in court at a later date.