Three-car accident at Dunkirk’s Second and Main

OBSERVER Staff Report

Three motor vehicles were involved in a city accident that occurred at the intersection of Main Street and East Second Street Saturday night.

According to the Dunkirk Police Department, around 10:30 p.m., Kyle Ludwiszewski, 33, of Nevins Street, and Nicolas Barlette, 17, of Lafayette Avenue were both stopped in traffic in separate vehicles, waiting for the traffic light to turn green.

A vehicle driven by Luis Santiago, 36, of Lake Shore Drive East then collided with the rear of Ludwiszewski’s vehicle, which pushed that vehicle into Barlette’s vehicle.

Police said Santiago was at fault for following too closely.

Ludwiszewski apparently went to the hospital as a precaution, but was later deemed uninjured.

The Dunkirk Fire Department also responded to the accident.

A video of the accident scene can be viewed online at

Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office

SILVER CREEK – Sara J. De Young, 33, of Monroe Street was charged with third-degree grand larceny, misuse of SNAP/Food Stamps and fraudulent receipt of benefits on Oct. 29. It is alleged De Young failed to report income or employment received by her husband from June 1 through Aug. 31, 2012. This unreported income/employment allowed De Young to receive $4,660.43 in unentitled benefits. She will appear in Jamestown City Court at a later date. To report incidents of suspected welfare fraud call the Chautauqua County Welfare Fraud Hotline 1-800-388-5365 or the We Tip Hotline at 1-800-782-7463.

HANOVER – A 16-year-male was charged with unlawful possession of marijuana on Sunday. It is alleged the youth was found in possession of a small bag of marijuana and a marijuana blunt on Dixie Avenue at 6 p.m. He will appear in Hanover Town Court at a later date.

Gowanda Police

Police observed a vehicle parked in a parking lot that had appeared out of place on Jamestown Street during routine patrol on Oct. 28 at 2:43 a.m. Police discovered the vehicle was an alleged stolen vehicle from the town of West Seneca. The vehicle was secured by the West Seneca Police Department and will conduct a follow-up investigation.

Police responded to a domestic incident at a village residence on Oct. 31 at 7:44 p.m. Upon arrival a male had allegedly run upstairs and a gunshot was then heard. Police were able to have the male surrender the weapon and himself without further incident. The male had allegedly discharged a shotgun with the bullet exiting through the wall of the residence. The male was taken into custody and transported to the Erie County Medical Center for a psychiatric evaluation. Charges are pending and police did not release the name of the male.