Area Police

Cause of Stockton fire released

The fire that destroyed a trailer in Stockton is believed to be accidental.

On Monday at around 11 a.m. area firefighters were called to a trailer located at Willowbrook Trailer Park, 7235 Route, 380 in the town of Stockton. The fire displaced six residents.

The Chautauqua County Fire Investigation Team conducted an investigation. The fire was determined to have started in the outer wall of the bathroom behind the bathtub. The cause of the fire was found to be an electrical short circuit of wiring in the wall.

Sinclairville man faces charges after domestic dispute

SINCLAIRVILLE – Angelo Spicola Jr., 52, of Sinclairville, was charged Wednesday with third-degree assault and second-degree unlawful imprisonment after an alleged domestic dispute. Spicola was allegedly involved in a verbal altercation that escalated when he allegedly grabbed a female victim violently causing a laceration and a contusion. Spicola then allegedly refused to let the victim leave the residence after she attempted to several times. She was allegedly kept in the residence against her will for approximately one and a half hours. Spicola was taken into custody and arraigned in Charlotte Town Court. He was sent to the Chautauqua County Jail on $3,000 bail. An order of protection was also issued for the victim.

Cassadaga man charged after leaving an accident

GERRY – Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to an accident on Route 60 Sunday around 9:50 p.m. Upon deputies’ arrival it was found the operator had left the scene. Investigation found Robert J. Austin was operating the vehicle when he allegedly failed to yield the right of way to oncoming traffic and struck another vehicle. He was charged with failure to yield the right of way, leaving the scene of a property damage accident, consumption of alcohol in a motor vehicle, driving while intoxicated and aggravated DWI. Austin will appear in the Gerry Town Court at a later date.