Area Police

State Police at Collins

CATTARAUGUS – Troopers and New York State Environmental Conservation officers charged Damian Woodruff, 31, of First Street, Cattaraugus, and David Busenlehner, 30, of Lewiston with illegal discharge of a firearm, possessing a prohibited light with a firearm in a vehicle and misdemeanor violations of the NYS Fish and Wildlife Law on Oct. 29.

Troopers stopped the two men on State Route 353 in New Albion around noon for tinted windows. While approaching their car, troopers allegedly saw fresh blood on the rear bumper, as well as a spotlight in the center console, blood on Woodruff’s boots and a .22 long rifle on the floor in the back seat.

Troopers contacted a local ENCON officer, who responded to the scene.

Their subsequent investigation allegedly revealed that the two had illegally taken a buck the night before in the Salamanca area. Busenlehner was holding the spotlight and Woodruff shot the deer in the head.

Authorities were able to locate the deer at a friend’s home after speaking with the men.

Both are due in New Albion Town Court.

GOWANDA – Troopers took Leiondie Mohawk, 29, of Commercial Street, Gowanda, into custody on an arrest warrant for fourth-degree criminal mischief at her home on Nov. 4.

The arrest closed a two-month-old case in which Mohawk had allegedly kicked out a glass window on the Collins Town Court’s door. She was being arraigned by a Gowanda Police officer in the court and broke the glass while she was leaving for the Erie County Holding Center.

Collins court officials contacted troopers about the incident and after the lengthy change of venue process, a warrant was issued for her arrest.

She is due in North Collins Town Court later this month.

GOWANDA – Troopers arrested Angelo Smielinski, 23, of Theil Road, North Collins, for driving while intoxicated and unlawful possession of marijuana following a traffic stop on Aldrich Street Extension and State Route 438 on Wednesday.

Troopers stopped the car after Smielinski allegedly failed to stop at a stop sign and crossed a double yellow line. While speaking with him, troopers allegedly smelled alcohol and he subsequently failed a series of field sobriety tests.

While inventorying the car, troopers also found a tin foil pipe with marijuana in it. Smielinski refused a chemical test and was processed and arraigned in Collins Town Court.

Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office

SILVER CREEK – Kerry Vasquezmarte, 29, of Route 39, Forestville, was charged with second-degree harassment on Saturday.

Around 8 p.m., deputies responded to Adams Street in Silver Creek for the report of a victim that was involved in a physical altercation.

After an investigation, it was determined that Vasquezmarte allegedly punched a female victim in the face while on Buffalo Street.

Vasquezmarte was issued an appearance ticket for Silver Creek Village Court.

MAYVILLE – Rachael Palkovic, 22, of Erie, Pa., was charged with driving while intoxicated, aggravated driving while intoxicated with a blood alcohol content of .18 percent or greater, speed in zone, failure to keep right and crossing hazard markings on Sunday.

Around 1 a.m., deputies allegedly observed a vehicle driving erratically and committing several traffic infractions on South Erie Street. The vehicle was stopped and the operator was identified as Palkovic.

Following an investigation, Palkovic was taken into custody. She was later released and will appear in Chautauqua Town Court to answer the charges.