Area Police

DWI arrest in Gerry

  • On Tuesday, Trooper David Wesolowski arrested a man for aggravated driving while intoxicated,

Timothy Matteson, 54, of Lakewood was pulled over on Salisbury Road in Gerry for allegedly driving erratically and failing several field sobriety tests.

Matteson was transported to the State Police barracks in Jamestown where he provided a breathing sample of .19.

He was processed and issued tickets returnable to the Town of Gerry Court.

He was then released to a sober individual.

Domestic dispute in Ashville ends in arrest

  • On Tuesday, the New York State Police responded to a residence in Ashville for a report of a domestic disturbance.

Wayne Harvey, 46, of Ashville allegedly began strangling the victim while she was sleeping.

The victim was able to free herself and call 911 to report the incident.

Harvey was arrested for criminal obstruction of breathing.

He was processed at State Prison Jamestown, and arraigned in the Town of Harmony Court. Harvey was released on his own recognizance, and is scheduled to reappear in the Town of Harmony Court.

Man fires several shots before surrendering

to police in Brant

  • BRANT – On Tuesday at 11 p.m., the New York State Police, Erie County Sheriff’s Office and Seneca Nation of Indians Marshals Department responded to reports of a barricaded subject at a home in Brant.

Shaun A. Humphrey, 42, of Brant was reportedly upset about child custody issues, and had made threats to harm himself and others.

Responding police agencies set up a perimeter around Humphrey’s residence and State Police crisis negotiators were able to make contact with Humphrey, engaging him in several short conversations.

At 2:15 a.m., Humphrey exited the residence onto his porch with a weapon and fired several shots in the direction of police, then re-entered that residence.

Negotiators made several attempts to call Humphrey, but were unable to re-establish contact.

At 7 a.m., the State Police Special Operations Response Team members mobilized and breached the front door. Humphrey then surrendered without further incident.

Humphrey has been charged with first-degree reckless endangerment, attempted assault on a police officer, criminal possession of a firearm, and second-degree menacing.

He has been arraigned before Town of Eden Town Justice Michael Cooper and remanded to the Erie County Jail in lieu of $25,000 bail.

Humphrey is schedule to reappear in the Town of Eden Court on Dec. 9 at 6 p.m.

Man arrested

for felony theft

  • Trooper Wayne Osgood was assigned to investigate an identity theft incident that occurred in Bemus Point between April and November.

When the complainant received an overdraft notice from her bank, she examined all the withdrawals and concluded that more than $1,000 had been drawn from her account on several occasions.

These withdrawals were made without the complainant’s permission and credited to a cell phone bill that was not her own.

Justin Gustafson, 27, of Jamestown allegedly stole more than $1,000 from the complainant.

He was arrested Monday for fourth-degree grand larceny and issued appearance tickets.

He is scheduled to appear in the Town of Ellery Court to answer the charge.

Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office

NORTH HARMONY – Andrew C. Sanders, 27, of Stow was charged with second-degree harassment on Wednesday.

Sanders allegedly was involved in an incident at 8:20 p.m. where he head-butted another individual in the nose, causing swelling and pain. Sanders will appear in North Harmony Town Court at a later date.

Two-vehicle collision in North Harmony sends one to Hamot

  • NORTH HARMONY – A two-vehicle collision in North Harmony spun a Chevrolet Impala into a telephone pole Tuesday afternoon and sent one driver to UPMC Hamot in Erie.

According to the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office, Jaelyn R. Kuczynski, 24, of Ripley, was traveling southbound on Route 394, when she attempted to make a left-hand turn into a driveway on the east side of the roadway.

Kuczynski allegedly failed to yield to a northbound Toyota sedan driven by Todd C. Martin, 43, of Mayville.

At about 2:45 p.m., Martin’s vehicle struck Kuczynski’s passenger side, sending her vehicle spinning into a telephone pole.

Both vehicles sustained significant damage and were towed away from the scene.

Kuczynski was taken by Starflight to UPMC Hamot for apparent non-life-threatening injuries.

Martin was transported to WCA Hospital for minor injuries.

Charges are pending an ongoing investigation of the accident.