Area police

Grease fire reported in Forestville

FORESTVILLE – Firefighters were called to a grease fire on a home at the corner of Meadows Road and Route 83 Saturday night.

According to Forestville Fire Department Fire Chief Bruce Hagmier, the family left a greasy pan cooking on the stove and it caused a fire.

“We investigated the home and found fire damage to the stove and walls,” Hagmier said. “We had to take the stove out of the home and call the code enforcement officer.”

The resident will be staying elsewhere while the code enforcement officer investigates the damage.

Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office

SHERIDAN – Christin Tibbetts, 22 of Dunkirk was charged with third-degree burglary and fourth-degree grand larceny on Thursday.

The charges stem from an incident that occurred in August where Tibbetts allegedly broke into a garage and stole property valued over $1,000.

He was arraigned in Dunkirk Town Court and send to the Chautauqua County Jail in lieu of bail.

IRVING – Nicole Marie Esner, 41, of Shady Drive was charged with unlawful possession of marijuana on Thursday.

At 3:15 a.m. deputies were called to a residence on Shady Drive to assist on an EMS call. While there, deputies allegedly found a quantity of marijuana in plain view.

Esner will appear in Hanover Town Court at a later date.

SILVER CREEK – On Friday David Sodaro, 55, of Silver Creek allegedly damaged property by using his body to break a front door window.

Deputies allege Sodaro pulled out a large pocket knife and started waving it in a threatening manner at his girlfriend. He also threatened his girlfriend further by throwing the knife and sticking it in the floor.

Sodaro also allegedly broke a large window located in the front of the residence.

Sodaro was arraigned in Silver Creek court and sent to the Chautauqua County Jail in lieu of bail.

STOCKTON – On Friday at about 8:40 p.m. Sheriff’s Deputies received a complaint of a suspicious vehicle parked in front of a seasonal residence on Barnes Road in the Town of Stockton.

Upon arrival Deputies and Sheriff K9 located household items that had been removed from the residence. Sheriff’s K9 Drago was deployed into a wooded area in attempt to track the alleged burglar.

After a lengthily track over various terrain Jason Perittie, 26, of Jamestown was apprehended.

Perittie was arrested for second degree burglary and fourth degree grand larceny.

CHAUTAUQUA – On Friday Dominick Luciano, 30, of Jamestown was stopped for allegedly speeding in excess of 80 mph on Route 394 in the Town of Chautauqua.

Further investigation found Luciano to be intoxicated and was charged with two counts of driving while intoxicated.

Deputies said Luciano had a prior conviction for DWI in the previous 10 years making this arrest a felony.

On Friday at about 11:15 p.m. Chautauqua County Sheriff deputies observed a vehicle operating on Route 20 in the Town of Pomfret.

The vehicle was observed to have a discernibly loud and leaking exhaust, and had no right sideview mirror. Upon stopping the vehicle, the driver identified himself as Christopher A. Parker, 28, of Wattsburg, Pa.

A check of Parker’s license showed that his New York driving privileges were suspended.

Further investigation allegedly revealed that Parker was in possession of more than 2 ounces of marijuana and multiple smoking pipes. He was charged with fourth-degree criminal possession of marijuana, third-degree aggravated unlicensed operator, inadequate muffler, and no right side mirror.

He was issued citations and appearance tickets and will appear in Town of Pomfret court at a later date.

BROCTON – On Saturday at about 1:46 a.m. Chautauqua County Sheriff Deputies observed a vehicle allegedly failing to maintain its lane and having inadequate tail lamps while traveling in the Village of Brocton.

Upon stopping the vehicle, the operator identified himself as Peter G. Galardo, 32, of Fredonia.

A check of Galardo’s license showed that his New York driving privileges were suspended.

Further investigation allegedly found Galardo to be intoxicated.

Galardo was charged with two counts of DWI, third-degree aggravated unlicensed operator, failed to keep right and inadequate tail lamps.

He will appear in the Town of Pomfret court at a later date.

MAYVILLE – On Saturday at about 7:30 a.m. deputies responded to a residence in Mayville for a possible burglary in progress.

Before police arrived, the subject fled the scene. Deputies were able to locate the subject behind a business in Mayville who was identified as Joshua A Powell, 28, of Mayville.

Upon investigation, it is alleged that Powell did not have permission to be in the dwelling and attempted to remove multiple items from the residence.

After placing Powell in custody, he was also allegedly found to be in possession of a controlled substance.

Powell was arraigned and is in the custody of the Chautauqua County Jail.

PORTLAND – On Friday at 1:45 p.m. Deputies responded to a one-car accident on Prospect-Station Road at the intersection of Finley Road.

According to deputies, driver Andrew K. Davidson, 39, of Westfield was traveling at an unsafe speed and failed to make a right hand turn onto Finley Road from Prospect-Station Road.

The vehicle crossed over Finley Road and hit a snow bank and then crashed into trees.

During the interview of Davidson it was determined that he was intoxicated and was arrested for DWI.

A check of Davidson’s driving record showed two prior convictions for DWI, which makes this arrest a felony.

Davidson was further charged with unreasonable speed, refusal to submit to a breath test and driving out of restrictions.

Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s Department

LEON – On Dec. 12, Deputies with the Cattaraugus Sheriff’s responded to an incident at an address in Leon for an accidental shooting.

Investigation revealed the handgun used in the shooting was not registered and the owner did not possess a valid New York State pistol permit.

Eli Wengerd, 20, of Leon was arrested Thursday and issued an appearance ticket.

Wengerd is scheduled to appear in Leon Court at a later date.