Area Police

Shooting suspect still at large

OBSERVER Staff Report

The man wanted in connection a New Year’s Day shooting in the city of Dunkirk is still at large. Traiquane C. Nance, 24, of no known address is wanted on charges of second-degree assault, a class D felony, and third-degree criminal possession of a weapon.

It is alleged Nance shot a male victim around 4 a.m. Wednesday near a residence at 426 Swan St. The victim was located by police with a single gunshot wound to the right hip. The victim was transported to Brooks Memorial Hospital with apparent non-life threatening injuries.

Anyone who has information on the incident or the whereabouts of Nance is asked to call the police department at 366-2266 or the confidential tip line at 363-0313. All calls will be kept confidential.

Two local men face charges after allegedly sending explicit texts

Two local men have been charged for allegedly sending explicit text messages to a teenage girl of Stockton. New York State Police at Fredonia charged Jonas T. Greenstein, 23, of Stockton and Daniel P. Meder, 23, of Dunkirk with promoting the sexual performance of a child, a class D felony and endangering the welfare of a child, a class A misdemeanor. Following a two-week investigation, police allege the men had exchanged sexually explicit text messages and nude photographs with the 16-year-old female. Both men were arraigned and released on bail.

Portland teen charged under Leandra’s Law

PORTLAND – A town of Portland teenager was charged Monday evening with aggravated driving while intoxicated after police say they found a 13-year-old passenger in the vehicle he was driving that had subsequently gotten into an accident.

According to the Chau-tauqua County Sheriff’s Of-fice, around 9 p.m., deputies and New York state troopers responded to a car accident in the Ellicott Estates Trailer Park on Ellicott Road. A vehicle driven by Mathew Miles, 19, had allegedly left the roadway in the trailer park and had traveled through a lawn and eventually struck a tree and other items in the lawn.

An investigation resulted in Miles being charged with felony DWI, as well as unlicensed operation. Miles was issued tickets and will answer the charges in Portland Town Court.

Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office

FRENCH CREEK – Jeremy Glovier, 25, of Cly-mer was charged with driving while intoxicated with a blood alcohol content of .08 percent or greater and disobeying a stop sign on Sun-day.

Around 12:40 a.m., deputies allegedly observed a vehicle disobey a stop sign on King Road and proceed across Route 426 to continue on Mann Road. The vehicle was subsequently stopped and the operator was identified as Glovier.

Glovier was taken into custody and will answer the charges in French Creek Town Court.

FRENCH CREEK – Mark Thompson, 25, of Waterford, Pa., was charged with driving while intoxicated with a blood alcohol content of .08 percent or greater and disorderly conduct on Tuesday.

Around 11:30 p.m., Thompson allegedly began “doing donuts” in the parking lot of the Peek’n Peak Ski Resort following a fireworks display. This action allegedly occurred directly in front of a parked patrol car and with other vehicular and pedestrian traffic present in the parking lot.

Thompson was interviewed regarding the operation of his vehicle and was subsequently charged with DWI. He will answer the charges in French Creek Town Court.

HANOVER – Denee Dolce, 32, of Bennett State Road was charged with second-degree harassment on Wednesday.

At 6:40 a.m., deputies were called to a residence on Bennett State Road for an alleged altercation. Dolce allegedly struck another person several times.

She was taken into custody and arraigned in Hanover Town Court. She was sent to the Chautauqua County Jail in lieu of bail.

Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office

POLAND – Joel L. Lanphere, 40, of Kennedy was charged with third-degree criminal mischief on Wednesday. Deputies were called to a residence on Route 394 for an alleged altercation at 5:45 a.m. Lanphere allegedly got into an argument with another individual that resulted in him damaging many household items. Lanphere was arraigned in Poland Town Court and sent to the Chautauqua County Jail in lieu of bail.

Thomas A. Lanphere, 28, of Jamestown as charged with second-degree harassment Wednesday. At 4:52 p.m., deputies responded to the report of an alleged fight at a residence on Chau-tauqua Road in the town of Pomfret. It is alleged Lan-phere pushed and punched another individual several times. He will appear in Pomfret Town Court.

New York State Police at Jamestown

  • JAMESTOWN – On Wednesday, a traffic stop on I-86 in the Town of North Harmony for a loud exhaust resulted in the arrest of Miguel A Ayala, 38, of Jamestown for fifth-degree criminal possession of stolen property and several other charges after a computer check showed Ayala’s license plate to be stolen from Erie, Pa.

Ayala was also charged with fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon after he was found to be in possession of a billy club.

He was issued tickets for aggravated unlicensed operation, unregistered and uninsured motor vehicle and loud exhaust.

Ayala was arraigned in the Town of North Har-mony Court and committed to Chautauqua County Jail in lieu of $2,500 bail.

He is scheduled to appear in the Town of North Harmony Court on Jan 16.

  • SHERMAN – State Police in Jamestown investigated a personal injury accident that occurred Jan. 1 on Titus Road at the intersection of Route 76.

It was found Cassie M. Seekings, 20, of Corry, Pa., was traveling westbound on Titus Road and allegedly failed to stop at the intersection. The vehicle slid through the intersection then down a snow embankment into a field off of Route 76.

Two passengers Christopher S. Gibbons, 24, of Sherman, and Justin M. Gibbons, 23, of Corry, Pa., were both transported to Westfield Memorial Hospital by Sherman Ambulance with minor injuries.

Seekings was issued traffic tickets for failure to stop at a stop sign and unsafe tires and will appear in Sherman Town Court at a later date.