Area Police

Funeral director charged with stealing money

On Feb. 20, the New York State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation at Clarence arrested Funeral Director Paris J. Childs of Childs Funeral Home located at 10 Eckerson Ave. in Akron.

Childs was charged with third-degree grand larceny.

His arrest was the result of an ongoing investigation involving the theft of funds received by Childs Funeral Home for the purpose of pre-paid or pre-need accounts.

In New York state pursuant to General Business Law 453, all funds paid in advance for a funeral must be deposited in an investment backed by the U.S. government, such as FDIC-insured certificates of deposit or a New York state bank.

Account statements showing interest earned must be reported annually to the consumer, or within 30 days after a request. The money shall be held in trust.

Anyone having entered into a pre-paid or pre-need agreement with Childs Funeral Home who has not received a confirmation statement or annual interest statement is asked to contact the Bureau of Criminal Investigation in Clarence at 759-6831.

Childs previously worked as a funeral director at Larson-Timko Funeral Home in Fredonia and the former Orcutt Funeral Home in Dunkirk during the ’90s.

Car in ditch leads to DWI charge

HANOVER – A car in a ditch on Alleghany Road led to driving while intoxicated charges for a local man early Monday.

According to the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office, deputies spotted a vehicle in the ditch around 2 a.m.

After speaking with the driver, Daniel A. Borowski, 55, of Perrysburg, it was found he was allegedly intoxicated. He was charged with DWI and failure to maintain lane.

He was issued appearance tickets for Hanover Town Court and released to a sober third party.

New York State Police at Fredonia

On Feb. 28, Fredonia State Police arrested Kimberly Don, 52, of Fredonia for petit larceny. Investigation revealed she had stolen a set of keys from an unlocked, running vehicle parked near her residence.

Don was processed at the Fredonia State Police and then arraigned in the Town of Pomfret Court.

Don was remanded to the Chautauqua County Jail in lieu of $500 cash bail, and will return to the Town of Pomfret Court on March 14.

Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s Office

RANDOLPH – Arthur J. Wright, 34, of Randolph was charged on an arrest warrant on Sunday.

It was wanted from Randolph Town Court for failure to register with the New York State Sex Offenders Registry.

Wright was released to appear at a later date in Randolph Town Court.