Area Police

Chautauqua County man caught at airport with loaded gun

OBSERVER Staff Report

BUFFALO – A Chautauqua County man was stopped by Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officers at Buffalo-Niagara International Airport Thursday morning after the TSA officer who was staffing the checkpoint X-ray machine spotted the handgun in the man’s carry-on bag.

Troy J. Livecche is the owner of the handgun, which was registered to a Silver Creek address. Livecche told authorities he had been living in East Aurora, according to C. Douglas Harpmayer, Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority public information officer.

TSA contacted the NFTA police who responded and confiscated the handgun, a .380 caliber firearm, which was loaded with six rounds and one bullet in the chamber. The incident happened at 5:30 a.m. and Livecche was able to take a later flight. Charges are pending.

The incident marked the first firearm that TSA officers at the airport have stopped so far this year. In 2013, TSA officers detected four firearms that travelers had in their possession at the airport’s checkpoint.

TSA screens approximately 9,000 passengers and their carry-on bags each day at Buffalo Niagara International Airport.

Accident involving school bus leads to charge

OBSERVER Staff Report

An accident involving a school bus in the city of Dunkirk resulted in two people suffering minor injuries and one person getting charged with following too closely Tuesday.

According to the Dunkirk Police Department, around 2:45 p.m., a First Student Inc. bus driven by Gregory Horvath, 47, of Ruggles Street was traveling north on Lamphere Street just north of West Doughty Street when he activated the bus’ flashing lights to stop at a railroad crossing. The bus stopped, then proceeded over the tracks and stopped again at the second set of tracks there, which is reportedly when David Kron, 58, of Clinton Avenue, Fredonia, rear-ended the bus.

Horvath and a passenger, Stacy Stalter, 55, were apparently treated at the scene for minor injuries. Two students on the bus, an 11-year-old and an 18-year-old, were not injured.

Kron received the charge of following too closely.

Cassadaga man facing DWI, drug charges

POMFRET – A 42-year-old Cassadaga man is facing driving while intoxicated and drug possession charges after he was stopped by New York State Police at Fredonia troopers around 8 p.m. Wednesday.

Martellion Ham, 42, of Cassadaga was charged on Straight Road at Route 60 in the town of Pomfret. Troopers say Ham was found to be in possession of a small amount of cocaine and submitted to a breath test, which had a result of .08 percent blood alcohol content. Ham also had a revoked license.

Charges will be answered in the town of Pomfret court later this month.

Dunkirk Police

Joseph Jagoda, 24, of Washington Avenue was charged with fourth-degree criminal mischief on Sunday.

Juan Bautista, 21, of South Roberts Road was charged with third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation, failure to yield the right of way at a stop sign and obstructed driver’s view on Monday.

Monserate Perez of Buffalo was charged with third-degree assault and criminal mischief on Tuesday.

Joseph Novak, 20, of Frewsburg was charged with first-degree criminal contempt and second-degree aggravated harassment on Wednesday.

Cristian Maestre, 23, of Lincoln Avenue was charged with resisting arrest on Thursday.

Fredonia Police

Joshua Cheverez, 23, of Newton Street was charged with disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and second-degree harassment on Sunday.

Chelsea Wolfe, 23, of Westfield was charged with disorderly conduct on Sunday.

Sharif Bosley, 23, of Buffalo was charged with unlawful possession of marijuana and failure to stop at a stop sign on Sunday.

Michael Bendlin Jr., 22, of Prospect Street was charged with unlawful possession of marijuana and petit larceny on Monday.

Gerald Polvino, 55, of Osborne Road was charged with failure to stop at a stop sign after an accident at the intersection of Newton Street and Lambert Avenue Monday at 7 a.m.

Jeffrey Leone, 45, of Grant Avenue, Dunkirk, was charged with second-degree harassment on Friday.