Area Police

Dunkirk Police warning of scam

Dunkirk Police Chief David Ortolano is warning citizens about a scam in the local area. According to Ortolano, a resident received a letter from Publishers Clearing House claiming they had won a $2.6 million prize. The letter then claims the recipient must call a phone number to claim their winnings.

Police have investigated the letter and found it to be a scam. According to Ortolano, PCH will not notify you by mail or phone but show up with the Prize Patrol at your door if you are a winner. Police are advising anyone who receives a letter like this to please throw it away.

“As always I welcome anyone to drop off anything they think is a scam to my office so we can check into it,” Ortolano said.

Fredonia Police Department

Thomas Petz, 33, of Cassadaga was charged with criminal obstruction of breathing and third-degree assault on Monday.

Lee Seybold, 52, of Route 20, Silver Creek, was charged with unlawful possession of marijuana and violating a sewer ordinance on Tuesday.

Alexander Kriefall, 19, of Schenectady was charged with driving while intoxicated, violation of a restricted license, failure to obey a traffic control device, suspended registration and no insurance on Thursday.

Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office

HANOVER – Ronald Viscuso, 50, of Allegany Road was charged with two counts of first-degree harassment on Thursday. These charges stem from a warrant from Hanover Town Court. Viscuso was taken into custody shortly before 9:30 a.m., and arraigned in Hanover Town Court. He was sent to the Chautauqua County Jail in lieu of bail.

A 17-year-old male was charged with petit larceny on Friday. The charges stem from an outstanding probation warrant. The male was taken into custody at 10:17 a.m., when deputies conducted a warrant check at the youth’s residence on Route 60 in the town of Pomfret. He was sent to the Chautauqua County Jail.