Woman, young son injured in accident
NORTH HARMONY – A woman and her son were sent to the hospital following a motor vehicle accident Tuesday. According to the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office, Mary E. Hetrick, 26, of Jamestown and her 3-year-old son were injured in the crash.
Deputies plus the Ash-ville and Panama Fire de-partments responded to the crash on Panama-Stedman Road at 8:15 p.m. Hetrick was traveling south when she allegedly failed to reduce speed on a curve, losing control of the vehicle. The vehicle went onto the shoulder of the roadway, then came back onto the road. Crossing the center line, it rolled over an embankment on the east side. The vehicle came to a rest on its roof.
Hetrick and her son were taken to WCA Hospital by ambulance. Hetrick was treated for apparent minor injuries while her son was transferred to Buffalo Women and Children’s Hospital as a precaution.
Hetrick was charged with speed not reasonable or prudent.
New York State Police at Jamestown
NORTH HARMONY – On May 8, New York State Police were conducting a traffic road check on State Road 394 when a vehicle was observed stopping north of the road check.
The occupants changed drivers and turned around driving away from the road check. A patrol caught up with the vehicle and initiated a traffic stop. The driver Heather A. Valdez, 37, and passenger Benny J. Valdez, 45, both of Crescent City, Florida had 34 grams of marijuana, cocaine and two open cans of beer. A DMV check showed Benny to be suspended in New York. They were placed under arrest and transported to Jamestown State Police for processing.
Heather was charged with felony fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and consumption of an alcoholic beverage in a motor vehicle.
She was arraigned in the Town of North Harmony Court and committed to Chautauqua County Jail in lieu of $2,000 bail.
Benny was charged with felony fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, criminal possession of marijuana, consumption of an alcoholic beverage in a motor vehicle, unlicensed operator and aggravated unlicensed operation.
He was also arraigned in Town of North Harmony Court and committed to Chautauqua County Jail in lieu of $5,000 bail.
Dental records used to identify body located in Cattaraugus Creek
The body of a woman located in Cattaraugus Creek May 6 by a local fisherman has been positively identified through dental records.
On May 6, State Police responded to Cattaraugus Creek, in the Town of Perrysburg, after receiving a call from the Seneca Nation Marshall’s Office of possible human remains being found by a local fisherman. The State Police SCUBA Team and Aviation Unit were utilized to remove the body from the creek and the gorge.
With the assistance of the Cattaraugus County Sher-iff’s Office dental records were used to identify the deceased as Kimberly Militello, 59, of Gowanda.
Militello was reported missing to the Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s Office on Dec. 22, 2013.