Area Police

Shots fired into home, shooter sought

JAMESTOWN – Jamestown Police are currently seeking a shooter who allegedly fired shots into a home. Police responded to the 100 block of West Seventh Street shortly after 11:30 p.m., Friday after receiving several calls of gunshots in the area.

Police found 12 rounds had been fired into the home with a large caliber firearm. At the time, five people were inside the home but no injuries were reported. Police did recover shell casings and other evidence believed to be related to the incident.

Anyone who has information on the shooting is asked to call police at 483-7537 or can leave an anonymous tip at 483-TIPS (8477). All calls will be kept confidential.

Man surrenders to police after brief standoff

STOCKTON – A Stockton man was arrested after allegedly trying to elude arrest on Friday. According to the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office, Timothy J. Banach, 55, of Cassadaga Stockton Road was taken into custody on two felony driving while intoxicated Chautauqua County Court warrants.

Deputies observed Banach allegedly in a vehicle on Stockton Cassadaga Road around 7 p.m., who was known to have outstanding felony warrants. The male driver drove into a yard off the road where Banach exited the vehicle and allegedly attempted to elude arrest. Sheriff’s K9 Drago was brought out and after a brief standoff, Banach finally surrendered to Drago. Banach was taken to the Chautauqua County Jail without bail. Further charges may be pending.

Route 39 crash sends two drivers to hospital

HANOVER – A two-vehicle crash at the intersection of Route 39 and Hanover Road sent two drivers to the hospital on Wednesday. According to Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office, Sandra L. Benkelman, 72, of South Dayton had entered the intersection and struck a vehicle on Route 39 being operated by James G. Kirkham, 50, of West Falls.

Both drivers were taken by Forestville Fire Department to Lake Shore Hospital for minor injuries. Benkelman was charged with failure to yield the right of way and having the driver’s view obstructed. She will appear in Hanover Town Court at a later date.

Dirt bike crash sends one to hospital

NORTH COLLINS – A 22-year-old man was flown to Erie County Medical Center as a result of a dirt bike crash Friday. According to the Erie County Sheriff’s Office, Matthew R. Fageol of North Collins was riding his bike on private property off of Ketchum Road shortly before 7 p.m.

According to police, Fageol was riding on a trail along a creek and in an effort to avoid striking a tree, he lost control of his bike. He traveled over a 30 foot embankment coming to rest in the creek bed. Fageol is listed in fair condition.