Area Police

Six-month-old assault victim in critical condition


Special to the OBSERVER

JAMESTOWN – A 20-year-old Jamestown man was charged Friday after allegedly assaulting his 6-month-old son, leaving the infant in critical condition.

According to investigators from the Jamestown Police Department, the incident occurred Thursday afternoon when Steven A. Spencer reportedly shook his son and struck him with an object.

Spencer brought the infant to WCA Hospital, where the child was later transferred to Women and Children’s Hospital in Buffalo.

The child was last reported to be in critical condition.

JPD was notified of the incident by Child Protective Services and immediately launched an investigation.

Spencer was taken into custody and charged with second-degree assault and reckless assault of a child, both felony charges. He was transported to city jail and was awaiting arraignment Friday evening.

Details on the extent of injuries sustained by the child or what kind of object was used in the assault were not released.

Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office

JAMESTOWN – On Friday at about 9:10 a.m. Oralia Alfaro, 46, of Dunkirk was charged with three counts of first-degree offering a false instrument for filing in, and felony misuse of food stamps.

It is alleged that from the time period of Nov. 1, 2011 to Feb., 28, 2014 Alfaro claimed on three occasions her grandchildren were living with her. As a result, she received $6,620 in unentitled food stamp benefits. Alfaro also sent her card out of state to be used by a relative from January to October in 2013.

She is scheduled to appear in the City of Jamestown Court at a later date. The Chautauqua County Sheriff’s office was assisted by Chautauqua County Office of Probation in this investigation.

Chautauqua County Court

District Attorney, David W. Foley, announced the following pleas and sentences in Chautauqua County Court.

Jason D. Johnson, 27, of Jamestown was sentenced to a determinate sentence of 5 years in state prison plus two years post-release supervision for attempted criminal possession of a controlled substance in the third degree.

Anthony W. Cunning-ham, 35, of Jamestown was sentenced to 1 1/2 years determinate in state prison plus 1 1/2 years post release supervision for criminal possession of a controlled substance in the fourth degree.