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Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Department 11/03/11

November 9, 2011
Westfield Republican
WESTFIELD — The Chautauqua County Fire Investigation Team was requested to assist the Westfield Fire Department on Sunday, Oct. 16 at 12:25 a.m., in determining the cause of a fire at 17 West Pearl Street. The investigation revealed a problem with the electric service cable to the residence. This problem resulted in the home’s electric being improperly grounded, starting an electrical fire inside. The fire has been ruled accidental.

FRENCH CREEK — Martin L. Winkler, 61, of Erie, Pa., was charged with speeding and second-degree aggravated unlicensed on Thursday, Oct. 20.

According to the sheriff’s office, Winkler was stopped for allegedly speeding on Route 426 at 8 a.m. Winkler’s privileges to drive in New York State were allegedly suspended. He was arraigned and committed to Chautauqua County Jail on bail.

CHAUTAUQUA — Edd Ferguson, 38, of Panama Bear Lake Road was charged with failing to maintain lane, consumption of alcohol in motor vehicle, driving while intoxicated, and DWI per se on Friday, Oct. 21.

According to the sheriff’s office, at around 9:45 p.m., deputies responded to a call of a suspicious truck on Honeysette Road in the Town of Chautauqua. On arrival, deputies located the truck and stopped it for an alleged lane violation. Upon further investigation, Ferguson, the driver, was arrested for the above charges and was taken into custody for processing before being released to a friend. Ferguson will appear in Chautauqua Town Court on a later date.

HARMONY — Edd Ferguson, 28, of Panama was charged with fourth-degree criminal mischief and disorderly conduct on Saturday, Oct. 22.

According to the sheriff’s office, at around 12:30 a.m., sheriff’s patrol was called for a reported disturbance in the Town of Harmony. Following an investigation, Ferguson was arrested and charged. He was taken for arraignment in Busti Town Court as the Harmony Town Court was not available. Ferguson was committed to the Chautauqua County Jail with bail set at $2,500 cash for $5,000 property bond. Further proceedings on the matter will be in Harmony Town Court at a later date.

MINA — Jeffrey Horner, 56, of Shadyside Road in Findley Lake was charged with fail to maintain lane, driving while intoxicated and blood alcohol content over 0.08 percent on Saturday, Oct. 22.

According to the sheriff’s office, at around 7:30 p.m., deputies along with members of the Findley Lake Volunteer Fire Department responded to a personal injury motor vehicle collision on Hazen Road near Tanner Road in the Town of Mina. It appears Horner allegedly failed to keep his vehicle on the roadway and struck a parked ATV which was on the shoulder of the road near a curve. There was an occupant on the ATV who was injured in the collision and taken to Hamot Medical Center for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. Upon further investigation, Horner was charged, arrested and processed. He will appear in Mina Town Court on a later date.

BROCTON — Steven J. Seavy, 20, of Pullman Street in Brocton was remanded to the Chautauqua County Jail on Sunday, Oct. 23 on a Chautauqua County Court warrant for third-degree burglary.

According to the sheriff’s office, on Thursday, Oct. 20, Chautauqua County Court issued an arrest warrant for Seavy. On Sunday, Oct. 23 around 3:30 p.m., Seavy was taken into custody without incident after a concerned citizen notified the sheriff’s office of his whereabouts. Seavy was taken to jail and held without bail. He will appear in CCC on a later date.

CHAUTAUQUA — Clifford C. Latta, 37, of Potter Road in Mayville was charged with second-degree reckless endangerment on Sunday, Oct. 23.

According to the sheriff’s office, around 4:30 p.m., deputies and Chautauqua Institution Police responded to Potter Road in the Town of Chautauqua for a report of an incident involving a front-end loader and a car. Upon investigation, deputies allege Latta was operating a front-end loader and used it to ram a pick up truck which was occupied by another individual. The other individual was not injured and Latta was taken into custody at the scene without further incident. Latta was arraigned in Chautauqua Town Court and remanded to Chautauqua County Jail in lieu of bail.

PORTLAND — Angel L. Rivera, 27, of Academy Street in Westfield was charged with fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property on Thursday, Oct. 13.

According to the sheriff’s office, Rivera was arrested for possessing a 202 Polaris 400 Sportman all terrain vehicle which was reported stolen on Aug. 23 from a residence on Webster Road in the Town of Portland. Rivera was observed operating the ATV on a trail near Swede Road in Portland approximately one week after it was reported stolen. An on-going investigation led to the felony charge. Rivera was arraigned in Portland Town Court by Judge Delcamp and was committed to Chautauqua County Jail. No bail was set.

RIPLEY — A 17-year-old Ripley youth was charged with second-degree criminal trespass on Thursday, Oct. 27.

According to the sheriff’s office, deputies responded around 3:30 p.m. to West Main Street in the Town of Ripley for a report of a possible burglary in progress. Upon arrival, it was discovered that when the victim arrived home, a 17-year-old youth came out of the residence and took off on foot. The youth was identified by the victim and located at his residence a short time later. The youth was taken into custody without incident and arraigned at Ripley Town Court. The youth was released on their own recognizance and will appear in Ripley Town Court at a later date.

SHERMAN — Cory S. Card, 18, of Clymer, was involved in a motor vehicle accident on Friday, Oct. 28.

According to the sheriff’s office, Card was traveling north bound on Sherman-Clymer Road at around 7:30 a.m. when he entered a curve with black ice. Card lost control of his vehicle, went over a small embankment on the west side of the road and came to rest in a field. He was not injured.

MAYVILLE — Robert W. Wappat, 19, of Barber Road in Stockton was charged with third-degree assault on Tuesday, Oct. 26.

According to the sheriff’s office, deputies took a report of an alleged incident which occurred on Monday, Oct. 25 around 7:15 p.m., on Morris Street in the Village of Mayville. It is alleged that following a verbal argument, Wappat struck the victim from behind causing a facial contusion to the victim. The victim was treated and released from Westfield Memorial Hospital on Tuesday, Oct. 26. Wappat was issued an appearance ticket and will appear in court on a later date.

JAMESTOWN — Stephen Sheldon, 28, of Webster Road in Brocton was charged with fourth-degree grand larceny, misuse of food stamps and fraudulent receipts of benefits on Friday, Oct. 28.

According to the sheriff’s office, after an investigation conducted by the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office, Sheldon was arrested and issued appearance tickets for the above charges. Sheldon allegedly failed to report to the Chautauqua County department of Social Services that he was employed. Therefore he received $2,234.50 in public assistance benefits he was not entitled to have. He is to appear in Jamestown City Court on a later date to answer the charges.

HARMONY — Thomas G. Dole, 61, of West Main Street in Panama was charged with driving while intoxicated, DWI per se, blood alcohol content of 0.08 percent or higher, fail to keep right and fail to maintain lane on Thursday, Oct. 27.

According to the sheriff’s office, at around 7:30 p.m., deputies and Panama Fire Department responded to a two vehicle motor vehicle collision on Blockville Watts Flatts Road in the Town of Harmony. After an investigation, Dole was charged and taken to Lakewood Busti Police Department for processing where he was later released to a sober party. Dole will answer the charges in Harmony Town Court on a later date. There were no injuries as a result of the crash.



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