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Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Department 02/23/12

February 29, 2012
Westfield Republican

CLYMER - Kenneth R. Houghwot, 29, of Bush Street in Jamestown was charged with second-degree sexual abuse and endangering the welfare of a child.

According the sheriff's office, in early August of 2011 Houghwot allegedly had an encounter where he touched a 13-year-old female juvenile in a sexual manor without consent. Child Protective services of Chautauqua County received a report regarding the incident after it happened. CPS forwarded the information to the Chautauqua County Sheriff's office and a joint investigation was conducted between the agencies utilizing the Child Advocacy Center of Chautauqua County. Houghwot was picked up with an arrest warrant without incident and arraigned in Clymer Town Court. Houghwot was released under the supervision of probation.

SHERMAN - Michael S. Gibbons, 41, of West Mina Hill Road in Clymer was charged with leaving the scene of a personal injury accident, speed not reasonable and prudent, unsafe passing, drove to left of markings on a curve and drove across hazardous markings on Friday, Feb. 17.

According to the sheriff's office, at around 2 a.m., Gibbons was allegedly involved in a one-vehicle personal injury accident on Route 430 in the Town of Sherman. Gibbons was westbound on Route 430 when he allegedly passed another vehicle in a no passing zone and on a curve. Gibbons allegedly lost control of his vehicle and left Route 430 after crossing from the westbound lane shoulder to a ditch on the east bound lane shoulder of the road. Gibbons' vehicle allegedly left Route 430 and struck a sign post and then when nose first into a ditch causing damage to the vehicle. Gibbons and his passenger were both allegedly injured in the accident. Both allegedly fled the accident scene and were located a short time later at Gibbons' residence. Gibbons was issued traffic tickets and is to be in court on a later date.

MAYVILLE - Melissa M. Ecker, 30, of Panama was charged with moved from lane unsafely, first-degree felony aggravated unlicensed operation, driving while intoxicated and blood alcohol content of 0.08 percent or more on Sunday, Feb. 19.

According to the sheriff's office, Ecker was stopped around 2:45 a.m., on Route 394 in the Village of Mayville for crossing over the fog line. After an investigation, Ecker was allegedly found to be intoxicated. A check of Ecker's driving record showed she was currently suspended. Ecker was charged, issued appearance tickets and will appear in Chautauqua Town Court on a later date.

RIPLEY - Aaron R. Newman, 20, of Goodrich Street in Ripley was taken into custody on a warrant for second-degree harassment on Sunday, Feb. 19.

According to the sheriff's office, at around 5:30 p.m., deputies checked an address of Goodrich Street in the Town of Ripley for Newman who had an active bench warrant out of Ripley Town Court for second-degree harassment. Newman was taken into custody without incident and arraigned in Ripley Town Court where bail was set at $1,000 cash and $2,000 property. Newman was transported to the Chautauqua County Jail until bail was posted.

CHAUTAUQUA - Harry R. Pierce, 63, of Erie Pa., was remanded to the Chautauqua County Jail for speed in zone and driving while intoxicated on Tuesday, Feb. 21.

According to the sheriff's office, patrol stopped an allegedly speeding motorist around 1:15 a.m., on Route 430 in the Town of Chautauqua. The operator was identified as Pierce. Following an investigation, Pierce was arrested for DWI. He allegedly refused a breath test and was charge with the above counts. He was arraigned in Stockton Town Court as Chautauqua Town Court was not available. Bail was set at $1,000 cash for $2,000 property bond and Pierce was taken to the jail.



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