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Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Department 05/10/12

May 16, 2012
Westfield Republican

NORTH HARMONY - Mark T. Swanson, 64, of Stow died in a fatal motor vehicle accident on Thursday, May 3.

According to the sheriff's office, it is investigating the one car, fatal accident which occurred at the end of Stow Ferry Road at the Bemus Point-Stow Ferry Launch. At around 5:45 a.m., dispatch received a report of a vehicle which had driven into Chautauqua Lake. Upon arrival, the vehicle was located about 40 feet beyond the ferry and submerged in about four feet of water. The driver, Swanson, was removed from the vehicle as was taken to WCA Hospital where he was later pronounced dead. It appears Swanson was driving eastbound on Stow Ferry Road when he drove through a barrier, onto the ferry and into the lake. It is believed Swanson may have suffered from a medial condition prior to the accident. Ashville Fire Department, Bemus Fire Department and the county's Water Emergency Team also responded to the scene.

MAYVILLE - Kyle R. Senear, 17, of Chautauqua Avenue in Jamestown was charged with second-degree promoting prison contraband, unlawful possession marijuana and obstructing governmental administration on Friday, May 4.

According to the sheriff's office, while incarcerated as in inmate at the Chautauqua County Jail in Mayville on charges of burglary, menacing, resisting arrest and criminal possession of stolen property out of Jamestown City Court, Senear was allegedly discovered to be in possession of an amount of marijuana in his cell at around 8:15 a.m. He was arrested and will appear in Chautauqua Town Court on a later date.

WESTFIELD - Jeff B. Gonzales, 54, of Providence Drive in Clairton, Pa., was charged with driving while intoxicated, DWI per se, failure to signal turn and open container in motor vehicle on Saturday, May 5.

According to the sheriff's office, Gonzales was allegedly observed making a right turn off Route 20 to North Portage Street in the Village of Westfield without signaling the turn around 2:15 a.m. Deputies stopped the vehicle and the subsequent investigation led to Gonzales being arrested for DWI. Deputies also allegedly observed a red solo cup in the center console of the vehicle which contained an alcoholic beverage. Gonzales submitted to a chemical test with results above the legal limit. Gonzales was issued tickets and released. He will appear in Westfield Village Court on a later date.

RIPLEY - Elizabeth G. Snyder-Christensen, 31, of Barden Road in Ripley was charged with second-degree obstructing governmental administration on Monday, May 7.

According to the sheriff's office, deputies responded to an altercation on Route 20 in the Town of Ripley around 6:15 p.m. Upon arrival and an investigation, Snyder-Christensen became disorderly and began to intentionally interfere with the investigation. She was warned several times to leave the area, but she did not and continued her actions. She was placed into custody and arraigned in Ripley Town Court. Snyder-Christensen was released and will appear in Ripley Town Court on a later date.

RIPLEY - Nicholas J. Hart, 32, of Route 5 in Ripley was charged with second-degree burglary and fourth-degree felony grand larceny on Monday, May 7.

According to the sheriff's office, in mid-April, sheriff's investigators developed information about a stolen gun which had been sold at the Erie Sport Store in Erie, Pa., and that the gun had been stolen from a house on Shortman Road in the Town of Ripley. The investigation started and it was found a house on Shortman Road had been burglarized and a rife/shotgun combination weapon was taken from inside the home. Investigators along with the Pennsylvania State Police were able to recover the gun from the Erie Sports Store. Hart was arrested for the burglary and larceny of the gun. He was arraigned and committed to the Chautauqua County Jail, but was later bailed out on $5,000 cash or $10,000 property bail.

MAYVILLE - Delmar E. Aikens, 40, of Jackson Street in Mayville was charged with first-degree sexual abuse and fifth-degree criminal sale of marihuana.

According to the sheriff's office, on Friday, April 13 at around 3 p.m., Aikens allegedly forcibly held a 17-year-old female by the neck while he forcibly kissed her and forcibly touched her sexually while in his residence. This was done by Aikens after he allegedly supplied marihuana to the female victim and a 17-year-old male. After a joint investigation by the sheriff's office and the district attorney's office, Aikens was picked up with an arrest warrant at his residence without incident. He was taken before Justice Narducci who committed Aikens to the Chautauqua County Jail in lieu of $10,000 cash for $20,000 property bail.



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