POMFRET - Lynne M. Austin, 48, and David M. Austin, Jr., 26, of Webster Road in Brocton were committed to Chautauqua County Jail on charges of two counts each of second-degree burglary, fourth-degree grand larceny and fourth-degree criminal mischief on Thursday, May 24.
According to the sheriff's office, after a two-week investigation, the sheriff's department arrested the two Austins. They have been charged with allegedly burglarizing two residences in the Town of Pomfret, one on Webster Road and one on Ellicott Road. Two additional burglary charges will be placed on a later date in the Town of Portland and it is believed they may be involved with four more burglaries in the area. At this time, both subjects have given statements allegedly admitting to four burglaries in the Pomfret-Portland area.
During the investigation, investigators developed leads that a male and female in a blue sedan with a dog were allegedly doing the burglaries in the area. Investigator's put a number of unmarked and marked patrol cars in the area of the burglaries. After a burglary occurred on Thursday, May 24 at around 11 a.m., investigators worked the area and at about 2 p.m., an investigator allegedly spotted a male subject walking on Ellicott Road and a blue sedan parked on Harmon Hill Road with a female driver. Other investigators converged on the scene and after a few minutes the male subject was allegedly found to be in possession of burglary tools. Both subjects allegedly admitted to the burglaries after a few minutes. Permission to search slips was executed on the subject's vehicle and their residence. Items stolen in the burglaries were allegedly located in the vehicle and the residence. A box of jewelry was also allegedly found buried in the backyard. Allegedly recovered were three long guns, silverware and jewelry. The subjects also allegedly led investigators to three safes on Campbell Road in Portland where they had thrown them in a wooded area after one of the burglaries. Documents from the victim were allegedly found in the safes.
The subjects were taken before Pomfret Town Justice David Prince and committed to jail in lieu of $50,000 cash bail or $100,000 property. Additional charges are expected to be filed and the investigation is continuing.
SHERMAN - Following a report of a fight in Sherman, five of six victims have been sent to area hospitals with non-life-threatening injuries and a Jamestown man has been jailed and charged with assault.
On Saturday around 2:30 a.m., The Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office received a report of a fight at a large party on Waits Corners Road, Sherman.
Initial investigation showed that there were three stabbing victims at the scene. Victim no. 1 was stabbed in the back and transported to Hamot Medical Center in Erie. Victim no. 2 was stabbed in the chest and also transported to Hamot Medical Center in Erie. Victim no. 3 was stabbed in the upper arm and transported to WCA Hospital in Jamestown.
During the investigation, two more stabbing victims (no. 4 and no. 5) arrived at WCA Hospital in Jamestown by private vehicle. Victim no. 4 was stabbed in the chest and victim no. 5 was stabbed in the arm.
None of the injuries appear life threatening, according to police.
The suspect had left the scene prior to arrival and a vehicle description was broadcast to local police agencies. Officers from the Lakewood Busti Police Department observed the suspect vehicle and stopped it in Lakewood. In the suspect vehicle was yet another person (victim no. 6) who sustained an arm laceration during this incident. Victim no. 6 was treated by Lakewood Fire Department and refused further medical treatment.
The suspect, who was located in the vehicle, was identified as Lucas Smyczek, 24, of Barrett Avenue, Jamestown. At this point in the investigation, Smyczek has been charged with three counts of second-degree felony assault.
Smyczek was arraigned in Town of Sherman Court and sent to the Chautauqua County Jail without bail. The investigation is continuing and further charges are expected.
Also assisting at the scene were New York State Police, Lakewood Busti Police Department, and Sherman, Chautauqua, Mayville, Lakewood fire departments.
NORTH HARMONY - Ryan J. Burke, 25, of Wabash Avenue in Kenmore, N.Y., was charged with Felony driving while intoxicated, aggravated DWI per se blood alcohol 0.18 percent or greater and drive across hazard marking on Sunday, May 27.
According to the sheriff's office, a patrol allegedly observed a vehicle repeatedly swerving out of its lane on Route 394 in the Town of North Harmony around 2 a.m. The vehicle was stopped and the operator was allegedly identified as Burke. Following an investigation, Burke was arrested. He was previously convicted of DWI within the previous 10 years, making the arrest a Felony. Following the results of a chemical test, Burke was given additional charges. Following processing, he was released to answer the charges in North Harmony Town Court on a later date.
LAKEWOOD - With the warm weather and Monday's holiday, many people were boating on Chautauqua Lake - but a boat ride nearly turned tragic for a brother and sister.
At 1:36 p.m. Monday, the Lakewood Fire Department responded to boat fire a quarter of a mile from shore behind Smith Boys of Chautauqua.
Thomas Meyers, 43, of Mechanicsburg, Pa., and Stephanie Mummert, 41, of Fairfield, Pa., were on board when the boat caught fire. They jumped overboard and were picked up by a nearby boat. They were both taken to WCA Hospital. Mummert was treated for burns on her lower leg. Meyers was not injured.
According to Jack Knowlton, Lakewood Fire Department lieutenant, it is difficult to put out a boat fire the water, because the crews have to get equipment out there.
The Lakewood Fire Department battled the flames using a boat and a portable pump and were assisted by the Celoron Fire Department with an air boat and portable pump.
"Right now the biggest problem is that they fired up that pump and it keeps pushing them away from it," Knowlton said.
Another difficulty the crews faced was that seaweed continually clogged their hoses.
"Hopefully, they'll get it out before it sinks, so we can tow it out and don't have to dredge it up from the bottom," Knowlton said. "Hopefully, they can get it knocked down, but with all the gas, it makes it hard."
Crews were able to extinguish the flames and secure the remains of the boat with a tow boat by about 2:15 p.m.
Knowlton said it was the first boat fire the department has been called to in several years. The cause of the fire has yet to be determined.
WESTFIELD - Matthew N. MacDonald, 29, of Westfield was arrested on charges of second-degree obstructing governmental administration, second-degree aggravated harassment, unlawful possession marijuana and driving while intoxicated on Monday, May 28.
According to the sheriff's office, deputies respond to a report of an unwanted male subject at a Town of Westfield residence attempting to gain entry around 11 p.m. Upon arrival, deputies allegedly found MacDonald laying on the porch of the residence. During the preliminary interview of MacDonald, he allegedly physically obstructed deputies while they were performing their duties and was arrested. At the time of his arrest, MacDonald was allegedly found to be in possession of a small quantity of marijuana which he was charged for as well. Following an investigation, MacDonald was additionally charged with harassment and DWI. He was arraigned in Westfield Town Court and was released to appear back in court later.