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Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Department 08/09/12

August 15, 2012
Westfield Republican / Mayville Sentinel News

CHAUTAUQUA - Nicholas Melquist, 17, of Jamestown was involved in a personal injury accident on Wednesday, Aug. 1.

According to the sheriff's office, Melquist was allegedly traveling west on Route 394 just past Willow Run Golf Course in the Town of Chautauqua around 2:30 p.m., when he was distracted and veered off the right side off the road, shearing off a National Grid utility pole. The live wires allegedly started a small fire on a nearby pine tree. The 2001 Chevy pickup truck was allegedly destroyed in the collision with the pole. The driver was allegedly wearing a seatbelt and, with the deployment of the airbag, walked away with minor injuries. The driver was allegedly transported to Westfield Memorial Hospital for observation. National Grid was called to the scene to replace the pole and turn off the main transmission lines for the area before the truck could be removed from the scene. Route 394 was closed for approximately two hours before being opened. Power was off approximately four hours due to the pole carrying the main transmission lines for the area. Chautauqua Institution Police Department, Chautauqua Fire Department and the Ashville Fire Department were on the scene with the sheriff's department.

RIPLEY - Carol Abate, 66, of Ripley and George Bazzle, 55, or Ripley were involved in a personal injury accident on Friday, Aug. 3.

According to the sheriff's office, Abate was allegedly traveling west on West Main Street in the Town of Ripley around 9:45 a.m., when her vehicle suddenly veered to the right. Abate's vehicle allegedly struck a parked pickup truck occupied by Bazzle and two adult children. Abate's vehicle then allegedly went onto the sidewalk and struck the corner of a building located at 13 West Main Street, causing minor damage, and also sideswiped a utility pole, causing minor damage to the pole. Abate was allegedly transported to Westfield Memorial Hospital via Ripley Fire Rescue with a wrist injury and abrasions. An investigation revealed Abate allegedly may have had a reaction to medication. Bazzle allegedly sought medical attention on his own for a complaint of pain and his passengers were uninjured.

MAYVILLE - Rey Vega, 28, of Lakewood was charged with second-degree harassment, Thomas, Gustafson, 50, of Mayville was charged with disorderly conduct and Darrin Textor, 33, of Mayville was charged with disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, second-degree obstructing government administration and criminal tampering on Saturday, Aug. 4.

According to the sheriff's office, it responded to Water Street in the Village of Mayville for a reported fight along with the Chautauqua Institution Police Department around 1 a.m. The initial investigation showed Vega allegedly got into an argument with another individual, punching that person in the face. Vega was issued an appearance ticket and will appear in Chautauqua Town Court at a later date. While taking the initial complaint, a second fight allegedly started at the Lakeview Hotel. As a result, Gustafson was charged and released on an appearance ticket, also to appear in Chautauqua Town Court. Textor was charged, arraigned in Chautauqua Town Court and sent to the Chautauqua County Jail in lieu of $1,000 bail.

RIPLEY - Michael A. Voorhis, 24, of North East, Pa., was charged with third-degree assault, second-degree reckless endangerment and endangering the welfare of a child for an incident on Monday, April 9.

According to the sheriffs office, on April 9 at approximately 4 p.m., Voorhis allegedly recklessly caused injury to a 5-month-old child while in the Town of Ripley off Route 5. The child allegedly sustained serious physical injury and was subsequently treated at Buffalo Children's Hospital. After a joint investigation was completed by the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office, Child Protective Services of Chautauqua County and the District Attorney's office of Chautauqua County, the charges were laid before Justice Hustead of Ripley and an arrest warrant was issued. Voorhis appear before Justice Hustead on Thursday, Aug. 2, who arraigned him on the listed charges. Voorhis was released on his own recognizance and will appear in court again on a later date.

PORTLAND - Jerry S. Bentham, 30, of Lake Aveune in Brocton was charged with driving while intoxicated common law, DWI over 0.08 percent and parking on the pavement on Friday, Aug. 3.

According to the sheriff's office, Bentham's vehicle, a white 1998 Volkswagen, was allegedly observed parked partially on the westbound driving lane on the north side of Route 5 facing west at the end of Lake Avenue in Portland with the hazard lights on. As a deputy turned his emergency lights on to investigate the problem, Bentham allegedly pulled his vehicle across Route 5 on to Lake Avenue where he stopped. After a brief investigation, Bentham was arrested. He will appear in Portland Town Court on a later date.

CHAUTAUQUA - Todd A. Dellahoy, 40, of Erie, Pa., was charged with driving while intoxicated, first-degree aggravated unlicensed operation, speed not reasonable, fail to stay in lane, fail to keep right and unlawful possession marijuana on Monday, Aug. 6.

According to the sheriff's office, deputies and the Hartfield and Mayville Fire Departments responded to a report of a single vehicle crash on Stockton-Hartfield Road in the Town of Chautauqua around 10:15 p.m. Following the investigation, deputies allege Dellahoy was traveling northeast at an unreasonable speed and went off the shoulder of the roadway. Investigation shows the vehicle was allegedly brought back onto the roadway before sliding out of control and striking a utility pole on the opposite side of the road. Dellahoy was flown to UPMC Hamot by Starflight Helicopter. At the time of this report, Dellahoy was admitted to the intensive care unit at Hamot in stable condition. Deputies will be filing charges against Dellahoy. He will answer the charges in Chautauqua Town Court on a later date.



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