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Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Department 03/21/13

March 27, 2013
Westfield Republican / Mayville Sentinel News

POMFRET - Tye A. Kenny, 29, of Central Ave., Brocton was charged with second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument and fifth-degree criminal possession of stolen property on Tuesday, March 12.

According to the sheriff's office, Kenny was charged as a result of an alleged incident which occurred on Jan. 10. On that date, Kenny was allegedly in possession of a stolen and forged check. Kenny will answer the charges in Pomfret Town Court.

MAYVILLE - Caz G. Stepp, 40, of Euclid Ave., Jamestown was remanded to the Chautauqua County on charges of second-degree harassment on Wednesday, March 13.

According to the sheriff's office, Stepp allegedly struck a victim in the left shoulder, arm and leg, causing the victim pain. Upon officers arrival on Evans Ave., around 11 a.m., Stepp was allegedly found to be highly intoxicated and uncooperative with officers. Stepp was arrested, arraigned in Mayville Village Court and remanded to jail on $1,000 cash or $2,000 property bail. He will be in court on a later date.

PANAMA - A house on South Street in the Village of Panama caught fire on Wednesday, March 13 around 9:30 p.m.

According to the sheriff's office, the Chautauqua County Fire Investigation Team was requested by the Panama Fire Department around 11 p.m. Fire investigators responded for a house fire. Following an investigation into the cause and origin of the fire, it has been determined an improperly installed exhaust pipe leading from the wood stove into a chimney caused the fire.

POMFRET - Marianne Drzymala, 23, of W. Lake Rd., Fredonia was charged with following too closely on Thursday, March 14.

According to the sheriff's office, deputies responded to a motor vehicle accident on Route 20 in the Town of Pomfret involving a school bus around 4 p.m. Upon arrival and further investigation, it was determined Laurie Travis, 41, of Brocton was allegedly operating a Brocton Central School bus and was attempting to make a left hand turn into a business so she could safely turn her school bus around. As Travis was making her turn, Drzymala was allegedly operating her vehicle directly behind the school bus. Drzymala was allegedly following the bus too closely and was unable to stop her vehicle as the bus was turning. Drzymala allegedly rear-ended the bus causing her vehicle to become disabled. Drzymala was not injured in the accident. The school bus sustained minimal damage. The school bus was allegedly carrying children home from school at the time of the accident. Neither Travis nor the students on the bus were injured from the accident. Drzymala was issued a uniform traffic ticket and will appear in Pomfret Town Court on a later date.

MINA - John Rossiter, 75, of Chesterland, Ohio was charged with fail to yield the right of way at a stop sign on Friday, March 15.

According to the sheriff's office, deputies and the Findley Lake Volunteer Fire Department responded to a motor vehicle collision on Route 426 at Interstate 86. Rossiter allegedly pulled out in front of a northbound Mustang and caused a collision in the intersection. Two of the occupants in the Mustang were transported to Hamot/UPMC for treatment of non life threatening injuries sustained in the crash. Rossiter was charged and issued a traffic ticket.

CHAUTAUQUA - Joseph P. Mahoney, 75, of Lackawanna was involved in a motor vehicle rollover crash on Saturday, March 16.

According to the sheriff's office, a vehicle driven by Mahoney was allegedly traveling west on Hartfield-Stockton Road in the Town of Chautauqua. Due to alleged unsafe speed and slippery road conditions, the vehicle left the roadway and overturned in a steep ditch trapping the operator in the vehicle. The operator had to be extracted by Hartfield rescue and was transported to Westfield Memorial Hospital with unknown injuries. During the investigation, a second vehicle operated by Ashley Draggett of Stockton failed to reduce speed for the accident scene causing the vehicle to leave the roadway and strike a mailbox. The roadway was closed for approximately one hour. Charges are pending.

NORTH HARMONY - Mark A. West, 32, of Ashville was sent to Chautauqua County Jail on charges of third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation, unlicensed operator, failure to comply with police, insufficient tail lamps and tinted windows on Saturday, March 16.

According to the sheriff's office, patrol attempted to stop a vehicle on South Maple Ave., Ashville for an alleged tail lamp out around 9:30 p.m. The suspect vehicle allegedly made several abrupt turns in an effort to elude the police. The vehicle allegedly pulled into a driveway, and the operator allegedly exited the vehicle and fled on foot. A passenger was allegedly detained and questioned, though only provided a first name of the person driving. With the assistance of the Lakewood-Busti Police, an investigation determined the alleged identity of the operator was West. Deputies and Lakewood-Busti officers allegedly located West at his residence. West was allegedly found to be violating an order of protection for having a female in his presence who had an order of protection against him. West was also allegedly found to be in possession of marihuana. LBPD officers arrested West and took him into custody and charged him accordingly. West was also allegedly wanted by Wayne County Authorities. Deputies charged West for the traffic charges from the earlier incident. West was arraigned by LBPD in Busti Town Court and sent to jail on $20,000 bail. West will be arraigned in North Harmony Town Court on the traffic charges later.

BROCTON - Cody D. Gustafson, 23, of Moore Rd., Mayville was charged with speeding, driving while intoxicated and DWI per se on Sunday, March 17.

According to the sheriff's office, Gustafson was allegedly operating a motor vehicle in a southwestern direction on Swede Road in the Village of Brocton around 4 a.m. He allegedly lost control of vehicle, and the vehicle came to rest on its side. A subsequent investigation lead Gustafson being charged. He will be in Brocton Village Court on a later date. Passengers Meghan Courtney, 20, of Route 20 E. Main Rd., Brocton and Jackie Webb, 18, of W. Hill Rd., Ashville were not charged.



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