Road check leads
to charges against Dunkirk woman
A road check was conducted by the state police at Jamestown from Friday night into Saturday. Troopers is-sued 33 traffic violations during the 6-hour road check.
In addition, Cassandra L. Phillips, 24, of Dunkirk, was charged with driving while ability impaired by drugs, a misdemeanor, and first-degree aggravated unlicensed operation.
Phillips was stopped early Saturday on Route 60 in Pomfret for moving from her land unsafely. Her license reportedly indicated a suspension of her driving privileges for a previous alcohol related offense. She was arraigned in Town of Pom-fret Court and remanded to the Chautauqua County Jail in lieu of $1,000 cash bail.
David T. Cash, 50, of Water Street was charged with second-degree harassment, acting in a manner to injure a child less than 17 and criminal obstruction of breathing on June 9. At 10 a.m. police were called to Cash's residence for the report of an intoxicated person. Cash allegedly choked his son and got into an altercation with his wife the night before. He was released on cash bail.
Wayne Lamar Finley Jr., 27, of Clark Street was charged with unlawful possession of marijuana on June 14. At 4:04 p.m. police were called for an altercation between Finley and another subject. While Finley was being searched for weapons, police found him to be in possession of marijuana. He was released on an appearance ticket.
State police probing explosion and fire
ANDOVER - The New York State Police in Amity investigated a report of an explosion and fire to a trailer in the Allegany County town of Andover.
Investigation lead to charges against four individuals for third-degree unlawful manufacture of methamphetamine, criminal possession of precursors of methamphetamine and second-degree criminal possession of methamphetamine manufacturing material.
Steven M Weiss, 22, Elizabeth K. Martin, 21, and Angie M. Matison, 34, were processed. The fourth suspect, age 26, who sustained first- and second-degree burns is in state police custody at Jones Memorial Hospital in Wellsville, awaiting discharge.
The fire and explosion caused extensive damage to the east side of the trailer. The cause of the fire is still under investigation by the Town of Andover Fire Department and Allegany County fire investigators. Also responding to assist were the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force and New York State CNET-Western, Andover Police Department, Allegany Fire Coordinator and surrounding fire departments.
State police at Fredonia
On Friday, troopers charged Alexander Rivera, 27, of Dunkirk with unlawful possession of marijuana.
Rivera was pulled over on Route 60 in Pomfret for having a modified exhaust and was reportedly found in possession of two smoking pipes, one with marijuana, and one with burnt marijuana residue as well as .8 grams of marijuana.
He was issued tickets to appear in Pomfret Court.
Antonio Figueroa, 38, of East Route 20 was charged with second-degree harassment on June 10. At 10:02 p.m. Westfield Police responded to Westfield Hospital for a disorderly subject. Upon arrival officers did observe Figueroa in a verbal altercation with another subject in the parking lot of the hospital. Officers did place Figueroa in custody for allegedly threatening to kill subject and blow up the subject's vehicle. Officers did arraign Figueroa in the Village of Westfield Court and bail was set at $500 cash and $1,000 property.
Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office
PORTLAND - On Saturday evening, Jonathan A. Lake, 24, of Orchard Park was charged with unsafe passing, driving while intoxicated, and blood alcohol content of .08 percent or more.
Lake was behind a vehicle driven by Kristine Gehling, 21, of Fredonia. Both were driving eastbound on West Main Street, Gehling in front of Lake. As Gehling slowed down to make a left turn into a driveway and hit Lake's vehicle on the passenger side. Witnesses said Gehling's vehicle did have its left turn signal on and that Lake tried to pass it anyway.
Lake was taken into custody and is scheduled to appear in court.
ELLERY - Early Sunday morning, John B. Rasmussen, 29, of Jamestown was charged with driving while intoxicated, blood alcohol content of .08 percent or more, and parking on the highway.
Sheriff's patrol observed a vehicle stopped on the shoulder of Route 430, partially in the travel lane. Reportedly the vehicle did not have headlights on. As the sheriff's patrol car approached the vehicle, it drove off. The vehicle was stopped for violation of parking on the highway and the officer reported that Rasmussen was intoxicated.
He was processed and is to appear in Ellery Town Court at a later date.
HANOVER - Early Sunday morning, Joseph W. Zipp, 21, of Forestville was charged with parking on pavement, driving while intoxicated, DWI per se .08 percent or higher.
Deputies reportedly saw a vehicle with its four-way flashers on, on Alleghany Road. Deputies stopped to check on the vehicle and reportedly found Zipp was intoxicated. He was taken into custody and released.
He is to appear in Han-over Court at a later date.
HANOVER - Early Sunday morning, Courtney E. Cassiano, 23, was charged with speed in zone and possession of marijuana.
Deputies stopped a vehicle driven by Cassiano for reportedly speeding on Routes 5 and 20. They reported that she was in possession of a small amount of marijuana. She was issued tickets to appear in Hanover Court at a later date.