Area Police Reports


Angel L. Avila, 21, and Jose Ramon Melendez-Rosario, 29, both of Jamestown, were arrested Saturday. Police responded to Rite Aid Pharmacy on North Main Street for a reported shoplifting. It was reported two male subjects entered the store and left without paying for two cases of beer. Melendez-Rosario was found to have stolen the beer, while Avila was present during the larceny. Police found that Melendez-Rosario stole two additional cases of beer approximately 45 minutes earlier from the store. He was charged with two counts of petit larceny. Avila was charged with fifth-degree criminal possession of stolen property.

Devon R. Cottom, 30, of Buffalo was charged with second-degree obstructing governmental administration. Police on Friday stopped a vehicle on East Eighth Street at Spring Street. The passenger, Cottom, bailed out due to outstanding warrants for the city of Jamestown. A police K-9 unit was able to track Cottom to a Fulton Street residence where he was found hiding in the basement. Cottom was taken into custody without incident. He was transported to Jamestown City Jail and is currently awaiting arraignment.

Andrew D. Norris, 22, of Washington Street, was charged with petit larceny. Police on Monday were dispatched to Washington Street for complaints of a shoplifter at Dollar General. Upon arrival officers made contact with store personnel who state they saw Norris place merchandise inside his jacket and then attempted to leave the store without paying. Norris was taken into custody and transported to Jamestown City Jail and is awaiting arraignment.


JAMESTOWN – Gary J. Bonet-Velez, 27, of Jamestown, wanted by the Sheriff’s Office for burglary in the third-degree, was arrested and is currently in Hillsboro County Jail in Florida. He will be extradited back to New York once the paperwork is completed.

DUNKIRK – Dalia Vazquez, 63, and Norbert Davila, 54, both of Dunkirk were issued appearance tickets for first-degree offering a false instrument and misuse of food stamps. Police say both suspects from June 2011 to September 2011 received income/empl oyment not reported to the county Department of Social Services. Both received $1,424 in benefits they were not entitled to. Vazquez and Davila were issued appearance tickets and are scheduled to appear in Jamestown City Court at a later date.

DUNKIRK – Jacob Stern, 21, was charged with driving while intoxicated, DWI per se with blood alcohol content .08 percent or higher and insufficient tail lamps. Deputies on Jan. 6 stopped a vehicle on Route 60 in the town of Dunkirk for insufficient tail lamps. Stern was found to be intoxicated. He was issued traffic tickets and is to appear back in court at a later date.


Gary A. Kum III, 24, of Barrows Street, was charged with fourth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, second-degree criminal possession of a weapon, and third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation. On Jan. 7, police were called for a narcotics investigation. Kum was stopped by officers and found to be in possession of a loaded handgun and a controlled substance. His driving privileges also were suspended. Kum was arrested and arraigned in Town of Ellicott Court and committed to jail without bail.


CARROLTON – Christopher M. Beehler, 37, of Bradford was charged with driving while intoxicated, DWI of .08 percent or greater and unlicensed operation. Beehler was arrested following an investigation in the town of Carrolton. He was taken to the Salamanca Police Department for procession and is due in Carrolton Town Court at a later date.

DELEVAN – Jason A. F. Hogle, 28, of North Main Street, was charged with second-degree aggravated harassment. Hogle was arrested on Jan. 8 and transported to Franklinville Town Court for arraignment. He was released and is to appear back in court at a later date.