Festival Aftermath

SHERMAN – A State Police checkpoint outside the Great Blue Heron Music Festival yielded multiple charges Sunday.

Raymond Westbrook, 43, of Pittsburgh, Pa., was taken into custody after driving through the road check on Waites Corners Road while intoxicated, State Police said. Westbrook, who had two children in the vehicle, failed numerous field sobriety tests. He was transported to police barracks in Jamestown where he provided a breath sample of .19 percent.

Westbrook was charged with aggravated driving while intoxicated and two counts of violating Leandra’s Law for driving while intoxicated with a child in the vehicle. He was arraigned in Sherman Town Court and remanded to Chautauqua County Jail.

Also charged Sunday were Kyle Conn, 23, of Franklin, Pa., and Amanda Clark, 25, of Madison, Maine, with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and unlawful possession of marijuana. Following a road check, troopers seized 20 grams of marijuana, cellophane containing 1 gram of opium, a bag containing a half-gram of amphetamine and two bags containing ecstasy.

Conn and Clark were processed at police barracks and arraigned in Sherman Court. Both were remanded to County Jail.

Brian Howell, 26, of Littleton, Colo., was charged with fourth-degree criminal possession of marijuana and fourth-degree criminal sale of marijuana. Troopers stopped a vehicle on Waites Corners Road for a loud exhaust and could smell a strong odor of marijuana.

Howell, a front-seat passenger, was allegedly found with at least 50 grams of marijuana and $1,700. He was arraigned and remanded to jail.

Tonawanda resident Adam O’Connor, 30, was taken into custody Sunday after troopers found a jar containing 1 gram of marijuana, a pill bottle containing marijuana and a foil wrapper containing three acid tablets. O’Connor was charged with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and unlawful possession of marijuana. He was arraigned in Sherman Court and remanded to County Jail.

Wade Benford, 32, of Buffalo, was charged with driving while intoxicated after failing numerous field sobriety tests. He was transported to police barracks where he provided a breath sample of .14 percent.

Benford was issued appearance tickets to be in Sherman Court at a later date and released to a sober individual.

Police say the large number of charges have become commonplace near the annual music festival.

“We expect it. I think a lot of people living in the area expect it,” said State Police Sgt. Scott Thayer of the number of arrests. “People expect police to be there, and the owners of the festival are glad we are there.”

Thayer said most are charged as they leave the festival and come across a road check. “We get all sorts of different stuff,” he said.