Area Police Reports


BEMUS POINT-Daniel P. Freeburg, 39, of Union City, Pa. was charged Sunday with speed in zone, driving while intoxicated, aggravated DWI Per Se with blood alcohol content of .18 percent or higher and unlawful possession of marijuana. At approximately 2 a.m., deputies stopped a vehicle for speeding in Bemus Point. Investigation revealed that the driver-Freeburg-was intoxicated. He was also in possession of marijuana. He will appear in Ellery Court at a later date.

CHAUTAUQUA-Kelley D. Nephew, 53, of Gowanda was charged Sunday with failing to keep right, driving while intoxicated, and DWI Per Se with BAC of .08 percent or higher. At approximately 3:44 a.m., deputies stopped a vehicle for crossing over the center line of the roadway. The driver-Nephew-was found to be intoxicated. She will appear in Chautauqua Court at a later date.

STOCKTON-Timothy J. Banach, 55, of Stockton was charged Thursday with two felony driving while intoxicated county court warrants. At approximately 7 p.m., deputies observed a Banach in a vehicle on Stockton Cassadaga Road in Stockton. Deputies knew Banach to have several outstanding felony warrants. Deputies attempted to stop Banach and a male driver. The two males drove into a yard off of Stockton Cassadaga Road. Banach exited the vehicle and attempted to elude arrest. He eventually surrendered to a K9 unit. Banach is being held at Chautauqua County Jail without bail at this time. Further charges may be pending.

HANOVER-Sandra L. Benkelman, 72, of South Dayton was charged on May 28 with failure to yield right of way and driver’s view obstructed. At approximately 6:09 p.m., deputies were dispatched to the intersection of Route 39 and Hanover Road for the report of a personal injury motor vehicle accident. Deputies determined that Benkelman had entered the intersection and struck a vehicle on Route 39 being operated by James Kirkham, 50, of West Falls. Both drivers were transported by Forestville Fire Department to Lake Shore Hospital for minor injuries.

SILVER CREEK-Robert J. Mangus Jr., 33, of Fredonia was charged Monday with fourth-degree criminal possession of a stolen weapon, third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation and no driver seatbelt. At approximately 8:53 a.m., deputies observed a subject driving without a seatbelt on Washington Street in Silver Creek. Investigation revealed that the driver-Mangus-had suspended driving privileges and was in possession of a switchblade knife. He will appear in Silver Creek Court at a later date.

HANOVER-Kacie L. Johnson, 21, of West Seneca was charged Sunday with local law possession of open container of alcohol in a motor vehicle. At approximately 2:07 p.m., deputies on South Shore Drive in Sunset Bay observed a female in a vehicle consuming alcohol. Johnson was found to be in possession of open containers of alcohol in a vehicle on a public highway. She will appear in Hanover Court at a later date.


Bruce L. Miller, 23, of Jamestown was charged Friday with parking on the highway, open container in a motor vehicle, driving while intoxicated and DWI Per Se. At approximately 2:15 a.m., officers were dispatched to the area of Cook and Fairmount avenues for a possible intoxicated driver. Officers located the vehicle in question parked on Lakin Street near Fairmount Avenue in the middle of the road. The driver-Miller-was intoxicated. Miller was placed under arrest after failing field sobriety tests. He was transported to the city jail.

Amanda R. Whitford, 20, of Youngsville was charged Sunday with petit larceny, criminal possession of stolen property and public consumption of alcohol. At approximately 4:30 a.m., Whitford possessed a case of beer and walked out of a store without purchasing it. Officer responded to the scene and found Whitford with the beer a short distance away. She was transported to city jail.

Dwayne A. Smith, 46, of Kennedy was charged Friday with public lewdness and third-degree tampering. At approximately 5:40 p.m., officers responded to the area of Falconer and Brown streets for a report of a male urinating on the Jamestown Police Department speed enforcement trailer. Officer located Smith a short distance away after being identified by a witness. Smith was transported to the city jail.


Shamori L. Houston, 33, of Falconer was charged on May 28 with second-degree harassment and endangering the welfare of a child. Police responded to a domestic incident and determined that Houston had tried to push a victim down the stairs while making a comment that he was going to shoot the residence up. This was all reportedly done in front of a 3-year-old child. Houston was arraigned in Ellicott Court, but posted bail and was released.

Carrie A. Paul, 19, of Falconer was charged on May 25 with third-degree falsely reporting an incident. Paul filed a police report of a violation of an order of protection with the police. An investigation determined that the report was false. Paul will appear in Ellicott Court at a later date.

Richard C. Neal, 29, of Jamestown was charged on May 27 with endangering the welfare of a child and third-degree assault. Upon arriving at a reported domestic assault, officers determined Neal had assaulted his girlfriend while she was driving her vehicle on East Livingston Avenue. Neal’s two children were in the vehicle during the incident. The victim was able to get out of the car and call 911. Neal fled the area on foot, but was picked up on an arrest warrant in Westfield. He was arraigned and transported to jail with a bail set at $5,000/$10,000.


David Giarrizzo, 26, of Chagin Fall, Ohio, was charged Thursday with unlawful possession of marijuana. At approximately 11:59 p.m., an officer responded to 2372 Lakeside Drive in Busti for a noise complaint. Investigation revealed that Giarrizzo was in possession of marijuana. He will appear in Busti Court at a later date.

Hillary E. Danforth, 22, of Jamestown was charged Thursday with petit larceny and fourth-degree criminal mischief. At approximately 6:30 p.m., Danforth allegedly stole $12.56 worth of merchandise from the Lakewood Wal-Mart. It is also alleged that Danforth damaged the property while concealing the items. She will appear in Busti Court at a later date.

Ashley R. McBride, 30, of Jamestown was charged on May 29 with petit larceny. At approximately 8:45 p.m., McBride allegedly stole $99.50 worth of merchandise from the Lakewood Wal-Mart. She will appear in Bust Court at a later date.


CHAUTAUQUA-Ronald C. Schneider, 67, of Mayville was charged Sunday with driving while intoxicated and failure to keep right after he was observed swerving over the center line of Route 394, causing a traffic stop to be initiated. An odor of alcohol was detected and after field sobriety tests, Schneider was placed under arrest and transported to SP Jamestown for processing where a BAC of .12 was obtained. Schneider was issued tickets and will appear in Chautauqua Court at a later date. He was released to a third party.

RANDOLPH- Philip J. Baxter, 51, of Jamestown was charged Thursday with fourth-degree criminal mischief after an investigation into a report of damage to property in Randolph. Baxter was arrested after driving across a lawn and causing damage. He was processed at SP Jamestown and issued an appearance ticket returnable to Randolph Court and released.