Area Police Reports
JAMESTOWN POLICE DEPARTMENT
A 16-year-old Jamestown resident was charged Tuesday with petit larceny and false impersonation. At 11:18 p.m., officers were called to the area of 19 S. Main St. at the CVS for a reported theft of two cases of beer. The suspect was located a short distance away and identified by store personnel. The 16-year-old suspect allegedly provided officers with a false name. It was later determined that he had two outstanding warrants for burglary and obstructing governmental administration. He was transported to the city jail where he is pending arraignment.
ELLICOTT POLICE DEPARTMENT
Michael D. Tyre, 26, of Jamestown was charged Saturday with third-degree assault after police responded to an assault complaint on East Everett Street in Falconer. Investigation revealed that Tyre had struck another male in the face after an argument at a gathering. He will appear in Ellicott Court at a later date.
Tina M. Gardner-Bemis, 44, of Jamestown was charged Saturday with failing to keep right, driving while intoxicated per se, aggravated DWI with blood alcohol content of .18 percent or higher, second-degree aggravated unlicensed operation, previous alcohol conviction, leaving the scene of a property damage accident and open container of alcohol. Police responded to a one-vehicle accident on Allen Street Extension. Witnesses stated that the female driver had left the scene on foot. Police located Gardner-Bemis and found her intoxicated. She will appear in Ellicott Court at a later date.
Elba I. Figueroa, 35, of Jamestown was charged Saturday with petit larceny. On July 24, police responded to Wegmans for an earlier shoplifting complaint. It is alleged that a Hispanic male and female entered the store and removed beer, bread, a gallon of milk and lunch meat before leaving. Figueroa turned herself into Ellicott Police on Saturday after security photos were put in The Post-Journal. She will appear in Ellicott Court at a later date.
Mark J. Eppinger Jr., 17, of Ashville was charged Sunday with obstruction of governmental administration and underage possession of alcohol. Police responded to the area of Canterbury Road to check on an intoxicated male. When officers located Eppinger, he refused to answer questions after numerous attempts to find out where he lived. He was arraigned in Ellicott Court and turned over to his family.
LAKEWOOD-BUSTI POLICE DEPARTMENT
Samantha M. Fluent and Tracey L. Wynn, both of Jamestown, were charged Sunday with petit larceny after police responded to a reported shoplifting at the Lakewood Wal-Mart. Investigation revealed that both individuals allegedly stole store merchandise. Both will appear in Busti Court at a later date. Wynn was turned over to the Jamestown Police Department after investigation revealed she had an outstanding warrant through Jamestown.
A 16-year-old female was charged Sunday with petit larceny after police responded to a reported shoplifter at the Lakewood Wal-Mart. Investigation revealed that the 16-year-old allegedly stole merchandise from the store. She will appear in Busti Court at a later date.
CHAUTAUQUA COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE
DUNKIRK – Graciela Soto, 36, of Dunkirk was charged Tuesday with misuse of food stamps. It is alleged that from June 1, 2013 to October 31, 2013, Soto failed to report that her husband was employed and residing with her at a Dunkirk residence. Soto was in receipt of $3,213 in unentitled benefits as a result of this unreported income. She will appear in Jamestown City Court at a later date.
HANOVER – A 17-year-old male youth from Silver Creek was charged Monday with open container, underage possession of alcohol and littering. A 16-year-old male was charged Monday with open container and underage possession of alcohol. At approximately 3:30 p.m., deputies observed two male youths on the Sunset Bay break wall in possession of open containers of alcohol. Both will appear in Hanover Court at a later date.